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.
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:
Make-up & Hair by Theo Solé Wintermark. Styling by Afaf Ali.
As a photographer’s assistant you’ll actually do a lot modelling. This because I need to test how the light is when starting on a new location or set. So to be as efficient as possible I’ll do this when the models are changing. Here’s a few test shots (unedited) of my assistant, for the Raidy Boer shoot, Mavi Aline Behramoglu.
I was asked to do the new promotional photos of a Norwegian Choir called ‘Den Norske Studentsangforeningen‘ which was founded in 1845 and is Norway’s oldest choir. The photos were taken in the beautiful Aulaen hall in Oslo, Norway.
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.
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
During Mens Fashion Week in Milan I was working with WOW, a.k.a. White On Web. They display the works of countless designers during this period and they were fronting 7 new talented designers at the fair. In addition to doing the events and location photos I was also asked to do an editorial with styling from these designers. This editorial is now out at the WOW website, but you can also check it out here.
“Closing the Distance”
Pullover: Luca Larenza
Coat: Matthew Miller
Pullover: Luca Larenza
Dress and holster: Esther Perbrandt
Pullover and blazer: Luca Larenza
Blazer: Raphael Hauber
Jacket: (white) Matthew Miller, (black) Esther Perbrandt
Photographer: Alexander Haabesland
Models: Victor and Jakob (Independent Men Milan) and Amanda (Modelplus Milan)
Today we had a rather cultural day going through the different vintage and food markets in London before visiting a few galleries. Take a look.
The Tate Modern museum (video installation by Tacita Dean)
National Portrait Gallery
I later discovered that all photography was forbidden so I can’t really show you the amazing works, especially at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 (if you’re in London, go check it out)
Arrived in London for some work/vacation time and walked around a bit in the area I was staying. I love the whole feel and look of this city and hope to come back for some bigger projects/editorials later this year. Here’s a few snapshots.
During this Men’s Fashion Week in Milan I was working with WHITE Milano. They organise the showcase of over 100 brands and designers in Via Tortona. The art-innstallations was by Erika Calesini. I was there to photograph the events, detail-shots and ‘whatever I found interesting.’ That’s exactly what I did, so here’s a look at how it all was:
After spending my holidays in Norway it was finally time to get back to Milan! I had to return earlier than planned due to work for Swiss brand ‘Bally’ and also ‘White’ during Mens Fashion Week (more on that later). Feels so good to be back. Even the Milanese fog was kind of welcoming.
Spent New Year’s in Oslo, Norway with friends. It’s wonderful being here on holiday but I’m looking forward to doing my next editorial back in Milan! In the meantime, thought I’d share the view here right now. Beautiful, but cold.
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:
Shot today while I was adjusting the studio lighting when the model was getting her hair and make-up done. It tends to be less location work when the temperature starts dropping towards zero. Anyway, here I am. Ta-daa. Or something.
Having spent this whole week with a fever and bed rest (which is painfully anti-social), I am now very happy to be well and ready to work! Tomorrow I go back in the studio for a beauty shoot and tuesday working with TOD’s. Also, I’ve been finishing up most of my work load,
including outtakes from my shoot with Leica.
Photography by: Alexander Habesland
Assistant: Agnes Carlsson Åström
Make-up by: Tomas Erdis
Hair by: Théo Solé Wintermark and Lene Kristiansen
A few weeks back I was asked to photograph the new Christmas line displayed at Ecliss, a design store in Milan. Of course I said yes, and the store was fantastic! So many amazing decorations and details. I’ll show you some here, but if you happen to be in Milan this Christmas you should definitely stop by.
Nothing makes me feel more like a tourist than whenever I’m running around photographing stuff like Naviglio, Duomo, Parco Sempione and such. But if you’re a fashion photographer that loves to do editorials on location then you’ll need to walk around doing this stuff. Still, Milan’s a lovely city.
A few weeks ago, representatives from Leica contacted me and asked if I wanted to use their new camera Leica S2 for one of my future projects. I of course said yes because it’s an amazing brand (the S2 alone costs about € 20.000,- but gives amazing quality). So I did 2 editorials over 2 days, the first of which is shown underneath. It’s called “All’s Not Lost.”
Photography by: Alexander Haabesland
Assistant: Agnes Carlsson Åström
Make-up by: Tomas Erdis
Hair by: Théo Solé Wintermark and Lene Kristiansen
A couple of weeks ago two friends visited me in Milan, and sure enough we also did a shooting. We took a train ride about 40 minutes outside of Milan, more or less just to see if there was something cool around to use for the shoot. We ended up in this huge field and under you can see some of the photos. I’m still going through all the material, but these I liked:
Sometimes, when I’m bored mostly, I’ll start going through old shoots that I’ve had. It’s fun to ‘relive’ that day but also you’ll find outtakes that you want to use after all. This is an example of this. The first 2 photos are on my website alexanderhabesland.com as part of my ‘personal‘ series:
But going through the photos from that day I saw this photo:
It wasn’t right for the original spread, but still, love the portrait.
Usually when I’m planning an editorial I’ll have a casting to make sure that we book the right model(s). You need to see how they are in real life and if they can portray the story that you’re shooting. And so I have a lot of casting photos
For example; here’s a select few of the models that we saw on the casting for VS. Magazine,
men’s editorial, this spring.
And for that particular story we chose this model, Panos, from 2morrow Model Management.
After a brief working stay in Norway I’m back in Milan. New apartment and new opportunities for round 2! Setting up more editorial work and modelling tests that I’ll show you in the forthcoming days. Good to be back in Milan.
After some weeks of editorial shootings and look-books it was nice to do a very simple test-shoot. Just taking some good photos and enjoying the day. This is Swedish model Victor Finn, represented by Independent Men – Milan.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
And, why not a couple “behind the scenes” while I’m at it:
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)
So very few updates from me lately, but it’s because I’m working on a complete relaunch of both the blog and my professional website. New business cards are in print and hopefully everything will be ready and launched before christmas!
In the meantime I’m going over all the old and new photos, trying to put together a portfolio, finishing the different series & personal work. Here’s some new, old and blog photos that I may or may not put in.
I really got that autumn feeling in Milan today and the melancholic ‘what about summer?’ thing that you get after something’s over. Looking forward to new adventures this autumn – so bring it! (said in that “Bring it on” – cheerleader movie kind of way).
These are pictures from my vacation last summer with some of my closest friends. Miss you guys.
So, I haven’t been able to blog for a week due to an angry photo library that wouldn’t cooperate with me! After a lot of attempts to fix this mother f#$&=” I got it right and am back in business. Have some photos stored up so the blog will again be updated daily. Loves. Thought I’d start by showing a couple of pics of me and my roomate Steffen with our “Gone Fishing” sign, meaning a number of wonderful things. Can U guess some of it?