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!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Pre-wedding shoot in Abruzzo – Italy

Where should I start from? The glorious University years, the way we grew up, and changed – or maybe not – and became the women we are? Our friendship? I am speaking to you, Antonella, while my eyes are looking back to the room and the house we shared, to the city that we explored together, to the delicatessen of our native regions we enjoyed in front of a tower of books, to the laughs and the tears that filled our Roman memories. We have been friends for such a long time that the day you got married, last August, I was really happy and emotioned! As I was the day we took these photos. Seeing you and Andrea smiling, being excited and thrilled, through the lens of my camera, gave joy to my heart. Added to that, the pleasure to visit the town where you were born and you always spoke about. You are such a beautiful couple, guys, romantic, ironic, spontaneous, and I want to thank you once again for all. Yours was really an amazing wedding, and all the days we spent together made me feel as I was ninetheen again. Keep smiling as in these photographs, and be young, and able to see the happy face of life forever.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Exploring Oxford – Children photo-shoot

I met these two lovely children – brother and sister – two Sunday ago in Oxford. During the past three years, since I moved to England, I had the opportunity to photograph them other times and to see them growing up. This is for sure one of the positive aspects of working more often with the same loyal clients: that we better get to know each other, and we all together enjoy the photo shoot with a relaxed mind and an happy heart.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Hop hop hopscotch

“Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

It might be that summer is close and with it my desire to go home, but childhood memories act sometimes as ghosts I cannot really escape from. Here is another series where I try to show that, with the help of the lovely Ophélie.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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In the night I remember

I remember the time I started searching for another world, and a new soul appeared from the shadows. I remember walking towards the storm, and looking at the lighthouse in front of me. That before realising I was at the end of a blind alley. Now here I am, still searching, exploring around.

Model: Sara R.

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Di ghiaccio e cemento – Ice and concrete

The world is going to disappear. Rain, falling down, is turning streets and walls into ice. Sun rarely appears on the frozen concentre. Ghostly rays recall memories in lovers’ hearts. Who is sitting alone on the edge of a crevice can see its bottom blue like the ocean.

A special thanks to my sweet model Virginia Tozzi!

©2015 Flavia Catena

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In the City of London

During one of my latest visit to London, I took these photos to my friend Thu-Linh. We had such a nice time going around the City, from the lovely Leadenhall Market to the skyscrapers area, and having a lunch in an Italian pizzeria (yes, the pizza was good enough, and I confess I am an hypercritical person when it comes to food), that I am planning another photography trip to the capital. Maybe next time I will share some food photos of the delicatessen tasted too!

©2015 Flavia Catena

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City tour – A street fashion photo shoot

“Molteplice e vario come l’anima umana è il dono di vedere e capire un paese straniero. L’uno è tormentato da una inestinguibile brama di lontananze, da un bisogno di vedere e conoscere il mondo in tutte le sue varie bellezze e i suoi intrecci, l’altro cerca l’elemento straordinario, la sensazione, altri i colori e le impressioni violente, altri infine la calma e la tranquillità di una vita assolutamente uniforme. Meno di tutti vedono e sentono quelli che viaggiano per abitudine.” Börje Sandberg

Photographs from a street fashion photo shoot with the young fashion designer Amy Hunter (she made the beautiful vintage coat you can see in all the images). Follow her blog at: http://icecreamhabitblog.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/please-dont-ask-me-for-directions-im.html

©2015 Flavia Catena

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Locations: Oxford streets, Covered Market, Ashmolean Museum

Jump, smile, and have fun

I usually like to think carefully about my photo-shoots before contacting the models and starting to work on them, but the day I decided to take the photos you’ll see below, I said to myself: just have fun and find a way to communicate happiness. The original project wanted a sunny day, but lately, in England, sunny days are so rare that I am wondering: will I take all the photos I want in the next months, should I change my plans for a while, focusing on a different kind of photography? Maybe somehow, like last winter, I will find a way, despite the weather, to exercise my creativity without sacrificing my ideas.

A special thanks to the lovely Silvia Pace, who faced with the cold wind with a big smile!

©2014 Flavia Catena

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