Recently I’ve posted some photos from past sessions at this amazing Mid-Century home that belongs to a friend of mine in the Harrisburg PA area. Several inquires have been made about returning there. So after a chat with my friend I am pleased to announce sessions there on February 17th! Tons more samples are in a gallery below.
This session is called Mid-Century Marvel because the home itself is an amazing example of Mid-Century architecture. Built in 1957 it is a larger home for the period as it was built for a prominent optometrist named Dr. Robert Morrison. He is credited with the development of the soft contact lens. The home actually featured an apartment and clinic in the basement and many celebrities and dignitaries actually stayed in the home as Dr. Morrison’s patients. Here’s a great article on him showing him at home: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/10/former_optometrist_once_had_ce.html
For these shoots I am teaming up with my good friend Ms Claire Marie of Neon Lady Artistry. Sessions are extremely limited as we’ve decided to dedicate an hour and a half for makeup and hair styling and another hour and a half for wardrobe changes and shooting. This is a 3 hour total session for participants and obviously limits how many we can do in a day.
The session is available at $325 + tax which includes full makeup and hair by Claire, session with me, all photos handed to you to take home on an SD data card PLUS 6 edited images of your choice delivered within 72 hours of providing me the file numbers. A Deluxe package with 12 edits is available at $375 + tax and adds an addition 6 edits for 12 total. This saves $25 off the normal edits pricing.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
Male your $100 deposit by December 17th and take $25 off either package. Click the book now button below.
Deposits are $100 to book your session with an additional $100 due by January 17th and the remaining balance due on or before your session. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Location sessions are more difficult to plan and can not be easily rescheduled, if at all which necessitates the larger deposits and terms.
Last chance for this fun wintery set. I was recently in Stoneboro PA with a dozen or so ladies and it was a big hit. As you can see from the samples below you can choose your wardrobe style to suit your needs. Book this session and also get a $25 gift certificate you can use yourself on a future shoot or gift to a friend!
This has been one of our most popular location sessions. In fact in a recent poll on our FB Group “I’m A Devilbliss Girl” it was overwhelmingly the spot most people voted for.
So what is it exactly?
Well a good friend of ours has this really cool property with several train cars on it. More than just that it’s the decking that is around it and the landscape all around. There’s no steam engine or anything, there aren’t passenger cars to really do anything in… but by the samples below, I am sure you’ll agree, it’s quite a setting for some great imagery.
NOW, the big problem with a location like this one…. look at the photos… we are at the mercy of the weather. In fact last year our scheduled visit was marred by rain and unusually high winds. We had to reschedule. So how do we handle that? With a rain date.
So we are planning the session for Saturday May 13th with a rain date of Saturday May 27th. With this shoot being a location, and a prized one at that your deposit is only refundable if both dates have to be cancelled due to weather. There are added costs with location shoots and with this one, we are limited to the number of appointments we can take given that we do need daylight and can only shoot from sun up to an hour or so before sunset. SPOTS ARE LIMITED. This will SELL OUT so get over to the deposit form now (click here)! Total deposit is $150 with $75 to hold your spot and the remaining deposit balance of $75 due by April 13th.
And now for those samples. These are from our 2 visits to this amazing location that is exclusive to Devilbliss Studios.
Devilbliss Studios produced over a dozen calendars during 2016. Personal, Car Clubs, Businesses and Groups were all represented among those we created. Every facet short of the actual printing was done in-house. We provide custom layout and design with an emphasis on detail and originality most photographic studios would not take on. The photo sessions for these calendars were done at our studio in Pottsville PA as well as on location at several sites all over the state. In some instances our team executing 11-12 photo sessions over the course of a single day. Makeup and hair and photography for a that many individuals in that short a time is largely unheard of in our industry. Yet we manage it, and manage it very well. Flip through any of those calendars and you’d be hard pressed to tell who was the first client or the last during one of those efforts. With this sort of track record it can provide great peace of mind for choosing our studio to produce YOUR calendar.
We also boast more options and price points that make our services among the most accessible you’ll find. Complete packages begin at $599 with pre-season discounts available through the end of July for savings of up to $200-$245 off! See full detailed pricing below.
