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Bianca and Jen

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on June 30, 2011 by Tallee Savage

I met Jenny three years ago through a community page for photographers and models. We instantly clicked. We share a lot of the same values, morals and interests in life. I am just so happy and so lucky that I met her.  She is one of the kindest and smartest persons I know.

On december 13th she and her boyfriend Erik Stenemo had a sweet little adorable girl. Her name is Bianca, a name suitable for a princess. I just talked to Jen a minute ago and she was exited about her baby taking a bath in a lake for the first time.

Anyway these are photos of my sweet and dear friend JenHell with her baby. Taken on two different occasions.

Bianca is 6 months old
Photo: Tallee Savage
Graphics: JenHell

I took the photos below when I was babysitting Bianca. She was 2,5 months old and Oh boy… did she charm me with those toothless smiles. Adorable little girl!

Got to start with those rock lessons early ; ) Bianca looking very thoughtful with a stuffed cat that I gave her when she was born.

Bianca is laughing her little butt off. And sound a sleep with her mommy.

MEMENTO MORI

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Model 40 with tags , , on June 29, 2011 by Tallee Savage

These photos were taken in Småland by photographer Mats Larsson. Every photo with different and unique graphic design.

Thank you Mats : )

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Sweden Rock Festival 2011 – Part III

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by matzonsavage

Here are some mingle photos from the backstage area. I had the urge to just make them black and white, because I like black/white prints. Exception is Jocke Berg’s T-shirt as you can see.

Enjoy!

 

Jocke Berg and Vic Zino of HARDCORE SUPERSTAR. Total sweethearts!
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With my sister Amanda and Mats Levén.
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Adam Hector and Hampus Klang from BULLET and Eric & Nicklas Stenemo of MELODY CLUB
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Adam Hector of BULLET & Nicke Andersson of HELLACOPTERS
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My sister Amanda ♥ Björn and my friend Fizzy.
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Mats, Maria, Thomas, Lotta
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Me posing with Catalina & Simon Cruz of CRASHDÏET.
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Martin Sweet of Crashdïet and girlfriend Ika.
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Hanna, Jompa & Mattias having a nice drink while Uffe Magnusson thinks I’m good enough to eat.
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Phil Alselmo of PANTERA and the boys from CRASHDïET
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FATAL SMILE’s Thomas Blade and his lovely wife Maria.
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Janne Jarvis ex WARRIOR SOUL & Linnea Olsson a jounalist and guitar player of Sonic Ritual and Crucifix. —  Me and my long time friend Ulf Magnusson.
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Pär Holmgren & me — Ian Haugland of EUROPE
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Me and CRUCIFIED BARBARA’s singer and ax-girl Mia & Thomas Blade and Matt.
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Tobias Strandvik of KAMCHATKA and Johan Niemann of EVERGREY
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Hanging with Henrik Shyffert (Swedish comedian) at the bar. To the Right our friend Nippe.
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My hubby Matt and Hanna.
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Björn is doing the Mini-Me while Amanda is enjoying her drink.
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David LaRoxx and a girl from the audience with a kick-ass hairdo
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Thomas, Jompa, Hanna, Björne, Mattias, Amanda & David — Bohemian festival jam
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Last day of Sweden Rock. One HELL of a party. Here with my good friend and colleauge Catalina.
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The girls – Lena Neogard Thomander, Hanna Henriksson, Catalina Ericsson & me
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That’s all folks!

Peace, love, happiness, understanding and cherish the ones your with!

ROCK ON

Sweden Rock Festival 2011 – part II

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by Tallee Savage

My love for Whitesnake is tremendous. I heard David Coverdale the first time with Deep Purple on the “Stormbringer” and “Burn” albums. But he had already embarked on a successful career with Whitesnake by then. His amazing voice would put me sound asleep every night in my early teenage years with albums like “Lovehunter”. I can still hear the crackling sound of those vinyl records spinning next to my bed : ) A very soothing touch of the past!

