Today in studio, we did a bit of Hollywood glamour. My lovely friend, Miss Angel Perez Laflor, stepped in front of my camera to create these fun looks with some very controlled lighting. I haven't seen her in a few years because she moved to Texas. I was glad she stopped by while in town and graced my camera with her fabulousness!
For Hailey's look, I wanted to do something ethereal and princess-like. Once again, the weather didn't cooperate so we kept it in studio. This year is going to be interesting with the way the weather has been. I've been dying to get outside to do some location sessions, but I've been forced to stay inside the studio.
However, being in studio is not a bad thing. I really do love that bronze wall. It's very versatile. Plus, I am quite fond of studio lighting. I like playing with and manipulating the light to create different moods. I like using light to bring focus to some areas and take focus away from others. I've heard it called "painting with light" and I agree. I like the control of adding and removing light to areas of a portrait.
I made the tulle skirt and neck piece for the studio. I made it so that it will fit all different body types. I look forward to mixing and matching it with tops that clients bring for their sessions.
For our glamour portrait session, we explored many different decades: from vintage hollywood glamour to a subtle boudoir to modern beauty.
Holly brought in this lovely blue and green frock. I knew immediately the dress and Holly had to be dreamy and glamourous. With all that lovely flowing fabric, how could I not photograph her in such a way?
Holly also commissioned me to shoot her as a Renaissance maid. We used wardrobe that I stock in the studio in order to create her fantasy character. She brought in the pretty, little head garland to finish the look.
Shannon asked me to shoot her in a vintage-styled dress she found. I was thrilled to oblige. I knew immediately how and where I wanted to capture her in the dress. The dress had to be surrounded by wine glasses, martinis, a bar. The pinks and golds in the lace on the dress and the cream of the dress itself lends itself perfectly to the oak wood of the bar.
Without detailing every event, it seems that every time Shannon and I get together, something funny happens. At this particular session, a spider crawled across the martini glass as i was prepping it. It took a lot of reserve to not smash the glass onto the floor while Shannon and I screamed. Calmer heads prevailed and I set it down and I removed the spider, but the screaming and the crawling skin remained for a while.
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My photographer friend, Michael Falk, invited me to sit in on one of his glamour portrait sessions. Because I always forget to capture behind the scenes moments during any of my sessions, I offered to shoot all the fun that happens prior to his actual session. Glamour and fashion-inspired portraits are more than just creating images that showcase you at your best. They are about the entire experience: getting pampered with hair and makeup, spending time with a friend or family member, and meeting a fun and energetic team.
We did three very different looks in one day. The set and lighting drastically changed for each as did the wardrobe, makeup, and hair.
Model/Stylist: Erica Pietrzyk
MUAH: Jae Renna
Photographer/Retoucher: Donna Macauley
I was inspired by Helena's red hair and freckles and wanted to make sure I showcased them. To top it off, she does fabulous makeup. It was perfect for each look. We started off with softer makeup and built up to the dramatic eyes for the black dress, shug, and gloves combo. Helena brought the dresses and I had great accessories (shrugs for both looks, gloves, and necklace) in studio to finish the looks.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.