Vintage shoot à la George Hurrell

Last spring I conducted a photoshoot that was inspired by the famous photographer George Hurrell.  I have always admired the lighting and techniques used by the photographers in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and have often been inspired by looking at the fantastic work they created.  So here is my attempt at recreating some of the beautiful lighting that was used in creative works of the early part of the 1900s.

 

Striking

Striking

Sensual

Sensual

Posing

Posing

Timid

Timid

Mesmerized

Mesmerized

Vintage Inspired Wedding Shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal

A few months back, I did a vintage inspired wedding shoot at Château St. Ambroise in Montreal with the wonderful Fanny Wong and MUA Kitty Mann,  Here are some of the results of that shoot.  The enitre shoot was conducted with ambiant light only.  So no flash, a high ISO and at times a reflector.  Enjoy the results.

As we women know wearing high heels all day long can get quite painful, so here is an image 'au naturel' in regards to shoes

As we women know wearing high heels all day long can get quite painful, so here is an image ‘au naturel’ in regards to shoes

Thinking on the big Day

Thinking on the big Day

Stairs and Passageways

Stairs and Passageways

One eyed Bride

One eyed Bride

Giggles in the Maze

Giggles in the Maze

Bannisters and Lines

Bannisters and Lines

Framed

Framed

Hats and Hands

Hats and Hands

Backlit Window

Backlit Window

Pretty in Flowers

Pretty in Flowers

Woe on Black

Woe on Black

Cars at Château St. Amboise

Cars at Château St. Amboise

The Children of Vietnam

I recently went on a three week journey to Vietnam.  We travelled from as far north as Sapa  all the way to the Mekong Delta in the South.  What impressed me time and again were the children.  Whether they were in the north or 2000 km further south, they were happy, easy going, obedient, played with nothing and still had fun and very rarely did we hear any of them cry, throw a tantrum or complain.  We, as well as our children, have alot to learn from this gentle, loving people who have faced so much adversity and hardships over the years and who are still very poor, barely make enough to get by, are the hardest working people I have ever met, are extremely helpful and all this always sporting a beautiful smile and wonderful attitude.  Enjoy a few of the portraits I took while on my travels.

Water village children in Halong Bay

Water village children in Halong Bay

Child in Halong Bay water village

Child in Halong Bay water village

Young Girl living in Halong Bay Water village

Young Girl living in Halong Bay Water village

Family vehicles in Sapa are Vespas.  Cars are a very rare commodity.

Family vehicles in Sapa are Vespas. Cars are a very rare commodity.

Young boy carries his baby brother on his back at the Bac Ha Market

Young boy carries his baby brother on his back at the Bac Ha Market

Bac Ha Market near Sapa

Bac Ha Market near Sapa

The Bac Ha Market happens once a week

The Bac Ha Market happens once a week

Young girl looking after her baby brother

Young girl looking after her baby brother

Beautiful young Girl Boys looking at the tourists

These young kids were given ballons by a tourist and were having a ball with them.

These young kids were given ballons by a tourist and were having a ball with them.

Seriously trying to blow his balloon Father carries baby girl

Baby waiting for her mother as the mother was cooking in the local eatery

Baby waiting for her mother as the mother was cooking in the local eatery

School in one of the hill tribe villages

School in one of the hill tribe villages

Girl waiting in line to play a game

Girl waiting in line to play a game

Elementary school boys playing a game with their teacher.

Elementary school boys playing a game with their teacher.

Young boys waiting patiently for their turn.

Young boys waiting patiently for their turn.

Toddler was mimicking the moves that the elementary school kids were doing while at recess.

Toddler was mimicking the moves that the elementary school kids were doing while at recess.

Young Sapa Girl

Young Sapa Girl

Young child in the hill tribe in Sapa

Young child in the hill tribe in Sapa

Posing in the hill tribes

Posing in the hill tribes

Posing

Posing

These young girls gestured to us from the street (we were eating in a second floor restaurant) to purchase a floating lantern from them.  They waited for almost an hour while we ate and of course we could not resist buying a few of their lanterns.  School night, it was dark and getting late and no parents were around.  But they sat their and giggled the entire time we watched.

These young girls gestured to us from the street (we were eating in a second floor restaurant) to purchase a floating lantern from them. They waited for almost an hour while we ate and of course we could not resist buying a few of their lanterns. School night, it was dark and getting late and no parents were around. But they sat their and giggled the entire time we watched.

Young boys in a Hoi An suburb.

Young boys in a Hoi An suburb.

These two little characters were running around in the local brick factory, no shoes, not hard hats and no supervision.  Our guide gave them gum and they chased us for the entire time we were there.  The absolutely loved having their picture taken and then seeing themselves on the back of my camera.