Another memory I have from years later, in 1988, is when me and my friend Mimmi walked in to “Tower Records” a giant record store in L.A. and bought a picture disc of David Coverdale, if anybody recalls those? The store was pretty much empty and we made our purchase when the clerk said that Mr. Coverdale was actually in the store. We were like, YEAH RIGHT! So he pointed to way back where a small, tiny, blond man was scrolling through the records. We decided to check this out, just to make sure… and there he was! Way too skinny with a bad hairsprayed bimbo-bleech resembling Robert Plant on a bad hair day, to the point beyond recognition. He looked up and gave us a smile from ear to ear and stated a british “Hello ladies”! Being exactly the gentlemen that rumors state throughout our whole conversation. Enjoyable day in good ol’ Hollywood this was.

This was 23 years ago. After 1987 I have been very torn apart when it comes to Whitesnake. Because the simple fact that I am a big fan of the vintage Whitesnake sound where David sang like a lion. The heavy blues vibes and interplay between Micky Moody and Bernie Marsden was plain great. I miss that!

Aaaanyway… The Whitesnake concert was… Ok. I want to write that it was fabulous, but unfortunately it wasn’t. David Coverdale’s voice sounded strained, he can’t hit some of the high notes anymore, and a God forsaken unnecessary 30 minute long solo spot from Doug Aldrich, Reb Beach and Brian took a lot of the edge from this gig. Way too many ballads made me fall ill with the neurological sleep disorder narcolepsy. My only thought then was… BUT WHY? Highlight of the Whitesnake concert was Bernie Marsden’s appearance on stage which was the first time since 1982 with the band. So that was that, that!

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SAXON! Another band still going strong. Biff looks cool. Like a blond wizard from the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Better than those terrible silver spandex tights he always used to wear in the 80’s.  Just like Ozzy, the years have treated him well. Voice sounds the same and he has managed to keep in good shape. They made lots of rockers happy with songs like “And the band played on”, “Denim and Leather”, “747 Strangers in the night” and “Princess of the Night”.

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More of “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (NWOBHM). The heavy Metal lads from Birmingham have served us with twin lead guitar style, operatic vocals, leather and studs since 1969. Guitar player Glen Tipton was present without his twin-colleague K.K Downing, and that is a bummer specially since this is alleged to be their farewell tour. The new guy Ritchie Faulkner did a good job though, but still, it is never quite as nostalgic as when band has its original members. No rule without exception, of course.

I’m thinking that there was a time when Judas Priest was the hardest thing on this planet. Make no mistake, they are still “Metal Gods” but today one is more indoctrinated to more toleration when it comes to the hardness of Heavy Metal. The Judas Priest gig was clinical perfect. Very traditionally and with a nice atmosphere. Good…very good.

This is the statement from K.K Downing for leaving:

“Dear friends! It is with much regret that I will not be with you this summer. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your concerns about my health. Please rest assured that I am O.K. There has been an ongoing breakdown in working relationship between myself, elements of the band, and the band’s management for some time. Therefore I have decided to step down rather than to tour with negative sentiments as I feel that this would be a deception to you, our cherished fans. However I would urge you to please support the Priest as I have no doubt that it will be a show not to be missed.
All my love and respect.”

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More groovy moments! THIN LIZZY. I pay no attention to mean reviews and complaints about them “only” being a simple cover band. I am completely sure that Phil Lynott is happily watching from up there and is content with what his old colleagues are doing here. It sounded very authentic and the sound and respect for the three Lizzy members (Gorham, Downey and Wharton) and the rest of the guys filling in, stand high. Great show!

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Press conference with the band Down, featuring ex-Pantera singer Phil Anselmo among others.

God’s disciples Stryper also did a good show. The band sounded great and still amazes with awesome background vocals. Singer has not aged one bit and his brother and drummer, Robert Sweet, still carries his “Heather Locklear” hairdo and Barbie Ken teeth. We are swept back to the 80’s. Yellow/black stripes all over the stage and bibles to pass out to get at least some rockers to indemnify their mischiefs with the devil, next minute they indulge us with a cover song from the “Prince of darkness” himself, Ozzy’s “Over The Mountain”, he he he he, Controversy, controversy.

