Come along on a 1940's Inspired Photo Shoot!
Erin's mom booked a high school senior shoot with me early last spring. Her mom and I discussed what her daughter was hoping for in a shoot and we reserved a day and time in August. Erin is in drama at school and hasa keen interest in period clothing, so I asked if Erin would be willing to do a special 1940's inspired photo-shoot after we completed her senior photos. Erin agreed and she and her mom began to assemble wardrobe items for the shoot.
A few weeks later, we met at La Sata Salon and Day Spa for Erin's hair and makeup Jodi Lynn did her hair in soft waves and Elena did Erin's makeup with the historical accuracy of the 1940's, complete with the orange-red lip!
Hair and Makeup at Lasata Salon and Spa 2014 Second St. SW
Elena, an esthetician and an Aveda Freelance Advisor, is a talented artist and generous collaborator. She takes time to research each era being photographed and makes sure the application of the makeup is accurate for the time frame. Elena has a gentle way of working with clients that makes them feel special.
Jodi Lynn skillfully and artfully designs a hair style that is not only reflective of the time period, but that it also one that compliments the model. Jodi Lynn has years of experience with creative hair design and researches hairstyles to make sure they are reflective of what the era/time frame. Jodi Lynn is a great conversationalist and puts clients at ease.
Once hair makeup and wardrobe were complete we headed over to the Porch Restaurant, (thank you Lee Ann Zubay!) for a few shots with her vintage suitcases; then we headed over to the Mayo campus. Once on the Mayo Campus we took some shots near the medical school building and the Plummer building, all known for their amazing architectural details that would easily lend itself to 1940's spirit. Erin was kind enough to write a few thoughts about her experience. Enjoy her reflective responses and gorgeous pictures. She truly embodies the elegance and class of the 1940's!
What was the experience like getting your hair and makeup done? Were you surprised by the look?
The experience of getting my hair and makeup done was really cool! I’d wanted to try getting my hair and makeup done professionally for a while, so I was really excited about this opportunity. Jodi Lynn and Elena were lovely and both did fantastic jobs! I kept my hair and makeup done for hours after the photoshoot because I didn’t want to stop looking the way I did. The look wasn’t what I had been thinking about, so it surprised me, but it was wonderful! I especially loved the eyeshadow and how great my brows looked! I kept thinking about Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis when I looked at it. I felt like a movie star all day!
Tell us about your clothing choices...Where did you find your clothes? What tips would you share about picking out a wardrobe to inspire a specific era? Was there something you wanted to wear but didn't get a chance to? Tell about each ensemble.
My mom was really helpful in helping me pick out all the clothes. We both made Pinterest Boards of forties clothes and forties themed photoshoots that we liked (which I recommend to anyone doing a photoshoot, themed or not), and then we went through my closet trying to find pieces that resembled those in the pictures. I happened to have quite a few pieces that worked, so we didn’t have to go shopping. The mustard dress and blue coat, an ensemble we called “Mustard” both came from Savers. The blue shoes were also from Savers. My dad got me that red hat as a Christmas present from a hat store in San Francisco. It wasn’t originally supposed to go with this outfit, but when my mom and I tried the combination I fell in love with the primary color palette!
The polka dot dress came from Kismet—my mom and I actually bought it for my eighth grade graduation. We pulled it out of the back of my closet for the first time since then just for this shoot. I was very happy to find that it still fits! The red shoes were a lucky find at Kismet. We called that outfit “Minnie Mouse”.
There was one other outfit we put together that didn’t get shot that my mom and I called “French Resistance.” That was a polka dot shirt and skirt, with a belted brown blazer and a red beret. I would have liked to have had it shot, but I don’t think the wartime spy theme would have really worked with all the sunshine and fun art deco backgrounds. The thing that I really love about all the ensembles we put together is that they are regular parts of my closet, so I can wear them again anytime I want!
If you could only pick one image from the shoot and publish it, which image would it be?