What’s more is that those clients who may shoot with us several times a year have the opportunity to integrate edited photos from any of their sessions into a calendar package with those images getting a credit off the calendar total. Take a discount session of $499 for example, say you did 3 other shoots throughout the year. From those sessions you decided to include 6 edited images total to use in YOUR 2018 calendar. You’d be able to take a $20 per image discount off the total calendar shoot price, so $499 less the $120 credit brings that session down to $379. It might be possible that you do several sessions over the course of the year and had 12 edited photos you wanted to turn into a calendar. There you’d be able to choose a layout only option and for as little as $125 have a fully customized calendar of your very own produced and have the included copy in your hands within 10 days of approving your proofs! If you don’t feel you’re ready for a whole calendar of your own you may want to watch for our group sessions which typically focus on hot rods and classic cars. Whichever way you wanted to go we’ve got more options, more opportunities and more price points than any other studio of our kind. Period.
A few short weeks ago a question was posed on the I’m a Devilbliss Girl Facebook Group (if you don’t belong to it you should, it’s a terrific, supportive group of ladies, many of whom have shot with us) asking what themes members would like to see. One of the gals mentioned “camping”. It struck us as a terrific idea. An initial thought was to keep it very tent focused but something in me got nostalgic (again) and I just had to see more “camp” than just tent. My own family never went camping together. Sure I did as a teenager as a means to join my friends in underage drinking in the woods… I digress… My family did however vacation at a lot of iconic destinations in the 70’s (when I was really really young) and at that time there was still many many traces of those classic 50’s and 60’s sights you now only find on postcards. My memories of it all look like those postcards. A nostalgic slice of heaven is located very near my home. Roadside America, if you have not visited it, do so. It’s a treasure. Its walls are classically painted backdrops for the miniature village and have that feel I love. It’s not unlike the sort of treatment you’d find at a museum. Exactly the sort of look I began to imagine for this session. Here’s Claire Marie at the AACA museum in Hershey PA, this was a display and that backdrop did the exact same thing for me.
So I began searching for the perfect camping backdrop. Luck was not with me. A custom one was needed. I also couldn’t find the perfect photo of a camp scene to use and the thought of something photographic was actually not what I was seeing either… I wanted a bit of kitsch and “camp” (how perfect?) with it. SO… I decided to try my hand at it myself. Years ago i actually experimented with airbrushing photos. Not photoshop airbrushing… real honest to god airbrushing which gave that tool in photoshop its name. I picked up a Paasche air gun like my father used at his concrete ornament business (the other was a DeVilbiss, not a coincidence) and got to work. I started with a sketch:I know, you’re thinking I could have just blown this up onto a banner and been done! But there needed to be a bit more… So Nicole and I unrolled and taped up about 22 feet worth of spent seamless paper to the wall of the big big space on the 3rd floor here and I began to get to work.Nicole looked at this and gave me the sort of encouragement a parent would a child with grand visions but questionable track record. I kept at it.and kept at it…
Shelby also snuck in with a terrific vintage rifle for her session. I will be getting another Red Ryder BB gun for the holiday Frageelay Sessions so it will be available for this set as well. You may also notice the perspective here. One of the things about this particular studio (we have 9 spaces in our 4000 sq foot 2 floor studio) is that the ceilings are 12 feet high. For this shot I was standing on a ladder very near the ceiling. This also lets you appreciate the sheer size of this set. The shot below was edited but nothing added to fill in the set. It’s that big!As you can see above there’s a lot of flexibility for wardrobe with this set. Lookout! Shelby is a dead eye with that thing… Below Shelby gets ready to turn in for the night.With the help of the campfire (fake) and working vintage flashlight, Shelby is able to relax under the starry skies and take in a bit of a pulp novel. The shots below were made with multiple lights and gels to simulate a nighttime look.But wait!!!! There’s a strange sound in the woods… what could it be?Turns out it was just a friendly bear who heard it was her birthday and brought her a fresh baked red velvet cake from Momma Millie’s just a block from our studio!In reality it’s Nicole who was sporting enough to put on the fun bear costume we have at the studio. The cake was real and Shelby said she and her new hubby enjoyed it quite much. We had hosted 3 birthday girls in the studio and each was presented with a cake of their own baked earlier those very days!
