It’s finally time to tell you about what it means to be in a LPM shoot!
The location of today’s shoot is Mia’s childhood home, a small villa enveloped by greenery and surrounded by a quiet and old peace, a perfect place to escape the chaos of Madrid.
I welcome the contagious smile of photographer Jose, a ecentric guy with a visibly nineties style who works in the digital world and has been part of the LPM family for years. Between a beer and a cigarette, he introduces me to his partner Edgar and together we head inside the house.
I take all the necessary clothes out of my suitcase and in a moment the whole salon is filled with printed and Damask fabrics in perfect Pecos style!
Alex and Mia are out in the garden with the protagonist of today’s shoot, Adrian, guitarist in the band Monteavaro and main lead of the Black Maracas and Dilly Child.
After enjoying this strange spring sun for a few minutes, everything is ready to start, so the show may begin!
The music of Deep Purple floods the whole environment and between changes of the looks, play of lights, laughter and some more beers we give life to photos and poses in perfect rock star style, until we are interrupted by the arrival of the real diva of the day, Jara, Mia’s parents’ adorable terrier puppy, who immediately steals the attention of everyone present – it’s so cute!!
We head upstairs where other shots are made between the bedrooms of Mia’s childhood, sunglasses and portraits of exotic and elegant animals.
Once finished shooting the party continues with drinks and other, while Mia’s mother tells us various anecdotes about the childhood of our designer, but I’m not gonna tell you bitch!
Sunday mornings are more alive than ever, Madrid is invaded by an almost blistering sun, which fully stands out in the beauty of its ancient buildings. When I leave the Tirso de Molina subway, the colours and life of the Rastro, a typical antique market in the La Latina neighbourhood, overwhelm me and now I understand why Madrid is called the city “que nunca duerme”.
Mia & Alex’s house is already in turmoil: today’s model, Pablo, is playing the guitar together with the photographer Alvaro, while Martina is engaged in the make-up session with Amal. In the kitchen the radio is on full blast and between coffee and cigarettes we are ready to head towards today’s location, the Real Jardin Botanico of the city.
The theme of today’s shoot is “Alice in Wonderland” for which clearly, besides the unmistakable fabrics of LPM, one cannot forget the bright hair and white rabbit masks.
The first photo session takes place in the greenhouse, where the models pose surrounded by lush tropical vegetation that enhances the peculiarity of the garments they wear; the skilled photographers and friends of Mia e Alex, Alvaro and Carol, a couple who are starting a project called I-C Project, immortalise shots and moments, while Mia and I give take turns to check that everything is in order.
The second part of the photo shoot takes place outside, between the gardens and the impressive white stone monuments that tower among the green oases; here, among feathered hats and masks, all the energy worthy of the mix between LPM and Lewis Carroll’s mad story is released.
The morning ends with a “masked” toast under the Madrid sun.
My hands are stained with the coloured, almost metallic dye that Mia and I used to colour the hair of the guys belonging to the band that is the protagonist of today’s shoot, a series of shots that want to convey the idea of space and strength of the subject that comprise it.
We cannot yet reveal who the protagonists are, but for this reason, stay tuned bitches!
Outside it is raining heavily, the photographic studio is hidden in one of the central streets of the city, in its beating heart that comes to life in a different form; the profiles of the buildings almost sparkle, reflecting in the rivulets of water on the road.
Today’s photographers are Nuria, a sweet and exuberant blonde girl with blue eyes, who has been part of the LPM family for a long time and her assistant Monique, whose black hair stands out on her light skin with an almost ethereal kindness.
The lights come on, lenses are focused and the show begins; inspired by the music that never lacks in the pecos family, funny and original shots are made.
Time passes and the songs follow one another in a coming and going of look changes and research of innovative poses, a frenetic and at the same time adrenalising rhythm that characterises every photographic service realised in the studio.
After the last click the lights go out and between drops of rain and bags overflowing with clothes, the evening ends as usual with a beer and a laugh.
Taking part in an LPM shoot is like attending a typical Christmas dinner with friends and relatives, it means being in a family and having fun but at the same time minding that every detail is perfect to create an excellent and original work.
From here we can understand very well the commitment and the passion that Mia and Alex have for their work and the care they put into every single thing. It becomes clear that they are perfect and complementary with the clothes, the printed and Damask fabrics that so characterise them, and that they could never do anything but this.
by SILVIA DELLA SAVIA