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PINUP POKER IS BACK!

Last year one of our most popular sessions was for a playing card deck. We called it Pinup Poker. Over 40 ladies joined in to produce a car deck that was a huge hit with the fans, family and friends.

We’re bringing it back with a twist. This year we’re putting together another deck where each participant will be featured on a total of 4 cards! Maybe a special rule applies for games where cards you’re on are wild, or any hand with three or more trumps every other traditional winning hand. Obviously spaces are limited for this session. A total of 13 to be exact.  Once we have 14 ladies and can complete the deck we will hold a lottery to permit participants to choose which cards they want to appear on. Just to keep it fair.

We are offering this session weekdays in June and July with an opportunity to take part on the weekends of June 10 & 11 as well as July 15 & 16 OR until it sells out.

Session fee is $350 for the shoot, all files to take home on an SD card. 4 custom edits of your choice, full makeup and hair by Making Faces Professional plus a deck of your very own. Additional decks can be obtained at $15 each plus shipping. They make a fabulous gift. Last year several models ordered dozens to sell to their fans.  If you are capable of doing your own makeup and hair, you can take part for $275 though those sessions can likely only occur on weekdays.

Want in? It’s a fun session with something you can share physically with people.

Take a look at some of the first deck’s cards:

MOTORCYCLE SESSIONS

Devilbliss Studios has done tons of different kinds of sessions over the years. One theme that’s been thrown around here and there is finally having its day.

Motorcycles.

Now though we haven’t had a public offering for this it’s not to say we haven’t worked with bikes before. Quite the contrary. In fact 2 different sessions have produced covers and features for 2 international / newsstand motorcycle magazines. Other images have been printed in several more newsstand magazines. I list newsstand as these are publications with bar codes, the sort they print 100,000+ of and stick on the racks at your local Wall-Mart or convenience store.

Dates and specifics are forthcoming. Expect pricing to begin at $295 for the shoot, makeup and hair, all images to take home and copyrights to them. Location will be within the Reading PA area. This will be in a shop and not outdoors like a few samples below. This way inclement weather will not be an issue.

While the shots below aren’t of the bikes or locations we’ll be working with, they do show actual work shot by Devilbliss. When we have some location photos we will post them on Facebook and add them here.

Don’t want to miss out? Message us on Facebook to get on the list for this session.

My first international newsstand cover with a motorcycle.

This international newsstand cover was released near the end of 2016.

HOT ROD SESSIONS

HOT ROD SESSIONS at Christman’s in Fleetwood PA.

This will mark our 3rd time shooting at Christman AutoBody and Repair in Fleetwood PA.  It’s a perfect place for shooting hot rods. Several bays, big space and the owner also wrangles a number of great rides for each visit. There’s a few cars that live at the garage and then others come in while we shoot.  Below are samples from our other visits.

The details:

Session fee is $295. This includes full Makeup and Hair styling with Making Faces Professional. 45 minutes shoot time with 2 different vehicles. Every single photo shot to take home the same day on an SD data card. Print and publishing rights to all images. Non-refundable deposit of $150 required to hold your session. Deluxe package available with 6 edited images at $395.

Shoot takes place in Fleetwood PA:
15 Pricetown Rd
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, PA 19522

These sessions typically sell out fast. Don’t wait. With full days, schedule adherence is important. From your scheduled start time you have 2 hours total for your session. Makeup and hair generally lasts an hour. The remaining hour will be spent with everything else, In that time you can change wardrobe but understand that takes away from your shooting time. Think ahead, plan efficiently.

As the cars will change through the day we can not guarantee which vehicles will be available at certain times. There has never been a lack of something great to shoot with.

Those who book will be given an invite to an event page with more and ongoing details.

Want in? $150, non-refundable is required for this session. 2 spots are already booked. Hit our deposit form here. 

And now samples!

 

 

Marilyn on White – Again

As we plan sessions in the studio we have a few themes we rotate every so often. Some are once a year, some we only do once every two years. Some twice a year. Recently we offered a new shoot that was incredibly well attended. Marilyn on White. An homage to those photos of Marilyn Monroe that have become iconic and embedded in the minds of anyone who has seen them.  Our shoot spanned more than two days to fit everyone in. We also had some people book weekday sessions for it. In the months since the shoot we’ve heard it referenced time and time again. Clients in the studio shooting something else mentioning photos they’d seen from it. People keep asking to do it as private sessions. It led us to think we should really offer it again on some weekend dates for convenience for some. We are actually delaying another shoot just to offer it again sooner than later. SO, if you missed it the first time or have wanted to do it since you began seeing images from it now is your chance to take part in some weekend dates!  This is on our deposit form now, 2 dates to choose from, June 10th or 11th. Below is a collection of quite a few sample photos from our last sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET OFF THAT FENCE OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY APRIL 23rd 2017

Have you always wanted to do a photoshoot but nervousness gets the best of you?

