All posts by michaelbann

Gilded Cupid – LUXE DESTINATION SESSIONS

I am very pleased to announce a new and exclusive shoot.

Gilded Cupid Luxe Destination Sessions.

What is it?  It’s a shoot at the Remarkable Gilded Cupid Bed and Breakfast in the fabulous destination town of Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania.  This amazing property is nestled in this Victorian Village just a stone’s through from the March Chunk Opera House, home of the famed Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival. The Gilded Cupid is owned and operated by two dear friends of mine Sheila and Bob who I first met nearly 10 years ago when I became a sponsor of the very first Burlesque Festival. Their home has been lovingly restored and is a showcase of exceptional antiques. So much so that it has been many many years in the making that I have finally persuaded them to permit photography sessions there.

Private sessions can occur weekdays on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for $450 plus tax. This includes full Makeup and Hair styling, location fee, shoot which is an extended 1.5 hours in duration, all your photos to take home plus 8 custom edited images of your choice or 32 batch processed images as most boudoir studios provide. You would be required to bring your own wardrobe.

Can’t make a weekday? We can also arrange for a session to occur on a weekend you and that special someone decide to book a stay at the Gilded Cupid where you remain overnight as a guest… Sheila’s breakfasts are worth it alone, not to mention all there is to do in Jim Thorpe. Make your reservation with Sheila directly and schedule your photoshoot for just $375. Of course we’d need to discuss possible dates.

Below are photos from a recent session with Miss V Pinup model.  You should click on them to see them larger.  Some of the samples  have been censored but if you want to see them completely you can become a supporter of Miss V’s Patreon page here.

Here are some other images I made in another suite quite some years ago.

Halloween – Our Favorite Time of Year

BIG NEWS! BE A COVER MODEL for the HALLOWEEN SPECIAL of Retrolicious Magazine!

Shadow Sessions.
One of our most popular sessions period.

For three years now our Halloween Shadow Sessions have been a staple in our offerings. Classic imagery at its finest. Several shadow backgrounds available. Sessions starting at $300.

Cheesecake Halloween

Adorable, versatile, colorful. These cheesecake Halloween Sessions are perfect for first timers. They can range from cute to sassy. From $250.

Flying Witch

We first offered these last year and they were a big hit. Who doesn’t have a little witch in them?  From $300.

Creepy Marionette

Something a little different and entirely striking. Our studio boasts some spaces that permit som Marionette images like few others can. We’ve all seen the photos of a model with ropes from above but it’s virtually never you see them with the puppeteer’s paddle above them as well. From $250.

Sugar Skull

Bold as it gets. These sessions require additional time for the artistry that goes into this styling. From $275.

Camp Crystal Lake

These are samples from our Sample Devilbliss Sessions (which are still available. But we will soon transform this set into a fall offering with autumn leaves strewn about as well as painted into the background. Imagine Michael Meyers standing in the background as a menacing figure for your slasher photos! From $275.

Vampire Gods

Powerful, Seductive. You decide your wardrobe theme set agains our vampire throne and that dramatic Devilbliss lighting. From $250.

Cemetery Excursions

Want a truly extraordinary session for Halloween? Then schedule you outdoor Cemetery Excursion session. We’ll take you to one of several nearby cemeteries that are perfect for this sort of theme. These shoots are best served during the golden hour each day which is just before sundown. This means these sessions are limited to one per day, mainly weekdays. Please note, we will not take part in any imagery that involves ultra provocative attire or involves standing or sitting on any gravestones. We respect these places. From $300.

The Hellfire Club

Something unusual for 2017. Nearly anything goes. The Hellfire Club in Britain had the motto Fais ce que tu voudras (Do what thou wilt). Contact us for a session tailored to you that blends elements of the super natural, macabre, bohemian, irreverant, and grotesque. For a history of the club visit this link. Private sessions from $275.

1000 photoshoots, One Million Photos, $150 WHOA

So yesterday Nicole of Making Faces Professional and I were talking. I was doing some bookwork and we began to take note of some things. First we realized it was just over five years ago we did our first work together at my old studio Shangri-La. Back then I was still living in the Metro DC area and was only in Pennsylvania on weekends. I only did shoots here and there.  Within the last two and half years though things have changed dramatically and it has become a full time occupation. In those two and a half years we determined we’ve officially done over 1000 photoshoots.  My shutter count application confirms my camera bodies have shot over 1,000,000 photographs in that same time. That’s ONE MILLION.

