Thursday, 31 July 2014

Romanie Smith Interview

 

Photography by My Boudoir

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Romanie Smith is a 19-year old London, Essex-based model. She has done beauty, pin up, lingerie, fetish, hair, swimwear, fashion and commercial modeling. This interview/pictorial was published in Sinical 15. Print copies can be purchased here. Look for Romanie on the cover of our upcoming special issue Sinical Nylons.

 

Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Romanie Smith: I was born on the 1st of December in 1994 so I’m still only 19! I was born in Colchester, Essex. I lived in Canary Wharf for a short while last year which I loved, but have returned to my home town Halstead which is about an hour from London and 20 minutes from Stansted Airport which is convenient for travelling.

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine that you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Romanie Smith: I didn’t intend to become a model at all, I was approached by a local photographer named Dan Tidswell. He invited me to come and test with him. That was just over a year ago and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in fashion/fetish modeling?

Romanie Smith: Again it was Dan who suggested to me that I would be a great fetish model. I looked at some of the stunning images of models like Masuimi Max and Mosh, and I thought I’d give it a try. I approached a few smaller latex companies and was told initially that I was ‘far too girl next door and vanilla’! That didn’t deter me. I knew it was something I wanted to do so I approached Westward Bound to see if they would lend me some samples and they were unbelievably supportive. I work alongside Westward Bound a lot. Their designs are simply stunning. I’m lucky enough to be able to collaborate with some incredible designers now.

Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer fashion or fetish/alt modeling?

Romanie Smith: I think I’d have to say my favourite is fetish/alt modeling mainly because you can be so creative with it and embraces the essense of femininity. It allows women to celebrate their curves and for me, it gives me the opportunity to feel glamourous and sensual.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand apart from others?

Romanie Smith: There are some seriousy amazing models out there and it’s so hard to be noticed among so many beautiful women. I think you have to be uniquely versatile and to have the ability to make a ‘look’ your own. It’s almost impossible to have a unique idea in this industry, inspiration always comes from somewhere, but to have the insight into making an image individual to you is where I think the answer lies. It’s also imperitive to work with great teams. Everyone’s input into an image is vital.

Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Romanie Smith: As I said previously it’s a massive team effort, but the connection between the model and the camera is for me, the ultimate key.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Romanie Smith: I love wearing latex, it’s very empowering, but my biggest fetish has to be shoes. I have hundreds of them. High heels, platforms, customs shoes, flat ones, patent ones, diamonte shoes in every colour imaginable. I love shoes!

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Romanie Smith: I’m tiny! 33-22-32.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Romanie Smith: My shoe size is 4 or 5, depending on the shoe. I’m usually a size 4 - but if the heels are ‘sky scrapper’ high, then I get a 5 just to be on the safe side.

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Romanie Smith: I listen to literally every type of music. I love music. So many of my memories are defined by it! Usually it would depend on what kind of mood I’m in, but if I had to choose I’d say I’m a 90s kid so that’s where my happy place is.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what do you like to do for fun?

Romanie Smith: I love spending time with my family. I have a one year old niece who I’m completely smitten with so spend as much time as I can with her and my sisters. I enjoy going out with my friends and of course shopping.

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any other upcoming projects you would like to mention?

Romanie Smith: I do, but I never say what they are until they happen, just in case.

 

 

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Low key lighting/Backlighting (Off-Camera Flash Photography)

Model: Bat Cave. Dominatrix hat: Joanna Lark.


Photography by Danny Stygion

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In this photo shoot: three speedlights were used. Two speedlights (Yongnuo YN-560 II's) were placed behind the model on stands and directed towards the camera. One speedlight (Nikon SB-600) was in a 24x24" soft box and placed to the left of the camera. 4 Yongnuo Rf-603 triggers/receivers were used on the equipment and all flashes were set to Manual mode. A silver reflector was on the opposite side to lessen some of the shadows on the right side. The backdrop was a 10x12 black muslin backdrop. The model was standing 6 feet away from the background and I was about 6 feet in front of her. The camera lens was a 50mm Nikkor lens. The camera settings: f/11 - 1/160 - ISO 100. RAW. White balance: Flash. The important thing is to first expose for the ambient light to make sure everything is completely black and then to add the flash in.