There were several that I really loved, but the full-length black and white one in the polka dot dress is probably the photo I would publish. I think it looks really cool and classy, and the black and white of course makes me think of a 1940s starlet. Also, my dad said I looked like Winona Ryder in this picture, so I have to love that!
What was the hardest part of the experience?
I think the hardest part of the experience was trying to come up with new things to do with my face and arms for each shot. Ultimately I found that just trying to smile worked really well, and the photos make the sore cheeks worth it!
What would you say to anyone considering a stylized photoshoot representing a theme or an era? What tips would you have for them?
Like I said for the clothing, I would suggest making a Pinterest board of inspiration to figure out what you want to do with the photos, and then experiment with clothes. Put pieces from one outfit with pieces from another outfit. Mix and match and have fun! If you need/want to go shopping, especially for a period shoot, I would recommend looking around consignment and thrift stores. There’s a lot of great things to find in those stores if you look around! When it comes to the shoot, I would say to just relax and embrace the theme/era. Some of my favorite pictures are candid ones where I’m relaxed and laughing!
What Should I Wear?
Your high school senior session should reflect who you are plain and simple. Although it is incredibly important that your clothing choices should reflect your personal style, it is also important to bring one outfit that would be considered classic, because you will want your pictures to be timeless; something you can enjoy for years to come. Wear an outfit that flatters you, and is clean and pressed. Make sure you take the time to remove any "fuzzies" or animal hair. Bring all your clothing choices on a hanger so that they stay neat. The more neat and tidy your clothing looks, the more polished you will look! Avoid stripes and plaids, especially near the face. Wearing busy patterns only takes away from you! Keep jewelry simple and complimentary to your outfit. In addition to your sports uniform and casual wear, men may want to bring a suit or sport coat with jeans, or a nice sweater; women should bring a dark wash jean and nice simple scoop neck or portrait top paired with either boots, heels or ballet flats, they may also wish to bring a beautiful formal dress. An A-line dress that is cinched at the waist goes with any body type and is very flattering in photographs. Additionally, a long flowing floor length dress can be quite dramatic in contrast to an informal setting. There are lots of ways to get a fancy dress for a shoot. Hit the sale racks, friend's closets, a second hand shop, or shop on line. There are places like, https://www.renttherunway.com where you can rent a designer dress for a fraction of the actual cost. Remember to bring coordinating shoes for each outfit.
Young women often ask, "Should I get my make up and hair done professionally?" YES! YES! YES! I would highly recommend getting your make up and hair done professionally. An experienced makeup artist and hair stylist will know exactly how to do your makeup and style your hair for the photoshoot. I work exclusively with a makeup artist and hairstylist here in town and I can arrange your shoot to follow an appointment with them. Just ask me for their information. If you want to see their work, please refer to the Paris inspired shoot: http://www.kathleenmurphyphotos.com/blog/category/paris-inspired-photo-shoot
If you want to do your own makeup, there are a number of things to consider: Avoid clumping mascara and spiking your lashes. Stay away from shimmery eye shadows and blushes. Matte, neutral shades work best. Avoid lining the inner rim of your eyes as that makes your eyes look smaller. When lining the eye, line just under the lash line and use a soft pencil. Line three quarters of the way, smudging the line for a natural look. Don't over do it. Less really is more. Talk to me if you have questions. I was a makeup artist for several years and can give you some helpful hints.
Don't overlook the details!
Be sure to moisturize your face, hands and lips well in advance of your session. Chapped lips and flaking skin are difficult to edit away. And don't forget the nails. Both men and women's hands look best when nails are neat and trimmed or filed. Women may wish to use a simple neutral or clear polish.
What should I bring to the session? For women-Bring a hairbrush, hand mirror, lipstick and powder for touch up. For men and women: Bring any clothing changes you need and props that help to show who you are and what you enjoy. You may wish to bring sports equipment and uniforms, musical instruments, ballet shoes, art you have created, etc... The most important thing to remember is that if you prepare in advance with the clothing you feel confident wearing, and the hair and makeup that flatters you, your pictures will be amazing.
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