These two little characters were running around in the local brick factory, no shoes, not hard hats and no supervision. Our guide gave them gum and they chased us for the entire time we were there. The absolutely loved having their picture taken and then seeing themselves on the back of my camera.

This young boy was rather sad because there was no gum left for him.  But he took it like a man.  No crying or tantrum

This young boy was rather sad because there was no gum left for him. But he took it like a man. No crying or tantrum

My little brick factory angels.

My little brick factory angels.

Playing with nothing

Playing with nothing

This young boy wanted his picture taken but was so shy that the first few pictures I took all you could see was the top of his head because he was looking at the ground so much.  With sign language and the help of our guide, I was able to have him look up.  The only smile I got was when he finally saw himself on the back of my camera.

This young boy wanted his picture taken but was so shy that the first few pictures I took all you could see was the top of his head because he was looking at the ground so much. With sign language and the help of our guide, I was able to have him look up. The only smile I got was when he finally saw himself on the back of my camera.

50s and 60s Vintage Fashion Shoot at the Old Montreal Port

In June, I had the priviledge of working with an amazing hair and make-up artist called Tomoko Hidaka and a clothing stylist called Camille Perreault.  They managed to work together in order to help me make my vision of an outdoor vintage shoot come to fruition.

Vintage 50s Fashion look in Rue Des Artists, Old Montreal

Vintage 60s look in rue des Artists, Old Montreal

Old Port with the Jacques Cartier Bridge in the background

Vintage 60s look in at the Old Port in Montreal

50s Vintage Fashion or Retro Fashion Photoshoot, whichever you prefer

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Bobbi from Tarte Nouveau who is a creator of fastenator hats.  We thought it would be great to shoot these little hats on models as opposed to doing a catalogue type shoot that would just show case the hats.  In using models, we are able to show the public how these hats can be worn.

The day was very long as I live on the south shore of Montreal and Bobbi lives on the North shore, but once we reached our destination, the two models were ready and willing to do and try anything and any location to turn this into something wonderful.  We also must not forget Bobbi’s husband who was generous in feeding us both lunch and dinner.  He’s the type of guy a girl must hang on to.  However, I digress.

If you like what you see please do not hesitate to leave a comment, follow my blog or contact me.  As well, If you would like to obtain a wonderful little fastenator hat for yourself, check out Bobbi’s website at:  http://www.tarte-nouveau.ca/

 

50s Retro look brought into the modern era

Vintage setting using a retro color scheme

Look at me! Sweet Madame Blue

Blue Retro Fashion

Vintage Polly in Retro stair setting

Polly

Rose hat with pattern

Flapper Girl

Vintage 30s and 40s Flapper girl

Pink and white checkered hat

Retro Fashion

Pin-up style 50s vintage

50s Vintage

Black and white fastenator hat

Vintage look and hat

Fastenator hat

http://www.tarte-nouveau.ca/ to optain hats

50s Vintage Photoshoot in Old Montreal

A couple weeks ago I had the priviledge to work with two wonderful and amazing people who enabled me to produce some pretty darn good images for my vintage photography series.  These amazing people where Tomoko Hidaka a make-up artist who has been in the business for quite a few years and donated her time to my cause.  You can check out her work on her website at: http://www.tomokoh.com/tomokoh_makeuphaircreations/Welcome.html and the other amazing person I worked with was Camille Perreault who is a clothing stylist.  You can view her work on her website at:  http://camillepstyling.carbonmade.com/about.

I also worked with two great models Emilie Benoit and Emily O’Connor and was assisted by En JuLee.  All together we made an amazing team.

I am attaching a few images of my Vintage Shoot.  These were all done in Montreal near the waters edge.  The setting was beautiful and the temperature was equally cooperative (not always the case in our part of the world).  The clothing was supplied from H & M with some of the clothing and accessories being vintage pieces provided by myself and Camille.  This shoot was inspired by a Vogue shoot that I had run across a while back.

Hope you enjoy the images.  I will be posting more in a few days time.

50s Vintage inspired shoot done in Old Montreal

Ballerina style pose

Walkway in front of the St. Lawrence River

Outdoor Lifestyle Shoot at Place Ste-Catherine

I recently did a lifestyle photoshoot at Plage Ste-Catherine’s Recreo Park.  It was a beautiful day, in an idealic setting and I was working with a beautiful, sweet model.  Emilie is great to work with and is willing to do what it takes (within reason of course) to get that perfect shot.  As you can see, I think we succeded in getting beautiful material to work with.  Hope you enjoy and please, feel free to share and leave your comments.

Butterflies are Free

Butterflies are Free

Young, beautiful and wild

Head in a cloud of flowers

Free as a Bird