2019 CALENDAR SPECIALS

It’s that time! For two years now I have offered calendars with early bird discounts. The studio can get overwhelmed late in the year with work for these and as you approach a deadline to have them put together it can be tricky. Offering packages earlier in the year helps with this and to help people think ahead I offer significantly discounted packages to give them incentive to plan.

Over the years I have produced dozens of calendars for clients ranging from every day gals looking to put something together as a gift for their significant others to performers who want a great promotional item to sell to fans. There’s also the car clubs and social groups who have used them for fundraising for charitable causes. Whatever the situation I have the most options you will find anywhere. And I am holding over the pricing that was put in place last year. OK that’s not completely true. I am actually sweetening the deals for those who book and shoot before July 21st.

So what are the deals? Here’s the price list from 2017:

Let’s first talk about Layout Only on the right column. What is that? Well say you’ve shot with me several times or even one time and you have 12 photos you love to death and want as a calendar. This $125 is my doing the layout and design to create the PDF file that will become your 2019 calendar. Once I have it finalized and you approve it you can then purchase one or as many copies as you like from an online printer for $15 per copy (The $125 is for my time only).  BUT IF YOU ACT BY MAY 31st you can get this special for only $100 or for the $125 get 10 of my exclusive crystal magnets of the cover included!  You can’t buy these anywhere else! See more samples and learn more about this exciting new item by clicking the graphic below. Group Shoot Pricing is per person.

Now the next special to talk about is the Pinup For A Year calendar. This is where we take the Pinup For A Day shoot and expand it to become a custom calendar just for you. The best way to put it into perspective is this, A pinup for a day shoot is regularly priced at $275 and includes makeup and hair styling, all the photos and a one look theme using one of my classic colored paper backdrops.  Edits are not included. Custom edits themselves cost $20 each or 6 for $100. So based on regular pricing what would it cost to do a shoot, then decide to get 12 edits then decide to get a calendar layout put together?  You’re talking $275 for the session, $200 in editing and $125 in layout and design. That’s $600 total. So you can see these items turned into a calendar for $399 is quite a savings.  But wait there’s more. I am going to hold the $399 special pricing through July 31st! One full extra month to save $200. But wait there’s even more!!!  Make your  50% deposit by May 31st and schedule your session for any time by July 31st and you also get 10 crystal magnets of your cover! That’s another $25 savings!

Can you shoot by the end of May? If so the $399 session can be had for only $350!

Ready to book?  Click this button!

Pinup for a year calendar format is full page vertical with mini dates as shown below. Up to 4 different paper colors may be used with 4 wardrobe changes and basic hand props. Makeup and Hair styling is one application.

Glitter Butts – June 3rd – $125

Here’s a shoot most people can get “behind”. And it’s super “cheeky” too!

Recently Devilbliss Girl Amber Rose sent me a link to a new trend that’s been getting a lot of attention. GLITTER BUTTS. She commented “you should do this”. If nothing else I told her she should share it in our ladies only Facebook Group, I’m a Devilbliss Girl. I mentioned it to one of my stylist/model pals Mille Mie of MASH UP and she got very excited about it. I sort of thought she would as recently we did a session that involved a couple, a gallon of ranch dressing and 4 pizzas. Millie herself has done series as a model featuring wax lips and fake knitted beards. 2 different series that is. So I knew she could get “behind” this.

So we are going to offer a session with this theme.

No “butts” about it this will be a session you don’t want to “sit” out if you are a fan of the backside.

Pricing starts at only $125 too, that’s less than $65 per cheek!

This session will only include glitter art administered to your butt (about an hour in time) followed by a photoshoot focusing on your tush and that art. If you have a specific concept in mind, possibly something elaborate or involved we would have to discuss that in the event there was added material costs.

We will be using biodegradable materials too.  This session can of course be done with swimwear or underwear. You choose. Sorry guys this is available to women only. $125 for Millie to be touching your butt for an hour is a bargain in itself.

Do note: This session covers glitter art on your tush and photography of that. As the examples show. It DOES NOT include hair and facial makeup like all other sessions. This is also why the pricing is less than half normal sessions.