The model, Bat Cave, always has interesting colored hair and she has a great collection of Gothic jewelry and outfits. The Dominatrix hat was sent to us by UK-based designer: Joanna Lark (http://www.joannalark.com). Look for a full interview and more pictures of Bat Cave in the October issue of Sinical. ~ Danny Stygion

 

 

 

 

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Lighting with Snoots (Off-Camera Flash Photography)

Model: Southern Candy. Location: Boheme.

Camera settings: f/5.6 - 1/125 sec. - ISO 100. 50mm.


Photography by Danny Stygion

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In the three photos in this article from 2013 photo shoots, I worked with two speedlights (Nikon SB-600 and a Yongnuo YN-560 II) and used basically the same lighting setup each time. One speedlight (the main light) had a snoot on it and the other had a red gel scotched tape to the flash head (the backlight). A snoot is basically a restrictive tunnel for light to go through. I work with three snoots: the Rogue 3-1 HoneyComb Grid, Gary Fong's PowerSnoot, and a Pringles can that has been converted into a snoot and spray painted matte black. The flashes are set to Manual mode. The backlight flash is pointed straight up towards the ceiling. In the last image with Veronica Gomez, the backlight flash is set a little off to the right. The power settings on the flash will have to be adjusted to whatever looks right to you. These images were shot in RAW so the white balance settings didn't matter, but I believe I had the WB set to Cloudy on my Nikon DSLR. I like this simple setup and I feel the red adds some nice warmth to the imagery. ~ Danny Stygion


Model: Crystal Pieper. Location: Casulo Hotel - Austin, Texas. 

Camera settings: f/5.6 - 1/160 sec. - ISO 400. 50mm.

Model: Veronica Gomez. Location: Nouveau Antique Art Bar.

Camera settings: f/8. 1/125 sec. ISO 200. 50mm.


 

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Drakaena "666" Interview

 

Photographer: Phenix Photography’ste
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Drakaena is an alternative model based in Lyon, France. This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical 666. Print copies can be purchased here

 

Sinical Magazine: When were your born and where? Where are you currently located?

Drakaena: I was born the 30 september 1991 in Lyon, France. I live in Vienne (France) now.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Drakaena: I’ve started modeling when I was 15, I met my best friend at school and she was just starting out with photography so we started to work together. At that time I had a dark and gothic style and so did she. So we made pictures that look like us and not really “fashion photography.” Since I have built up a diverse wardrobe that includes corsets, gothic clothes, leather, high heels, new rock, demonia, etc. It’s only last year that I’ve started to try lots of different directions in photography, including pinup, bodypaint, shibari, fetish etc. I love the weird and alternative style.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model? If it’s not a magazine, what inspired you?

Drakaena: I don’t read magazines. I just love beautiful images. I like art in generally. So I’m just inspired by “mise en scène”, playing different identities and emotion.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

Drakaena: For me it’s very important to have my own personality. Giving my best in any circumstances, and communicating the emotions. It’s not interesting for me to model just for modeling. Sure I like making beautiful pictures but most of all to put my soul in it, the emotions and my personality. And I believe in what I do. Be passionate.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Drakaena: I think all is important. The reflection between the model and the photographer. The preparation : such a good place, find a good make up artist, a stylist. And the moment of the shoot, be very focused and feel the emotion. And photo retouching is important.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Drakaena: I’m not very skinny. I’ve got what I need where needed and that’s what people like. I measure 1m60 for 56 kg, clothing 38 (EU) , 92 breast, 72 waist, 92 hip (in centimeters). I don’t know how much it’s in UK system.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Drakaena: 37-38 for shoes (French).

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Drakaena: I really really love shoes. High shoes. I just bought one yesterday! I love their smell and they are so sweet. they make beautiful legs and sexy. I have more than 30 pairs!

Sinical Magazine: There are dark and gothic themes in your work. Can you talk about this?

Drakeana: I just like the aspect of dark/gothic. it’s so beautiful, graphic and emotional.

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite horror films?

Drakaena: I don’t like horror films, but I like films about magic, witches, demons, dragons. I prefer to dream rather than fear.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Drakaena: I don’t listen to lots of music lately. But I like most of styles. anything that’s rock, metal, symphonical. I also don’t mind more commercial songs so some times I even go to night clubs to dance.

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, what else do you like to do for fun?

Drakaena: I like pole dance. Overwise I like shopping (a lot), singing, dancing, making accessories and clothes for my photo shoots and travelling.

