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Christmas 2014

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , on December 27, 2014 by Tallee Savage

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In a wink it was gone! Now it’s only one year until next time. I really can’t complain though as my chilean/american christmas lasts for three beautiful days. Same procedure as every year. Only this year we were 18 people, one more person with my sister Violeta’s and Roger’s baby Yindi Lo. It was nice, time of peace and good cheer with all political talk left aside (this year). It’s not easy being the chatelaine I tell you, it takes me a few weeks to prepare everything and when everybody leaves after three days I look like a troll doll (penntroll). The house is now quiet and as I sit in front of the fireplace relaxing, I do find myself missing everybody. I really LOVE having my big family around me <3

tallee-signI hope you all had a marvelous, wonderful, restful Christmas too. Here are some photos I took while doing our christmas photo sessions. First out is my daughter Adina.

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Happy Easter 2013

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , on March 30, 2013 by Tallee Savage

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Just got back from a wonderful Easter dinner at my sister Amanda and her husband Björn. I have eaten so much chocolates … num-num.

Tomorrow we will visit Maj-Britt and Stickan for the same procedure as every year :) …and some more chocolates :D

I leave you with a picture I took of my daughter traditionally dressed as a Påskkärring (Easter witch). In Sweden kids paint their faces, carry a broom and knock on neighbours doors for treats, like the american kids do fortallee-sign Halloween. After that they fly of with their broomsticks to dance with the devil at Blåkulla (the Brocken) according to the Folklore.

Hope you all have wonderful Easter Holiday!

© Savage Beauty - Photo: Tallee Savage

Photo: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage

  

Article in Magasin Upplands Väsby

Posted in Bands & Artists, Child & Family Photography, Live Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Model 40, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2013 by Tallee Savage

Magsin-Upplands-VasbyPhoto on cover image: Patrik Blom – Models left: Zack Wilmenius & Angelica Jansson.

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This is an interview with me made by Anders Tengner for MAGASIN UPPLANDS VÄSBY.
Both in english and Swedish.

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eng-flag-1In Upplands Väsby she is more known as Yngwie Malmsteen’s first girlfriend, but she soon made a name for herself as a very unique photographer. Tallee Savage has her photo studio in Sollentuna and the person portrayed always ends up – somewhere else. – It could take days to produce one single fantasy image, she says.

