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

Sapa – North Vietnam

During our travels to Vietnam, Sapa was probably the most eye opening, beautiful and destabilizing of all.  However, in the three weeks that I was in Vietnam, I will remember the people of Sapa the most and I was only there for two days.  I could have spent weeks here and never gotten sick of the place or the amazingly nice people.  The children were cute as buttons, the women so hard working and strong in both mind, body and spirt it was humbling, the men, kinda scarce.

On our first day in Sapa we travelled to the Bac Ha Market to see how the locals traded and lived.  It was a feast for the eyes. The colors, the smiles, the bartering and bargaining was enjoyable.  It always amazes me that some tourist will squable for a buck when these hard working people have so much less then we do.  Share the love people.  Very enjoyable to see how they lived, work and socialized.

Our second day was spent trekking with the Sapa Sisters.  This is a very small organization of a few women who are trying to empower women in their country.  They give trekking tours in the rice fields and villages and are absolutely charming, entertaining and knowledgeable.  They are also very good with the english language and are pretty easy to understand.  When we went I was disappointed at first because it was raining and misting and we debated on cancelling the trek.  But we had taken an overnight train from Hanoi to see Sapa and I didn’t want a little rain to deter us.  So we I rented some mud boots (they had none in my husbands size) and we bought cheap rain coats and off we were.  Our Guide Pen was absolutely awesome.  We were also followed by two other young women who one day aspired to be tour guides and followed us for 7 hours in order to sell us some of their goods but also to try and learn english.   In the end they saved both my husband and I from slipping and falling in the mud quite a few times and deserved the big tip we gave them.    I had also brought along some warm clothing for the children and this were handed out by our guide to everyone she knew.  She only kept one item for her daughter.  Quite different from our culture.  So when we said our goodbyes to Pen, I gave her my fur lined hoody.  She was so taken aback that she tood a bracelet off her arm and very gently put it on mine.  Needless to say, I still wear it today.  So if you are ever in Vietnam, don’t miss a trek with the Sapa Sisters, you will not be disappointed.

Check out my post on the Children of Vietnam to get a better insight into these amazing little ones.

Tribes women

Tribes women

Rice fields,  These are all done by hand.  No heavy machinery here.

Rice fields, These are all done by hand. No heavy machinery here.

Young woman selling bags to tourist at the Bac Ha Market

Young woman selling bags to tourist at the Bac Ha Market

Shoes

Shoes

Woman selling yams

Woman selling yams

Woman watching the men negotiate the sale of a water buffalo

Woman watching the men negotiate the sale of a water buffalo

Water buffalo, they run wild on the farms and are used to work the fields.

Water buffalo, they run wild on the farms and are used to work the fields.

Wise old woman in Bac Ha

Wise old woman in Bac Ha

Woman selling their vegetables at the market

Woman selling their vegetables at the market

Young woman of Bac Ha

Young woman of Bac Ha

Wise old woman of Bac Ha Market

Wise old woman of Bac Ha Market

Eating lunch in a village house in Bac Ha

Eating lunch in a village house in Bac Ha

Elder of the family

Elder of the family

Woman and child

Woman and child

Sapa, this was one of the recipients of clothes that I had brought.

Sapa, this was one of the recipients of clothes that I had brought.

This was a woman from the Red Dao village tribe

This was a woman from the Red Dao village tribe

One of the young women who followed us and aspired to one day be a guide.  She was trying to learn english.

One of the young women who followed us and aspired to one day be a guide. She was trying to learn english.

Trekking with Sapa Sisters

Trekking with Sapa Sisters

Trekking

Trekking

Trekking

Trekking

When we stopped for lunch, our Guide Pen was giving out the childrens clothes I had brought.  This woman was a happy recipient.

When we stopped for lunch, our Guide Pen was giving out the childrens clothes I had brought. This woman was a happy recipient.

Another happy Sapa Woman

Another happy Sapa Woman

On the left our Guide Pen with our two 'followers' and another young recipient of children's clothing and accessories.

On the left our Guide Pen with our two ‘followers’ and another young recipient of children’s clothing and accessories.

View from our lunch cafeteria

View from our lunch cafeteria

Our guide Pen's aunt in her home.

Our guide Pen’s aunt in her home.

Woman working at her sewing machine.  It was really dark in the house and all she had was a little light on top of her head with lots of smoke coming from the fire on the ground.

Woman working at her sewing machine. It was really dark in the house and all she had was a little light on top of her head with lots of smoke coming from the fire on the ground.

Woman at work in Sapa

Woman at work in Sapa

Getting a helping hand from Pen.

Getting a helping hand from Pen.

Just a 'little' muddy

Just a ‘little’ muddy

Family Portraits

I recently had the honour and priviledge of working with a wonderful family and creating some everlasting memories for them.    I love these guys.  They are absolutely wonderful and have the cutest kids possible.  Making them look good was not too difficult as they are already beautiful on their own.    I hope that you appreciate some of the following images.

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Glamorous Vintage Photo Shoot (4 to 5 Hours)

Glamorous Vintage Fashion Photo Shoot (4 to 5 hours)

Have you ever dreamed of being treated like a movie star? How about feeling like one?   Now you can, with an exceptionally unique vintage photo shoot.  This is an experience unlike any other.  You will arrive in our studios or we will go to a location of your choice.  You will be treated with drinks and hors d’œuvres to ‘get you in the mood’ while we discuss the actual shoot.  You will then be whisked away to get your hair and make-up (if you’re a woman) done.   Once you’re ready we will have approximately two to three hours to get that amazing shot we all dream about.  So treat yourself or someone you love today.

The experience includes:

  • Consultation on photography and clothing before the actual shoot day
  • Hair and make-up stylists
  • Hors d’oeuvres and drinks
  • Vintage props
  • 20 fully retouched high-resolution images via web or CD
  • 12 X 12 hardcover photobook(20 pages)
  • Montreal and surrounding areas
  • Periodically I go to Québec City