Feel you can’t do one?

What if you could visit a studio with a bunch of other great ladies and watch a session from start to finish?

What if by attending you could win a free session of your very own? 

We often hear people considering their first session cite nervousness as a reason they don’t actually take the plunge. So many times over the past few years we’ve seen some people come and bring a friend and then that friend sees how easy and fun a session is and books one of their own. The excitement can be contagious. With this we’ve decided to have an open house specifically geared towards having a group of ladies join us where we actually do a session from start to finish. Where they can see the makeup and hair styling take place, watch the shoot itself and afterwards go through an image review and see what can be done with the custom editing I do.

Now for some details:

Devilbliss Studios
GET OFF THAT FENCE OPEN HOUSE
SUNDAY APRIL 23rd 2017
1:00 PM
104 North Centre (not Center) Street
Pottsville (not Pottstown) PA 17901

Who can attend? 
This open house is specifically geared towards those people who have always wanted to do a photoshoot but don’t feel they are ready, or good enough or let nervousness keep them from trying one who have never done a professional photoshoot as an adult before.

How do you claim a spot?

UPDATE: This event is now free to attend. However, in order to be eligible to win the free shoot the $25 donation still applies.
Our studio is pretty darn spacious but we are pretty sure we won’t have enough space to accommodate every single person who wants to attend. We feel we can comfortably share this event with 30 ladies for the demonstrations themselves and a few more friends who may have worked with us who can lounge in some of our other spaces as we conduct the session itself. For this reason we want to ensure those who can really benefit from this get a chance to do so, and so we don’t hold a spot for someone who may casually want one then not show up (meaning someone else didn’t get to) we are asking a $25 fee to attend BUT, there’s a few BUTs actually….  We aren’t asking for this to make money on this open house. SO what we are going to do is this; for those who attend who’ve never shot before that $25 can then be applied to a private session of your very own if completed within 90 days. If you book a weekday shoot during the open house we’ll even double down and you’ll not only get your $25 open house fee back but we’ll give you another $25 credit You’ll have $50 towards a session for the $25 open house fee!  What about the money from those who may not book a session?  Any funds we collect from those who claim a seat but don’t attend or those who don’t book their own sessions will be donated to the Schuylkill County Women In Crisis organization. You can click their graphic to learn more about the vital work they do in our community.

What will take place during the open house?

The open house will permit visitors to see first hand our 4000 square foot professional studio. The space is located in an early 20th century office building in historic downtown Pottsville PA, home of Yuengling Brewery and birthplace of the Van Heusen company. Attendees will be able to see our various studio spaces, tour our styling suite and be permitted to browse our large wardrobe collection which includes a wall of over 120 pairs of shoes. Guests will then take part in an actual photo session from start to finish where a model will undergo makeup and hair styling by Nicole Zedonek of Making Faces Professional. Nicole has had her work published internationally on newsstand publications, worked New York Fashion Week several times, appeared on TLC’s Love Lust Or Run which also had her do styling on the show’s star Stacey London. Once styling is complete our model will then be photographed and those present will see exactly how a session is conducted, how pose coaching is done and how easy and fun it can be. Photography is handled by Michael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss who has worn many creative hats over the years. Photographically his work has appeared on the covers of several news stand publications, been featured in titles such as Spin, Alternative Press, The Washington Post, Playboy among others. His images have been published in several hard cover books that have been widely distributed in brick and mortar stores. In a related vein he was also the creator and driving force of Retro Lovely magazine which gained wide recognition as one of the finest pinup magazines ever produced. When the actual photography session is complete guests may also elect to take part in an additional segment where the images shot are downloaded and edited to show exactly what sort of retouching is possible.

Refreshments and snacks will be on hand as well as some door prizes to be determined.  Total duration of the open house and demonstrations should run from 3-4 hours.

We will likely run out of spaces very quickly so… head on over to our deposit form here and secure your spot. We put this event at the top of the list to make it easy to find.