She looks like Morticia from the Addams Family and lives in a house decorated as an old Victorian castle. Her last name is Savage… for real. No wonder she named her company Savage Beauty. But this photographer is everything but creepy. She does however have the predilection for the mystic, romantic horror from 30’s classics and Hard Rock music. The latter is no surprise. Tallee was world famous Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s first girlfriend.
– We met when I was 14 and he was 17 years old. It was at a party at the home of Europe bassist John Leven, Tallee laughs at the memory. I thought only old men were named Yngwie and told him so. He persisted for months about going to the movies. And we eventually did. It turned out to be more than a movie.
In a new book about Yngwie Malmsteen, dealing with the scandal-ridden rock star’s life (“As Above, So Below”) – she talks in detail about how they became a couple. The relationship lasted four years. She moved with him to Los Angeles when he got an offer to move there in 1983. The U.S. is like home to Tallee being half American and half Chilean. She came to Sweden as a refugee from Chile when she was only 10 years old and grew up in Upplands Väsby with two sisters.
– I was among the very first Chilean in Upplands Väsby, smiles Tallee. It was a great place to grow up. I had experienced the hard rock explosion in Upplands Väsby. You know, with Europe and all those bands. I was among the first hard rock girls in Upplands Väsby and wore black clothes and a bandoleer belt to school. Yngwie lived with me for a while in Upplands Väsby. It was great. One week we could celebrate the Chilean Association and listened to Victor Jara and the next there would be parties at the home of the guys in Europe.
She lived there until 1994 when she and her husband Mattias moved to a house in Sollentuna. – The traffic was badly congested towards Väsby, sighs Tallee.
– We wanted to be closer to the city, but did not live there. Sollentuna is close to parks, schools and shops. It invested in youth activities with several sports and gymnastics halls and then we have the Arena-Satellite. It is an operation filled with computers, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio and space for dancing.
The schools in Sollentuna are well-managed and ranks as the best in greater Stockholm. – Sofielundsskolan, where my children attend, is pleasant and has good education. They were one of the first to implement IT in learning and have in a natural way brought the pupils into the school of the future. Furthermore the business climate is good here. We really thrive in Sollentuna.
She has built her business at home which consists of advanced photography and extreme make-up. Among her clients is everything from families who want to eternalize their kids in a different way, to rock bands such as Crucified Barbara, Fatal Smile, and Over The Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmoore’s son. They all want to enhance their visual image. Even internationally acclaimed song writer Andreas Carlsson, guitar legend Michael Schenker, and members from the Swedish hardrock band Europe have posed in front of her camera. The pictures she takes can best be described as photo art, especially after they have been edited by her husband Mattias Savage who touches them up and creates fantasy inciting surroundings and the mystique that is always present in the pictures. The color scheme is attenuated.
– I like Tim Burton, Tallee admits unsurprisingly. His scenography, lighting and picture language is very exciting and dramatic.
The photo studio is located in the bottom floor of the large house. Here one finds a variety of costumes and imaginative props. Tallee is always running around to different swap-meets and finds unique stuff on her trips abroad. It is filled with skulls and monsters, dresses from La Belle Epoque and angel’s wings with genuine feathers, and this style goes through the entire house.
– My daughter brought a friend home one day who said; “Oh, have you already decorated your house for Halloween?,” and my daughter replied; “No, this is how it always looks at our place” Tallee says and laughs.
Even though Tallee has been taking photographs as a hobby since the age of 12, it wasn’t until 2005 that became a professional photographer.
– I learned how to work in a studio and with lighting.  Her business took off seriously after she put her first images on Facebook and got a huge response. Now the customers come frequently.
– Some clients have an idea and we go through it, Tallee says. Other times I can tell by the person what would fit, maybe as a classic Hollywood star. Everybody is excited and no regrets. There is a lot of work behind a fantasy picture. It all depends on what the customer wants!

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swe-flag-1I Upplands Väsby blev hon känd som Yngwie Malmsteens första flickvän, men hon fick snart ett namn som en mycket annorlunda fotograf. Tallee Savage har sin fotostudio hemma i Sollentuna, och den som porträtterashamnar alltid – någon annanstans. – Det kan ta dagar att ta fram en enda bild, säger hon.

