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ACES AND EIGHTS 2018 HOT ROD CALENDAR SHOOTS!


Several years ago I sponsored the pinup contest for the Aces and Eights Car Club. I photographed the winner and those images appeared in Retro Lovely Magazine. Recently the club contacted me again about working with them and I am very pleased to announce Devilbliss Studios will be sponsoring their event AND working with them to produce a 2018 calendar, their first, This means we are offering a photoshoot with which to fill this calendar.

Contest details.

Miss Aces and Eights 2017 pinup pageant will take place during the club’s show September 16th 2017. The contest will be emceed by the reigning queen and our pal Ginger DoGood.

Ginger DoGood, photo credit unknown

Contest will be judged by Miss V Pinup (and I am not sure but I think some crowd participation.

Miss V by Victor Devilbliss in Nashville Tennessee

Prizes include $100 cash for third place, $200 cash for second and the grand prize winner takes home $300 in addition to the title AND a photoshoot with Devilbliss Studios for the COVER of the club’s 2018 calendar.  Pre-registration is going on now for up to 15 ladies. Participation will be limited to no more than 25 (an additional 10 can enter the day of the show). Click here for the contest details from the club,

Photo Shoot Details

The photoshoot for the winner and others wishing to take part in the calendar will be Saturday October 7th. Location will be near Limerick Pennsylvania. It will take place at the barn shown in the graphic above. We will have covered shooting areas in the event of inclement weather but will also have a mini race track to work with if the skies are cooperative and there is no rain.

Price for the calendar sessions is only $375 which includes the session, all photos to take home, full makeup and hair styling, 4 edited images of your choice plus a copy of the calendar. $100 is required to hold a spot with an additional $100 due by September 21st.  Balance on or before the day of the session. SPACES ARE LIMITED. If you book a session and participate and win the contest you will not only get your deposit back but will also be presented a bonus of 10 calendars in total. WHAT A HOLIDAY GIFT ITEM! Or, sell them to your fans!

Ready to book your session?  Use our convenient deposit form here.

Fine print. We have only 11 spaces for this incredible session. At $375 including edits, calendar and a coveted Hot Rod session this is a  steal. Due to the nature of this session the policy is strict with deposits being non-refundable for cancellations. We also can not transfer existing shoot deposits to this session or from this session to another. We simply can not recreate this opportunity and their are costs associated with it that can’t be moved from other sessions. We do not carry wardrobe to location shoots so you will need to have your own. With 12 sessions on a single day schedules must be tightly adhered to. If you are late for your start time you will thus have less shooting time. Makeup and Hair Styling generally takes one hour. If you are 30 minutes late, you only shoot for approximately 30 minutes. If you are 45 minutes late you shoot for 15 minutes or less.

Here are some previous images I’ve shot for Aces and Eights and former Queens.


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

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

WE HAVE A DATE AND LOCATION!

September 2nd at our good friends shop Christman’s in Fleetwood PA. Session is $325 but if you put your $100 deposit down before July 31st the shoot is only $300. Package includes all photos with full Makeup and Hair styling. Every single photo to take home. Wardrobe is not provided with our location sessions. Edits packages are available at $425 with 6 custom edits, $400 if you book by 7/31. We do have permission for ladies who ride to bring their own bikes HOWEVER, be advised this could pose a logistical situation where your shooting time is limited. You have a 2 hour session. Makeup and Hair generally takes an hour. Moving a bike around for your session will take time which you lose for actual shooting.

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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.

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.