Want to schedule your session?  Spots are limited. BOOK NOW!

HOT ROD HANGAR – JULY 7th

I am very excited to announce a session that’s been some time in the making.

For years I have been seeking a location where I can hand pick a collection of cars I know for photoshoots with big space and no worry of bad weather spoiling plans. And boy did I secure a fantastic place.

The other day I made a scouting expedition and toured a small airport very near the studio. It’s literally an exit of I-81 at the intersection with 901.

I struck up a conversation with the party who runs the airport and as it turns out (not uncommon in smaller communities) we knew many people in common. He’s also a big fan of photographic art and has since become a fan of my work. Our conversations were so good he all but said “the place is yours”. Of course there is a cost I have to pay to cover some of their expenses. He’s agreeable but can’t have it cost the facility anything.

So the exciting aspect to this is that while I set out to secure a big space to shoot cars it’s also an airport. Let me be clear about one thing,

I am not offering shoots with planes
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I am not offering shoots with planes.
I am not offering shoots with planes.

There’s no guarantee certain craft would be on hand at any given time. They are privately owned. They are not fully at my disposal. BUT, there is an excellent chance some of them would be available to be used as set dressing, to have them in the background of some great automobiles.  Or for things like the photos below, but  IT IS NOT GUARANTEED. If they are on hand we WILL NOT sit, step, lean, breathe on them or in any way touch them. This is not a plane shoot. It’s a car shoot in a plane hangar.

Additionally if the weather is co-operative it is possible we might shoot with vehicles out doors in front of an impressive hangar. Lighting permitting. Sometimes full-on daylight is harder to shoot images we’d love than an overcast day, or indoors where we have full control over things.

Here are the hangars. It could be either or.

Here are some of the cars I have available to me for use. Not all cars will be available at all times. You do not get to pick which cars you shoot with. Everything on hand will rock and be wonderful to have photos with BUT having cars available all day and at our whim to move (there’s big liability in these hangars and the more jockeying = the more risk) is not available. I am also going to limit each party to shooting with 2 cars each from a standpoint of providing you better images. When people change wardrobe more than 2 times or try to shoot with everything possible, generally the results aren’t as good as focusing on and working with fewer sets.  All this said I am pretty confident I will have the red convertible available to me full time, which I want as I know it will get participants images they will love that will look fantastic and compelling.

Convertibles provide a lot more options for photos and angles. Often hotrods are tight for the “in the car” shots. Not so with a convertible. I bring a ladder and can get some angles few studios are able to at events or other locations.

This next car is a BEAST. I am 90% certain it will join us for this session. 

This next one is bad ass with it’s nearly vulgar bulging blower atop the engine. It belongs to a buddy of mine I used to sell musical equipment to.

This car is sneaky, it’s between stock in look but then you n notice things that let you know it means business too

I ran into this beauty last year at a car show about an hour and a half from my studio. Chatting with the owner I learned it was not only from the coal region but he’s a neighbor of one of my brothers and knows him

While not a convertible, this 70’s body Corvette has t-tops, and like the convertible it opens up the cabin for some poses you just don’t get in hardtops


This less common sleeper, a 60’s Ford Falcon has been used before by me for these samples. These samples have me want to note that the airport will be private for us during the sessions. It won’t be like a car club or public event with all kinds of people milling about. As such your wardrobe can be whatever you like, to include nothing at all. Do know for the security of the airport the manager will be present and auto owners may be nearby but will not be right on top of the shooting area as we work. Might they see you? Yes. Will they be so close you could feel their breath? Absolutely not.

CALLING ALL CAR GUYS (and gals)

Calling all Car Guys (and gals)

I am looking for vehicles to shoot with my clients in the Schuylkill County area.

I am planning dates on weekends in the late June – early  to mid July timeframes.

My clients, the models you see in the samples, hire me to produce imagery for them with professional makeup and hair and final images suitable for publication. The styles they most seek are vintage. Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Rat Rods are the most requested. Largely Pre-’72 vehicles.

