Vintage Styling & Photography
Simple Retro Headshots

Simple Retro Headshots

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series My Photography

Sometimes the vintage styled makeup and hair, along with a little color editing, can make all the difference in pulling a shoot together! The model pulled out her gun at the end of the shoot and posed with it. I think these retro pictures turned out best in black and white.

1935 BridesMaid Dress

1935 BridesMaid Dress

This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series Carondelet Historical Society Project

This mesh dress came labeled “Bridesmaid dress from M___’s 1935 wedding”. It’s classic! The dress was blue mesh over a dark blue slip. Not using it in the 1930s wedding recreation was a mistake, but I was afraid the colors were too dark in comparison to the other dresses. Sometimes I make mistakes, and this was still just about 6 months into my adventures in teaching myself vintage styling and photography!

1940s Style Pinup

1940s Style Pinup

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series Carondelet Historical Society Project

This 1940s dress was such fun to photograph! It has red buttons down the front and an abstract polka dot pattern. I put a smart black hat on the model. Like many dresses of the era, it was unlined and meant to be worn over a slip or under=dress. We borrowed a rolling red wooden storage box as the only prop with this simple set. I love the model’s exaggerated “cheesecake pinup” expressions! She did her own makeup and hair, too.

1920s Plus Sized Flapper Dress

1920s Plus Sized Flapper Dress

This entry is part 6 of 23 in the series Carondelet Historical Society Project

It was very fun to photograph this green plus sized 1920s dress! SO many times, surviving dresses from this era are petite. I’m not sure why, because plus sized women surely existed in the 1920s. I am guessing that clothing got re-purposed during the Great Depression, and worn longer. A dress made with lots of fabric could be repurposed more than a more narrow dress with just 16 inches or so across the front. I am not sure what I did with it, but I did come across one “plus sized” dress (which I sold) which was clearly hemmed from drop waist to the more fashionable natural waist of the 1930s.

Anyway, it’s always fun playing dress up!

White Edwardian Lace Dress on Andrea

White Edwardian Lace Dress on Andrea

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series Carondelet Historical Society Project

It’s hard to beat that 1930s look, but Andrea fit this lace 1910s dress perfectly (and without a corset!). She looked so proper. I love the horizontal stripes of different lace on this dress, and it buttoned properly up the back. We just shot simple studio pictures to capture the details in this delicate Edwardian lace dress. She would have been right at home reading The Modern Priscilla!

Classic Sexy Patriotic Pinup Pics

Classic Sexy Patriotic Pinup Pics

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series My Photography

I got this shiny red white and blue mini dress in Las Vegas a few years ago, and it fit Dezabell perfectly. She carried a matching American flag and the outfit popped.

I posed Cindy on my vintage 1950s “pinup exercise machine”, and we had a ton of fun shooting.

Cindy and Dezabell wanted to do pinup and retro, but with a naughty twist. This is where pinup sometimes blends into boudoir, but those images will never be posted ;-).

Country retro pinup

Country retro pinup

This entry is part 2 of 13 in the series Vintage Car Workshop

This was pinup model Amy W.’s last photo set at this workshop. She dressed in her own red gingham dress, red platform wedges, borrowed a cowboy hat, and posed in an old truck for a thoroughly classic retro country look.

I minimally post-processed these photos, because they looked so great naturally. What a cute modern retro photo shoot!

Cheesecake Pinup in a Car Repair Garage

Cheesecake Pinup in a Car Repair Garage

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series Vintage Car Workshop

I was just in an increasingly humorous mood as this retro photography workshop progressed! I posed model Amilee in a vintage child’s dress from the 1950s, with a wrench, in the car repair garage. She gave the perfect helpless and silly expressions of a gal who wouldn’t know the gas tank from the radiator (I wouldn’t, either).

Pinup models on a South Pacific Set

Pinup models on a South Pacific Set

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series Vintage Car Workshop

This cute, humorous, cheesecake pinup photography set features pinup model Amy Mooney (Shooby Duwop) posing with a classic red car against a vintage beach backdrop. It looks like she’s on set of a 1950s beach flick! Later, pinup model Amy W. joins in, and they pretend that they’re lost on the way to the real beach (it does not help that they’re in Missouri, reading the map upside down).

Patriotic Pinup in the Willys Jeep

Patriotic Pinup in the Willys Jeep

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series Vintage Car Workshop

This was an impromptu and unplanned patriotic pinup set done at my Retro Car Workshop! Pinup model Nikki borrowed a cute polkadot 1940s styled dress, matching red beads, and got her hair done pinup style by another model. I did her retro makeup (including putting the faux lashes on). Nikki is one of the first models I worked with, for the Carondelet Historical Society historical fashion project, and it was great to get to work with her again and see how far we’ve both come in the past few years!

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