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

Citta Magazine published photoshoot

Back in September and October, I had the wonderful priviledge of working with one of the editors of a new magazine called Citta as well as two wonderful models who were up to trying almost anything to obtain beautiful German Burlesque inspired images.  We drew inspiration from many sources including Ellen Von Unwerth.  Our objective was to produce images that were compelling and that told a story of the burlesque world of old.  The models Marie Doroftei and Eloise Bélanger were wonderful.  Marie who is also a hairdresser did all the hair and makeup you see in the images.  A great job was done by all and some or all of the following images were published in Citta’s launch which took place at the end of October 2012.  Check out this wonderful magazine which was launched to bring together artists from Montreal the the world and artists from around the world to Montreal. http://www.cittamagazine.ca/

 

Preparation

Preparation

Let me put on your makeup.

Let me put on your makeup.

Getting done up.

Getting done up.

Drawing the stockings

Drawing the stockings

drawing on the stockings as in years past

drawing on the stockings as in years past

Here, let me help.

Here, let me help.

Listening to instructions

Listening to instructions

relaxing before the show

relaxing before the show

Waiting for my stage call

Waiting for my stage call

Bored

Bored

Waiting

Waiting

Can't get this on right.

Can’t get this on right.

Preshow preparation

Preshow preparation

Tickets please

Tickets please

Are you ready?

Are you ready?

Vintage - sensual boudoir

Vintage – sensual boudoir

Tell me something funny

Tell me something funny

Twins

Twins

Boudoir

Boudoir

Look at me

Look at me

After show cigarette

After show cigarette

 

Josephine Inspired Vintage Shoot

Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, yet sensual appeal that took Europe by storm. Famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames “Black Venus,” “Black Pearl” and “Creole Goddess.” Admirers bestowed a plethora of gifts, including diamonds and cars, and she received approximately 1,500 marriage proposals. She maintained energetic performances and a celebrity status for 50 years until her death in 1975. Unfortunately, racism prevented her talents from being wholly accepted in the United States until 1973. (quote from the official Josehpine Baker website http://www.cmgww.com/stars/baker/about/biography.html)

This is a tribute to her marvelous performances and talent.  This was Krystyna’s idea, she did her own hair and makeup as she is a makeup artist and we put the wardrobe together.  She was an absolute joy to work with, following direction and inputting her own inspiration as the day unfolded.

Please enjoy the images.

Pretty in pink with Krystyna

Killer Smile

Posing

Posing was second nature to Josephine, here Krystyna plays the part beautifully

Thinking of her next performance

Contemplation

Serious at the keys

Serious at the Keys à la Josephine

Comedic Act

Look at me clowning around

Boudoir shoot à la Dita Von Teese with Marie

I wanted to try my hand at a little more boudoir and was inspired by Dita Von Teese.  She has the retro or vintage look all the while looking rather contemporary.  If found a model who when posed the right way looks so much like Dita she could be her sister.  We had a great time doing this shoot and hope that it will lead to more in the future.

Interested in doing a boudoir shoot with me that has a vintage twist to it?  Just contact me. I’ll be thrilled to oblige.

Enjoy the results of our shoot.

À la Dita

Dita Von Teese, inspiration for your shoot

Marie à la Dita, her idol

Contemplation 

Playful boudoir

Temptress

Vintage corsette with modern accessories,

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

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


Vintage Boudoir Shoot

This was my first attempt at a vintage boudoir shoot. It went relatively well.  I still have some learning to do in regards to posing the model better.  The model was very receptive in following instructions and I hope to be able to attempt this type of photography again soon.

Vintage Boudoir

Hope you all enjoy.  Let me know what you think.  I would love to hear back.

Vintage Boudoir with Marie-MichelleVintage Boudoir