Pin-Up and Rockabilly styles have been rising in popularity. While you can certainly spend a lot of money to get the look, it isn't always necessary; chances are you've already got some pin-up worthy pieces in your closet now! Here's some helpful hints in getting them styled! And don't forget to wear cute undergarments, just in case you decide to go for that style of pictures!
I apologize for the slightly funky picture quality in the examples... I had used Polyvore when I put these together for my photoshoot group while my personal laptop was out of commission and it's not always up to my usual standards.
Are you ready to see some pin-up looks in action? These pics are some gals who sent me pics of their own easy pin-up looks! Put one of your own together and send it to me-- you just might get added here!
Here are some examples from the shoot I planned this summer for DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot! If you click on the big photos, it will take you to the photographer's page. If you liked this article and want to see more from me, join my mailing list and follow me on facebook!
If you've been following me for a bit, you know by now that I run a group that organizes costumed photoshoots. I have had some people ask about how I do this and how I got it started, so I thought I'd share my experience here with you! I was inspired to start my own group because my friend, Josephine, is in an organization that does amazing shoots out in California called Worlds of Wonderment. I am friends with several other local costumers and cosplayers and we are always looking for more opportunities to get out, wear our awesome stuff, and share our craft, however, living in Central Pennsylvania feels kind of like being alienated from the rest of this community because we're kind of the middle of nowhere. I decided to set out on creating DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot out of the town I live in because there are several towns to which we are central and most of the shoots are hosted within an hour of Dubois, PA. I run everything through Facebook because the majority of people have it and it makes it a lot easier than trying to set up a separate forum and trying to admin it. I also don't think that many people would be happy with having to go to yet another website. You need to be ready to be in charge to do this. If you're interested but don't want to be the organizer, talk to friends you think would be interested and see if you can loop one of them in.
Step Two: Advertise! No, I don't mean that you have to pay to advertise your page with facebook or anyone else. Share your new public photoshoot page with your friends and invite them to like and follow it. Share it into local groups, whether they are for costumers or not. I shared often into just out local DuBois groups to connect with photographers and people who wanted to model. If you have a blog or a website, use it to help get the word out. Get your friends who want to get this started to help spread the news and invite people they know, too. While you're doing this, don't forget to be adding content to your page to help keep people interested. I share lots of inspiration pics from a lot of different sources-- mostly photogs and models on Facebook whose work I admire. I wouldn't upload pics from people who are not a part of your group to share because then others may think that they are a part of your organization. You should always tag and credit the people in the photos if you do it that way, though.
Step Four: Plan your first shoot! I recommend that for your first time out, you go somewhere public so people don't worry about creepers and whatnot. Ours was done at our city park and some of my amazing friends reserved a pavilion and donated it to us. You don't need a pavilion, but it was really nice to know that we had a central meeting area. Before they did that, I had just been planning to have everyone meet by the stage there. You will get people giving you weird looks and asking you what you're doing. Our first shoot did not have a theme because I didn't want to alienate people by making them feel that their costume wasn't welcome. Anyone under 18 is required to bring a parent/guardian with them. I try to keep our shoots free if possible. If people in your group are willing to put out the money to rent a location all together, go for it, but it can be difficult to get everyone to send you money and then you also have to deal with people cancelling last minute and wanting a refund. Think about whether you want to have each photographer bring a release document for models to sign or if you want to make one for the group in general. I do the latter, then scan them in and upload them to Google Docs so all photogs have access to it. I started out doing a new release for each shoot, but as we have now made it into our second year, I am going to be changing to yearly ones so we don't have to spend time doing it at each event. Some photographers will probably still bring their own forms even if you do this and that's OK.
Step Five: Make a Facebook event page! You're going to have to do this from your public page and not within the group. Facebook has recently rolled out some changes so if you make the event in the group, only group members will be able to join it. This is good for small things, but not for a big shoot. No one will be able to invite other people if it is not a public event. To create an event on your page:
Step Six: Have your shoot! Your first event is going to be chaos and everyone is going to be nervous. It's OK. When I run mine, photographers have one month to have their images edited and either uploaded into the group or shared with us from their page or site. People go through the photographers to order their prints. Print cost is left up to the photographers. I am kind of a dictator and require that if you share photos into my group that they need to be put in an album to make sure things don't get lost. After each shoot, I come home and create a cover image and make the album or things will just be uploaded all over the place and then you have to track them down and it's a lot of stress. It will still be stressful keeping everyone and everything in order, but it's worth it-- honest!
Step Seven: Upload the photos from your first event to your public page. Create an album and add the photos you got back from your first event if your photographers and models are OK with it. Make sure to include all credits. Don't tag peoples' private, personal pages on these. If they want to tag themselves, they can go do it, but since it's public, everyone will be able to follow the tags back to them. I never post last names for minors. I always check first to see if any photographers or models don't want their photos on the public page.
Why should you put pics in a public album? So everyone can see what you've achieved and share! It's also great for people looking to see if they want to join your group to be able to see the work you've done previously and who is a part of the group.
Step Eight: Plan more fun stuff! The first shoot with my group was 5/30/14. We have had six big shoots that were open to whoever wanted to come, as well as several smaller ones that were just planned for the group. We've had modeling classes and a luncheon-- there are all sorts of cool things you can do and lots of fun people to meet in doing it!
Of course there are more details that I'd like to get into, but to save this post from becoming too massive, I'm going to gather them together for Part Two! If you have any questions or concerns that you'd like to make sure I cover, send me a message at Figment Costuming or post them in the comments! And don't forget to follow me on Facebook! There's also a giveaway going on! Find it HERE!
