5 Hours and 48 Minutes with Stefano Paturi

 

When you move to a new city it is incredibly important to make friends straight away.

Shortly after relocating to Miami, I reached out to trusted friends and colleagues to become connected with like-minded people and artists in my new location.  With that, I feel as though my fortune was shining down on me the day I was introduced to Stefano Paturi through our mutual friend, Lou Freeman. Within the first few moments of our first meeting, I knew he was one of those incredibly beautiful gems that life presents to the world, a kindred spirit, and a friend for life. I felt very blessed that day to be able to spend time and space with Stefano talking about art and life.

Stefano is a true artist. He moved to Miami in the early ’90s from Rome, where he studied dance. He is a classical fresco painter, an interior designer with a master in architecture and serves clients in Europe and the US through his company Secolis; he is also the producer of  Nitam presenting Miami scripted events from Paolo Valentini bringing together theater, dance, visual arts, and fashion, as well as music and food to benefit youth in Miami.  To top it all off and create an extra background explanation, Stefano also is a professional male model who can be often seen on  the runways in Europe.

He is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful people I have ever met in my life and was given the wonderful honor of photographing a brand new series of images for his new comp card.

To create a set of imagery that would help him stand out in his modeling career, I approached him with a series I’ve been wanting to test out: a “Bond-Inspired” shoot. It would include a series of imagery portraying an exceptional man in the various elements of his daily life in fabulous environmental settings. I quickly came up with a mood-board using images collected through my Pinterest account and produced a final storyboard of locations, wardrobe, and looks that would not only bring my vision to life, but produce high-end photographs he would have for promotional use and personal branding.

Our team consisted of Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, Evy Edelman; photo assistant Haley Felder (who rocked BTS images with my iPhone which will be featured on the next blog post); and an incredible network of friends who provided their beautiful private homes to photograph in. This entire group of professionals were fueled with optimism and positive spirit and at the end of the day brought the entire shoot together harmoniously. Thank you all so much!

Without any further ado… I present to you all my photo shoot with artist Stefano Paturi…

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Italian-born, European male model Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Italian male model Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

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Italian-born, European male model Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

European male model Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Italian-born, European male model Stefano Paturi wearing Tagliatore blazer, black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, and Collezione luxury trousers.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in Tagliatore blazer, black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, and Collezione luxury trousers.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in Tagliatore blazer, black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, and Collezione luxury trousers.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Artist Stefano Paturi wearing Y-3 YOHJI YAMAMOTO pants and blue shirt by Review.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Artist Stefano Paturi wearing Y-3 YOHJI YAMAMOTO pants and blue shirt by Review.

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Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Belt by Brave Beltworks worn by Stefano Paturi.

Artist Stefano Paturi on location in Miami, Florida July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi wearing Zara Man with G Star Raw pants and Le Crown shoes.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Italian male model Stefano Paturi in 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet. Black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, and tie by Liberty of London.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, Collezione luxury trousers, and tie by Liberty of London. Car 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Stefano Paturi in black suit by Vinci and Club Monaco white dress shirt.

Stefano Paturi photo shoot July 31, 2014

Italian male model Stefano Paturi with 2014 Audi RS5 Cabriolet. Black suit by Vinci, Club Monaco white dress shirt, and tie by Liberty of London.

 

 

MY GEAR ON THIS SHOOT:

 

CAMERA:

Nikon D700 12.1MP FX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD

 

LENSES:

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens

Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

 

LIGHTING:

Natural Light with/without one or more of the light modifiers below.

Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlight

Phottix Multi 5-in1 Nikon Set Stratos ll

Enlight photo Frio Universal Locking Cold Shoe V2 – with 1/4-20 and 3/8 Threads

Westcott Micro Apollo 2200

Westcott 2334 28-Inch Recessed Medium Apollo

Westcott 43 inch Apollo Orb Speedlite Kit 2340

Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

 

BAGS, CASES & ORGANIZERS:

 

Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Rolling Camera Bag

Think Tank Photo Airport AirStream™ Rolling Camera Bag

Think Tank Photo Retrospective® 7 (Blue Slate) iPad and Shoulder Bag

Think Tank Photo Red Whips™

Think Tank Photo DSLR Battery Holder 4

Think Tank Photo AA Battery Holder

 

CAMERA STRAPS:

BlackRapid Floral Black Woman’s Strap (RS-W1F) (Black)