I have a number of such cars already at my disposal but want to broaden my roster further and am seeking interested parties who might enjoy having their car shot with models for high end imagery.

What is in it for you?

Copies of images with your car of professionally styled and photographed models suitable for framing.

What are my criteria to participate?

  • You are able to get your car to the location within certain pre-determined times
  • You will be available to move the vehicle into and out of position for the sessions
  • Understand the location is exclusive and a clean commercial space. Care and caution are necessary with moving vehicles. A liability release will be needed. Basically that you are there of your own free will. The facility also has expensive features and equipment, so if your car is questionable in all ways cars need to be controllable, it’s not the place for it. Loosing your brakes and coasting into an $800,000 door will result in your being liable for that.  If your vehicle leaks fluids it might not be able to be used as the facility floor is pristine and must remain so. Even for vehicles that don’t normally leak, measures will be needed to ensure no oil/fluid touches the concrete.
  • You may be present, at a distance, during shooting. You. Not you and 6 buddies you brought along. My clients know and trust me for safe shooting environments where they aren’t part of a covert peepshow.
  • You will communicate with me what is and isn’t permissible with your car as far as models posing with them. I know full well paint jobs can cost tens of thousands of dollars. I’ve shot in places where other photographers have damaged irreplaceable items. I have had people rent my studio and scratch the hood of a classic car belonging to my family that needed to be buffed out (I wasn’t present and trusted them, no more) . I will treat your property better than my own.
  • Models will be randomly paired with your vehicle. You will have no option on who may or may not be photographed with it.
  • These will be rain or shine sessions. While the shooting area is covered, staging areas may not be. It is possible while some cars are being photographed others would be outside the building subject to whatever weather was dealt us. Not unlike a car show or cruise.
  • Times can run from early morning through later evening.

Interested?

Email me at michaelbann@me.com or text/call me at 570-415-2708

Below are some samples of work of mine

 

FEATHER NEST INN – Sunday June 10th

I’ve done several sessions in the Poconos at the Ceasar’s Cove Have resort. I’ve shot in boutique hotels all over. I have scouted and done sessions in retro motels and B&B’s. Recently I did a fetish session in Michigan that has garnered a lot of feedback that now it’s time to target another themed suite motel in New Jersey just across the river from Philadelphia.

The Feather Nest Inn.
Hit their website and check out the suites here.

For this session I am teaming once again with Bombshell Mandy on makeup and hair whose work is well known. Our initial mash-ups have been extremely well received and this location and our joint efforts will surely produce some amazing images.

A poll on the I’m a Devilbliss Girl Facebook page (ladies you NEED to join, it’s an amazing group) has several suites as you contenders for which is most popular to reserve for this. BUT final decision will be made from a survey of the first 5 parties who book a session. Any one of these suites would be amazing so there’s not much of a risk of not being delighted no matter how you slice it. The leading suites in popularity are Treasure Island, Tree House and Blue Lagoon (in no specific order) Here’s some samples of those:

The details:

Session fee $375
This includes full MUAH styling by Bombshell Mandy, approximately 1 hour.
Shoot with Michael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss.
All photos on an SD data card to take home as soon as the shoot finishes.
2 custom edits of your choice minimum (see below).

Don’t need styling? You can shoot this for just $275

Want to make a weekend of it with your significant other and choose a specific suite of your very own? Choose your room, make your own arrangements and we’ll come to you for your session. Afterwards we might all venture nearby for dinner.

This session is based on 5 participants with a portion of their fee going toward room rental and expenses. When you do the math it’s actually a significantly discounted session on the parts of myself and Bombshell Mandy. HOWEVER, I will sweeten the deal with additional edits. If we book 8 sessions the package will then include 8 edits. Those additional 6 would represent a $100 value based on my regular edits pricing.  The good news is, based on conversations with some existing repeat clients I believe 3 sessions are already spoken for. One one hand I believe we will hit the 8 and each will then 8 edits included but it also means THERE’S ONLY SO MANY SPOTS LEFT. Don’t wait!

As this is a location session deposits are $150.  Ready to book? Click this snazzy flashy thing.

