The ‘cosmic’ music album cover shot that led Tim Saccenti to win Beauty category in Spotlight Photo Awards


The winners of Spotlight Awards for Photographic Excellence have been announced, but there is something we all keep wondering about: what are the stories behind the images? To find out, we conducted a series of interviews with all our winners.

Today it’s time to share our conversation with someone widely known in the music industry – the photographer and director Tim Saccenti represented by Stem Agency, who won the Beauty Photography category in our Awards.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith for her album cover ”The Kid” by Timothy Saccenti | Beauty Category Winning Image – Spotlight Awards 2018

Production Paradise: Tell us about the winning image: the idea behind it, how was it shot?

Tim Saccenti: The image is a portrait of electronic musician Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith for the cover of her album “The Kid”.  The music is quite cosmic in a sense of style so we wanted the art to reflect this. Working with make up artist Laura Stiassni, we used Kaitlyn Aurelia’s face as the surface for a this reflective, otherworldly feel.

Production Paradise: How would you describe your style?

Tim Saccenti: Baroque futurism.

Production Paradise: How did you end up behind the lens? Tell us about your career path.

Tim Saccenti: An interest in light and the manipulation of vision led me to experiment early on with photograms and alternate imaging techniques such as Kirlian photography. This eventually led to me using the look and feel of this experimental world in portraiture work.

Production Paradise: What do you think is necessary to become a successful commercial photographer?

Tim Saccenti: I think having a unique vision is important, but also dealing with other people, listening skills and following through on what you say you can create is equally important.

Production Paradise: We believe you are not resting on your laurels – what are you working on now?

Tim Saccenti: I’m currently directing a series of spots for Mercedes-Benz.

Production Paradise: The Spotlight awards had a judge’s panel composed of potential clients for commercial photographers – did that influence your choice of image(s) selected for your entry?

Tim Saccenti: No, we chose the image we felt best represented the level and type of work my team creates.

We want to thank Tim for taking part in our Awards and for his time given to this interview revealing a little bit more about his creative process and background. We invite everyone to visit his portfolio on Production Paradise’s page and his personal page on Stem Agency’s website.

Production Paradise will issue a special edition of Spotlight Magazine featuring all the winners. Make sure you subscribe to our blog and Spotlight Magazine and never miss anything!

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