We will have wardrobe in the studio for these sessions so you can arrive with nothing more than your street clothes. We do not however have any hiking boots among our 120+ shoe collection so that is something to keep in mind. You can personalize this with wardrobe and accessories of your own. Couples are most welcome though for any group sessions please contact us for additional fees.
We are offering this set on special the weekend of September 24th for $300 + tax. This includes full makeup and hair, every photos (several hundred) shot on an SD card the moment the session finishes. 6 Edits of your choice, or if you prefer, we will select them for you. You also have access to our wardrobe collection which includes several items perfect for this theme. Get a deposit in by August 13th and take another $25 off! Shot with us before? Then you get a $25 return client discount. Bring a friend who shoots and get a $25 referral credit, no limits! And if you get a $100 deposit placed by August 13th one of your edits can be transformed into a classic postcard graphic at no additional cost!
Can’t make it during the discount weekend? Just let us know, and we can find a date to accommodate you.
If you got them to you any faster it would be because we figured out time travel and could get them to you before your session.
When you shoot with us you get your photos immediately. Michael/Victor uses a professional camera with 2 card slots. Pro camera bodies do this for redundancy. At some point photographers who rely on their equipment for their livelihood began demanding multiple data card slots in camera bodies. Michael shoots to a compact flash data card for his archive files as well as a second SD card for backup. This SD card is handed to you quite literally seconds after the last photograph is taken. (and you get them in these darling manilla envelopes we rubber-stamp the logo onto – people just love them and it’s nice to leave with something in your hands after you spent a nice bit of money on an indulgence)You go home with EVERY SINGLE IMAGE shot. All of them. None are kept from you. Michael doesn’t decide which images he thinks you’d want to see. That’s pretty fast isn’t it? Why do this? We know you want to see them as soon as possible. You also have full copyrights to the images. We share it, but this is rather uncommon as a lot of studios retain full rights and often have to be contacted if you wanted to make prints or submit for publication. Often they will want you to make prints through their service at marked-up pricing. We don’t do that. You hired us to create images for you, we think they are yours. We’re pretty sure this is a popular aspect of our services too. How do we know? Well how about a session we just had in the studio where 10 ladies joined us for a day of laughter, shenanigans and photos and as we were still shooting during the day… models who visited earlier were already posting photos! Several even changing their profile images to photos we shot only hours earlier. We think that’s a pretty good indicator. Another part to consider is this… posting those shots from the data cards means they were sharing UNEDITED photos… they were proud enough to share the images as shot, not retouched. THEM. That’s pretty powerful. It’s also a reason we offer group sessions in addition to private one on one sittings. We want to empower as many women as possible. Give more people the opportunity to get images they can share immediately with no re-touching. There’s only so many weekends in our lives and we know that’s when most of the rest of you (hey we’re in the studio) have time to get a session in. Take a look at some of those very posts:
This is a D’Lish-ious promotion we’ve come up with for those who want a more personalized, private shoot.
We’ve taken our Private Shoot Petite and for a limited time will offer a very special and iconic wardrobe item…
Start your session in our deluxe vanity set where this extravagant Boudoir by D’Lish robe acts as a prop on its custom dress form. Then don this luxurious beauty and take your pick of studio locations for the most glamorous shoot of your life. This alone is certain to make many of our clients and fans excited but this next part will certainly cause some squeals… We are going to limit these sessions to 20 total with the robe we are obtaining … BUT, those 20 participants will be entered into a random drawing where they will win their VERY OWN, CUSTOM Boudoir by D’Lish Cassandra robe. Winner could also opt to use that value towards any other Boudoir by D’Lish robe of their choice. It’s over $400 in value! Note: the robe shown is the type we are getting for this, color has not yet been determined, it will be neutral so it will work with any other color combination. Don’t want a robe of your own? If not and you win the promotion you can choose from a $325 Shoot Credit or get you session fee refunded!