Hon ser ut som Morticia i familjen Addams, bor i ett hus som är inrett som ett gammalt kråkslott och heter Savage i efternamn. På riktigt. Inte så konstigt att hon döpt företaget till Savage Beauty. Men fotografen är allt annat än läskig. Däremot har hon förkärlek till det mystiska, den romantiska skräcken från 30-talsklassikerna och hårdrock. Det sistnämnda kanske inte är så konstigt. Tallee var svenske världsberömde gitarrvirtuosen Yngwie Malmsteens första flickvän.
–Vi träffades när jag var 14 år och han var 17 år. Det var på en fest hemma hos Europebassisten John Levén, skrattar Tallee åt minnet. Jag trodde bara att gamla gubbar hette Yngve och sa det. Han tjatade i flera månader på att jag ska gå på bio med honom, och så blev det till slut.
Det blev mycket mer än bio. I en ny bok om Yngwie Malmsteen som handlar om den skandalomsusade rockstjärnans liv (“Såsom i Himmelen, så ock På Jorden”) – berättar hon ingående om hur de blev ett par. Förhållandet höll i fyra år. Hon följde med honom till Los Angeles när han fick ett erbjudande att flytta dit 1983. Amerika är nästan hemmaplan för Tallee som är hälften amerikanska och hälften chilenska. Hon kom till Sverige som flykting från Chile när hon var bara 10 år och växte upp i Upplands Väsby med två systrar.
–Jag tillhörde de allra första chilenarna i Upplands Väsby, ler Tallee. Det var ett bra ställe att växa upp på. Jag var med under hårdrocksexplosionen i Upplands Väsby. Du minns, med Europe och flera andra band. Jag var bland de första hårdrockstjejerna i Upplands Väsby och bar svarta kläder och patronbälte till skolan. Yngwie bodde hos mig en tid i Väsby. Det var fantastiskt. Ena helgen var man på fest med Chilenska Föreningen och lyssnade på Victor Jara och helgen därpå festade man hemma hos grabbarna i Europe.
Hon bodde kvar ända till 1994 då hon och maken Mattias flyttade till en villa i Sollentuna. – Det var jobbiga köer ut mot Upplands Väsby, suckar Tallee. Vi ville bo närmare stan, men inte bo i stan. I Sollentuna är det nära till grönområden, skolor och affärer. Det satsas på ungdomsverksamhet med flera idrotts- och gymnastikhallar och så har vi ju Arena-Satelliten. Det är en verksamhet fylld med datorer, replokaler, en musikstudio och utrymme för dans.
Hon fortsätter:
Sollentunas skolor mår bra och rankas som de bästa i länet. Sofielundsskolan, där mina barn går, är trivsam och har god pedagogik. De var tidiga med att införa IT i lärandet och har på ett naturligt sätt fört in barnen i framtidens skola. Dessutom är företagsklimatet bra här. Vi trivs verkligen i Sollentuna.
Hemmavid har hon byggt upp sin verksamhet som består av avancerade fotografier och extrem makeup. Bland hennes klienter finns allt från familjer som vill föreviga sina barn på ett annorlunda sätt till rockband som Crucified Barbara, Fatal Smile och Over The Rainbow med Ritchie Blackmores son. Alla vill de förstärka sin visuella image. Till och med Andreas Carlsson, gitarrlegenden Michael Schenker och medlemmar från Europe har poserat framför hennes kamera.
Bilderna hon tar kan närmast beskrivas som fotokonst speciellt efter de redigerats av hennes man Mattias som efterbehandlar dem och skapar fantasieggande miljöer och den mystik som alltid råder i bilderna. Färgpaletten är dämpad.
– Jag gillar Tim Burton, erkänner Tallee föga överraskande. Hans scenografi, ljussättningar och bildspråk känns väldigt spännande och dramatiska.
Fotostudion ligger i bottenvåningen i det stora huset. Här trängs också en lång rad kostymer och fantasifull rekvisita. Tallee ränner jämnt på loppisar och hittar unika grejor på utlandsresor. Det är inte långt mellan dödskallar och monster, klänningar från La Belle Epoque och änglavingar med äkta fjädrar. Och stilen går, som sagt, igen i hela huset. – Min dotter hade med sig en kompis hem som sa “Jaha, har ni pyntat till Halloween”. Min dotter svarande “Nej, det ser alltid ut så hår hos oss”, säger Tallee och skrattar.
Även om Tallee fotograferat som hobby sedan hon var 12 år, var det först 2005 som hon tog steget att livnära sig som fotograf.
– Jag lärde mig jobba i studio och ställa in ljus. Hennes verksamhet kom igång ordentligt efter hon lagt sina första bilder på Facebook och fick ett enormt gensvar. Nu strömmar kunderna till.
– En del kunder har en idé och vi går igenom den, berättar Tallee. Andra gånger ser jag på personen vad som skulle passa, kanske som klassisk Hollywoodsjtärna. Alla är på och ingen ångrar sig.
Det ligger mycket jobb bakom en avancerad fantasybild. Allt beror på vad kunden vill ha!

Fairy Tale Portraits

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , on August 22, 2012 by Tallee Savage

Elizia ten years old (Nine at the time we took this photos) is back to school and ready to tackle new adventures and projects.

She loves being in front of the camera and is actually the only model who charges me for photographing her. Ten dollars for every photo session. Keeping meticulous notes and saving it in her piggy bank. Quite the business girl already :)

I made the purple dress sometime early 2000 for my older daughter Adina while I still had my “Little Savage Design” clothing company going.

The fairy tale portraits are taken in the “Savage Beauty Studios” in Stockholm, Sweden.

If you are interested in me photographing you or your child, please contact me favorably by e-mail: tallee@savagebeauty.se

Model: Elizia Savage

Photo & Styling: Tallee Savage

Camping at Rock Creek Lake

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Personal, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2012 by Tallee Savage

After a few weeks of hard work on the house, my cousin Robert and friend Steve had made plans for us to camp on  – Rock Lake Creek – A six-hour ride located in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California where the average elevation is around 9,000 feet = ca 3000 meters.