The Notorious Bettie Page

In the realm of our specialty here at Devilbliss Studios few names conjure up such images as does that of Bettie Page. We don’t have to say much at all about who she is, or what she means to fans of pinup. But what we can say is that in the past we have done our fair share of photo shoots where Bettie was the inspiration. While she was the subject of hundreds and thousands of photos in a cute and playful manner she was at the same time something of a fetish queen as well. Google her name and the word bondage and the internet will provide you an amazing array of images. 

Devilbliss Studios is pleased to announce we are offering 2 unique Bettie sessions. One decidedly provocative another more sedate, though no less sexy. You can take your pick of your favorite Bettie and make it your own.

The first one to become available is our Bondage Bettie Session which  will be available beginning weekdays in April. This session will take place in one of our rooms in the studio’s third floor. It’s distressed and very much resembles the rundown settings many of Bettie’s most famous bondage photos took place in. Below are some images we recently made for Miss  Pinup model (and some of those were quickly picked up for publication by FetishZine). These were actually shot using 2 hot lamps (bright, bare bulb lights in reflectors) just as they would have been for Bettie’s original sessions.  These sessions begin a t $249 including makeup and hair as well as rope assistance by Nicole of Making Faces Professional (hence the weekday offering, Nicole needs to be on hand for a time in your shoot to do the rope work)  Even though we are a full time studio our weekday schedule is increasingly booked with dates that are not available well in advance. This is why we are announcing this much earlier than we normally would for a weekday session. If you are interested DO NOT WAIT. Now, even more urgent… If you are interested in a weekend session email us immediately. We are planning one but will only be able to offer a handful, far laess than normal. A weekend session for this will sell out. If you want to do this and only can then, email, or message us on the Devilbliss Facebook page.

Now for those samples:

Photos will also be provided in full color

MUCHA

Somewhere in the middle of last year the resident stylist here Nicole asked me about doing a session with her sister-in-law Kate. What they wanted to do was something along the lines of an image that was in the style of the famed Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha.

His work was not just synonymous with the genre but can be argued it was the greatest influence of it. It permeated advertising and intermingled with all the other arts. Even for those who don’t know the name, they know the work.

For the shoot we settled on a series called the four seasons as our starting point. We zeroed in on the first panel and began planning.

We wanted the images to actually be as if painted as well as have more than one option. Building multiple sets wouldn’t be practical so these would be digitally executed. This meant there would be more work after the photography session, much more as it turns out.

We all finally got together in the first week of December. Nicole had prepared some ornately styled wigs for Kate to wear and they began work on her makeup. I began staging the minimal set which was on neutral gray paper. I added a few elements to assist in the images but would later find they never made it into the frame.  Here’s Kate and the actual raw photo that would eventually become her image.

This is where we ended up:

This is quite a departure from what we normally do.  To illustrate it with more detail here’s Kate’s lovely face from the initial photo through the final image. 

The process took me through normal processing and enhancement through literally painting on the image (digitally of course) Notice the hair change and the border around Kate. This is something that struck me with so many of Mucha’s works, key elements are outlined. Needless to say this takes some time. In fact the entire timeline on one of these ends up being about 8 hours. For the background art I created the leaves from scratch.

Other elements were from stock art which I licensed (paid for their use). Some will take things of the internet to use. For these images I feel many people will want to have fine art prints made to hang and the thing about web images is this, they are small, blown up they do not have the detail suitable for a large print. Below is art that became part of the background. This was through iStock. Did you know I personally create and sell stock photography with a number of online companies?

We recently had another session with this theme and here I have more examples of what goes into one. This is Jenny Jayne. The animation below show some initial editing to coax some details.

As I got ready to begin formatting the art I realized I would need more fabric for below Jenny’s feet. I also had the flowers to consider and actually ran down to the florist that’s next door for some advise on what specifically those flowers in the art might be. While we didn’t have a concrete consensus on what they actually were, the florist offered me some poinsettias they had left over from the holidays which I brought back to the studio to shoot as component art. Later once the flowers were added I would distort the petals to alter their appearance. In time much of the components would be painted on to further the “art” appearance.Below you can see some of the progression and the various elements I experimented with.

When I had several variations and treatments I presented them to Jenny for her to choose her favorite.

