The Horse. October 2016 Cover by Devilbliss / Michael Bann

So out of the blue I get an email from a friend. The subject stating “Another Cover” I could see there was an attachment before I even got it open.  As soon as it came into view I recognized the bike and the photo. It was the custom chopper of my buddy Jeff Carr.  The model was this great gal Victoria and the photos from a shoot we did a few years ago on one of the HOTTEST August days I’ve ever known. It was seriously hot.  As the subject of the email mentioned this was another of this bike as we had another shoot, with another model that was featured in and on Street Chopper Magazine.

This new one also includes something on the order of 9 pages of images.

2016 will now round out with 5-6 covers featuring my work. A few months ago an image I shot of Miss V Pinup was featured on a Bettie Page tribute of Delicious Dolls, October will have this Iron Horse along with an issue of Femme Rebelle with a shot of Ebony Inferno, I also confirmed Jenny Jane will be showcased on an Alt issue of Perfectly Pinup and next week we actually host and shoot 3 ladies especially for a holiday issue of another zine. Another is floating in there somewhere as a maybe. I really need to post more on the other issues so far.  This one is crown jewel however as it is a traditional newsstand publication, this meaning tens of thousands of issues will be printed and shipped to newsstands in the US and Canada (I”m trying to find specific circulation numbers and whether or not they have them in additional international markets). For friends and family in the Mid-Atlantic you may even see this on the rack in Sheetz or Rutters markets (among other resellers).  So how about some photos from the shoot and issue?  I don’t have a copy yet, Jeff sent me the sample shots.

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It’s that time of year!  Finally! HALLOWEEN approaches! I nearly feel it should be a month long celebration. By the looks of it though it really seems like it’s getting there. For me there’s something magical about this season. On the way to the studio today I was traveling a scenic stretch of road and swirling group of yellow leaves were raining down. There’s an explosion of pumpkin spice everything, everywhere and decorations are popping up all over in stores. I just dragged in some hay and cornstalks myself for our popular Halloween Shadow Sessions.  For 2017 Devilbliss Studios has tons of terrific sessions available for just about any tastes.

Ready? Here’s some of what we have available:

Saturday and Sunday October 1 & 2 we present our annual Halloween Shadow Sessions. The third year we’ve offered these and one of our most popular sessions.halloween2016a-2 bann0045e

Paranormal Suite, October 9th One Day Only

We are returning again to that building where we did our Melancholy Suite sessions earlier this year. Hugely popular with several clients asking us for sessions beyond the weekend we did the shoot this may be the last time we have access to this building in this state. It is being renovated and will not have the “distressed majesty” it currently does. While we are offering the Melancholy Suite just as we did before, we also know this setting is perfect for spooky images and thus are presenting the “Paranormal” option. With this you can choose wardrobe appropriate for a haunting and if you like we can do an “apparition edit” where you appear extra ghostly.para bann0442e

Cinema Strange October 15th and 16th

This set gets a lot of notice and it’s terrific for more than one person (additional costs for more than one subject) Shoot on our vintage deco theater seats and have a spooky scene from a movie or something personal superimposed behind you. Popcorn will fly!cinema-strange-flyer

Creepy Marionette  October 15th and 16th

Imagine yourself as a life-sized marionette in one of the studios on our 3rd floor. This setting is unlike any you’ll find elsewhere. You often see people depicted as marionettes but rarely with the puppeteers paddle in the shot with them. The 12 foot ceilings in our studio give us all the room we need to produce images unlike any others. We’re actually offering this on the same days as Cinema Strange. We have the space, we have the gear, we can have both available at the same time, which also means you can shoot both on the same day if you like. Package them together at $375 and you’ll have two sessions for what most studios charge for one concept shoot!
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Sugar Skull, Weekdays in September and October

