19 Oct Martina Bellacima in Tuscany ~ NSFW

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I first shot with Martina in some of these locations near Pienza in 2017. We had found two of these fabulous locations to shoot in then and this time we had one more gem.  I come across more abandoned buildings to use as shoot locations with each trip to Tuscany that I make. Here are 37 predominantly not safe for work portraits of Martina in her native Italy.

The shoot: 1:1 training session with a top client
Location: Various abandoned farm buildings near Pienza, Tuscany
Model: Martina Bellacima from Italy
Lighting: Available light, Lupo Superpanel and Godox AD600
Camera: Fujifilm GFX50s with 32-64mm and 110mm lenses
Info: The 2019 tour of Tuscany details are here. This workshop features Martina Bellacima and two other models.

Martina Bellacima in Tuscany

01. I love this stable. It’s a great location to shoot. Martina and I have shot here a couple of times now and we both love the tones and textures of this farmhouse.

 

02. I found the basket and placed some straw in the food troughs. I directed Martina’s face position to make the most of the window light. The shadow under her cheekbone and her crisp strong jaw line are my lighting goals here.

 

03. Moving closer to the window increased the contrast sufficiently to capture this bodyscape.

 

04. This location is hundreds of years old and the textures are wonderful. I bought the hat from a market trader in Rimini several years ago.

 

05. We spent an hour or so in this farmhouse and it would make the perfect shoot location whatever the weather.

 

06. Upstairs seemed like a good location for a tutu shoot. I took the Lupo Superpanel with it’s battery up to give me some contrast to play with.

 

07. The distant hill is beside Montalcino, the home of the Brunello wine.

 

08. Radiant beauty. I love the simple plait that Martina put into her hair. I like to keep the beauty shoots like this one simple and intimate.

 

09. I love monochrome for it’s simplification of the subject.

 

10. I found the wine flask and bottle downstairs in a junk room. I’d have preferred brown glass but I’ll settle for the wonderful shape and dust. I was careful not to wipe the dust when I transported it into position. The two point lighting on the right is a factor of careful subject placement between the two windows in the room.

 

11. The bed was in another room and the blanket came from Martina’s car.

 

12. Nothing quite prepares you for the colour pallet of Tuscany. The ochre is in every rock, every timber, every skin tone.

 

13. This trio of shots spoke to me in a graphic way unlike the rest of the set. I just let the shadows go and kept the shots simple. I had switched my camera to monochrome by this point and we were in the zone.

 

14. The green made a pleasant surprise and had to be included in the shots. It’s a sort of verdigris green that was so popular in the UK in 1996.

 

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16. Most of the shoot I was directing Martina, who speaks no English. It was handy that I direct with a kind of mirror posing. Martina’s friend joined us too and he helped with the translation when the going got tough. These shots were free rein for Martina. I asked her to create some shapes. Martina is a ‘nude art model’ and has many years experience to call upon.

 

17. This red dress came with me everywhere in Tuscany and I loved it in the swimming pool of our villa on Terez and I loved it here in a ploughed field.

That’s it for Tuscany this year. I’ll be back in Tuscany in September 2019 with a new group of photographers staying once again at our fabulous villa near Volterra. The photography is wonderful, the cuisine and wine too. Click here for all the information, dates and prices.

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