We are now offering these sessions to our clients. These are incredibly different than anything else we’ve ever offered. For those who’ve shot with us the process is about 2 hours in the studio with an hour of Makeup and Hair by Nicole of Making Faces Professional followed by a one hour shoot with me. Clients leave with an SD card with hundreds and hundreds of images (600-800 on average). Many go home and find something they love and share it immediately.

These sessions will actually only entail about a half hour in makeup and hair as a pre-styled wig is utilized. The shoot portion will also be able to be done in under a half hour. Clients will only take home a few dozen images with which they will then choose their favorite to be transformed.

While the session itself is  quick by our normal shoot standards significantly more time is spent afterwards creating the finished art.

But by many pinup and boudoir studio standards, the pricing for this  session is actually comparable to a basic shoot. You can choose either theme shown here (your face and body in these “settings”), get your styling and session and a finished artwork for $325 plus tax.  Additionally there is an option for a one of a kind work where every single element is created just for you and will not be repeated for anyone else at $500.

Are you ready to be transformed into a work of art?

Contact us via FB to start your session planning.

 

Scott Church 10th Annual Legacy Gallery Show – Best Color

Most recent posts here have been in support of upcoming shoots and of the informational variety for the studio. This isn’t. This is my thoughts on a gallery show I recently had work in. Friday January 6th I took part in Scott Church’s 10th Annual Legacy show at the Mulberry Arts Studio in Lancaster PA. 

For those who don’t know the name, Scott Church is a Lebanon PA based photographer who enjoys quite a bit of renown and whose accomplishments if listed would run on for days. Let’s just say his work has graced the covers of Penthouse, and Hustler (this year). He doesn’t just shoot that stuff, he does families, weddings, you name it. I was first exposed to his work years ago, easily 10-15 at this point, via Model Mayhem I think. It was, and is, the sort of work that stays in your memory. About 6 years ago I reached out to Scott as I was putting together the Taboo Editions of my magazine Retro Lovely, the naughty stuff. I was excited that he was supportive of it and agreed to permit me to include some of his work. I remember a phone conversation we had where he recounted some early group books he put together. It turns out one of those very books was the first publication to feature the work of the now very well known Viva Van Story. Viva’s naughty work was also well represented in the Taboo Editions of mine. Some months later when one of the issues with Scott’s work was ready and printed I stopped by his old studio in Lebanon to drop some off. It was my first time meeting him in person. When you meet someone vs. just correspond it’s always interesting in how your perceptions can change. In person you can instantly see how Scott’s personality is a huge component of his success. It’s not just his work. It’s him. And the two aspects combined become greater than those two parts. I’m not trying to blow smoke up his ass either, just sharing my thoughts (I think he’d appreciate that statement) . As smartphones began to replace physical print publications and magazine sales were decimated… I lost touch with Scott and have not been in touch in years. Here and there I will work with models he regularly does as well, Millie Mie, Ludella Hahn, Shanin Jean, and when I do I will always tell them to say hello for me the next time they work with Scott. But I’m not checking in with him myself, not engaging online. I know he’s busy. I’m busy. I also very well know what it is to be in a position of influence  and be overwhelmed by people wanting to be your best friend because they want something from you (I’ll wager he’s gotten more than two inquires of “how can you get meeeee in Penthouse”). It’s why I began using the name Victor Devilbliss for my photography. That’s a whole other story which also deserves a post, but not here.

Scott Church’s October 2015 Penthouse Cover

Anyway…

Some months ago I noticed Scott mention there were still some spaces left for his annual art show. Something struck me to get off my ass and take part. The last time I had printed work hanging in a “gallery” was I think… in 1995 or 1996 (I am old) and given those dates, that work was shot on film. It was manipulated mind you, other worldy in fact and in time, some of the very those became album covers for a dozen or so releases from the Cleopatra family of record labels of California. That’s it. That was the last time work of mine was printed and exhibited on a wall somewhere other than my own space. Scott shot me a message and said “you’re in, two pieces any size. And that’s the extent of the conversation.

The show was January 6th. I ordered the prints December 30th. They arrived the week of the show. Yeah.
To be fair I was having a hard time choosing what I would include. What size? Framing? Print type? I also had a lot going on with clients at the time as well. Still do. I had several images I was considering. Narrowing that down was tough.  I had a lot of strong work with Millie Mie this past year and I knew this gallery would  be a perfect showcase for them but I also knew that the walls would be covered with many shots of her as she’s worked with tons of the people included in the event. I actually spoke to her about it as we were talking about the show in the weeks before. I actually felt for the sake of variety i really shouldn’t use one of the many fine pieces we’d
done. One thing that kept playing on my mind was this one frame I have. Well painting in a frame. It’s this large portrait of Jesus Christ. A classic. In fact the whole thing is a vintage mid-century modern thing I’ve seen many times in varying sizes. This particular one was by the Turner company. A well known wall art company of the period. The print area was 30 inches by 40 inches.

