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The Victory Sisters – behind the scenes…

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

It’s no coincidence that the studio is known as Retro Photostudio!  Yes, I do shoot jewellery, product shots, and current fashions, but many of my clients are designers who specialise in retro-inspired apparel from forties and fifties.  One recent client, Mike from The Seamstress of Bloomsbury was kind enough to recommend The Victory Sisters who were in need of a photographer for publicity shots for their forties-inspired group. What a lovely and talented bunch of ladies they are. I was able to call on the services of Verity from The Vanity Box to create authentic forties hair styling…and she did an amazing job.

Anyway, to digress for a moment, you probably are not aware that for very many years I made independent movies, initially working on Super 8 and 16mm film, before moving to Super VHS, and M11 broadcast tape, before going “non linear”. Initially this was on FAST Videomachine, before going over to Premiere Pro. I appreciate this is all probably gobbledegook to you – but the reality is that I moved over to take stills around ten years ago, and the editing gear has gathered dust ever since. This was a shame as over the years my movies had garnered a number of awards in international film festivals. Well it was always my intention to return to making movies (I love the editing process…always have), so my most recent DSLRs, the Nikon D800 and D610 were purchased as I knew they are both able to take great movies.

Movie Toys…

I attended the Photography Show a week or two back, so took the opportunity to check out the various ancillary bits of kit needed to make full use of my cameras’ movie capabilities. Suffice to say I returned will a much lighter wallet and a number of new “toys”*. So I have started familiarising myself with what the cameras can do, movie-wise. So, back to the main reason for this blog post: To get used to the controls I have been shooting test footage of anything or anyone that moves…and today that happened to be The Victory Sisters! During the photoshoot I had them sing so I could get some action stills.  I’d initially taken a couple of video clips of the girls putting on makeup, with Verity attending to their hair, and even a couple of clips of the girls checking out the selection of stills. They’d changed back into their ‘day clothes’ and were on the point of leaving when I suggested they perform a song for me to video. They agreed, pretty much launching straight into a close harmony song before I’d any time to organise sound, tripod or lighting! So although the technical side is very ropy, I thought you might like to see the very first behind scenes movie I’ve shot in my studio. Despite the impromptu nature of the performance I think you will agree that the personality of these lovely ladies shines though – I think they are destined for great success! Retro Photostudio – Behind Scenes with The Victory Sisters from Terry Mendoza on Vimeo. * More about the  movie”toys” and my return to commercial videomaking in future blog posts.

The studio is growing!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Every time I post on my blog I seem be apologising that postings are so few and far between!   Over the past few months the studio has gone from busy to “crazy busy”…I am certainly not complaining but, because a number of new commercial clients have asked me to take over their photography, this has led to periods when I’ve been spending all my waking hours either shooting or preparing images for print, posters and web catalogues.  Consequently the blog has been sitting unattended at the back of the queue.

Anyway, it is gratifying that all my regular clients who get me to shoot their Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections have been growing too, along with their shooting requirements. Companies where I was scheduling four days to shoot a collection are now asking for seven days.

I can’t really put the success down to a single factor; I do know companies like consistency and reliability – so I keep a very tight eye on quality control…all my gear is colour calibrated, and so colour rendition is the same from shoot to shoot. I always deliver within the promised timeframe, so companies can rely on having time before the major trade shows to produce their look-books for the new collections.  A major factor in my favour is that companies are able to get rid of many of the stresses of organising a photoshoot.

Let me take the pressure and headache off you…

Here’s a typical rundown of photoshooting/image preparation:

Company provides the brief: what kind of product / how many models needed/ specific model characteristics / studio or location / style of photography needed / format for finished images / date considerations.

I look after:

  • Putting out casting calls for models
  • Forwarding shortlisted applicant details / portfolios to client
  • Organising location where needed
  • Booking models and sorting out their travel arrangements
  • Coordinating and booking ancillary team: Hair Stylists / Makeup Artists…and even staff to press outfits if they have been supplied in packets!
  • Researching / acquiring props for specific editorial shots
  • Photography – which includes logging shots in a filename format suitable for the particular company.
  • Shortlisting images; supply of proof images
  • Arranging payment for the models and team
  • Retouching / colour correcting the shortlisted images
  • Compositing where required for editorial / poster images
  • Outputting images in multiple format: print ready and web-ready versions.
  • Supply of ‘behind scenes’ images, which I supply gratis, for company PR on social networks
  • Behind scenes video – this option is rapidly gaining popularity!

