Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Special Glamour Make Over Session With The Italian Actress Playright Michaela Di Cesare by Montreal Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

My photography has been a journey for each of my subjects.
A moment of reflection in our chaotic life and finding that stillness within.

Michaela Di Cesare  will open her play In Search of Mrs. Pirandello  at Centaur Theatre's WildSide Festival 2016. There will be only 5 performances. Go and see. You will not regret.

I first met beautiful talented Miki September 16 2013 for a special photo project with Montreal Italian actors and comedians. And yes I call her by that name, just because I can...

Here are some results from that session...

 Yes this was our first connection together.

We stayed in touch. Often we run into each other at plays. Shared a glass of wine and discussed theatre.

Then I got a message from her in February 2015 wanting to book with me a glamour make over session for their upcoming wedding anniversary. Due to busy schedules we ended up doing our session in April 2015. The session was going to become a birthday gift to her hubby.

We discussed the art direction only between emails. Her and her husband love to travel. She wanted me to represent during our session the countries they have traveled. A very tall order for me.

This is what I received from her:

" Hi Hera,

I think it's about time I sent you all the destinations/themes I would like to try to capture. I'm just going to write down words and images that come to mind

Where we've been
Cuba: a dark cave with bats
New York: williamsburg, cafes, broadway, art, spotlight
Turkey: mosque, harem, Sanli Urfa, Capadoccia, magic, 1001 Nights, scarves, lights
Mexico: Baja California, Hotel California, Water,
West Coast St Lucia: Caribbean, coconuts, mango, paradise, salt
Rome: eternal, spanish steps, trevi fountain
Sicily: limes, heat, ruins, lazy, sensual, yellow and green Thailand: gold, buddha, richness, turquoise, beauty

Where we're going He is dreaming of Africa...Madagascar...but also many other places so this could be ambiguous. Or maybe with a globe?

And maybe one image that represents home? That could be a nice romantic idea.."

I was getting a bit nervous. April 8th 2015 quickly arrived. I told to myself, go with what she brought as dresses, props and take it from there.

Here are some results from that day. We both had fun creating these images. I did her make-up, hair, styled each shot what she had brought and what I had in the studio. The backgrounds are all my own travel photography.

She loved the experience. She has now caught the bug of getting photographed by me.. That makes me very happy.


24 karat gold leaves...

Memoires from a harem... Boots are from Turkey. Embroidered leather. Many more beautiful shots with the boots, but they will stay private.
The nightmare with the bats at the hotel room.

At The Opera House



The wife, the lover

Today I will see her play at Centaur theatre. It is the opening... I wish her all the best.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Romantic In Venice Our Gondola Ride by Montreal Glamour Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

After spending a two weeks in Venice, walking almost its every tiny streets, watching millions of tourists in gondolas, and photographing them (me off course), we finally decided to take our own gondola ride two days before our departure date.
Our decision was to take it from the spot that every day we had a Campari spritz. The place was next to our apt. We chose to do the half and hour tour, in tiny canals and end the trip back to the grand canal. Price was 100 Euros. Worth... every penny of it. I actually preferred spending it on a Gondola ride then few our restaurant bills which coasted more then that.

We absolutely wanted the ride during dusk, sun set time. Exactly 8.30 pm we started the ride. Our driver was great. He was doing this job since he was 18 years old. Over 35 years. He spoke only at the right times. It was uber romantic time for both of us. Quite, relaxing zen like.

Here are two photos of what I mean that I captured during our ride.

PS: On a funny note. During the ride, at a spot, a man with Quebec accent shouted at us. "Arete, arĂȘte un peu" He wanted to take our photo. I asked him "etes-vous from Quebec?" he answered "Oui, de St Lazarre"... What a small world.

 Our Gondola Ride Audiovisual on Youtube filmed with Samsung Galaxy S6

just click to the link above to watch the AV.


Friday, January 1, 2016

The Butcher A Centaur Theatre 2015 Play by Montreal Portrait Photographer Hera Bell

Least year I was commissioned by Montreal's Centaur Theatre to photograph and create their entire season's visuals.

The photos have been circulating in the entire media.

I just discovered this Montreal Gazette article about the play. Just follow the link.

And here are some of the other shots snapped  by me for this particular play.