On one hand it pained me to cut away the paper backing with the manufacturers label as that just killed it’s value as a mid-century classic, but…. that frame tho…. Knowing this would be my main piece I began to review images for this frame. The colors. The size. The size was a tricky thing as this particular ratio is nearly a classic 4:5.  That’s tough for me because I have noticed over the years I typically compose for the frame I am in. With the 35mm equivalent camera I use that means most of my shots tend towards its 2:3 ratio… meaning longer or taller depending on orientation. Many images I thought I would consider looked odd to me when cropped down to fit this frame’s ratio. To be honest it was depressing and nerve wracking. I did have a few contenders from a shoot I did mid-year with my very good friend Miss Claire Marie. A session we did that formally kicked off my use of the third floor of the studio and an area of it that’s become home to a series of work I’ve been calling “The Curiosities”. This as the space is not pretty. It’s rough. It’s in disrepair. And for myself and others, it’s perfect. One of the rooms has specifically been dubbed “Der Fetisch Klinik”  as the walls have cabinets and these large paneled doors that make it feel as if it could have been some sort of medical clinic. Add in the exam table I found at a shop (very near where Claire lives coincidentally) and there you have it. The next decision was which shot. There were several that would work. One I kept coming back to was Claire standing between the large double doors between two rooms. She struck a pose that had a beautiful form to it. Everything about it was “on”.  One thing though, was that she was facing away. Several others that were contenders showed her face, and most who’ve seen it agree, it’s a good face (I actually just chuckled). But the one between the doors had a lot of things I love, there’s a light behind her casting a near halo around her head and providing rim lighting on her figure.  You can see some smoke around her head from a cigarette and in the air here and there are specks of dust frozen in the light that the camera caught. The angles and lines of the doors, shadows and paneling created nice geometric shapes, virtually everything in the image except for Claire is straight lines.  I’m not going to be arty-farty and claim to have planned all this. Hell no. The general “look” yeah, that I planned and we got it. But the details of this shot no. I think in the course of the few hours we shot I took over a thousand photos but that’s because Claire and I work well together and she moves through poses in such a way that there’s just too many opportunities to capture some magic. We had plenty of those moments too as I will show below. So, even though her face was obscured, I decided to go with this shot for that large gold frame. The next thing that pained me though is that cropping business. As shot, there’s more image at the top and bottom of the image I had to crop away in order to fit. I love how the image looked as shown at the gallery, but I love the original more. Have a look (you can click these to see them larger) this is the crop I made the print from.

Here is the image as shot:

The other photo that I kept coming back to fared worse with the cropping though. I know some of you might say “no it’s fine” but the version shown on the right…. her head and feet are too close to the edge. It’s crowded. And it’s a pity as one of my beloved mannequins is clearly seen lurking behind a door.

So with the image selected, I ordered some prints. I am a big fan of metallic prints so that was decided. Grrrrr my normal go-to lab does not offer 30×40 sizes. So now I have to find and use a vendor I never have before. How will they handle the color? I know what I get from my normal source. Now I have a question mark there. A bit of shift isn’t too much a problem, but density, brightness. Unknown and a roll of the dice. Well thankfully what arrived was pretty much perfect. I did notice one or two things I should have corrected in the file but was able to actually hand retouch on the print itself.

I got the art framed and had it sitting in the studio just days before the show. During a session a new client happened to see the print and pretty promptly exclaimed “Is that Claire?”. It turns out this person had also done a photo shoot with Ava Dae out of New Hope. Claire does makeup and hair for Ava. But still, Claire’s face wasn’t shown.

Thursday came which meant it was time to take the prints to the gallery and get them hung. I arrived early and already there was quite a buzz of activity. Lots of great images were already up on the walls. I scanned for some empty wall space and headed towards a corner. There was a guy on the opposite side of the corner hanging some things and I noticed a shot of Mille and asked if I might throw my stuff up near him and mentioned having worked with Millie myself. Introductions revealed he was Jason M whose work I’ve admired and have heard good things about from models. I gave my name but then had to add “Victor Devilbliss” to which he then had recognition. Really glad we got to meet.