Sinical Magazine: What’s up next for you?

Drakaena: I will continure to do more photo shoots. I have a lot of projects set up with many photographers all over France. |

 

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Sharuzen "666" Interview

 

Photographer: Iroltha - Lesthet.
Studio: “Monsters Under Your Bed” Cologne/Germany.

 

Sharuzen is an alternative model and tattoo artist based in Cologne, Germany. This interview/pictorial was featured in Sinical 666 (Limited Edition). Print copies can be purchased here.

 

Sinical Magazine: When were you born and where? Where are you currently located?

Sharuzen: I have been born in January 1986 at the north Slovakian city called Zilina. I am currently living at Cologne/Germany where I have moved from London few months ago, but I am traveling a lot.

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in modeling?

Sharuzen: I have got to the modeling really randomly. As a painter I have always needed a good references for my paintings and if there wasn’t any model around, I took often a pictures of myself. When my friend photographer saw pictures I did of myself, asked me if I would be interested to shoot with him as a model and I said yes, so that’s how I got started.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: What was the first magazine you came across that made you want to become a model? If not a magazine, what inspired you?

Sharuzen: I have always had a lot of ideas what I wanted to create as soon as possible. To create paintings can long days, months even years. When I have got my first camera, things started to go faster. It was really the camera what inspired me. With a camera I have more flexibility and it takes less time to transfer my idea then it would be with a painting.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

Sharuzen: Definitely charisma. If model has a strong charisma. the clothes and make-up don’t matter as much.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: From a model’s perspective, what do you think is the most important aspect of a photo?

Sharuzen: It’s very difficult for me to respond this question just from the model’s perspective, as I am also photographer. I will say composition and then balance between light and shadow is what brings that wow factor to each photo and creating the whole atmosphere.

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

Sharuzen: Height: 5’4”. Weight: 117 lbs. Bust: 35”. Waist: 26”. Hips: 36”. Dress: 10.

Sinical Magazine: What is your shoe size?

Sharuzen: Normally size 5 but when I am wearing the high heels it’s size 4.

 

 

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what are your fetishes and why?

Sharuzen: I really like everything what looks magic and mystical. I very like cloths, which are black, transparent, with laces, then corsets, hats and jewelry.

Sinical Magazine: There are dark and gothic themes in your work. Can you talk about this?

Sharuzen: I love history, gothic and baroque things, with dark and magic feelings inside. That’s something what is really close to me and I would say it’s a part of me and always was. I would never say that I am just a gothic person cause I have been never thinking like that. For me it’s something natural and I am doing what I feel. Basically said these kinds of themes are always offering me never ending field of possibilities for my art.

 

Sinical Magazine: What are some of your favorite horror films?

Sharuzen: Honestly I don’ t really have one. Maybe it sounds weird but I haven’t seen anything overwhelming to me.

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

Sharuzen: I like certain songs from various interprets. It means a lot to me when I am painting or doing photography. I like rock music, gothic rock and of course metal music, for example Type O Negative, Sisters of Mercy, Behemoth, Motley Crue, Motorhead. I know it’s an interesting combination but I really like them all.

Sinical Magazine: Besides modeling, you are a tattoo artist. Can you talk about your tattoo art?

Sharuzen: That’s my main job and I really love it. It’ s something what I really wanted to do since I was a child. I am also painter but being tattoo artist is something more for me. When I am painting I am transferring my ideas on canvas but when I am tattooing I have to work with the whole body shape and tone of skin, which is more creative. Personally I really love to do realistic, surrealistic and fantasy tattoos, cause my head is full of ideas like this. These style also giving my artistic freedom, which is very important to me. All of my tattoos are custom designs which I am preparing for each of my clients individually cause everybody is unique. And actually I am tattooing at the “Monsters Under Your Bed” studio in Cologne/Germany.

Sinical Magazine: What’s up next for you?

Sharuzen: I will be working on tattoo conventions across the Europe this year again and also planning few guest spots in another tattoo studios. I am also planning to do more photo shoots and collaborations with clothing designers mainly here in Germany where I am actually based. I would also like to organize an exhibition of my paintings this year. I would really like to make more videos in the future cause that’ s something I am really fascinated about it. Apart ofrom all that, I’m still improving myself and creating more and more art for people. |

 

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