Because the studio is outside of London, I am able to provide this service very competitively too.  So whether you are an established company and been let down by your current photographer, or a new company with a tight budget, feel free to drop me an email to info at retrophotostudio dot co dot uk and I will be very happy to discuss your photographic needs. You will be under no obligation, and definitely no pressure either!

Photoshoot for a fashion catalogue

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Behind the Scenes – photographing the Spring / Summer 2015 Hell Bunny Catalogue

Shooting a fashion collection for a catalogue sounds glamorous and a lot of fun. I’d be lying if I said it was not fun…but it involves plenty of hard work too. Here’s a little slideshow to show you some of what goes on behind the scenes.

Behind the Scenes – creating the Hell Bunny catalogue from Terry Mendoza on Vimeo.

Read on to learn more about the entire process i.e what was involved in the photography for the latest catalogue.


Six months ahead the Hell Bunny design team plan ‘poster’ themes- the editorial images which appear on catalogue covers. These are often shot on location. The team researches online and creates moodboards so everyone appreciates the feel they are looking for. This also ties in ideas for props, hair styling and makeup.

Four months out they start the model selection – generally selecting one or more new models to keep the catalogue looking fresh.  I browse my model database of those I’ve worked with and forward suggestions, often putting out a casting call too, shortlisting promising candidates for the company audition.

Once the poster themes have been chosen I start sourcing props – the studio already has a wide selection of retro props, but invariably I’ll scour boot sales, maybe cadging props from friends and family too.  For this particular shoot I hired a couple of candelabras from a secondhand shop.

Next the logistics of ensuring the plan comes together – props/models/makeup artists and hair stylists will all be available on the required dates.

Checklists of props and equipment are prepared. Working away from base it is vital that nothing gets forgotten.   I plan on the assumption that if anything can go wrong it probably will!  So spares of everything  are carried – camera, tethering lead, laptop, lighting units, stands, hard drive, battery charger and so on.

The Hell Bunny outdoor poster shots were taken on a bright September day in South East Essex – some at Westcliff Cliffs, some by Southend Pier and the rest around beach huts in Thorpe Bay. A further rainy December day was spent shooting the  interior ‘church’ shots in a Grade II listed building in the Essex countryside – complete with its own private chapel.

It took five further days to shoot the catalogue shots in the studio.  Shoot days are not for the faint-hearted…some of the team rising at 4am to get to the studio for 8:30. It takes between 90 minutes to two hours for hair and makeup, so with multiple models, both Natasha and Bella have a busy start to their day! It is common for shoots to finish around 6:30 in the evening too.  Once back home around 8:30pm, and the first task is to create an insurance backup of images – never trust a single hard drive! 4500 shots were taken over the week, with the Nikon camera tethered to Lightroom.  With that many images, a very organized workflow is vital.  As each outfit is photographed it drops into its own named file directory, with the designers simultaneously making their image selections.   By the end of the week 850 images have been selected, so the work on ‘cleaning up’ images can start.

Preparing images in Lightroom and Photoshop

– the technical bit!

I use a colour-calibrated monitor at the studio to check images.   Images are shot  in RAW format, and the first Lightroom step is to apply the presets I’ve created, one for each of the three lenses I use. Next I refine Colour Balance, White point & Black Point for each image. Special attention is given to dark fabrics – detail must remain clear whilst not affecting the other tones in the image.   All the images are now exported as Photoshop files using Lightroom.

I now run a batch process I’ve created, which prepares files for individual attention – adding correction layers to each file before saving /closing the file.

Files are now individually opened and checked full size, so flaws can be cloned out or otherwise corrected.  When the entire batch has been cleaned in this way they are all double-checked in Lightroom before being cropped as necessary for uniform size in frame.

Next the entire directory of edited images are output in full resolution to a print directory, and once more as a version optimized for use online. If this sounds time-consuming, indeed it is – I’ve even left out a few steps to avoid boring you!

Anyway, around ten days after the conclusion of the shoot the entire batch of 850 images is uploaded so the webmaster can get busy uploading images to the site. The designer of the new season’s lookbook now has all the materials he needs to assemble the new season’s catalogue…and it is time to start scheduling the next season’s shoot!

