St. Petersburg Photography Studio Photographs New Catalog

Saint Pete Photo recently completed a photography shoot for Tampa-based hair accessory company, A Whirl & A Twirl. This unique brand creates hand-crafted hair accessories, including barrettes, hair sticks, and headbands in addition to custom and bridal designs.

The photo shoot involved more than a dozen models and yielded thousands of images that will be used for their 2013 advertising campaign. “Our Tampa photography team shot over fifty scenes for A Whirl & A Twirl’s new wholesale catalog and for their new website,” says Christian Schwier, founder of the St. Petersburg photo studio.

Taking place at a private residence in North Tampa, the Tampa commercial photography project involved Schwier as the lead photographer and Andrew Ortoski as Lighting Director. Integral to the shoot were make-up artists Anya Yuschenko and Hollie Lynch O’Brien, hair stylist Michael Georgianni, and Yara Ocasio, who did both hair and make-up. The vision was led by A Whirl & A Twirl founder Kasey Ortoski.

Photos of the fifteen models were shot using the Canon 5D mark III camera with Canon 100mm Macro 2.8L and Canon 24-105 IS f4.0L lenses. Andrew managed lighting with six Photogenic Studio Max III Strobes to provide a smooth even light for the portrait photography.

What began as a one-woman operation, A Whirl & A Twirl now has an entire staff that designs, creates and distributes the pieces. “Each one is unique,” says owner Kasey Ortoski. “We use real gemstones, freshwater pearls, crystals, and shells, so they’re all different.”

“We love working with local businesses and supporting their expansion,” says Schwier, a St. Peterburg photographer for more than seven years. “We also love connecting local companies with each other. For this project we teamed up with award-winning graphic designer Jeff Zampino, who is designing and laying out the catalog. And our lighting director, Andrew, also runs dual duty as A Whirl & A Twirl’s webmaster, so he’ll integrate all of the photos into the site’s online store. It’s exciting to work with a team as passionate as this.”

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