Starting Out

I remember when I first started out studying photography. It was an exiting time, and very nerve-wracking, because I had no idea if I was gonna be good enough. My passion for photographing people and creating stories got me connected with the modeling agencies in Oslo, Norway. Luckily they put their faith in me, and allowed me to work with their models. One of them is the beautiful Lise-Anitra Johnsen, and we did a bunch of shoots together that helped shape my style. Thank you for that. Here’s a previously unreleased photo of her, taken 6 years ago.

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Snø Designstudio

SNØ  is an industrial design company based in Fredrikstad, one hour from Oslo, Norway. I photographed the talented designers for their rebranding process last year. We used the wonderful locations in the building as well as a studio shoot. Here’s a small selection of what we did:

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Make-up & Hair by Theo Solé Wintermark. Styling by Afaf Ali.

And check out the cool design work of Snø Designstudio by clicking here.

Editorial: The Toilet

Earlier this year stylist Ellen Mirck created an idea of showing women at their most private moments, and stylistically showing how it’s changed throughout the 20th century. We used only one model and she was completely transformed for each shot, as well as the set. The film was shot by Daniele Testi and the editorial was shot by me.
The film is now part of the fifth ASVOFF film festival at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Editorial: The Toilet
 
Credits
Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Directed by: Daniele Testi @ 2DM
Art direction & style by: Ellen Mirck @ Close Up Milano
Model: Kristel van Valkenhoef @ Elite Milano
Cinematographer: Renzo O. Angelillo
First Ass. Operator: Daniele Tomasini
Editing: Lorenzo Colugnati
Art & Set designer: Jacopo F.A. Lettenmayer
Prop’s stylist & Art buyer: Silvia Panceri
First assistant Set Designer: Antonio Ordan
Make-up by: Laura Stucchi @ Close Up Milano
Hair by: Loris Rocchi @ Close Up Milano
Music: Luca Neuburg Sonar
Color and Post Production: Band Milano
Location: Studio X
Graphic design: Camilla Anchisi
See the film at W Magazine:

The Fashionisto ++

I’ve been getting a lot of love for my shoot with Independent Men Milan model Nick Billings and 2morrow model Beate Muska, wearing designs by Jose Isaías (see editorial here)
It’s been featured on numerous important websites (click images to see)
The Fashionisto
 

Male Model Scene
 

Daily Male Models
 
And so on.
It’s great to get such good feeback!
 
 
 

Essential Homme (editorial)

My new editorial for Essential Homme magazine has now been published!
It’s in the July/August issue and available in print and web version.
All looks from Dior Homme fall ’12 collection.
Styling by Ellen Mirck.
 
Grooming by: Ania Melnikovs
Photo assistant: Jose Isaias
Styling assistant: Ortal Assis
Models: Pawel Bednarek at Independent Men Milan, Theo Hall at D’Men Milan
Special thanks to Alessia Gianvecchio for the horse and the location

 

Essen – A Taste Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I did an editorial for Essen Magazine. They combine the world of fashion with food and drink. They hired me to do an editorial where the idea was that there would be pictures of food in the photos, in black and white, and the clothes would have the colour of that particular food. Take a look at some of the photos underneath (you can see the whole editorial here).
2D Food
 

Photographer Alexander Habesland | Fashion Editor Francesco Stefanelli | Stylist Veronica Mazziotta | Make-up artist:
Luca Cianciolo@CloseupMilano | Hair stylist: Elisa Flotta 
| Model Haijin Ye @Joymodels
 

Caroline

Here’s part II of my shoot with Caroline & Rodrigo. Yesterday I showed you Rodrigo’s photos and here’s the rest with Caroline + a few more of Rodrigo. And tomorrow I’ll show you the last set of photos from that shoot – water.

See the first part of this shoot in the previous post here
Credits
Styling: Ortal Assis
Grooming: Notburga Zoeggeler
Models: Caroline Austin & Rodrigo Dorigato @2morrow Model Management Milan)
Thanks to ‘Swim Education Club Milano’ for the location

Backstage on my newest editorial

I was working with the fantastic stylist Ellen Mirck again. This time while I was doing the editorial, Daniele Testi was also doing a fashion film to go along with it. In total 7 sets were built and here’s a look at how it all went down. 

The post-production is coming to a close and hopefully it will be out very soon.

Directed by Daniele Testi, Cinematographer Renzo O. Angelillo, style & art. dir by Ellen Mirck, First assistant operator Daniele Tomasini, pictures by Alexander Habesland, Hair by Loris Rocchi, Make-up by Laura Stucchi, Model Kristel van Valkenhoef, Set design by Jacopo Lettenmayer, prop’s by Silvia Panceri.