A terrain set against an exquisite backdrop of tall pines and snow-capped mountain peaks.

 
Adina, Matt, Rob, Pablo, Steve, Kristi, Elizia, River, Marianna, Denney, Cassidy

 
Kristi & River exhilarating the fresh air.

 
Kristi & Elizia with River.


My dear cousin Robert chillin’ in the hot mountain sun.

The hot springs everywhere where also a beautiful and interesting geothermal assets to look at. It was weird because you have to swim through ice-cold water to reach them. Some were cozy enough to sit in but some hot springs bubbled up like a scalding fumerole hot soup.


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Adina with her daddy.                            Matt & Pablo enjoying a nice cold beer in the hot water.


Playing like kids in the mud.


Robert & River.                   Meeeeee….

Some places can be very dangerous because water feels nice but you are actually sitting on unstable 700 000 year old volcanic sediment that can collapse and burst at any time and boil you alive. I read that 14 people had lost there lifes there since 1968. So some areas where now fenced off for safety in this landscape, where Earth releases internal pressure, heat and natural substance.


Enjoying the view with my daughter Elizia.


Mattias & Robert

Not so far away we found the lake that gathered crystal clear water streaming down from the high mountains from melting glaciers.  Eeeeh … this water was cold, I mean ice-cold even for a tiny, little toe dip. My daughter Elizia got in right away … Of course, and stayed there for quite a while. But that is only because she was dolphin in earlier life or some kind of water mammal. Where there is water, there is Elizia!  The men got in right after her, but got up pretty fast and complained about balls being gone though. I hate cold water, why did the guys have to go in? Now I had to try too. eeeiiiyyy… Horrific feeling, as in body getting numb right away. I flew up fast and wrapped my body around the closest giant hot rock.
 

Elizia, Robert and Matt in the water.
Pablo and Adina on the rocks and trees.
 
I did get in the water …  but cats don’t like the water. Lying on a tree felt much better :)

Robert watching the grandeur of the mountains from the icy waters of Rock Creek Lake.

Elizia did a great job taking care of River.


My cousin’s wife Kristi. Beautiful human being and friend.

 

This was certainly a “5 Star Forest”. Every morning Chef Steve had breakfast ready for us
He also taught us all the proper and right way to clean a frying pan.

Forest was taken from a John Bauer painting. Beautiful, peaceful and sometimes very mystic. At daytime high air temp was nice. But at nights it got rather nippy, dropping below 56 degrees. (In celsius that would be around + 10°)
First night was hell. The whole family cuddled up tight with clothes and thick blankets but it was really unbearable.
Next night Steve was kind enough to lend us a tent heater. Lovely, now we could sleep … Almost … I thought I heard a bear out there …
The knowledge of this being an active bear area was both exiting and intimidating. The bear signs everywhere reminds you that you are just a visitor here. So what do you do if you see a bear? My friends on Facebook all had different suggestions. Some said to scream, others to run, to eat it or to hug it. But reading what the experts say there are no precise rules about what to do if you do encounter a bear. But still I could read about effective measures to follow; stay alert of your surroundings, avoid startling a bear, shrill or hight pitched noises attract them, avoid eye contact, move without running and so on.
 
 
Steve and Marianna Badalamente. Good friends of ours from Verdi, Nevada.

Danney with his little sister Cassidy.
I did do some model photography as well. I couldn’t lose out on all this wonderful locations.
I only had a little bit of make up for the purpose and a reflector screen. The reflector was a big help as the harsh light from the sun intensifies the contrast between light and shadows and that can be very unflattering. But I think Mama Marianna and her daughter Cassidy turned out great. It was extra fun too as Mari never ever uses make up. Exiting for her with a make over.

 

My daughter Elizia helping me out with the reflector screen during my photo session.

Maternity – A unique period!

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , on May 25, 2012 by Tallee Savage

Lina in one of the most unique periods in a woman life.

A boy, Theodor was born on march 25, 2012.

The photos are edited differently but taken on the same occasion.

Photo: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage

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Lizzy the silver kitty

Posted in Child & Family Photography, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Tallee Savage

Look how much fun my daughter and I had with make up and the inspiration of a silver cat.405979_488997294475277_2053821612_n

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Photo & Make up: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage

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