Be transformed as you never have been before! Nicole of Making Faces Professional will work magic on you for one of a kind photos that will surely stand out from anything else you’ve ever done. You’ll need to block off some time though, these sessions will take an additional hour or more than our normal shoots, you’ll be in her chair that much longer!  When she’s done you won’t just get headshots you will then shoot with various backdrops for some portraits as well as full body photos.bann0097e sugarskull

Flying Witch Weekdays in September and October

It’s a classic, and you can do this session any weekday in September and October. More than just flying your broom we also take other images so you get far more from the session than just one thing.
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Steampunk Junction October 22

We are returning to the spot where we did our Petticoat Junction shoots last year. But we happened to notice some of this setting could be ideal for a Steampunk inspired shoot. Steampunk and Halloween are not the same thing, but they are cousins in many ways. So this setting may also be attractive for those of us who love the season.bann4035e2cop

Want to do something totally unique?

Ask us, we can put together a custom Halloween session just for you. Maybe you want to be a two headed lady. Or do something creative with shadows:freak-show2 bann05642


Are you a fan of gore? Slasher films? Bloodbaths? Well, while we don’t have samples of this specifically, Imagine yourself in our Klink in an outfit of your choice splattered in blood! This setting with it’s paneled walls, distressed look and exam table are right out of a horror film. All we need to add is you! bann0279e-1 bann1223ebann0357ecrop

So what’s your flavor? Cute, Cheesy, Spooky? Scary, Sassy, Slashy? Whatever it is, we are ready for it!

Message us on our Facebook page to set up your appointment!

Editing – on your terms

For as long as I’ve been shooting, every client I work with gets every photo taken of them. Be that an online gallery years ago or more recently on an SD data card the split second we finish the session.

Additionally my clients have the opportunity to decide for themselves which images they love best. And it is those I edit for them. Not only for them, but to their specification.

Industry standards work like this for the vast majority of studios you could choose from: You book a session, pay for the session, shoot, wait some number of days until you get to see the photos the studio decided to share with you and likely edited for you.

Where in that process do you get to ask “can you tidy up my hair” or “can you smooth this wrinkle in my skirt”?  Sure you hope they will do this as a standard practice but what if you’re extra sensitive about some of your features? How can they predict what is most important to you on photos you’ve never seen?

If choosing edits is overwhelming to you, or you really want someone else’s opinion on it… I will gladly choose them for you. But for the vast majority of people I work with, they want to see them all and choose their favorites for themselves. And because you get to do that you can also make specific requests for your edits.

I decided to share two examples with permission of the subjects.

First up is a face you’ll see pretty much anytime you visit the studio. It’s Nicole of Making faces Professional. The in-house resident makeup artist at Devilbliss Studios. Nicole gets in front of the camera plenty herself, mine and other artists we work with. She knows first-hand what it’s like to do a session. Be concerned about things. She’s just like you. There are angles she likes about herself and there’s other things she’s aware of that she would like shown in the best light. These examples are from a recent session and show the general editing I perform on an image along with some mild body contouring and airbrushing to re-align shadows. Click for a larger view as small these are hard to tell apart.Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 1.00.55 PM

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Getting every photo, you also have a wealth of images that capture you in motion. Sometimes the difference of a split second can show a slightly different pose that you love vs. one you like a lot.

Sometimes you’ll find a face that will be your favorite ever but it’s attached to a body position that you don’t like as much, or perhaps a photo 3 frames away has you posed perfectly. With this style of shooting I also have the capability to make composite images where several elements can be brought together for a “best of” shot.

Recently a client had this very request. She found an image where she loved her face, and while the pose of that photo wasn’t bad in the least, she preferred the pose of a another shot.


She loved the face on the left but the arm position on the right. She asked me if they could be brought together. At first noticing that her torso shifted, her shoulders back in one, more vertical in the other had me reply “I don’t know but I will attempt it for you”.

I was pretty pleased with the effort, she was thrilled:karen

So in a nutshell, sessions with Devilbliss Studios are about YOU.

I am an artist. But the first art I practice is working for YOU.