Boris – producing Hollywood Glamour in Twenties Whitechapel

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Ronnie Lawrence, a friend of mine, recently asked if I could restore a Boris photograph of his mother-in-law Ada Margolis on her wedding day.  The faded sepia image is reproduced below.

Original wedding photo of Ronnie Lawrence' mother - hand coloured, but faded!

Original wedding photo of Ronnie Lawrence’ mother – hand coloured, but faded!

In the twenties  the East End of London was a poor,  predominantly Jewish area.  This was where Boris Bennett, an immigrant from Poland, set himself up as a wedding photographer. He established his studio in Whitechapel in the twenties, and soon carved a niche for himself by his creative mastery of Hollywood lighting and set creation using art deco props.  Over his career he took over 150 thousand photographs, and many still have pride of place on mantle shelves around the country.

The restoration process

It was an interesting exercise to restore the image. I first scanned it in high resolution, then took it into Photoshop and used the white point dropper in Levels to set the white point. I tried the same for the black point using the black dropper, but the result was way to blocked out, so shifted the black point slider in Levels along to butt against the histogram where tones were just appearing. The next step was to clone out the spots and discolourations on the print. The print has obviously been painstakingly hand coloured, so I added several colour overlay layers, masking and adjusting to bring back skin tones, dress colouring and colour to the flowers.    It was important to remain faithful to the original retouching, rather than create a ‘modern’ look to the photograph.

Both the grain and time had not been kind to the face, so I smoothed the cheeks and forehead subtly, then ‘sculpted the face using a 50% grey layer in overlay mode to give definition to the facial features, using a fine brush at low opacity on the grey – white to lighten, and black to darken.

There was a hint of catchlight still visible in the eyes, so I created a blank layer and on high magnification enhanced the catchlights, to bring life to the face.

The final step was to add a curves layer, selecting Auto to bring back some ‘pop’ to the image, fading this layer until it looked natural.

The restored wedding photo - the 'hand colouring' feel still retained

The restored wedding photo

You can find more of Boris’ work, in an interesting Daily Telegraph article Wartime Wedding Glamour in the East End.   There is now also a lavishly illustrated book “Vintage Glamour in London’s East End” , by Frank Harris and Michael Greisman

I love my work – looking back on 2014

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

I often read the tag #lovemywork, and that certainly describes my situation – this has certainly been one heck of a year!

So here’s just a brief overview of the past twelve months, which started brilliantly, with photographing in New Zealand and Australia…fabulous countries for landscape work, and wonderful friendly folk too.

Lake Mapourika, South Island, New Zealand, early morning

Lake Mapourika, South Island, New Zealand, early morning

Gratifyingly, a number of fashion companies started using my services for the first time, and there has been a great interest in my location fashion shooting – in 2014 I did more location shoots for catalogues/editorials than the previous two years combined! I’m posting some examples, but oftentimes fashion shoots have to remain ‘under wraps’ until release of catalogues.

Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014

Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014 featuring Miss Betsy Rose

Portia Victoria (L) and Devon Mayson for Banned Apparel

Portia Victoria (L) and Devon Mayson for Banned Apparel


Hell Bunny poster shoot 2014 featuring Miss Betsy Rose and Frankii Wilde

Location photoshooting – Hell Bunny SS14 catalogue

I’ve been fortunate enough to get to shoot in Canada, Luxemburg, Germany and several times in the USA.

During the year I achieved the qualification of Licentiate Photographer with the Society of International Fashion and Glamour Photographers, and over the past few months I have also been honoured by them with the accolade of a Gold Award for some of my images….such as these:

Portrait - Helene Atsuko

Portrait – Helene Atsuko


Fine Art Gold Award - The Societies. Shot in upstate NY

Fine Art Gold Award – The Societies. Shot in upstate NY


Societiies Gold Award - Nature, Fern - New Zealand

Societiies Gold Award – Nature, Fern – New Zealand

My work featured in a number of publications, and on various magazine covers too.

Sophie St Villier gracing the cover of Vintage Life

Sophie St Villier gracing the cover of Vintage Life


Leanne James - Inked Magazine

Leanne James – Inked Magazine


I was happy to sponsor both Burlesque Idol and Pinup UK again – acting as one of their judges for the latter.  I was also invited to judge the Miss Pinup Scandinavia, and to run a pin-up photography studio at Rat Fink Reunion in Avesta, Sweden.