Here’s some samples from sessions I’ve done in other themed motels / locations.
These are not from the Feather Nest.

Devilbliss Salon – Deluxe Set

I am extremely excited to announce my newest set. The Devilbliss Salon.

The beauty salon has been a fixture in modern culture since the 1800’s with a huge push forward during the roaring 20’s. There is no shortage of iconic images and memories involving the beauty salon, or parlor or shop. In cinema and television it’s one of those places characters converge and the plot evolves.

My set was built from scratch and fills the entirety of the main room at Devilbliss Studios. I’ve long had the dryer chair but finally decided (With the prodding of a great client and friend Jenny Jayne) to build a full set to do it justice. Using its color scheme of greens and browns I fashioned faux walls with a shade of green and accented the set with gold mid-century wall art. Some of my Sryoco plaques, gold star wall clock and a perfectly matched green glass globe floor lamp accent the scene perfectly. I then capped off one end with my gold room divider which I was told came out of a hair salon!  I also dug into my famed lamp collection for the brown glass swag lamp. For entertainment while your hair is doing I added a gold wire magazine rack and a classic white RCA television. The floor is a black and white checkered tile which is quite common in this sort of setting. There’s a coat rack for your wrap and a number of other accessories to make this one set that will surely get noticed.

What is crucial to this being a session in the studio and not just a room painted this way is that by positioning this in the main shooting space I am able to take advantage of the many mounting points I’ve placed in the ceiling for my lighting. I am able to have light sources emanating from directions and distances you could not achieve in an actual room.  This is important as the sample images will show I am able to apply my signature lighting treatment, “That Devilbliss Lighting” which would be next to impossible otherwise. 

Before I get into the numerous samples let’s get details out of the way.

This set does take the sort of time to put together that it will NOT BE AVAILABLE at any time. OK, I would set it up for someone but the time it takes, I don’t think a single person will want to pay me what I’d need to charge to do so. So, if you don’t take advantage of it on these dates it may be some time until it is available again. Additionally the prop walls I built will be repurposed for other sessions in the future. I invested easily $300 to get this together as you see it.

Weekday sessions are available as Style and Shoot (you styling yourself and shoot for an hour) for just $150 if booked by May 11th. For real. This is $50 off my normal style and shoot pricing. Edits are additional. They are always available at $20 each or 6 for $100. Add them to your package and it’s just $75 for 6 at the time of booking.

Want Makeup and Hair added for a weekday shoot? Add $100 for full styling by Claire Marie of Neon Lady Artistry who is a licensed cosmetologist.  You’ll be in MUAH for approximately an hour and a half with Claire and then shoot for an hour with me on set. That’s two full time professionals for just $250 plus tax if booked by May 11th. This is also the price for the weekend sessions. Self Style sessions are not available on weekends. This shoot with 6 custom (you tell me what you want retouched) edits is only $325, $25 off the normal edits pricing. After May 11th all packages increase in price by $45.

Edits are limited to one face/person per image.

Ready to book your session? Sign up here:

Now how about some samples?

I have a few galleries to share, the first will show some images utilizing the sort of lighting a salon would have in real life. Everything is well lit, the room is bright. Just like it would be for an actual appointment…

 

The next samples showcase my signature lighting. This provides a provocative look that “pops” more as the subject (you) is highlighted. There are shadows and the images have a cinematic feel, almost like you’re in a David Lynch movie. Most studios shoot you one way. I will vary your session between these two treatments for added variety for your money.

I also plan on getting one of these costumes. You could put it one near the end of your session without worrying about messing up your hair or if you did a weekday private session or style and shoot it could be utilized before your hair is finished.

Costume like worn in the movie Grease during the Beauty School Dropout number.

Since this session is in a private studio you can also get as sassy with it as you want to. Just like Scarlett Storm did here. I censored some images just so I wouldn’t have to password protect this page.

 

So if you didn’t before the samples I know many of you will want to book your session now that you’ve seen them. Here’s that link again:

 

MOMMY and ME – MAY 6, 12 & 13

One of the most popular sessions I offer. Mommy and Me.

