Haley Varacallo Is a professional photographer who is currently working in New York City.
Savannah College Of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate with a BFA in Photography and 4.0
GPA, she specializes in extraordinary and unconventional editorial, portrait and fashion
photography. Haley is also the Lead Photographer for the Still Life Photo Department of Saks
Fifth Avenue, but her passion is as a portrait photographer who works with performers, models,
artists and individuals of the more exotic/unconventional nature. Her work typically is a
commentary on the notions of sexuality and gender neutrality/bending, as well as the
documentation and sociological neutralization of the fantastically colorful and misunderstood
subcultures that she finds herself so drawn to. Within her photographs she captures the glamor
and the grit within her models, the drag queens, burlesque, fetish and cabaret dancers, erotic
clowns, LGBTQIA, gender nonconforming, active, vital, multi-raced-multi-faceted individuals etc.
Her work aims to shed light on and expose the beauty of what exists beyond the stage, back
behind the scenes, within the personal lives and aspirations of these true gems.

Plus, every diva and nonconformist deserves a glamor shot.


Haley's fashion work is also anything but ordinary. Unconventional fashions, models and
mindsets are what her fashion photography thrives on. Typically known for her colorful lifestyle
and portrait work; she also has been known to love a wacky fashion shoot. Her work often
regards commentating on the notions of gender ambiguity, transexuality, as well as explorations
of identity and performance. She carries that same sort of flamboyant and progressive thinking
into her fashion work as she does her portraiture. She features diverse models, and includes
creatives from within the LGBTQIA spectrum anyway that she can; from models, to designers,
hair and MUA artists, stylists, locations and publications. She enjoys utilizing her models
individual nuances and running with a conceptual story and brilliant color scheme to match.
When she is not collaborating, she often will take on the duties of doing hair, MUA, set design
and styling herself; loving all aspects of design and visual creation.

Haley also enjoys photographing for nonprofit organizations such as The Batey Rehab Project; assisting in the
spreading of awareness of international poverty, social and sex trafficking issues.


Photographing people, in every shape, color and light, is her passion.

 

 

Haley Varacallo

201.381.7386

haleyvaracallo@gmail.com

@haleyvaracallophotography

www.haleyvaracallo.com

 

Education.  

 

SCAD - Savannah College of Art and Design

BFA, Photography

Graduated May, 2015.

GPA 4.0, Summa Cum Laude

 

Work Experience.

Current:

- Photographer for the Still Life Photo Department, Saks Fifth Avenue.  New York, NY. October 2017 - Current.

In charge of lighting and capturing both video and photo for the Still-Life Ecommerce Photo department of SAKS. In charge of maintaining an excellent workflow, organization of files and products, knowledge of equipment, software and troubleshooting, while also being responsible for product styling and photo retouching.

- Lead Digital Technician for the Still Life Photo Department, Saks Fifth Avenue.  New York, NY. March 2016 - October 2017.

In charge of lighting and capturing both video and photo for the Still-Life Ecommerce Photo department of SAKS. In charge of maintaining an excellent workflow, organization of files and products, knowledge of equipment, software and troubleshooting, while also being responsible for product styling and photo retouching.

-Sole proprietor of Haley Varacallo Photography, LLC.  New York, NY. September 2015 - Current.

Working freelance doing commercial, editorial, documentary, fashion, and portrait work. Offering photography, retouching, lighting, styling, creative direction and PR work as needed. I am experienced working in studio and on location, as well as with creating promotional packages and assisting in the creation of blogs and online publications. Examples of companies that I have worked for: Group SJR, QuallsBenson, National Sawdust, QWEAR Fashion.. etc.

 

Past:

-Photographer for Barry Brandon Marketing & GENDR, Atlanta, GA. May 2015 - January 2017.

-Photographer for The Tied and Tasseled Cabaret, Savannah, GA. June - September, 2015.

-Photographer for The House of Gunt drag group. Savannah, GA. 2013 - May 2015.

-Set photographer for Sundance Film Festival nominated film, Strip Trip,

directed by Olivia Riley Day, Savannah, GA. 2014.

-Secretary at Coldwell Banker Realty, Dubois, PA. 2008 - 2012

 

Non-Profit Work.

The Batey Rehab Project, Savannah, GA and The Dominican Republic. 2015 - Current. 

A non-profit organization working in the poverty stricken cities and villages in The Dominican Republic; contributing photography efforts and journalism; as well as building homes, providing jewelry workshops, building playgrounds etc. While supplying the people in America with awareness and creating a genuine platform and outlet that enables the more fortunate to directly give to those less lucky.

