Can you handle two Asian models at once?
When two girls as gorgeous as Annastasya Hakim and Lulu Spark hang out alone in a private villa, it makes total sense that they’ll end up checking each other out. Judging by their flirty behavior, they’re pretty impressed with each other’s hotness.
As for the photographer that put this amazing shoot together for us, Alex Filippides? Yeah, he’s really doing the Lord’s work, this guy.
Do yourself a favor and scroll down for all the juicy details in this week’s Photographer Interview.
Photographer: Alex Filippides – @alexfilippides
Can you introduce yourself and tell us how you got into photography?
I guess it was something natural for me. Started off 15 years ago with a point and shoot camera, shooting flowers and bugs and landscape and gradually I found interest in humans, modeling, nudes etc…it all came very naturally and step by step.
What were your biggest challenges when starting out?
No big challenges I guess. However, when starting shooting people, it was tough to get models to pose for you when not having some basic work to display. I was lucky to have a beautiful girlfriend (and now wife) who believed in me and she was (and still is) my muse. With her, I have built a decent portfolio to attract more models to shoot with me.
What techniques do you feel you use that make you stand out from other photographers?
I use no specific techniques. Photography is more than techniques and norms. It is about emotions and senses depending on the environment and the model.
And I really do not think I stand out from rest of photographers. There are hundreds of photographers out there whose work I envy and admire.
You work with some smoking hot models. How do you stay cool under all that pressure?
There is no pressure hahaha.
We create a nice comfortable and friendly atmosphere and we enjoy the process. However, I consider myself lucky and honored to be shooting with all those gorgeous ladies and be friends with the majority of them.
Where did you draw inspiration for this set and what vibe were you going for?
I have to confess that it was a spontaneous shoot that took place in between a shoot for a clothing line. They were hanging around naked and I thought they both looked gorgeous together, so I asked them to come together and pose, which they did.
I found it beautifully erotic and sensual, yet elegant and emotional.
What was it about Annastasya and Lulu that made them the perfect models for this set?
They are both dead gorgeous and open minded. They are also very good friends, which makes it easier and more comfortable to come closer together, look at each other and touch each other to project the required emotions and bond.
Where did the shoot take place? What made this location the perfect place to set up shop?
It was in a friend’s villa in Bali, small and cozy. As mentioned before, the shoot was not planned. But I can always take advantage of the available setting and light ?
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
Photoshop does play a big role in the final image. You can always correct imperfections, you can enhance the light you were aiming for, the color balance etc. When shooting you always visualize the post editing as well.
However, Photoshop does not make magic – at least not with my personal Photoshop skills. If a picture is bad, it will stay bad no matter what.
Photoshop cannot make models look comfortable, cannot alter the emotions and the atmosphere, which are the most important elements in my work.
Before we let you go, any final words you’d like to say to your fans and followers? Anyone in particular you’d like to send a shout out to?
I am not sure I have any fans hahaha…I have many followers though and I’m still not sure if they follow me for my photography skills or for the beautiful models I have the luck to work with.
I would love to shout out to the two beautiful models, Annastasya and Lulu for the beautiful images.
Also would like to shout out to my muse and wife Christie for her continuous support ? I know it is not easy for your husband to be around naked girls hahaha.