We have worked with clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee and Louisiana.  We have had clients travel to us from Texas, Illinois, Tennessee, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Virginia, Ohio and probably some other states I’m missing.

We’ve seen many new faces and have become very familiar with others. That’s an interesting word right there, familiar. The latin roots of it also become the word family. That is also a very fitting link to what has occurred with many of those faces we’ve come to know so well. In fact if you consider the various events that have sprung from the business of a photography studio it’s actually quite remarkable. People getting together outside a commercial pursuit where they met. But honestly, it’s a big part of why we do this specialized work. Helping our clients have an amazing and uplifting experience is something that’s more important than the financial aspect of it, and if you were to spend any time looking at the accounting you very well may question our judgement in our line of work.  If your a woman and are not yet a member of our Facebook group you REALLY NEED TO JOIN IT NOW. It’s an amazing group of women… soon to reach 1000 members who have either shot with us, want to shoot with us, or are there simply for the amazing support they give one another. Seriously join it if you do nothing else.

SO…..  with all these milestones on the books, we wanted to do something we have not done in easily 2 years. We know there’s a ton of you who have wanted to do a session but have not convinced yourself to do one yet. For some it may simply be a matter of resources, we know it isn’t as affordable as deciding to go to dinner or buy a new outfit. And here it is. for just 2 days, we are offering a special the likes of which we have not done and may not repeat for another few years.  As a thank you we are offering a Classic Pinup Session for just $150 (plus tax).

This special session includes:

  • Full Makeup and Hair Styling
  • Access to our significant wardrobe and shoe collection
  • 30 minute shoot with one wardrobe selection and one colored paper backdrop and hand props
  • Pose coaching – our process is easy, fun, and ought to be patented
  • Every single photo to take home with you as soon as you finish your session
  • Full ownership of those photos, you’ll get a release and can immediately go to a lab and make affordable prints with no hassles over copyrights

The details:

  • We are offering these sessions on August 26th and 27th and may be able to squeeze in some others on Friday the 25th because we KNOW the weekend will sell out).
  • Session fee is due in full in order to get this special pricing, you may hold a spot for just $75 but the remaining balance will be due within 10 days.
  • Deposits are non-refundable or transferable
  • Existing session deposits are not able to be transferred to this special
  • Price is per person for individual sessions.

For this special pricing we will will need to bill you from our processing partner Square via an email address for you. The form below begins the process but your session will not be secured until you remit to the invoice we will generate for you. This session is not listed on our normal deposit form, it’s that special we need to process it differently.

Ready to book? Don’t wait, we have limited openings and this will SELL OUT.

 

D’Lish!

It’s back! One of our most popular sessions from 2016!  The D’Lish robe returns to Devilbliss Studios. For a very limited time our good friend the amazing burlesque artist Miss Frankie Eleanor is lend us her D’Lish robe that we had for sessions last year.

This is your chance for some images with a truly extraordinary pice of wardrobe. Last year Frankie herself quipped “this robe is everything”  after her session.

We have select weekday dates available in August as well as September 10th set aside for sessions with this amazing piece.

Price for the session is $275 and includes full Makeup and Hair, session plus all the images to take home as soon as your shoot finishes. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Sessions will take place in our Mid Century room in the studio. Book a weekday session and for just $100 more we can shoot in several locations AND you will get 6 edits of your choice as well.

There’s a ton of samples here. Many of these are not edited at all.

Lugnut Customs Photoshoots with Victor Devilbliss Sunday September 24th


It’s true! Victor Devilbliss is headed to Lugnut Customs in Stoneboro PA Sunday September 24th for a day of shooting with bikes.  Victor, aka Michael Bann has been friends with pinup model Kelvis for many years now and they have worked together many times in several capacities. Kelvis and her guy Lugnut Louie are opening their shop up for photoshoots and it promises to be an amazing day!  Michael visited late last year and did a test shoot with Kelvis and a friend. Those actual samples are below. Additionally Michael has worked with bikes on numerous occasions and can actually boast his work as having been featured on two large scale internationally distributed news stand publications… meaning they were on racks available for sale EVERYWHERE. Not online or print on demand “zines”

Session fee is $325 and includes full Makeup and Hair styling by Making Faces Professional. 45 minutes to an hour shooting time, EVERY SINGLE PHOTO TO TAKE HOME WITH YOU the moment we finish shooting. Michael uses professional equipment that permits him to shoot to two data cards. You get one of those right away. See them when you get home. No waiting. And you get every single image, not just those a photographer decides are good enough to share with you. You also have full copyrights to the images so you can print them, post them, submit them to magazines however you choose. These are YOUR IMAGES.

