Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Amber)

This is the second post about some photo shoots done using vintage clothing supplied by a shop run by my friend Mary. The first post is here if you like this one!

This set was taken of model Amber wearing a very glam embroidered satin number (I’ll ask Mary for a technical description), so we were going initially for a ‘grand entrance’ vintage type look. The fake fur stole adds to the luxury look.

These next 3 are typical ‘book cover’ type shots – people in vintage clothes holding things like books, keys etc. These props were all bought for this purpose from Ebay or junk shops, and we formed a sort of mini ‘production line’ with a pile of stuff going left to right whilst being photographed. Not very creative and a bit mechanical but it produces some results. All on the Canon 60D or an EPL3 with a lensbaby and all lightly layered and toned.

The next 3 are of Amber wearing a 1960’s number (please correct me if this is wrong Mary!) along with 2 unusual handbags chosen from Mary’s stock.

This next one was a bit hit and miss on the exposure (as Lensbaby shots often are) – the highlights of the white handbag were only rescued in RAW processing.

Finally one more with the Lensbaby – Amber holding some flowers.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

All images have a signed model release, and Amber is happy for them to appear on the blog.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.

Shooting Vintage Clothing (with Mary)

A friend runs a vintage clothing shop in Dorchester (Dorset UK), and I suggested to her that we should do a few shoots of the clothes for her publicity purposes and for Arcangel Images (my agency).

Mary agreed, so here are some of the shots which resulted – all with Mary modelling. I’d hoped to use film on the first set of shots, but the light was so poor I ended up at ISO 2000 on the 60D, and didn’t have film above ISO 100 in the bag.

We’d asked Mary to find a black cape and some red shoes for these shots – this isn’t easy as Mary has hundreds if not thousands of pieces of clothing in stock.

They were planned as a blurry, slow shutter speed set of  ‘running’ shots, but as always, the planned shots weren’t the best ones of the session. This one conveys movement even without a very slow shutter speed, and the dark upper frame and lighter lower frame seem to work. Lensbaby, out of focus (but it doesn’t seem to matter) on an Olympus ELP3.

Just a bit of movement blur here – enough to avoid a ‘static’ look.

Back to the 60D and more or less what I’d hoped for. As it turns out the cape and red of the shoes overwhelm the slight movement anyway. The swirl of red on Mary’s leg is the lining of the cape – sheer luck!

A parting shot (no pun intended) from this short session – Mary’s hand on the end of the staircase. Taken as an afterthought, I think this one is the best of them all. EPL3 + lensbaby. I’d like to thank Mary for her patience, having run up and down these stairs too many times….

This second batch are few from a larger set taken on a different day in winter. We were all a bit too cold to be taking pictures to be honest so I was glad to get just a few.

Shoes and Skirt

Taken with the 60D and the flip out screen at ground level, vignette and washed out colour in Photoshop.

Gloves and Dress

An embroidered dress and kid gloves – given a cold blue tint and vignette to go with my memory of a cold day.

I’ll post a few more from shoots of Mary’s clothes in a subsequent post as we’ve done a few this year.

As always these are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

All images have a signed model release, and Mary is happy for them to appear on the blog.

If you’re interested in any more of Mary’s vintage clothing, the link to her Facebook page is here.

Hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.