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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!

Svanlund Design V.I.P. at Sweden Rock 2013

Posted in Bands & Artists, Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by Tallee Savage

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SVANLUND DESIGN is Sweden’s most renowned brand in rock’n’roll fashion since 1996, and is owned by House of Svanlund AB.

 With clients as Europe, Glenn Hughes, Billy Idol, Crucified Barbara, Metal Sanaz and more, Svanlund Design have established as a famous brand worldwide. Making impression on the Metal scene!

The company produces clothes in Faux Leather and regular leather. But since I’ve been a vegetarian for over 26 years and a member of the animal rights organization, I support the Faux leather of course. I wouldn’t like anybody sitting their butt on me if I became a couch ;)  … Anyway the Faux Leather stuff looks amazing, surprisingly realistic and has a very nice feel to it. Much easier to clean than real leather. The material has improved amazingly in the last decades. It is soft, flexible, durable and breathable!

The models are Ian Haugland, more known as the drummer of EUROPE and the girl is his lovely daughter Linnéa Haugland.

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425405_10151335377720186_480183134_nSvanlund Design also proudly announces that they have been given the honor to participate as VIP treatment at SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 5-8 JUNE 2013.

Svanlund Design are the first fashion designers who has been chosen for this trust and responsibility at Sweden Rock. There will be a 25 sq m exhibition tent with the best that they have to offer. You will have the opportunity to meet the designers and discuss true Rock’n’Roll fashion in VIP area backstage. There will also be a chance to order your special outfit, designed just for you!

Meet them at Sweden Rock Festival!

More Photos of beautiful Linnéa Haugland.

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Photo: Tallee Savage

Andreas Carlsson

Posted in Make Up - Savage Beauty, Savage Beauty Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2012 by Tallee Savage

I started to write about Andreas Carlsson and just realized it was quite impossible due to his involvement in numerous projects. So I’m only  scratching the surface by writing that he is a successful swedish composer and songwriter working with the elite of rock and pop. He has written music for Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Paul Stanley, Scorpions and Europe. Adding on other accomplishments such as Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Britney Spears. Also honored with Grammy nominations and awards for #1 hits and best songs written etc.

Latest news about Andreas is that he is collaborating with the american record label Verve/ UNIVERSAL MUSIC as their new A&R. Responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of recording and songwriters. That includes authorizing and negotiating record contracts. Sounds like a really fun and great job to me.

In Sweden the last episode on the first season of X-Factor has just ended where Andreas has brought light to the winner Awa Santesson-Say. The 15-year-old has an incredible voice and all the charisma and quality it takes to be a star. We will undoubtedly hear more from her. Congratulations!

What else’s up with Andreas? Well… He is opening up a new school in Sweden 2013 – Academy of Music and Business, AMB. Initially an independent secondary school focusing on music and entrepreneurial training. I will write more about that soon.

Andreas webpage: andreascarlsson.se

For my swedish followers. Here is an interesting entry on his blog :)tallee-sign

And finally here are some photos from our first session. Easy going black n’ white portraits. Needless to say he is extremely photogenic and awesomely easy to work with.

Photo: Tallee Savage

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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 2009

Posted in Personal with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2009 by Tallee Savage

This festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sölvesborg, in southern Sweden. This year the festival had 35 300 visitors. It is a mix of all forms of hard rock, Heavy Metal, Blues, classic Rock to AOR.

This is my sixth year to attend SRF. And this year this hard rockin paradice has now extended to four full days of music.

Lots of bands. I had a packed schedule with lots of band on the “To see”  list.  Did not make all of them, though. Here are the ones I saw.

JOURNEY – Demon – Europe – H.E.A.T
Motörhead – OTR (Over The Rainbow) – UFO
Lita Ford – Candlemass – Crusified Barbara
Deathstars – Electric Boys

Other than this mingle and party, mingle and partyyyy .. yeah.

Cat, Deathstars, Mia, Crucified Barbara

Cat of Deathstars & Mia of Crucified Barbara

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Some of the guys from H.E.A.T., Amanda, Daniel & Anna.   –    Jocke & Ann

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Tallee Savage, Mattias Savage Wilmenius, Lotta Fischer, Mats Leven

Me & Matt   —   Lotta Fischer & Mats Leven

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Me, Anders Johansson (Hammerfall) & Amanda.

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Goofin’ with Daniel   —   Amanda, Bosse “Ramone” Johander

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PHOTO ALBUM
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