Social Impact Careers Conference

When I am not taking portraits, or dreaming to travel around the world writing about its people and wonders, I am more than happy to cover events and conferences like the one I had photographed last May at the Said Business School, in Oxford. The Social Impact Careers Conference was indeed a great event that gathered together both students and professionals to talk, share, build networks, think about the future in a positive light. I have definitively learned so much, although simply hidden behind a camera.

©2018 Flavia Catena

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Iva

A selection of photos from a test shoot done with the radiant and beautiful Iva, in Shoreditch, London.

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Ophelie

I feel the need to capture beauty, but the real, the honest one. I wish for perfection, but sometimes I ask myself what perfection really is, and how to find it in photography. I am sure it does not lie behind a Photoshop tool, but rather behind our eyes which we need to refine to embrance wonder in the simplest, purest things.

Some unretouched portraits of the lovely Ophelie B.

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My sweet girl

“Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
“I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan

From a photo-shoot – the last one I still had to share from 2017 – about youth and school memories with model Iman Assaber, stylist Alessandra Bertoni, and make up artist Micaela Congia. Thanks to my great Italian team for the job done!

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Autumn as a second spring

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

Model: Virginia Tozzi

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Heather

“In a world that grows more and more rigid, industrialised and concrete-paved every day, the sight of a sunny field teeming with wildflowers can almost feel like something from a fairy tale.”

These are the words that introduce my fashion story “Heather”, published on Whim Online Magazine, and that entirely describe what I felt that day in August, while shooting in those beautiful summer fields in Buckinghamshire. It seemed like to be back in a glorious romantic past and so far from the modern world that for a moment being lost sounded like a new exciting adventure.

Thanks a lot to my beautiful model/stylist and make up artist Martina Sukupova Davidson, and again to Whim Magazine! Here is the published photo-shoot: http://www.whimmagazine.com/2017/10/photoshoot-heather-flavia-catena/

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Dovile – Natural beauty

I hardly ever say I am happy with the photos I take. I always feel I have to improve my technique and be more creative, but this time I have to confess I am really pleased with the portraits taken to the beautiful Dovile. And the magic of it is that we did not do or plan anything special, if not walking around Alexandra Road, in London, and getting inspired by its architecture and the mood of the day, while chatting about our lives. It is true: “less is more”. I strongly believe in that!

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The rhythm of the river – HUF Magazine

Today I am happy to share with you my first menswear editorial published on HUF Magazine! A huge thanks to my precious team, to the amazing talent of dancers Travis S C Knight and James Pett, to the great professionalism and impeccable taste of stylist Alexandra Vilvoc and to the lovely work of make up artist Agi Spisak.

See below and here the full story: http://hufmagazine.com/the-rhythm-of-the-river-photography-by-flavia-catena-for-huf-magazine/

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Here are outtakes I really love as well!

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Family portrait session – A sweet summer gift

What I love the most of family portrait sessions is that they are always so spontaneous and full of joy that I never feel the need to ask for a smile or wait for an happy face. Everything I should look for is already there, waiting for my eyes and my camera to capture it. Today I have the pleasure to share with you a few photos from a lovely session shot last week, in Oxford. The weather was far from being nice and warm, but in the end love covered the dark clouds!

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Wedding at Macdonald Randolph Hotel – Jessie + James

My wedding season has started, and I could not ask for a better couple to work with! Jessie and James celebrated their big day last June in the beautiful location of Macdonald Randolph Hotel, in the heart of Oxford, just opposite one of my favorite photography spot: the Ashmolean museum. They had both the ceremony and the reception in the hotel, and every moment I had the honour to photograph was moving and at the same time full of smiles and laughts. It was great to see these beautiful people surrounded by so much love (Jessie’s family came for the occasion from Singapore to England and some of Jame’s friends from Australia!). This is what makes a difference in a wedding, this is what makes my work every time new and every time special.

Thank you, and a very happy life together!

©2017 Flavia Catena