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…
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, host, and instructor with over 20 years of experience photographing, directing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. She focuses on providing artists, actors, models, and companies with lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Her approach is very contemporary, her work has a timeless elegance, and she represents the grace, distinction, and style that is possible in photography.
Her curriculum vitae includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, the production of 13 private and community events, and two year’s experience as director of one of Seattle’s largest art walks. Her images have been published in The Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report.
LaRae’s position as a lead host for online educational giants such as CreativeLive and Polaroid University gave her the unique opportunity as one of an elite group of professionals to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle. She brought her network to BLACKRAPID as their Culture Liaison, facilitating close working relationships between influencers and organizations for promotional sales and marketing.
Grateful to be a stay-at-home mom while balancing a rewarding career in the photography industry, this proud single mom enjoys a nomadic traveling lifestyle between Seattle and the Florida Keys with her daughter, Emerson.