Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Resistance is Futile

A couple of weekends ago Mark and I shot some new photos for our Etsy listings and to use for advertising. We couldn't afford a real model, so we just used me. I'd love to tell you that the shoot was really fun and we had a blast, but the fact is that it was a mega ton of work and we were both exhausted by the end. And all we had was one basic "set," which was really just a white sheet background set up in Mark's hallway. I can't imagine the shoots that people do for magazine spreads; those must take an army of people all day to pull off.

I softened the wrinkled fabric background using my limited Photoshop skills, and despite my lack of tech savvy I think they turned out pretty well. Granted, it took me a good 3 hours just to edit a handful of photos, but still.

These photos feature a few new items in the shop. The Annie 19-buckle spats are newly listed, and boy are these suckers badass to wear. To me they feel very Edward Scissorhands, an aesthetic that I truly adore. The small black homburg hat I'm wearing above is a new style that I haven't even listed yet because I'm still perfecting the design. The prototype is just trimmed with a basic black grosgrain ribbon, and I made it for Mark (though I'm planning on stealing it every now and then because I think it looks pretty cute on me too).

In the photo on the left I'm wearing one of my new bridal hat designs, which I'm planning on offering via the shop and possibly also through Dark Garden. These hats will be mostly custom-made but will follow the same basic designs. I'm expecting a few new hat blocks any day now, so there will be more styles coming for these Edwardian-styled mini hats. I can make these in either straw or felt in pretty much any color you can think of, and there will be fancier, more bride-y hats as well as ones that would be suitable for bridesmaids or guests.

Since we're on the topic of the shop, I should also point you to a few places that our designs have appeared recently. The first is in a steampunk boudoir photoshoot by Kamilla Harris; scroll down a few photos and you'll see the beautiful Lucille underbust harness in action. And check out gorgeous blogger Style of a Fashionista rocking a Selena underbust harness. Finally, Mark and I loaned a couple of pieces to the makers of indie web movie Perpetual Steam Punk for use in one of the episodes. Next we're planning world domination, with mandatory hats and leatherwear for everyone. Resistance is futile!

24 comments:

Danielle said...

Wow! Those spats are AWESOME!!

Suz said...

You look great, and those spats are RIDICULOUSLY BADASS. Are they weird to walk in, like when your knees bend?

Rebecca said...

I had NO idea! I thought I'd been visiting your blog for quite awhile, but I've completely missed this particular creative venture of yours. Where DO you find the time for all you do?

mistie said...

Wow! Love your new items and the photo shoot. My hubby is a Commercial photographer and I work with him regularly. Your description of the work is perfect. It is exhausting!! But, I have to say your hard work paid off - lovely, lovely photos! Nice job.

chula said...

Awesome! Looks great. Did you see the shoutout you got on the Fluevog facebook page?

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/John-Fluevog-Shoes/21834347432?ref=mf

Kiki said...

Amazing pics! So great!

Jane W. said...

Audi, you kick more ass than I can ever hope to fathom.

Sheila said...

Wow, those are some amazing pics, Audi! You look gorgeous, kickass, badass and totally wow!

Hat's off (and on) to you!

Pammie said...

Awesome photo shoot - Congratulations!!

WendyB said...

You're a real model in my eyes!

fröken lila said...

i've been wanting to have one of those underbust-corsets for a while, and since my birthday is coming up soon maybe i should give the boyfriend a little hint.. they really look amazing and seem quite usable even for everyday-wear.

Sal said...

I saw these on the site the other day and nearly swooned. They're all marvelous, Audi. Kudos to you and Mark both.

Christine said...

Amazing photos and clothing! This set really screams Alex in Clockwork Orange to me. In a good way of course...

Alecia said...

Drop dead gorgeous pics-admire your style and creativity.

Emily Kennedy said...

Most excellent. And for some reason, these photos really make me think: you are such a virgo.



You are a virgo, right?

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Wow! You look absolutely amazing in these shots!

Audi said...

Suz: They're actually fine around the knees, because every strap is adjustable and you can leave them looser at the knee and tighter everywhere else to hold them up. They do work better with tights or leggings underneath, because it helps hold them up.

Rebecca: My weekends tend to include a lot of shop-related activities, but thankfully I find it fun and relaxing, so it isn't really like work (except for the photo shoot!).

chula: Wow, thanks for the link! Recognized by John Fluevog -- my life is complete!

Christine: Ooh, I hadn't thought of the Clockwork Orange angle but you're right! It's the hat, I think. I'll have to remember that when I write the item description.

Emily Kennedy: Why yes, I am a Virgo. But I'm curious, what about these shots gives you that impression?

Rad_in_Broolyn said...

You look amazing! Editing photos does take a day and a half but look at what a great result you got! I can't imagine a model showing off these pieces any better than you.

Daytime Night Owl said...

Everything is amazing. The photos, your new pieces, everything!

Kimberly said...

Holy hell - this is awesome. Love all the pieces and you make a fantastic model!

Candycane said...

Wow stunning photo's!

CC xXx

wardrobeexperience said...

fanatstic shots! love them!

http://www.wardrobexperience.blogspot.com/

Diana said...

These photos are absolutely fantastic! You guys did a great job.

KamilaHarris said...

Thanks for the link back! I linked your Etsy shop on the photoshoot post. I LOVE that harness. LOVE!