Finalists of International Section Miss Pinup UK

Finalists of International Section Miss Pinup UK

Fighting the hot sun and having a great time Helena, Ariel and Kandi (L to R)

Fighting the hot sun and having a great time Helena, Ariel and Kandi (L to R) at Avesta, Sweden

December saw a flattering profile of the studio published in Pinstriping and Kustoms magazine – thanks guys!

Pinstriping & Kustoms magazine feature

Pinstriping & Kustoms magazine feature

I feel both fortunate and humbled to have been able to work with so many lovely models and great teams of MUAH and art directors. I am not going to name names as I know I’ll only leave someone out, so thank you to you all.   I have put together headshots of some of the models I’ve photographed – it has been a real pleasure working with you all. models and actor headshots models and actor headshots models and actor headshots

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I wish you a healthy and happy 2015.  For myself I am delighted to have already scheduled photoshoots with so many loyal clients, and excited to be welcoming a number of new ones too.

Finally, a note to myself – must do better on my blog in the coming year; my last post was ages ago…simply down to workload!

Underwater shoot…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

I’ve previously shared some of the covers I’ve shot for Vintage and Homemade Living.

I’ve also been responsible for shooting their fashion spreads, which has been good fun. For the latest issue editor Caroline set me a challenge; the feature was to showcase some wonderful retro costumes, based on vintage designs under the Esther Williams brand label.

Researching images of Esther Williams, apart from one or two where she is draped decoratively along the side of a swimming pool, the majority naturally feature her swimming…her starring role in a number of vintage movies.  So Caroline suggested we shoot an ‘underwater’ set.  So i sealed the studio and assembled my underwater housing and donned snorkel and flippers…

The sneak peek below, does not do justice to the end results.  All were shot in the studio and  composited later of course.  The images where the models are ‘diving’ were shot with the models standing on tiptoes – with their orientation changed later in post-production.  The feet and particularly the toes needed extra work as they were not ‘pointed’ in the right way for swimming.

If you have any interest in retro lifestyle I highly recommend you treat yourself to a copy of the magazine – which you can find at their website.

This month’s issue also has an interesting article on Ether Williams herself as well as a fascinating insight into the wartime codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park.





RVintage - Esther Wiliams

Vintage - Esther Wiliams

The above images feature Rayna Terror (cover image), Tilly Bachelor, and Rayna (with starfish)., and Frankie diving for the depths below.


Underwater shoot!

Underwater shoot!



Belated update – recent publications

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

I was doing so well with this blog, and then a slew of photography projects landed in my lap all at once,  leaving me no time to attend to the blog.

In the past week I’ve photographed a bevy of beautiful ladies who belong to a burlesque school…at the end of each term the graduate feather boa twirlers and fan dancers have the opportunity to come to the studio and shoot a variety of images of their choosing.  It was a great day with all sorts of styles ranging from the typical burlesque outfits and poses, through to 1920 styled nudity (all very innocent), to FHM glamour and much much more.  With seven ladies, it kept my make-up artist and hair stylist incredibly busy, and the participants were delighted with the results – some are being produced as presents for spouses and partners so I can’t post any here.

I’ve also been on location shooting a group of powerful models, all with very long orange arms…but these were demolition machines for a commercial brochure!

Instead, here’s a small sampling my work on or in recent publications.

Tattoo Collection

The ever delightful Cherrie Mae features on Tattoo Collection

The Tattoo Collection is available online or in your local magazine rack

Betsy Rose on Vintage Life cover

Miss Betsy Rose on Vintage Life cover

Vintage Life is at W H Smith or visit their website. Miss Betsy Rose is a wonderfully accomplished burlesque artist and model – check out her website.

Atomic Bombshells

Atomic Bombshells - Acid Doll feature

At the beginning of the year I enjoyed a very productive shoot in Brighton – above is the gorgeous Acid Doll, featured in issue 3 of Atomic Bombshells. This magazine also showcases Kristelle O’Chocolat  (below) – I guarantee you will be seeing more from this stylish pin-up model!


 Kristelle O'Chocolat in Atomic Bombshells

Kristelle O'Chocolat in Atomic Bombshells


Rachel Goodwin on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Rachel Goodwin on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

The above is newlywed Rachel, in her wedding gown (really!). Tattoo Revolution Magazine can be found in your local newsagent.