I only saw the three first songs of Mr Big. Then I had to run to the press tent and upload photos for a newspaper. So unfortunately I missed most of the show. But what I heard sounded good, very good. High pro musicians don’t do it any other way. The band hit us with classic songs like “Addicted To That Rush” and “Green Tinted Sixties Mind”. The return of this 90’s rock band was anticipated by many people. And what I heard they did not leave anybody disappointed. Good job!

Teletubby & Princess Leia

But what was up with Paul Gilbert’s gigantic hearing protection? He looked like a Teletubby or Leia of Star Wars. Why can’t he just wear normal earplugs like the rest of us? Jeepers creepers!!  he was sooo boring to look at. I do appreciate bands that give us a little more of the visual performance. Good thing they are such wonderful musicians and one is at least content to watch their fingers burning on the fretboard.

Paul Gilbert – A God on guitar with Teletubby look.

Eric Martin – Lead singer with broken arm  •••  Billy Sheehan – Master of the bass (here’s how he does it)

U.S classic Rock pioneers Kansas was exiting to see. A lot of rock, jazz and classical virtuous interactions going on with this band. The band made it huge 1976 with the album “Leftoverture”. Songs like “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind” are still huge hits and beloved by millions of people. When I saw them in L.A. back in 1987, they had Steve Morse on guitar, and that was one of the best concerts I’ve attended. This concert was great and appreciated as well.

 

Classic members Steve Walsh and Rich Williams

David Ragsdale on violin and Billy Greer on bass.

This year’s Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg was, like I’ve said before, the best in many years. The line-up, weather, vibes, organisation… everything was fantastic! Approx 33 000 rockers can’t be wrong. I among them had a blast!

I hope you enjoyed my live photos. Next post will be mingle pics!

Sweden Rock Festival 2011 – part I

Posted in Live Photography, Live Shows, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2011 by Tallee Savage

You know you are addicted and love rock n’ roll when you’re willing to sacrifice so much. You forget to eat and sleep because a band must be seen and heard. This year’s Sweden Rock Festival certainly was the best in many years. The vibes were truly amazing as usual. All these happy people, here,  for exactly the same reason… To embrace ROCK and all that comes with it.

So here we go! Same procedure as every year… first things first. Off to the accreditation booth to pick up the backstage passes and photo-vest given to a few lucky people from the press. That would be me! This year I am working for Borås Newspaper, together with writer Catalina, and website e-tainmentnews.com. So expectations are high to take a few good photos for publishing. I hope you do enjoy some of them here. Ok, so no time to mess around. Schedule for the first day was Crashdïet and Hardcore Superstar. Not until the end of the show did I notice a picture of my big mouth nicely portrayed on the drummer of Hardcore Superstar, Adde’s, bass drum. he, he, he, cool! Made the show even better ; )

The rest of the festival days went on in the same spirit. Tempo got more intense as more bands were playing. My schedule was carefully adjusted to the following: Work, backstage & festival socializing, beer drinking and long quick cross walks between the three major stages to make it to the press pit in front of the stage to shoot some photos and enjoy the concert. So wonderful to meet friends from all over the world. Musicians, reporters, photographers, film teams, managers, groupies… fabulous rockers all around you. This is truly one of the highlights of the year.