Make a $100 deposit before August 15th and save $25!

Everyone who books also gets a 15% off coupon with Cats Like Us.

This session will sell out. Do not wait

Ready to book? Hit our Deposit form here: http://retrolovely.com/victordevilbliss/blog/?page_id=208

Here’s samples shot at Lugnut Customs
Click on the images for larger high quality versions

Additional bike photography by Michael Bann / Victor Devilbliss

Femme Fatale Sessions

This definition is from the font of all modern wisdom… Wikipedia:
A femme fatale (/ˌfæm fəˈtɑːl/ or /ˌfɛm fəˈtɑːl/; French: [fam fatal]) is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to entrance and hypnotise her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men. In American early 20th century film, femme fatale characters were referred to as vamps, an allusion to their role as sexual vampires.

Very recently a good friend of Devilbliss Studios Miss Sabrina Sprinkles visited to do a session and had a sample image we used as inspiration. A classic Femme Fatale.  I shared a few of those images on my Instagram account (you should follow that for daily samples). Those images have garnered a great deal of appreciation with some commenters even stating “are you going to offer this as a session?”.

So…. YES, Yes we are.

Thanks to Sabrina we are pleased to present the Femme Fatale Sessions.  These will utilize a set and props as you see in these sample images. With wardrobe (we have a great in-house collection) and styling you can make this session your own.  Want to kick it up a notch?, simply add a Pulp Queens Cover edit fully customized to you! A one of a kind work of art just like you.

Discount sessions are available August 12th & 13th for only $250. That includes full makeup and hair, EVERY SINGLE PHOTO to take home on an SD data card, access to our wardrobe. 1 Pulp Queen edit included with a 6 image edit package for only $100 more, a savings of approximately $40 when purchased separately. Need a weekday? Just ask, schedule permitting we can likely accommodate most requests.

And now… those samples

Devilbliss Princess Series: Belle / Beauty and the Beast

We know there’s quite a few people who have been asking us about this session. It’s time. We add to our Devilbliss Princess Series with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. 

We are going to have several weekend dates available for this as well as weekday sessions near those weekends.

With set design and wardrobe we will have a higher than normal shoot overhead so we will have to offer this session slightly differently than previous Princess sessions. Why is this? Costuming. The Belle wardrobe is more elaborate than previous sessions and in order to accommodate all possible sizes we will need to have several available for all interested parties.  So the details: Session cost is $325 with a $150 deposit to hold your spot. As a courtesy, you may pay $100 to hold your spot, with the additional $50 due 30 days before your scheduled shoot. This is non-refundable and non-transferable.  Additionally we can not offer those of you with deposits on other sessions to switch to this one.  Finally, in order to make this work we need a total minimum of 10 people to take part to average out the costs enough to make it a viable session.  So if you are interested, make a deposit and by the time we need to gather and prepare wardrobe and set materials we do not have 10 sessions booked we will have to cancel the shoot and provide you a FULL REFUND. We’ve done this with some other sessions as well. Like our Land Of Love shoots in the Poconos where the room fees approached $1800.

Are you one of the people who has been DYING for this one to be offered? Well head on over to our deposit form and get your deposit in. Tentatively our weekend offerings will be August 19-20 and 26-27 with weekday sessions around those dates.

 

Cherry Dollface’s Fall Tour in Delaware October 8th with Victor Devilbliss

Celebrity makeup and hair stylist and YouTuber Cherry Dollface is coming to One Off Rod & Custom in Middletown Delaware and I’ve been asked to do photoshoots with her at this awesome location on October 8th 2017.  There are only 6 sessions offered on this date and several have already been claimed.

You will spend roughly an hour and 15 minutes with Cherry as she performs her magic on you and then we will shoot for about an hour in the fabulous shop with several to-die-for cars.

Below are some samples of my work, including some at One Off from earlier this year. Styling on these images are by Making Faces Professional.

Price for this session is $300 with your choice of 5 edited images OR all images provided to you on an SD data card as soon as the session finishes. OR you can do the session, get all the images and the edits for just $50 more.  An initial deposit of $100 is required to hold the time with an additional $100 due by August 31st.  Given the extremely limited nature of this session deposits are non-refundable or transfereable.

Deposits for this session can be made here:

Dollface – Devilbliss Deposit Form

And now for some of those samples from this amazing location!