SINderella in Vintage Life

SINderella in Vintage Life

The always cute SINderella above, in Vintage Life, and again below in latex from Striptease Magazine

SINderella again - in Bella Morte Magazine

SINderella again - in Bella Morte Magazine

Vintage Life

Vintage Life - Beau Burlington featured here

Jacqui Gladden, modeling one of her own vintage outfits

Jacqui Gladden, modeling one of her own vintage outfits

Tanya Bratz on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Tanya Bratz on Tattoo Revolution Magazine

Tattoo Revolution Magazine , once again.

Vintage & Homemade living - Tilley

Vintage & Homemade living - Tilly Batchelor

Collectif Autumn/Winter 2012

Collectif Autumn/Winter 2012 - Millie Dollar

Bella Morte - Taboo edition - Juliette October

Bella Morte - Taboo edition - Juliette October

Skin Shots - Cherrie Mae

Skin Shots - Cherrie Mae

Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living edition 3

Vintage & Homemade Living edition 3 - cover model Daisy

The image below features Daisy and Miss Lula Mae, the latter whom I have had the privilege of photographing in Brighton at the start of the year. The image also featured several unknown holidaymakers whom I had to paint out!.

Fashion feature in Vintage & Homemade Living

Fashion feature in Vintage & Homemade Living

Vintage & Homemade Living is a cracking magazine if you are into the retro lifestyle. A huge amount of care has gone into giving the magazine a distinctive retro feel…I am confident it is destined for great success.  I have been involved with a number of the fashion features, and I can’t wait to share the results of the most recent shoot which combines some glorious fashion with ‘Mendoza’ post production for a grand fantasy spread – once the magazine is on the bookstands I will share more here.

Playful Promises 'panties in a can'

Playful Promises 'panties in a can'

Playful Promises design and produce a range of beautiful, elegant and saucy lingerie. The above is one example from their ‘panties in a can’ range – featuring my photography and pin-up retouching…in this case the beautiful Miss Banbury Cross

Cherrie Mae on Tattoo Revolution no 19

Cherrie Mae on Tattoo Revolution no 19

To round up this collection, here’s the newest magazine, with issue 1 just out, is Tease and Cake – a stylish UK offering, to which I wish much success. The image below is a recreation of a forties airbrush image.  The mirror really was there…which took quite some setting up to shoot ruby without showing too much of the background studio props!

Ruby Woo - in Teas and Cake Magazine

Ruby Woo - in Teas and Cake Magazine

Studio update

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Bye bye blue screen!

I’ve enjoyed one too many Billy Gates bluescreen experiences recently. The issue that tipped the balance was finding my PC Windows had ‘updated’ overnight and from that point refused to boot up. So I’ve taken the plunge and am now a newbie Mac user.  I spent a fair few hours in the Apple store, before making my decision.  The very knowledgeable guy even loaded up Photoshop, then stood aside so I could see how it compared for speed. Well, having grown up on Windows, and never having experienced a Magic Trackpad, all I could do, was to make Photoshop speedily vanish with a flourish…pretty magical to me! It felt like the first time I’d been in front of a computer…a little embarrassing really.  I did not have a clue about making Photoshop do anything…and I’ve been using the program since version 3!

However now, after a week I am falling in love with it, although have had a few hairy moments working out the implications of using spreadsheets over the network, and  getting my head around aliases that forget where they are pointing!

A large RAID is on order so soon I should for the first time have access to my entire library, without having to rely on a pile of hard drives!

Shooting along…

The studio has been hopping lately.

In no particular order, here’s some of the output…

Aisling Grace, on Tattoo Revolution magazine

Aisling Grace, on Tattoo Revolution magazine

Congratulations to Aisling, who shot this for Tattoo Revolution Magazine shortly before leaving for Australia.

I enjoyed a very productive shoot with Portia Victoria, a multi-talented young lady, shooting some amazing outfits by the UK latex couture company Westward Bound.  This was one from a set for a cover of an online lifestyle magazine from Thailand.