Sorry it's been so quiet around here! Life has been pretty busy! We had my little guys first Halloween (he was a penguin!), he turned one, the holidays, and another event with DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot. I do have a neat project with a corset that I will be doing probably next weekend, so keep an eye out for that. In the mean time, here are some of my pics from the Victorian photoshoot we had! My corset and skirts are by Damsel in this Dress, jewelry by me, and hat from Gilded Lily.
This is along the lines of what I originally had in mind for this photoshoot:
I like to plan photoshoots for locals who are also interested in costuming and doing photography for us. The latest one took place on September 14th and was themed as "Dark Ones & Those Who Hunt Them." I always give out the date months beforehand so that everyone can have their outfits ready. For this particular shoot, I had something in mind much different than my usual steampunk/Neo-Victorian bend. I really wanted to do a mod-goth vampire. I already had a dual-belted Torian corset from Damsel in This Dress that was going to be my base piece for this costume, no matter what.
I adore the turtleneck in this look, and it is definitely a splurge piece, but WOWZERS, it's amazing! The leggings are both sweet and dark (and made it into my final outfit), especially when paired with the spiked boots! The feather piece is no longer available from where I found it, but if you're after something like that, I would check Etsy. This cape isn't really what I had in mind, but I wanted one that would just hang from my shoulders. I LOVE Scarecrow's fangs and I'll get to that further down!
After I had this idea in my head, I wound up with an opportunity to get a Damsel in this Dress red Quill Skirt that I'd been lusting after, so I just HAD to include it in my outfit and it totally changed my concept!
This outfit is still along the same ideas, but not quite as edgy as the first. I really like the shoes for this idea and think that they give it a subtle bit of creepiness. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the sweet lace turtleneck. I love the idea of being demurely sexy. Oh, and sorry about the different background colors... I had made this originally to share with my photoshoot group when I was planning and only saved it as a JPEG, so sorry if it is making your ODC twitchy. I assure it it is irking me, too! Blarg!
I was all set to go full steam ahead when I got a $25 Ebay gift card and decided to put it to use funding my vampire costume!
I found so much awesome stuff and managed to get a lot of jewelry to accessorize my look for dirt cheap! I replaced the shoe laces in the Michael Antonio booties with black ribbon. The belt on the bodysuit got cut off so I could wear my corset over it; it is also a much brighter red than the picture! I also went with a black wig instead of the dark red one from the previous idea so that the bright red feather earrings would stand out. As much as I love the black makeup, I went with a more traditional look because the area where we were having the photoshoot is pretty perilous and I wear glasses, but was taking them off for pics-- in short, I didn't want nosepad marks in my makeup!
The fangs I use are by Scarecrow. They run around $20 for a plain pair. I've had several sets of them; they look pretty great and are easy to use. I wound up just getting plain ones in the small size. I went for plain because I figured we could always photoshop blood on them. I purchased the small fangs, though, because the large ones just don't typically look right on women-- they look ginormous and they're hard to talk in and make your lips sit funny. So, if you've got a small mouth, go for the smalls. Make sure to set them up at least 24 hours before you need to wear them. You're going to need about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to let them set and mold to your teeth. Do not eat or drink with them in, as there is always the hazard of swallowing them. You should not actually bite people with them, either, and especially do not break skin because there is a high risk of infection for whoever you bite due to all of the bacteria that are inherently in the mouth.
My cape, I made! I'm very happy with the way it turned out. If you're interested in having one made for you, send me a message on facebook or email me at FigmentCostuming@gmail.com .
You'll get to see more pics from the photoshoot next month when I have more of them to share! I hope that this post helped you realize that it's totally OK to shift away from your original ideas and let your costumes take on a life of their own! As always, leave me comments, and love, and let me know what ideas you'd like me to work on for you next!
Hey, guys! Sorry it's been quiet around here! I just got back from vacation and am getting my stuff together for my next photoshoot. When I arrived home, there were a bunch of little packages with all of my accessories for this costume waiting for me! I will be making a cape for this outfit and look forward to sharing a tutorial on it with you.
I've got ideas for my next few blog posts... I'm going to be finishing up the Budget Wonderland series, and putting up some ideas for steampunk Wizard of Oz and Disney characters. If there's anything you'd like to see me do, let me know in the comments! And don't forget to check out the GIVEAWAY going on over on my facebook page-- but hurry, it ends tomorrow!
So, you may have noticed the Fantasy Photoshoot Tab up at the top of the page here! That is a cool event that I organize here where I live in Central PA. We are a group of models, photographers, and hair and makeup artists who gather together for awesome costumed photoshoots. The first event didn't have any theme because I was afraid to make it specific and scare people off. We had a turn out of 22 models and 15 photographers, and we had tons of fun! If you click on the link under the Fantasy Photoshoot tab, you'll see a slideshow of some of the shots we got!
Since Halloween is rapidly approaching, I decided to do a theme of "Dark Ones and Those Who Hunt Them" for our second photoshoot, which will be taking place on September 13. If you're in or around DuBois, PA, please join us! RSVP for the event here! And don't forget to give it a "like" on facebook to see some of the photos whether or not you can meet up with us!
Hello, Costumers and Cosplayers! I recently discovered that there was a blog out in the webberverse that was using my Pinterest account to find their things to post and even went so far as to link to my account on their "Follow Me" Pinterest button. Thus, I decided that if people like my stuff that much that I should just go ahead and do this myself (and do it better, no less). Hopefully, you will enjoy this site; I have lots planned for it!