MAY 6, 12 & 13

Packages that include makeup and hair styling will have styling provided by Claire Marie of Neon Lady Artistry, a licensed, full time cosmetologist.

$25 mini sessions are only available on weekdays.

I will let the samples speak for themselves, but it clearly shows how adorable these keepsake photos can be. They also show there’s a lot of possible diversity here. Mothers and children don’t necessarily mean toddlers and grade schoolers. There are several packages to choose from. Minis sessions are sitting fee only. Digital downloads and products are at an additional price via the online gallery. For any additional $25 an SD card with full printing rights can be added to the Minis session.

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Arabian Nights May 6, 12, 13

It’s back. One of my most elaborate, large and popular sets ever. ARABIAN NIGHTS. This set is being rebuilt for sessions on May 6th, 12th and 13th. Makeup and Hair styling is offered by Claire Marie of Neon Lady Artistry. Sessions will be 3 hours total in length and package options range from self style through deluxe.

I will let the sample photos below speak for themselves but this is one of the more unique sessions I have ever offered. The set covers 100 square feet of space and as you can see below the posing options are very varied.

Packages available from self-style through deluxe. Ranging from $225 to $450.

PLEASE NOTE: virtually all the ladies who did this session brought wardrobe and jewelry of their own for these sessions so other than some accessories I got for the studio these elaborate outfits are not part of the studio collection. Still from the pieces we have including a number of belly dance hip scarfs, most people should be able to shoot this set and arrive at a costume that will work.

These dates will be shared with other themes. So not only will it fill up for this alone but those other shoots will be taking available appointments. Do not wait!

Click the link below to get your deposit in!

OLD SCHOOL – PRIVATE SESSIONS

We have a date for a Friday session at the JW Cooper School.

Join me and Ruby Von Vanity Friday May 18th for private sessions at school. We will have the entire space all to ourselves. This is an important aspect as the school hosts many photography groups where so many people are present it can be difficult to be able to work in a specific area on your terms. We are renting this space for us to use exclusively. As there is a rent fee, it affects pricing.  Ideally we need at least 4 participants to reach a price that’s on par with most location shoots I offer. It will be limited as well as it needs to be during daylight hours and sessions will be 3 hours. 1.5 for makeup and hair styling with Ruby and 1.5 shooting with me. Possibly 5 spots in total.

So the details.

$295 includes full Makeup and Hair styling by Ruby Von Vanity, 3 hour session, all photos to take home plus location rental fees. Want to add 6 custom edits? Normally 6 edits are $100, add them at your time of booking for only $55 more! Save $45. Want to shoot and self style? You can take the very first session of the day and shoot at this magnificent location for just $195 or $250 with 6 custom edits.


Here’s some sample work of Ruby’s


And here is sample work shot at the JW Cooper School.

Deposit is $100 for this session. Ready to book? Hit the link below!

Kelly’s Shoot – I will never think of myself as a survivor, I will always be surviving

Just over two weeks ago I had the honor to photograph a family who I count every member as a close friend. The Antalosky’s. Russ and Kelly had talked to me for some time about doing some fun senior photos for their son Ethan. While we were at it we captured a few family photos. Some weeks before though Kelly asked me a favor, she wanted to know if she could get to the studio early and do some photos celebrating her getting through a challenge with breast cancer.  And so we set it up. She and friend of hers got in a few hours before Russ and Ethan arrived. Kelly went all out getting a pink table runner off amazon to use as a sort of ribbon. I asked Kelly to share some thoughts on it all.

So just some random things about what I was thinking before and during the shoot and why I wanted to do it are…. I wanted to do something positive and fun for myself. All my choices treatment and surgery we’re always about survival for my son and my husband and everyone that loves me. I never made any decisions based on appearances or losing femininity. I always had the attitude that I had a job to do and the shoot was kind of my reward. I also will never think of myself as a survivor, I will always be surviving
 

I’m also the poster child for why mammograms are so important for early detection and hopefully a cure. I know that was a lot of random thoughts LOL

I’m honored to know these people and grateful to capture these images for them.

Kelly told me this look between her and Ethan perfectly illustrates their relationship