The price for this session is $325 + tax when booked on a weekday. Repeat clients still get their $25 discount. Session includes full makeup and hair by Making Faces Professional, a 1 hour minimum shoot with Michael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss. EVERY SINGLE PHOTO on an SD card the moment we finish, you leave with your photos in your hand! The shoot also includes 4 edited images of your choice YOU decide. If you wish you can also remain in the studio post session and review the images with Michael, make your selections and watch him edit them right before your very eyes! Discuss what you like, what you want and get them tailored to your heart’s content. Go home with ALL YOUR PHOTOS AND EDITS ON THE SD CARD! We know of only one other studio that offers this. (Our friends at Atomic Cheescake Studios in Baltimore to be precise). Afterwards if there’s time and you wish, we can pay a visit to one of the several eating establishments within short walking distance of our new 4000 sq ft. studio for a late lunch or dinner.
Is money an issue? Why not take advantage of an installment plan with us. Put $75 down to secure a spot and choose a monthly amount that we can set you up for automatic payments. $25 – $50 monthly is manageable for most and before you know it you’re ready for your private session!
Want an additional look while you’re in the studio? That’s just $50 more. Weekend sessions for this promotion are possible but they would carry an additional fee. We also have the obstacle of having many many great weekend specials coming up where the time this promotion takes would not be feasible to achieve. While it is possible to do this session in as little as 2 hours time, it’s also likely you’d want to allow around 3. If you opt for edits while you wait factor in another hour and a half. Michael does each edit one at a time and each takes 15-20 minutes at a minimum. If you are new to the studio we also encourage you to pay us a visit for a consultation. We’ll show you around, you can inspect the rest of our wardrobe and props and see ringed samples of our warm on our wall… and after your session take your place there as well!
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What a wonderful stretch we had here in the studio between Thursday and yesterday (Sunday). In all there were 17 shoots in those 4 days. We were re-visited by Cherry Von Sweets on Thursday who travels around 2 hours to work with us. She did another private session where she actually got in the Old Hollywood special we hosted this weekend as well as another look that we love so much we’re actually going to do a special for it as well. The graphic for that shoot links to the event page for it. All images in this post can (and should be) clicked for a larger version. Not every model is shown here as some were doing the sessions to surprise a significant other.
Friday saw 4 session in the studio, 3 for the Old Hollywood special and two very special little visitors who did our Bunny Basket Kids. The first model for the day was someone who was doing their very first shoot. She told me she was super nervous but I couldn’t tell. In short order she was moving so fluidly I knew she was having fun. Later that night she already picked which shots she wanted edited (like every other client of ours, she went home with all her images and saw them immediately) and I got to work on them right away getting her a link to gallery within 12 hours of her making her selections. Here’s one in the classic black and white style with her very own signature added:As I was working on another edit of hers, there was something about the wardrobe that bothered me… (the first image is a crop)The strap between the robe and the pearls. Once I saw it I couldn’t un-see it. I tell clients all the time that I take a lot of photos for several reasons. One, it gives them plenty of options as far as how they look. It also keeps the shoot flow very casual as we aren’t posing for 5 minutes to take 5 shots and hope they have that “something”. Another benefit is that in cases like this, odds are good I can find an image nearby that may have some element about it that I can use to easily “fix” something that bothers me in another shot. Just like it worked here. I looked around this file and found one where the strap was more in line with what my head wanted to see. So some grafting later and this is what I had:Quite often I will do work on images that most clients will never see. Things that when summed together, produce what I find to be high quality images. It’s almost like that old saying “I don’t know if it’s art, but I like it”.
Next we had a gal who first shot with us during one of our seamless specials. This made me happy that now I could get some images for her using my more dramatic lighting. Kelsey was a treat and I loved the hat she added to her wardrobe.
Our next sessions were with some ladies who came up from Fredericksburg and Richmond Virginia. Mary Padgett who formerly lived nearby in Jim Thorpe PA and Sheri Baby who was crowned Queen of the 2015 Rockabilly Rumble which we attended and did a super quick session with her there. I shot Mary and her guy Jay at Sled Fest in Duncannon last year. Prior to that Nicole had worked with Mary via Relentless Photography some time back. It is always such fun to meet new people and get to know them through a shoot, or as in this case catch up with friends you’ve known for some time.And then came our pinup queen. Come to think of it I believe I have photographed more Rumble Queens than I haven’t. Of the 2015 Queen though, Sheri was divine in her outfit. The colors were killing me.