Friday arrived. After some sessions at the studio I got myself together and set off for Lancaster. I think I got to the show by 7:45 or so. Millie messaged me asking where I was just as I parked. When I made it in it was already bustling with people. Seeing the walls fully covered was amazing too, several spaces at that. I said some hellos, found Millie. Got introduced to some more people and took a stroll through the space taking in the art. There were quite a few things

Photo Courtesy Christopher Circelli

that really made me stop and study them. Whenever I discuss art, be it music, photography, whatever… I will never say this is “great”, this is “good” this is “bad” rather I will say “I love this”, “I like this” “I wish I did this” or “it doesn’t speak to me” because art is so subjective. There are entire genres of music I don’t think I ever care to hear again that are someone else’s favorite music. So it isn’t universally good or bad…  I can say whether I like it or not. Or tell you what I like or don’t about it.  At this gallery I saw a lot of work I personally thought was great. There were a number I thought “I wish I took this” that’s about as high a compliment as I can give too, when I am envious of a work.

While at the show it was fantastic to bump into a few people I know and meet some new folks I’ve been wanting to. Of course Millie was on hand (and all over the walls for that matter, which I was right

Millie and I and some dude in the background.

about) Eventually my studio partner Nicole arrived with short cropped hair and a beard (she was performing drag nearby later that evening, AND KILLED) then Lizz Maldonado (who did Nicole’s styling). Shanin Jean showed up with her husband who I never met previously. Then Claire Marie herself and her friend Amanda, another pal Leo who I did meet before. I also ran into my old friend Dave Deardorff who I have known since my days at Terrace Music in Harrisburg. Who else, Mike Grimm, we had a great chat. Then Jason M again. Millie introduced me to Richard Frost. I also saw but didn’t

Shanin got this selfie with me

get to say hello to Jennifer Burd. And the elusive Larry Bradby was floating around who I spoke with many times while I was in the DC area but never did meet and AGAIN this night did not get to say hello in person. Gary Clark was also in the house so it was cool to see another artist from my parts there. Oh and Lizz’s friend Liz (one Z) who I also had a great conversation with. These are the names I can recall.

So by some point, Claire and I and others were in a hall just outside the main studio space when Millie came rushing out exclaiming “you won, you won!!!” I’m like “what?”. So she grabs me and I tell Claire to come along and we squeeze our way into the room as Scott is on the

I missed this moment but this shot by Christopher Circelli shows Scott announcing the award for Best Color image of the show.

microphone announcing the “Best Black and White” award. As he finishes up Millie moves towards Scott and tells him “This is Victor” ( I am not 100% sure Scott has connected the two names) He mentions this to the crowd and though I was late for class he handed me the award for Best Color.  I stayed nearby as Scott moved on to announce Best in Show which as it turns out was an image by Richard Frost, which was one of those very images that kept catching my eye all night.

Glad to have this shot by Christopher Circelli

Best Color
Unexpected. An honor. And again if you recall my little rant about calling art good or bad… something I have to say, could have gone to many other works shown there that night. Something about the night and the timing meant the decision went my way, no our way, it’s Claire’s work too.

Thanks to Scott for the event, for the recognition and more for supporting other artists as he has and does.

Claire takes a stab at recreating that pose. Keep in mind she was sampling the free booze a fair amount.

Here’s more from the shoot.

HOME THEATER SUPREME – ROCKFORD ILLINOIS

We’re going back!

A year ago (as of this post) we ventured to an amazing home in Rockford Illinois. A gent I bumped into on Instagram had been following the Devilbliss account there and we struck up a conversation about his retro home theater. Photos were exchanged and that was the beginning. A date was set and we traveled to Illinois to hold some sessions. There is not other place like this anywhere. I’ll let the photos do the talking below. Since we were there we’ve known we wanted to go back. It’s time. April 8th 2017 we return to Rockford. We are announcing this early to give people from nearby areas enough time to plan.

With our new pricing structure it’s also easier than ever to book a session with us. You are actually able to do this shoot for as little as $249 which includes full makeup and hair, all photos shot handed to you on an SD card the moment we finish and full copyrights to them. Edits are available anytime afterwards ala carte. You choose the quantity you need.