Vogue -Cash+Glam

A couple of weeks ago Vogue.it asked me to do a commercial trend styling shoot for the -Cash+Glam section of their website. It was an 80s inspired style with a lot of colour and pastel backgrounds.The detail and full shots is updated with a new photo every few days. You can check out at Vogue.it

More photos to come

Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Assitant: Alice Schillaci
Stylist: Maria Host-Ivessich and Giovanna Dipaola
Make-up: Valentina Raimondi
Hair: Alessandro Pepe
Models: Ona@IMG and Anna Barra@Women

I Sette Talenti

During Men’s Fashion Week Milan 2012, White Milan showcased 7 new promising designers. They had a presentation at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano and I was there to take a few shots of the event. Here’s a few backstage photos of how it all went down:

I’ll be doing an editorial as well featuring there 7 designers as well.

The Line

Last month I did a shoot with designer Jose Isaías and stylist Amanda Hörlin, featuring model Sebastian Kuhn (Fashionmodel.it) on an amazing location in Milan. Take a look (click to enlarge):
Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Stylist: Amanda Hörlin
Clothing design by: Jose Isaías
Make-up/Hair: Amanda Hörlin
Model: Sebastian Kuhn (Fashionmodel.it)

TheOnes2Watch

I’m in the current issue of The Ones 2 Watch! Their new issue, #19, is called ‘On Location’ and features work from photographers form exiting locations all over the world. Mine is from the beautiful park in Milano, Italy, called Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli.
‘Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli’ by Alexander Habesland for TheOnes2Watch.

Styled by: Ellen Mirck (ellenmirck.com)
Hair: Dora Roberti. Make-up: Ros Belmonte
Model: Davide di Sciascio (I Love Models – Milan)

Click to see the original spread at TheOnes2Watch’s current issue:
Latinos Avec Pistolets also posted my editorial, see it here:

The Woman Behind the Window

As a variation of the previous series “Restraint and Seclusion” I worked with illustration artist Achraf Amiri as his dark illustrations caught my eye. Together we made this series. What do you think? 


Photos by: Alexander Habesland
Illustrations by: Achraf Amiri
Styled by: Veronica Mazziotta and Diana Prince
Hair & Make-up by: Notburga Zoeggeler and Elena Tagliapietra

Models:
Daria Arbuzova @ 2Morrow Model Management Milan 
Dasha Mikhaylova @ 2morrow Model Management Milan 
Calin Sitar @ I Love Model Management Milan
Giacomo Della Maestra @ I Love Model Management Milan 
Peter Ursich @ I Love Model Management Milan
Mario Skaric @ Independent Model Management Milan

Clothes:


3rd photo: 
Calin are wearing shoes by ‘FIORENTINI AND BAKER’ 
and the pants/beige suit are by ‘ANYE BY’.
Mario are wearing skinny pants cotton beige by GUARDAROBA by Frav Milano.

The rest are by FRAV Milano

Restraint and Seclusion

UPDATE: This series was featured at The Fashionisto! 
Click the image underneath to see it at their site
Or see the full series underneath:
“Restraint and Seclusion”

CREDITS
Story: Restraint and Seclusion

Photos by: Alexander Habesland – www.alexanderhabesland.com
Styled by: Veronica Mazziotta and Diana Prince 

Hair & Make-up by: Notburga Zoeggeler and Elena Tagliapietra
Models:

Calin Sitar @ I Love Model Management Milan
Giacomo Della Maestra @ I Love Model Management Milan 
Davide Faggioli @ I Love Model Management Milan
Peter Ursich @ I Love Model Management Milan
Mario Skaric @ Independent Model Management Milan
Matthieu Inglese @ Independent Model Management Milan
Clothes:


3rd photo: 
Calin are wearing shoes by ‘FIORENTINI AND BAKER’ 
and the pants/beige suit are by ‘ANYE BY’.
Mario are wearing skinny pants cotton beige by GUARDAROBA by Frav Milano.


The rest are by FRAV Milano

Renfang Hu – Part I

Here’s some photos I did last week with designer Renfang Hu and model Courtney B (2morrow models). The different designs were to be shot in different moods. Wednesday I’ll post the mens design shooting.
Make-up/Hair: Virginia Rizzo and assistant Nicole Krunić.
The first outfit will be a part of the Eco Fashion contest and exhibited at the Hub King’s Cross during London Design Festival.

Aber Gazzi & Vogue.it

About 2-3 weeks ago, I worked with designer Aber Gazzi for her new collection. It was almost ready so we did some photos with model Simone before the event ‘A New Anthology’ – A selection of Italian fashion talents on display at the Province gardens. After the event, Vogue.it wrote an article about it and published a couple of these photos. 
Tomorrow I’ll publish the final look-book that I did for her latest collection.

Vogue (click on the image below to read the article)

Makemehappytoday

So May/June has been really busy – which is perfect for me. I have 2 editorials coming out next month, working with a few designers and doing as well some test jobs with new talents. Soon I’ll be able to put some of these works up. Looking forward to showing what I’ve been up to!