Saturday was the biggest day of the bunch. 6 ladies joined us and again some from states away.
First up was Dottie Mae Divine. Dottie took part in our first Classics Recreated session and turned in some adorable re-creations. It was nice to have her back for this more glamorous theme. She was like a different lady!
Next we had one of our favorite Latinas from New York City visit us and I am always amazed at her transformation. You can even see this in the two examples here, the first with such an elegant look contrasted against the feline temptress of the second outfit she chose (all from our collection in the studio). Next we had another first-timer. Ruby Red. She opted to pay homage to I Love Lucy and the dress and apron combo certainly pulled that together. She too was nervous but that quickly passed.Our next client was another first timer. She too claimed to be nervous but it sure didn’t show. Joline is a friend of another repeat client of ours Devyn Dixon Pinup. Joline told me Devyn talked us up so much she did feel a level of comfort she might not have had walking into someplace completely foreign. What I like about her session is that her look was not decidedly “pinup”. Yet her styling and wardrobe were no less spectacular in this setting. Sunday we still had 5 sessions and kicked off with a gal we shot some time ago, Kara Kupcake. Kara is quite animated and has one of the biggest smiles and contagious laughs you’ll find. Again it was like a party catching up with old friends, oh and photos too… Even though the Old Hollywood sessions are themed for black and white I still edit and shoot in full color and provide both versions. A bit of a bonus really. But seriously, the color shots are so rich, you just can’t not share them too.
Next up we had a gal who recently shot with us, in fact she was one of the first models to take part in sessions in our new 2000 sq. ft. studio. Ki Ki Vengeance also attended our open house last week which permitted her to pick up her “I’m a Devilbliss Girl to shirt”. I have to admit I was really excited to see her walking into the studio wearing it!!! You rock lady!!!
Our next to last client came from nearby Berwick PA. Kaye Von Davis stopped by the old studio last year while some friends of hers were there. She immediately took to my furniture collection and I learned she has an affinity for the stuff as well. We had a great conversation and then later, the day after Pinup Prom 2015 she and her guy and quite a few others met up at a shop where I get a lot of my items. Some weeks later I became kinda obsessed with Schaeffer Beer… recalling how they had a brewery outside Allentown PA (later owned by Stroh’s and now Sam Adams) well anyway, I learned someone was brewing it again and on the website searched for distributors… the closest listed was in Berwick PA… so I sent Kaye a message asking her if she knew of the distributor … of course she did. About a week or so after that I met up with her and her family at an auction near my home and had a fresh case of Schaeffer in the back of my car. It nearly felt like being a rum-runner or something. So all this long winded build up for this, as she was with Nicole in makeup I ducked into the dressing room where some remnants of the Open House we just had were and proceeded to offer her a Schaeffer Beer on the antique Schaeffer Beer tray I just got at a shop Ki Ki Vengeance (above) turned me on to. How wild is that? So I am posting a few shots of Kaye here because they’re pretty swell, and not coincidentally so is Kaye. And last but not least we have The Batlady! I love this shot because I was telling her how in Studio-C we have a photo of Steve Buscemi on the ceiling that I ask people to look up and laugh at. Something about that head position, the eyes looking up. Batlady and I were discussing furniture because she has some fine pieces herself. I am still not sure if I forgive her for painting a vintage shadowbox all black, then again in my youth I did that to an old cabinet radio. Another interesting point. This was the first time I shot Batlady, but Nicole has worked with her before and as a matter of fact once at my old studio, Shangri La for the visiting photographer Va Va Voom who was in from Florida shooting at my place.
SO, I hope you enjoyed this peek into several busy days in the studio. If it’s something you’ve been thinking about, don’t wait, you have no idea what you are missing out on. There’s a lot of community at work here and if you want to stick your toes into that a bit, send us a message on FB and we’ll point you to a group that’s been started that might help you decide it’s time to do a shoot of your own.