Camp Devilbliss

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. -Postcard_of_Roadside_Amer-20000000009354662-500x375 8333305861_30df227622_bHere’s Claire Marie at the AACA museum in Hershey PA, this was a display and that backdrop did the exact same thing for me.BANN0546e

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:2016-07-11 14.51.34I 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.2016-07-17 12.56.19Nicole 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.2016-07-18 11.14.17and kept at it…2016-07-18 14.33.27

In time it got to be pretty decent:
Then the details started:IMG_1213A few days ago we had the great opportunity to christen the set with the very lady who proposed it to us. The lovely Shelby Barnhart!

Here’s some samples from the session. As you can see a lot more detailing was added. Click the photos to see them larger. BANN0497e

Isn’t she classic?BANN0497ecrop

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!BANN0257eAs 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.BANN0856eWith 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.BANN0942eBut wait!!!! There’s a strange sound in the woods… what could it be?BANN0993eTurns 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!13754704_10207063373131849_8117319727451669402_nIn 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!HR

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!postcard

Can’t make it during the discount weekend? Just let us know, and we can find a date to accommodate you.

Here’s some vintage postcards to get you even more motivated to take part in this classic session.yosemite_national_park_vintage_tourism_travel_ad_postcard-r197b752fcc574c3184f8076adb8bc991_vgbaq_8byvr_324il_fullxfull.405999860_5mnwstock-graphics-vintage-North-Carolina-postcards-viintage-0371-700x484vintage-lake-postcarddbff2f8ab6905997047555ffb0bb75824d4ab122a58aebeb6b9fca1e2ee1da38

Princess Club

PrincessClubWe think all our clients are royalty. Some have joined the ranks of a very special group. Those who have taken part in our Devilbliss Princess Series sessions. Thus far we have offered Alice, Ariel, and Jasmine. Soon Snow White joins the list. As an added thank you to those who have taken part in one or more of these shoots we are introducing the Princess Club. For those who participate in more than one Princess Series session an additional repeat client discount will be offered. If you do your second session in this series you will receive a total of $50 off the shoot price.  Do a third… take $75 off that one! Tiara not included.

Castle Sessions, New Orleans August 16,17 & 18

DEVNOLAMichael Bann aka Victor Devilbliss is returning to New Orleans and is offering extremely limited session in a one of a kind setting. Join him in this to-die-for location for a once in a lifetime experience.

All sessions begin at “The Castle” which is a hidden gem of New Orleans. Take a look at the photos below and just imagine all the  possibilities. Packages begin at $450 including full Makeup and Hair by Miss Claire Marie.  Good at styling yourself? Then arrive ready to shoot (with a few minutes to touch up of course) and your Castle Session would start at only $400. If you’ve ever worked with Victor Devilbliss previously you also get a $25 repeat client discount. Recommend a friend and you get a $25 referral credit. Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.27.16 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.27.27 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.27.46 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.27.56 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.28.11 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.28.31 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.28.22 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.28.41 AM Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 11.29.00 AM

Arrive for your session and have your Makeup and Hair done by Miss Claire Marie who has worked with Victor and several other name photographers in the Mid-Atlantic / Northeast regions. Then spend an hour to an hour and a half with Victor in several of the locations you see shown above. When your session concludes you are provided an SD Data Card with every single image made. When you get to review the photos you will then choose 12 shots for custom editing. This means you pick them and can request specific modifications to your preferences. You get a full release on all images, you co-own them.  Take a look at some samples below to see the sort of imagery Victor has done on location previously.

Want even more? Want to add an excursion to your session? Why not, you’re in one of the most visually compelling cities in the world. And you’ll be all made up from your Castle Session. Additional add-on photography can be planned for one of several iconic New Orleans locations. These include:

  • Audubon Park
  • Metairie Cemetery
  • Oak Alley Plantation, as featured in the Geffen film, Interview with the Vampire

Traveling a distance for this? We are not opposed to including a night’s stay in the Castle as our guest. Just ask, we’ll see what we can do.

Take a look at some of the Add On locations below:

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351ef2d794e850d8aef77717a2e081cdMetairie Cemetery

Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 12.55.51 PMOak Alley Plantation, as featured in the Geffen film, Interview with a Vampire. ONLY ONE SESSION OFFERED!

Samples shot at previous locations.IMG_3429 IMG_3328crop BANN7898e BANN4871_ppCrop BANN4074e (1) BANN1836 BANN0344e BANN0197eBANN7903eBANN4193eBANN9606ecropBANN1555e2c

Want to learn more about Michael’s connection to New Orleans? Go here for another post on this topic.

Use the form below to place your deposit. Have questions? Message Victor on Facebook here.