Portia - Westward Bound

Portia - Westward Bound


Below Portia models an extravagant outfit from London based Kaori’s Latex Dreams

Portia in Kaori Latex

Portia in Kaori Latex

Sticking with the latex theme (bad choice of words?), Torture Garden have published images from my recent shoot with Marnie Scarlet who will be performing at their forthcoming Fetish Boat Party:

Torture Garden Fetish party

sailor Marnie Scarlet performs at the Torture Garden Fetish party


And now for something completely different…

Just about as far away from the previous photography, it is lovely to see the beautiful Acid Doll gracing the cover of the new Vintage Life.  This was taken during the Brighton shoot at the Pelirocco Hotel.

Acid Doll on Vintage Life

Acid Doll on Vintage Life


For some while Laura from Hot Rockin Belle has championed outfits for those who are above stick-thin!  So I was delighted to help her prove that rockabilly dresses actually do look better on girls with curves.  We shot some catalogue shots and some editorial shots…the latter will remain ‘under wraps’ until publication.  Anyway, if you have curves, now you know where to visit to find a treasure trove of fun fashions that really flatter.

Hot Rockin Belles

Hot Rockin Belles

These three Hot Rockin Belles above are (L to R)  Sarahanne Hall, Lea Blakey Miller and Amanda Coban.

Finishing the round-up of images from a few recent shoots we have model Chipfox, modelling an outfit by Rubber Monkey – and this is by no means a random choice of image, for this talented model is also the driving force behind Retro Beauty…and she was the make-up artist and hair stylist for our trio above.

Chipfox in Rubber Monkey latex

Chipfox in Rubber Monkey latex


Mad March – photo shoots at Retro Photostudio

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

There have been so many shoots going on this month that I have been somewhat remiss in keeping the blog updated!  So this entry is going to be a brief overview of just some of what has been happening at the studio (as time permits I will blog separately about some of the other interesting shoots this month).

I’ve sponsored the Burlesque Idol competition for some years. The winner from each heat enjoys a free shoot at the studio. Burlesque Idol is the brainchild of House of Burlesque, and when looking to find a link for this blog happened across Tempest Rose’s HOB blog, which quite made me blush…so thank you kindly!This month it was the turn of the delightful Peggy de Lune. It is always great working with trained actors – providing a variety of facial expressions is second nature (to them…not me!), and Peggy was no exception. She has such an infectious sense of humour it was difficult to get serious shots with all the laughter going on! Anyway, she is a huge fan of Betty Grable, so we recreated the iconic image. Expect to see more results from this shoot in forthcoming Vintage Life magazines.


Peggy de Lune

Peggy de Lune channelling Betty Grable

Speaking of Vintage Life, the new issue has headshot of Miss Lula Mae from last year’s studio shoot, and a spring-cleaning shot of Miss Envy Greene– see below. If you are into the vintage lifestyle take yourself off to WHSmith and grab a copy!

Lula Mae

Miss Lula Mae


Miss Envy Greene

Miss Envy Greene


On location for a clothing photoshoot

Early this month I enjoyed a shoot for ASOS Marketplace for Collectif at Camden market, featuring SINderella Rockafella.

SINderella Rockafella

SINderella Rockafella

This model visited the studio a few days later and we shot some interesting latex designs – the style below comes from Hellcat Latex.

Sinderella Rockefella

Sinderella Rockefella in Hellcat Latex

Time for bed…in latex!

More recently models Juliette October and Anthony Brooking came to the studio for another latex shoot, this time featuring the new nightwear range from the talented people at Catalyst Latex. Their site is well worth a visit.

Juliette October & Anthony Brooking

Juliette October & Anthony Brooking in Catalyst latex


Juliette October - sleepwear by Catalyst Latex

Juliette October – sleepwear by Catalyst Latex

There have been a slew of other shoots, both for tattoo magazine covers and for clothing companies but I am keeping all those images under wraps until publication!

Marnie – performance art

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

It was a delight to welcome Marnie Scarlet back to the studio. As well as being an extremely talented designer for Libidex latex, she is also a burlesque artist – with a difference!  Her act is almost as far as it is possible to get from “classical burlesque”, and she is high demand as an alternative performer in Europe and beyond.

The couple of images here give an idea of Marnie’s imaginative ideas.  Safe to say she is never knowingly understated! It was great to bounce creative ideas off each other again this time.

Retro Photostudio during Marnie Scarlet shoot

Marnie models her Vogue styled latex outfit at Retro photostudio

Marnie - merry sailor

Marnie, merry matelot!

Marnie - strike a pose

Marnie Scarlet - strike a pose