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Photography: Leigh Schneider

32-year-old Leigh Schneider is an artwork photographer from New Zealand, who now lives in Germany  along with her husband and their cat-dog. Offered to black and white movie pictures at highschool, Leigh learnt the fundamentals and went on to review graphic design at college. Over a decade later she returned to her first inventive loves – portraiture and drawing, we chat to Leigh about her paintings and inspirations…

Photograph: M:KOE pictures – Marek Koe

Which inventive outlet do you prefer probably the most? I really like photographic artwork portraits. I am getting to begin by way of making issues bodily – like headpieces, props and backdrops. Then I am getting to paintings with the topic and switch them into a brand new model of themselves, one thing fantastical. I paintings with them like they’re a canvas – throughout to post-production, the place I paint excessive of my photographs.

What conjures up your paintings? I used to be first impressed by way of different artwork photographers, who confirmed me this new style of pictures that I didn’t know existed. Now my paintings is encouraged by way of nature and the airy – delusion and the seek for good looks. The general works are designed to be one off items – like a portray to show, reasonably than a big set of pictures to be tucked away in an album. The general photographs are curated sparsely, painted upon and brought to the border of actual and different worldly.

How making a decision what fashions you wish to have to ? I have a look at their earlier paintings. I search for a herbal, positive good looks – slim options, attention-grabbing bone construction – how they transfer and will use their arms. Excellent pores and skin, lengthy hair and selection main points like stunning tattoo paintings or piercings are one thing I glance out for too. I additionally like to paintings with fashions who’ve get entry to to animals.

You function tattooed girls, do you might have tattoos of your individual? Sure. I’ve an excellent few, however now not just about sufficient! I’m nonetheless operating on a sleeve I began 5 years in the past and feature others on my legs and different arm, in addition to one tiny finger tattoo.

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Fashions: Elena + Cat 
Hair/Make-up: Theresa Roick
Headpiece/Styling: LS Ingenious

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Type: Giulia Diana Frosi
Make-up/Hair/Headpiece/Styling: LS Ingenious
Get dressed: Type’s personal

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Type: Laura Leuner
Animals: Eduardo & Gonzalez
Headpiece/Make-up/Styling: LS Ingenious

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Type: Liz van Oz.
Make-up/Floral: LS Ingenious
Get dressed: Fashions personal

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Type: Mandy Scherzer
Hair/Make-up/Styling/Headpiece: LS Ingenious

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Make-up/Nails/Styling: LS Ingenious
Type: Paula Lippert

Assistants: Hanna Zels, Theresa Münzner
Floral Get dressed (Concept/Design/Manufacturing): Hanna Zels (Pupil Apprentice) with Hechtblume
Headpiece: Theresa Münzner

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