In the meantime, here’s another interview. Click on the image to read it

Project selection

Last week I had a shoot with 8 models, which is quite an undertaking, but it really went fantastic. Especially since I also had 2 make-up artists and 2 stylists on my team. So this week is all about doing selection for the story and contact the magazines where we want it printed. But also to make sure that each model gets individual photos for their book. In other words, it’s gonna be a ton of photos!

Here are a few of those ‘behind the scenes’. One of the make-up artists took a lot more photos + videos, so I’ll post that when I get them.

Blog and Work

These past few weeks I’ve been working more than ever, which is good. What’s even better is that a lot of it will probably be published in different magazines. The downside is that it’s most likely a few months from now since I’m shooting the new autumn and winter collections of different designers.
And until then, I can’t show you anything. But, I’m gonna get some of the behind the scenes photos and write a little bit about the different projects.
These are from a shoot I did a couple of weeks ago with stylist Ellen Mirck.
Doing a shoot of the new autumn and winter collections in Milanese heat is no picnic, but the result is amazing. Will hopefully be out by September.

VOGUE.IT – released!

Click on the photo underneath and you can see the whole fashion shoot that I did for Vogue.it! It’s now been released and with a short interview of me. Take a look. Like. Share <3
Fashion & Art Magazine also wrote about my shoot for Vogue on their blog, they are so lovely!
Click on the image underneath to read it:

The Fashionisto

My latest fashion story (which I posted earlier today. see here) is now published at thefashionisto.com! I love that blog and read it every day so therefore I’m so happy that they posted my series there. Click on the photo underneath to see the spread

Model: Bob Rietman (Elite Models – Milano)
Make-up/Hair: Notburga Zoeggeler
Styling: Emanuele Sangaletti
Clothes by: FRAV Store, Milan.

Update

I’ve been working hard this week doing 2 fashion shoots with Elite models and also having an event/exhibition at Kitsch bar, Milano. These days I’m doing post-production on the two stories and thought I’d share a couple of them. Also look out for the event photos later on.
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And, why not a couple “behind the scenes” while I’m at it:
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Hôtel de Crillon with Susan Tabak

When I was in Paris for Fashion Week, I got a couple of hours to photograph Susan Tabak at the fantastic
Hôtel de Crillon where she was staying. She is a noted style expert, the author of 
Chic In Paris: Style Secrets & Best Addresses,
and publisher of the popular fashion and lifestyle website susantabak.com 

Click on the image below to see all the photos.



BONUS: Video from the shoot (filmed by Arnaud Paumier)


Working

I’ve been working hard this week doing some photo-shoots, hence fewer updates on the blog. Just thought I would show you a photo from a shoot I had on wednesday. 
I’ll upload the rest this weekend.
Did another shoot which will come out next week.
Photographer: Alexander Habesland. Model: Ronnie (Boom Agency Milano). Stylist: Veronica Mazziotta.

Floor Party

Me and my fabulous model-neighbour Nadine had another little photoshoot.
It’s amazing if you get anything done in this fucking heat in Milan, mostly we drink wine and laugh a lot.
Loves.

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I like that last picture better in BW though. What do you think?

‘Behind the Scenes’

The ‘Tarot’ shoot was divided into two days, on the first day I only had to do 2 pictures, and I had the great Dag Veivåg with me as my assistant, he filmed and took some photos along the way.
(The second part of the shoot will be out later with extras).
For ‘The Hanged Man’ I had the model get in the cold water and then lay perfectly still on some very uncomfortable rocks.

Then I placed a poor little chair on those rocks and balanced on it with my camera lifted as high as possible. It all worked out in the end, but it could have very easily gone terribly wrong.

Prepping the model:
Please don’t let me die:
‘The Fool’ however was a much easier picture to get
And then this:

became this picture, among others:

Project Runway, no sorry, photo-shoot

Yes, so I’m finally done with the fashion-shoot (though not the retouching part). We had our second shoot yesterday and I had my posse there doing their magic. After incredible heat and sunshine all day it had to get clody, windy and did I mention; freezing!

I don’t have a lot of sexy, interesting “behind the scenes” pictures, because I have people for that! (word) But here’s a couple of tests though, and I’ll show the finished series real’ soon.

One freezing model
And one happy stylist (who brought wine)

I love – shoots

So, first blogpost – damn pressure! Fuck it. Here’s some lovely pictures from a shoot I did this monday for an article about Are Grongstad – a norwegian handball player. I based the look on early Marlboro ads.  

Cover
First page – double spread

Page 3 and 4

Page 5

Page 6 and 7
The day before, me and my friend Chimen went out to look for locations. We did a lot of test pictures in preparation of the shoot. Take a look
Test pictures & professional pictures