Recently I was chatting with my dad about old Hollywood classics. We were on a FaceTime call, both admiring a scene from the 1938 movie “Holiday“, Starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. The value of the monochromatic faces, clothing, and the scene as a whole, is purely captivating. You really appreciate all the tiny little details: the texture of fabrics, the contrast between light and dark, the intricacies of the architecture. “They don’t really make them like that anymore”, (says my father), and I agree! Of course if you know me, you are no stranger to the fact that I love vintage glamour, so being inspired by these movies and the actors is quite a daily occurrence.
I was scrolling through Instagram, and a post from one of my retro/vintage accounts I follow had posted a high contrast photograph (see above) of Marlene Dietrich taken by Milton Greene in 1952, and I was reminded again of the beauty in the subtlety.
It’s an odd time to try and find inspiration, but I kind of just decided to go with it, and create something modern with a vintage flair with my self portrait photography. Got my tripod out, and my remote with timer, did my hair, and made some magic.
Play your song for me…I know it well. I’ll be lazy here on blue velvet clouds of forgotten promises. Laughing on the outside, split ends know me well. As they crept up onto my freshly dried hair, I remembered the moment within that moment when you first looked at me.
Oooooooklahoma! Where I’ve been spending most of my evenings and weekends in rehearsals for the past couple of weeks! We opened last weekend over at Simi Valley Arts Cultural Center. I play the role of Gertie Cummings- Get tickets! Everyone in the cast commits great energy to their roles! I love to take behind the stage photos, and for some reason film photography makes it all that much better. Using my 35mm Minolta, I captured these photos using fujifilm 800iso color film. These are unedited, straight out of camera shots.
Embracing the warmth of the earth beneath her, she stopped for a moment, to feel the trees brush lightly atop her skin, whispering their melodies of a sweet summer breeze that dances through their branches and flow through ones soul.
Echoing tides of a blue bird’s song remind her of her happiness…an obsolete path.
A woodwind’s song of playful curiosity; a dance of sorts.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of working with Ms. Alyssa Lumpee (model) again on this fairytale inspired shoot that I’ve been daydreaming about. I have probably driven by this location too many times to count, and am always wanted to take a look around for future photoshoot possibilities. It’s tucked away and hidden behind a car dealership, but it’s a little gem. Who knew there were castles in California?
If you know me, you know that I love the Renaissance era…especially the clothing. You can often find me working on a new sewing project for the Ren Faire…challenging myself with yards of unique fabrics, and corset based patterns. The dress in these images was made by me when I was in high school. There is a gold blouse that usually goes under it, but I took it out for this shoot because of the cape. Corset was purchased from a friend of a friend, cape was given to my by a friend who found it while antique shopping, and the dried flower crown was purchased from a merchant at the Ren Faire.
I’d like to continue to explore with photography like this. It hits right at home for me. Magic, whimsy, dreamlike. Trying to incorporate this into engagement photos, or weddings would be nice. It’s always nice to meet adventurous people who aren’t afraid of getting a little dirty to capture the right shot, and having the patience to let me create the perfect shot. It’s the photo that you’re going to blow up and frame on your wall, the one you could stare at forever, the image that captures the essence of the day as a whole. Sometimes the shot I think I’m going for ends up being something completely different, yet better than I imagined. That’s the magic of it all; it comes to you in a spontaneous way.
More images from this series can be found on my Flickr