In the beginning of the year I shared a post with some of my fashion photoshoot behind the scenes. I’m such a nostalgic person, so it was really nice to look back on all the fun I had on photoshoots and remember how creative some of them were. So since that post got so long, I’m continuing through the next years of my photography. These shoots are still very old, from like 2013/2014, but it inspires me try weirder things again.
I don’t know why I’ve not been sharing these much before, as sometimes the most fun part is to see how the shots are made. I love seeing other photographer’s backstage photos and videos! So when I catch up to now, I’d like to post this a lot more often and for more current shoots.
In the meantime, if you don’t follow me on instagram yet, I share a lot of my behind the scenes on my insta stories there. You can see it at: @ailera
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
First shoot has probably the most behind the scenes pictures ever and is also one of the must fun shoots I’ve ever done. It was an editorial featured in two magazines: Sicky and Turn magazines (which we got the cover for). The theme was basically 90’s – what it was like being a 90’s kid and playing dress up with friends. It was quite nostalgic to do this shoot. We played 90’s pop the whole time and danced around, the mood was really amazing.
Our lovely stylist Kriste below trying out the props.
Another shoot from back then I called The Seer. It was to be very dreamy/a bit surreal and I was inspired a lot by Pan’s Labyrinth. We had a lovely team and this was when I met the model Lucy – we got along so well we kept in touch and shot again later as well. We shot it in a cold London park early spring, but the weather was quite lovely. It’s never easy when it’s cold on location, but Lucy did great.
Shoot with Julia Trotti
I don’t actually have many photographer friends or collab a lot. Back in 2013 I had a chance to meet and shoot together with Julia Trotti when she was visiting London. I followed her for a while and always loved her work, so I was really glad she wanted to shoot something together. It’s me and her in the picture below.
You can see the final pictures from this shoot with Julia on my blog here.
Sometimes we just used to do make up in the parks where we shot. Seems really inconvenient now that I remember that!
Quick shoot with Gintare
Who still remembers Gintare? She used to be my favorite little muse I had in the start of my photography. I haven’t had many chances to shoot with her since I moved to London, but back in 2014 we did a super quick shoot. She seemed so grown up, so we went for a bit darker theme that time. You can see some of these portraits of Gintare from it on my blog.
Came Back Haunted
I wanted to do a lingerie/boudoir type of fashion shoot for a while. I borrowed some unique and beautiful pieces from a creator called Yelena Buck. This was the first shoot for my sister Dovile as a make up artist, and now it’s her career and she’s so great at it! It’s also really funny how I would improvise things. In some of the shots I wanted to use a sheet as a background. However, I didn’t have any stand or how to put it up in front of the window where the good light was. So my sister just held it for all those shots standing on a chair. ;DD (see below)
This was also an editorial that came out in FUSS magazine, it’s on my blog as well.
My obsession with pastel hair continues. This is an editorial for Superhero magazine. I wanted it to be quite cheeky and fun, it’s about a silly witch who accidentally gets mushrooms growing from her head. We shot it in/near my house back in Lithuania. You can see the full teenage witch shoot on my blog as well.
tourism of magic
Still one of my favorite editorials and favorite themes/locations ever. Came out in the super cute Miss Robin magazine. Styled and modeled by the lovely Ellie who I worked with a few times. Fun fact that she was still a teenager back then and her parents drove us to our second location (they were so lovely!).
Cosette x Miss Patina
One of my favorite original bloggers for a while was Cosette, so I was really glad when she moved to London and wanted to shoot with me. For the shoot we borrowed some clothes from Miss Patina, they have the cutest clothes, so that made the shoot even better. Cute + creepy is a combination I love, so we shot this in one of the most beautiful cemeteries in London, but I went for dreamy tones. The light was lovely which helped. This shoot came out as an editorial in FUSS magazine. You can see all the shots with Cosette in this blog post.