It’s not uncommon in this industry for models to book sessions do a shoot and wait, and wait to even see there photos and then wait months and months until they get their edits (we’ve heard the stories plenty). Our new pricing structure means you can pay for your edits, when they are ready! We also do offer an optional package where a number of edits are included and discounted and you have a guarantee they will be delivered within 48 hours from when you make your selections. Choices.rockfordii

Given that this session is on location and not able to be re-scheduled a total deposit of $150 will be required and is non-refundable. This can however be made with as little as $75 down with the remaining $75 due by March 8th.

Want to save $25 off either package? Prepay in full and the session can be as low as $225.  Ready to book your session? Hit our deposit form here>

Now for those photos:

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New Pricing Options – New Editing Options

For some time now I’ve reviewed the websites of countless photography studios trying to ensure the shoots we offer, at the prices we offer them, are among the best value you will find anywhere. Through the process I’ve learned a lot too. I have been able to see why so many of our clients comment about how very easy we are to work with. Accommodating. Reasonable. I’m amazed at the policies I see from quite a majority of studios too. So many offer their services yet though you hired them to create imagery for you… they own the photos. ???  I know that’s been a practice for a long time but to me it’s always felt it would like be hiring someone to build a deck on my house but after everything was said and done…. they own it. How does that work? I understand the logic though, if they legally own your photos, and you agree to that… then they can charge you marked up prices on prints or products. Heck they can even charge you again for the very photos you paid them to take. Think that’s crazy? It’s true, some will list a price for a session but then another fee that’s required just to get the photos. Has to be confusing since many repeat that requirement over and over on their websites. And when you read language about copying photos from a proofing gallery as being “stealing” and they will refer you to their lawyers you can quickly see why they want to own those images.

The other item that’s been a tough thing to navigate, and I know it probably is for most customers as well, is that when considering your value on a session it’s never an apples to apples comparison. One studio may include this, charge extra for that, include so many edits as well as things you don’t normally put a value on automatically. It is confusing to say the least.

So. Moving forward you’re going to see options with the shoots we offer. With these you’ll be able to more clearly compare our sessions’ value, see what you get for your money and be able to put together what works best for your budget. Options. More options than you’ll find anywhere.  Not every session will have the same options or have the same pricing, there’s different factors and costs. But many people will find they may be able to take part in more sessions than they were able to before.

With this will also come some discussion. A big one being edits, the retouching of photos. When it comes to most modern studios it has become a pretty accepted practice that photos are processed or retouched after the session. The thing is, there are different types of edits. Just as you can go to a salon and get your hair done for a nominal price, you can also go to a salon and drop a lot of money on a style. So a blanket statement of “editing” is nowhere near a universal commodity. This will be a topic for another post which I will link here when it is ready.

In a nutshell, what you will begin to see with sessions offered are pricing points that let you decide what services you want. Here’s an example (click to see larger):

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This is a set that is currently available in the studio. If you were happy with what you could do on your own with Makeup and Hair, you could set a Shoot Only appointment, arrive ready to shoot and an hour later be on your way with a data card filled with hundreds of images for only $175 + Tax.

Want the expert touch of Making Faces Pro for your Makeup and Hair? Choose Style & Shoot which adds an hour, her skills, and everything the Shoot Only package got you for a total of $250 + Tax. This means you can do the session and later decide if you wanted edits and how many. Edit packages will be available with quantity discounts as well.

Want to dive right in and get some discounted custom edits all at once? Then choose the All Inclusive option and save! When I have the full editing options available people will be able to choose between custom edits and automated edits. Prices for certain sessions will vary slightly  based on the number of custom edits provided.

Shoot Only sessions will mainly be weekday sessions in the studio. It would not be possible to offer them when on location, or doing a themed weekend session. Other offerings may have additional options as well. For instance the Detective Agency where a Pulp Fiction edit might be something you want.det

Some sessions will really only carry one option, those that are very focused and set up to allow us to offer exceptional pricing.

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With these options and the editing options Devilbliss Studios will have more accessibility to more people. It also goes a good way towards people being able to clearly understand packages and what they get for their hard earned dollar as well as make it easy to compare our sessions’ value.

Every single session still gets all your photos on an SD card the moment we finish shooting with FULL copyrights to those images. These are YOUR photos. Love Them, Share Them, Own Them.

Our referral credit of $25 per new person you refer that shoots with us and books a session of $250 or more and our repeat client discount on sessions of $250 or more still applies.