So who did the best performance? Well let me put it like this; I had the highest expectations for Rob Zombie. A band I like a lot and whom I never seen live before. After a lame and boring press conference where Rob Zombie stated that he

knew nothing of Sweden and the swedish music business because he only lives in his own little bubble, I started to worry about how interesting the show was going to be. He arrived two hours late for the press conference. Did not bother to apologize and just seemed uninspired and eager to leave. Which he did after 10 minutes. Not one interesting word from the man who is alleged to be a “thinking mans dude”…

Mr Zombie @ the press conference

Anyway! All forgotten and forgiven, as ROB ZOMBIE did the BEST performance of Sweden Rock this year. I was enthusiastic and excited through the whole show. The visual aspect was totally crazy and amazing. Meticulously planned to every detail on stage. I mean what band comes up with the idea of even choreographing the poses on the microphone stands that were formed as skeletons. Ingenious thinking from every button on their fabulous outfits on stage to the make up on face and body. Even the simple backdrop portraying classic photos from the horror movies King Kong, Frankenstein and The Werewolf was eye-catching and appreciated. Sound and lightning? Perfect, even in daylight!
How about the music you ask? There is not a lot of bands you can shake your booty and headbang to at the same time. Tight and heavy one minute and sensually groovy with phrygian scales the next. Yes, of course this feeds my needs for oriental affection as well. There is nothing better than the combination of these two genres. Expectedly, that is why Rainbow’s “Gates of Babylon” and Rob Zombie’s ” Living Dead Girl” are two of my favorite songs. It is all about the “phrygian” scales. I was told this from an old boyfriend, Yngwie Malmsteen, he ought to know.

Photos: Tallee Savage
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I saw more and I liked more. The festivals headliners, Ozzy came in second place as a favorite act. I have seen him before and expected no less from him. On the second song he decided to make a prank with all the photographers and people in the first row. He came out with a big fire extinguisher and squirted us with foam. I had been warned about this so I turned away, rescuing my beautiful camera in a second. Ozzy continued to jump like a frog and eager not to let anyone get away…  the staff on stage were an easy target.

Standing there close to the stage enjoying this classic icon, a very unprofessional thought passed through my mind. How I would rather go on a date with Ozzy, than David Coverdale, ha ha ha, an impossible thought 20 years ago. But after all he is the “Prince of Darkness” ; )

Ozzy delivered, as he should, being one of the most influential rock musicians of all time. It was Magic… pure Magic.

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Gus G (to the right) following the long tradition of excellent and beautiful guitar players such as Randy Rhoads, Jake E Lee and Zakk Wylde.

Audience, barking at the moon!

Joan Jett rockin’ the crowd with songs like “Do you want to Touch me”, ” I hate Myself for Loving you” & “Cherry Bomb”. Awesome party songs. Gorgeous lady, flirty as hell ; )
I’d like to dedicate these pictures to my friends Carin and Kattis who weren’t able to see the concert this time around.

I remember the first time I saw Queensrÿche back in 1983 in L.A. I was blown away by this bands music and Geoff Tate’s vocals.  The concept seemed so perfect and the music was something new. After that I have seen them live quite a few times in the 80’s and 90’s. To hear songs from the epic albums like the debut EP, “The Warning”, “Rage For Order”, “Operation Mindcrime”, “Empire” and so on was such a fantastic trip to Heavy Metal Heaven. They were untouchable! It could seem hard to reach to that level now again… perhaps. The new recordings don’t tickle the same nerve anymore and the show was unfortunately mediocre. Geoff Tate’s voice sounded tired and he had problems striking the high notes like he always used to. Maybe they had a bad day. But I for one will not forget or lose the respect I have for this band. I will see them again!

Ok folks!
This was Part ONE of this fabulous festival… there will be a Part two and three aswell : )

Any feedback on this? Were you there? I´d like to hear your opinion.

Rock on!

THE POODLES – Performocrazy

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by Tallee Savage

I had the pleasure to work with these lads on the project for The Poodles’ fourth album entitled “Performocrazy”.  The album was released on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America entering the Swedish album chart at #1. Congratulations are entitled : )

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Here you can read more about the band and album >>>>>

Samples from the album Performocrazy >>>>>

PHOTO: Daniel Olsén.
ARTWORK: TMP – Anders Fästader for A Trailermade Production
MAKE UP: Tallee Savage / http://www.savagebeauty.se
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