Bella Morte is a magazine specialising in ‘alternative pin-up’. Under the skilled editorship of Sonja it has just reached its second birthday – well done to you Sonja! I have been associated with the magazine almost from the start, and feel privileged to be one of their official photographers. I know there are interesting plans for the magazine for 2013, but for now here are some previews from the new issue.
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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.
The above images feature Rayna Terror (cover image), Tilly Bachelor, and Rayna (with starfish)., and Frankie diving for the depths below.
Halloween is virtually upon us, with ghosties, ghouls and other strange goings on.
American magazine Striptease is celebrating in (weird) style with a fine collection of far-from-mainstream pin-ups. The new magazine features a number of Retro Photostudio photoshoots – I am posting a selection of previews below.
Wig by Kezia Argue Designs
Those acquainted with the alternative fetish scene will know the talented Marnie Scarlet. Her performances are startling, sometimes shocking but always riveting…and as far from mainstream burlesque as it is possible to get! Aside from her amazing performances, she is an incredible latex designer too – she created this and all her other latex outfits. Indeed, if you are a fan of Libidex Latex clothing you will have certainly come across her designs.
The Striptease Halloween edition is shipping now.
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.
The Tattoo Collection is available online or in your local magazine rack
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!
The above is newlywed Rachel, in her wedding gown (really!). Tattoo Revolution Magazine can be found in your local newsagent.
Tattoo Revolution Magazine , once again.
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!.
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 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
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!
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!
The studio has been hopping lately.
In no particular order, here’s some of the output…
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.
Below Portia models an extravagant outfit from London based Kaori’s Latex Dreams…
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:
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.
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.
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.
A new month and it is encouraging to see so many publications on the magazine racks are now featuring photography from Retro Photostudio! As you will see, it is a really diverse cosmopolitan selection.
Acid Doll is on the cover of Milkcow Magazine from our Manhattan shoot. She is modelling vintage lingerie from Sleek ‘n Chic. Inside the magazine you can enjoy a two page spread from the same shoot, this time featuring some great latex outfits from Westward Bound.
Acid Doll also features in Vintage Life magazine, shot recently in Brighton:
This versatile young lady is also in the new edition of Secret Magazine (not pictured) – a beautifully produced black and white fetish magazine from Belgium.
The current edition of Vintage Life also has a Retro shot of my good friend Jaquie Gladden which we took several years ago, as well as Jessica Bella, whom I wish every success now she has returned to the USA. Dawn at Candy Says kindly lent me this beautiful sixties outfit and several more specifically for this shoot.
Finally, Australian hot-rod magazine Cruzin centrefold is devoted to Rayna Terror and Fae Raven:
If you are a magazine publisher and would like to feature Retro Photostudio photography do get in touch.
Latex clothing has been surging in popularity over recent years. Those wishing to find out the latest about latex fetish fashion, the clubs, the styles and what is generally happening around the world invariably turn to Skin Two Magazine. The fetish magazine, under the efficient editorship of Tim Woodward has been going from strength to strength since he co-founded it in 1983.
Edition 62 of Skin Two magazine is now available; it carries a feature on my work, along with shots taken at the last Rubber Ball event. The following models feature in the images: Beau Rocks, Betty D’Light, Fae Raven, Lucy Fur, Mamzelle Maz, Rogerio, Ruby Fortune, and Esmé Bianco on the back cover.
Order your own copy, either as a beautiful print version or digital download by visiting Skin Two at www.skintwo.biz
What a lovely surprise to see Solene’s smiling face gracing the cover of January’s Milkcow Vintage, when the magazine popped through my letterbox today. The day Solene came for the shoot we really worked hard, shooting catalogue shots for Sleek ‘n Chic, and editorial images, of which this is one.
I do owe a big thank you to Caroline and Peter Tuffrey for generously allowing me to use their amazing home as a location. When they took it over the original owners apologised for its ‘dated’ look – but it had been just what the Tuffrey’s had been looking for!
Since then they have painstakingly restored and recreated a wonderful fifties environment. Just to give you a better flavour of the ambience have a look at the images below, shot back in July for Bamboo Bettie range of retro dresses.
Next month I will be down to Brighton again, and will be shooting pin-up and retro in the Hotel Pelirocco on Saturday 28th January. Last year’s shoot with the lovely Acid Doll made the cover of Milkcow Vintage magazine. For this shoot I am delighted to say The Vanity Box will also be attending, looking after hair and makeup.
VintageBrighton.com has a feature on their blog about the forthcoming shoot, but in essence you have the chance of featuring in the shoot. If you are interested, you will need to email the studio, on firstname.lastname@example.org, attaching between two and five images (each file no bigger than 200K please!). You will also need to advise on your mobile contact number.
The lucky winner or winners will be advised by mid January.