Habitat For Humanity, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2010 - 2012.                                                              

Worked with the construction of homes and the cleaning of the store locations throughout the area. 

 

Exhibitions and Publications.

- Published with PAPER Magazine social media, 2018.

- Published with Huffington Post social media, 2018.

- Published with Billboard Pride social media, 2018.

- Published in Atwood Magazine, 2018.

- Published with National Sawdust social media, 2018.

- Published in Keyboard Magazine, 2018.

- Guest Speaker/Presenter at FIT for the Faces and Places In Fashion course. NYC. 2017.

- Published in American Theater Magazine, 2017.

- Published with QWEAR Magazine, 'Feature on Wo Chan,' 2017.

- Published with SCURO Magazine, Issues 4 & 5, 2017.

- Exhibited work in a group exhibition, 'Over Saturated,' Savannah, GA. 2017

- Featured Artist in OURS Magazine, 2017.

- Exhibited work in group exhibition, 'Retro Future,'  at the TREAT Gallery, NYC. 2017.

- Work featured on Treat Gallery, NYC social media, 2017.

- Published with Qwear Magazine, 'Story oh Diana Oh,' 2017.

- Published with LAVISH Magazine, 2016.

- Featured Artist for QWEAR Magazine and Blog, 2016.

- Added to the LGBTQ friendly photographer list, QWEAR blog, 2016.

- Framed photo purchased for the apartment of actor Jon Hamm, 2016.

- Published with WUSSY Magazine, 2016.

- Published with NAKID Magazine, 2016.

- Internationally published with DARK BEAUTY MAGAZINE, in print, 2016.        

- Internationally published with DARK BEAUTY MAGAZINE, online, 2016.

- Photos auctioned at The Joining Hearts Valentines Day Art Auction, Atlanta, GA. 2016.

- Made the Top 10 Best Art Show of 2015 List, published by The Savannah Art Informer, 2015.

- Chosen for Savannah College of Art and Design’s juried DeFine Art Photo Exhibition,

  Savannah, GA, 2015.

- Published with BITCH MEDIA, piece on music artist Boyfriend, 2015.

- Chosen for Savannah College of Art and Design’s juried Silver and Ink Photo Exhibition,    

  Savannah, GA Gutstein Gallery, 2014 and 2015.

- Work selected for the published Select Works: Silver and Ink catalog, 2015.

- Solo photo exhibition at CO Lounge, curated by Barry Brandon Marketing, Savannah, GA, 2015.

- Solo photo exhibition at Ampersand, curated by Barry Brandon Marketing, Savannah, GA, 2015.  

- Interviewed and featured artist in the Savannah Art Informer, Author Ella Ward, 2015.

- Permanent exhibition in The House of Strut vintage retail store, Savannah, GA, 2015.

- Published in a printed ZINE, by music artist known as Boyfriend, New Orleans, distributed       

 throughout the U.S, 2015.

- Work featured in The Batey Rehab Project Photo Exhibition, Gimme Sum Sugar, Savannah, GA,  

 2015.

- Interviewed and featured artist on GENDR blog, author Barry Brandon, Berlin, Germany, 2015.

- Exhibited work in a group show, The Light Inside The Belljar, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA, 2015.

- Exhibited photo work at the Halloween In January Art Show, Graveface Records, Savannah, GA,

 2015

- Featured in Photographic District News Emerging Photographers, Author David Carol, NY, New York,

 2014.

- Published in ARKHAM Fashion Magazine, by Jackie Miller and Yasamine Rahmanparast, 2014.  

- Featured photographer in the Savannah Art Informer, Author Taylor Surratt, 2014.

- Exhibited sculpture work in the Indigo Sky Gallery,  Savannah, GA, 2014.


References

- Steve Jacobs, Manager at Saks Fifth Avenue Photo Studio, New York, NY. Stephen_Jacobs@s5a.com

- Tim Keating, Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. tkeating@scad.edu

- David Carol, Photographer with Photo District News, New York, N.Y. david@davidcarol.com

- Zig Jackson, Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. zjackson@scad.edu

- Barry Brandon, Marketing and PR Agent,  Atlanta, GA and Berlin, Germany.  Bookingbarrybrandon@gmail.com

- Gary Hurewitz, agent and mentor, Green House Representatives, New York, N.Y gary@greenhousereps.com