For 30 years Melissa Rodwell has worked as a photographer, attaining a list of magazine credits including Harper’s Bazaar, Mirrin Magazine and Amazing Magazine. After graduating from the Art Center College of Design, she took up residence in New York, where she founded The Breed, an educational website for emerging and aspiring fashion photographers.

Melissa was kind enough to tell us a bit about her personal work, including this current editorial story “Noir C’est Nuit”.

Visit her website at: melissarodwell.com

Crew Credits:
Photographer – Melissa Rodwell
Stylist & Creative Director – Eryka Clayton
Model – Yana Tarabukina

Neck brace Dress - Augustin Teboul Shoes - AllSaints  Earring - Wouters & Hendrix  Rings - Wouters & Hendrix

Neck brace Dress – Augustin Teboul
Shoes – AllSaints
Earring – Wouters & Hendrix
Rings – Wouters & Hendrix

I’ve been a fashion photographer for 30 years, traveling to and living in incredible places for work. I am now based in NYC. I spend my time shooting for assignments and for my own personal work. I’ve gone back to shooting more musicians and rock n roll, which makes me pretty happy. I also own Breed Networks which is an educational website for emerging and aspiring fashion photographers.

Please describe this concept. How did it manifest? 
Chad Saville told me that the theme for this issue was Black. I really loved that idea because so much of what I shoot, the style I shoot in and my own personal style, is very rock and roll, dark and edgy, mysterious and obscure, which black is very complimentary with. I worked with stylist Eryka Clayton who pulled very feminine and soft pieces. Casting was important, we finally settled on Yana Tarabukina from Wilhelmina because of her soft, blonde beauty. I wanted to put Yana’s feminine softness together with the clothing that Eryka pulled against a rough, black, textured wall to off set the looks. I had a set designer build a wall for me that had very harsh, dense texture. I thought the juxaposition worked well for this shoot. I also reached out to Couture Mask and Bradley sent me some of his masks, adding to the obscurity of the looks.

Net - Augustin Teboul Lace Dress - Augustin Teboul Shoes - AllSaints

Net – Augustin Teboul
Lace Dress – Augustin Teboul
Shoes – AllSaints

Feather Dress - Christian Siriano Necklace - Gold and Gray Shoes - Alexis Gamblin  Ring - Pamela love

Feather Dress – Christian Siriano
Necklace – Gold and Gray
Shoes – Alexis Gamblin
Ring – Pamela love

What is your overall aesthetic, and how does this series fit within it?
As described above, my work has always been critiqued as dark and edgy so I think the story fits in very closely with my own aesthetic.

How many shots do you take of each look before “getting the one”
Usually I can get a look down in under 150 shots. I think the more prepared you are, the more work you put into pre-production, the easier it is to „nail the shot“ .

Which look appealed most to your artistic vision? Why?
I like the beauty shot with the pieces used as a „hat“ behind the models’ head. I like her „faraway look“, she looks like she’s from another era. I love Cheyenne Timperio’s make up on this shoot, and you can really see it here.

Open-weave Sweater - Augustin Teboul  Skirt - Christian Siriano Head piece - Couture Mask

Open-weave Sweater – Augustin Teboul
Skirt – Christian Siriano
Head piece – Couture Mask

Sheer embroidered dress - AllSaints  Smock vest - Schai Headpiece - Couture Mask  Shoes - Alexis Gamblin

Sheer embroidered dress – AllSaints
Smock vest – Schai
Headpiece – Couture Mask
Shoes – Alexis Gamblin

Sheer embroidered dress - AllSaints  Smock vest - Schai Headpiece - Couture Mask  Shoes - Alexis Gamblin

Sheer embroidered dress – AllSaints
Smock vest – Schai
Headpiece – Couture Mask
Shoes – Alexis Gamblin

You’ve followed your camera around the world, shooting in many exotic locations. Can you tell us what is your favorite place you’ve ever shot?
Yes, Frasier Island, Australia. Honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Dress - Halston Heritage  Leather Moto Jacket - AllSaints Shoes - AllSaints  Bracelet - Wouters & Hendrix  Hat - Use Unused

Dress – Halston Heritage
Leather Moto Jacket – AllSaints
Shoes – AllSaints
Bracelet – Wouters & Hendrix
Hat – Use Unused

Dress - Halston Heritage  Leather Moto Jacket - AllSaints Shoes - AllSaints  Bracelet - Wouters & Hendrix  Hat - Use Unused

Dress – Halston Heritage
Leather Moto Jacket – AllSaints
Shoes – AllSaints
Bracelet – Wouters & Hendrix
Hat – Use Unused

Dress - Christian Siriano  Hat - Use Unused  Shoes - AllSaints

Dress – Christian Siriano
Hat – Use Unused
Shoes – AllSaints

Is there anything else we should know?
Thank you so much for this opportunity to be featured in Beautiful Savage. xx

Dress - Christian Siriano  Hat - Use Unused  Shoes - AllSaints

Dress – Christian Siriano
Hat – Use Unused
Shoes – AllSaints

Dress - Christos Costarellos  Jacket - Augustin Teboul  Necklace - DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen  Rings - Wouters & Hendrix  Bralette - La Perla

Dress – Christos Costarellos
Jacket – Augustin Teboul
Necklace – DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen
Rings – Wouters & Hendrix
Bralette – La Perla

Dress - Christos Costarellos  Necklace - DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen

Dress – Christos Costarellos
Necklace – DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen

Dress - Christos Costarellos  Jacket - Augustin Teboul  Necklace - DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen  Rings - Wouters & Hendrix

Dress – Christos Costarellos
Jacket – Augustin Teboul
Necklace – DAY Birger Et Mikkelsen
Rings – Wouters & Hendrix

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