Saturday, August 3, 2013

Vintage Photo Shoot

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The idea for this vintage shoot began when I found this
fabulous retro hat at a thrift store back in April.  I LOVED the color and shape
and bought it for 5-bucks.
As I was checking out, I turned around and that polka dot dress was
hanging high on the wall.  I had the guy behind the counter climb a ladder
to fetch the dress for me and the idea for a vintage shoot was ON!
In my mind, I pictured a beautiful blonde with blue eyes
wearing the dress in a city setting, but I did not know anyone
who fit my vision.
As the summer hurried on, I though of asking a blonde teen
I know to pose in the dress, but she seemed too young.
One day, I went to the salon to get my hair cut and when the receptionist
greeted me, I almost fell over....
I was literally shaking with excitement as I asked her to pose for me.
Fortunately, she said YES and she fit in the dress PERFECTLY!
I took her downtown to our historic area
and see for yourself...
Valorie is the perfect vintage model!
We had SO much fun seeking out different locations...
I also had it in my mind that I wanted cars to blur by...
so I set up on a tripod...had Val stay very still.
I shot this with a 1-second shutter speed.
Since it was a bright sunny morning, I had to shut down
my aperture to 22. 
Valorie was a wonderful poser!
And, I enjoyed  trying different edits
to create a washed out, more vintage look.
Valorie is SOOOOO pretty!
I found this vintage head scarf at a thrift store, too...then searched for and
found the cute pink dress.
I took Valorie down by our river for these retro photos of
a carefree summer day.
Val had just been to New York City where she bought the fun and funky
sunglasses from a street vendor.
I posted these on my Jill Wellington Photography Facebook page
and got LOTS of comments.....SO....
We are going to do a series of these retro shoots calling it:
Vintage Val
We will try do one each season, and one at Christmas...
but I do have one more summer stay tuned and check
back to this blog.


  1. Oh boy the pictures are gorgeous. i bet Val loves getting such fun beautiful shots of herself. She will treasure forever.