Costume College 2018: Saturday Photo Shoots

On Saturday I had booked one group meetup shoot, two shoots with Vanessa, and one shoot with Meg. By this point I feel like I hit my stride for the weekend, kicking my photos up a notch from what I produced Friday.

The day started early at 8:30 AM with our Maid Brigade Meetup (we decided to do it before classes started, since at least one of us had a class during every possible window for the rest of the day). Because at that time it was shady enough to do a group shoot in the Little Poolside Park, and because it was early enough not to be super warm outside, that’s where we went. (For a description of the photo locations I used throughout the weekend, see my previous post.)

From left to right we have Vivien, Christine, AJ, Ashley, Adrienne, and me. Most of us used Butterick B6229 for our pattern.
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I did our photos by putting my camera on a tripod and using the timer setting. I used my 16-80mm f/2.8-4 zoom lens, since then I could get a wide angle to fit us all in. (This photo is courtesy of Stephanie.)
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If I had to do this again, I would have brought my lens hood to avoid lens flare. Even though the area right next to the living wall was in shadow, there was a lot of strong sun coming over the building. (This photo is courtesy of Stephanie.)
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(This photo is courtesy of Stephanie.)
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I don’t remember who suggested it, but someone had the great idea that we do a photo using the deck chairs by the nearby pool. I lowered my tripod down to get closer to the height of the chairs, and set my aperture to f/9 get a wide depth of field (so all of us would be in focus). Then I angled the shot across the chairs to give a deeper perspective line. I really love the result! (Though I am sure I looked ridiculous running down to my chair so I could get in place before the photo was taken by the timer.)
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That wrapped up the Maid Brigade shoot. I had a little break to get ready for my first of two shoots with Vanessa . Vanessa had made a gown that had both an evening bodice and a day bodice, and she wanted photos of both. So we did one shoot for about half an hour with the first look, took a half hour pause for her to change, and then shot the second look. Since it was still on the early side, we worked in the Little Poolside Park.

Vanessa’s evening dress was based on the 1873 painting “Too Early” by
James Tissot. She did an amazing recreation!
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The Little Poolside Park is good for full length shots, since there are nice natural-looking backgrounds on two sides. But one issue is there is some modern fencing that peeks out beneath the hedge. I was able to hide it by extending the hedge down through a copy/paste in Photoshop, though this took some blending by hand.
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Then it was time for some close-ups! I switched to a faster lens and set my aperture to f/2.8. I like the soft background I got.
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I wanted some warm sunshine in this photo, to give more visual contrast.
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And one with a black and white effect using Adobe Lightroom
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Then Vanessa went to change into her day bodice, and I made another Starbucks run. (I drank soooo much iced tea on Costume College weekend!)

Vanessa’s day look was based on the c1874 painting “The Ball on Shipboard,” also by James Tissot.
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This is another shot where I extended down the hedge in Photoshop to hide the modern metal fencing.
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Vanessa’s lovely hat was made by Frontier Millinery.
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After working with Vanessa, I had a break for a bit before my next scheduled shoot. So I wandered the hotel to see if anyone else happened to be around to do photos with. As luck would have it, I ran into some folks taking photos in the Grey Hallway. So I jumped in to grab a few shots.

First up was Crystal in her lovely 1830s day dress. I had a bit of a distracting shadow behind her on the wall that I edited out with Photoshop.
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Then Katie in her new regency gown. I like this tighter shot, as it emphasizes the detail work she did on her bodice.
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And lastly, Rebecca. Her bright striped fabric pops nicely against the grey background. I switched to a wider aspect ratio for this edit, to accommodate those awesomely large sleeves!
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This one really shows the details on her sleeve.
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Next up, I had a scheduled shoot with Meg. She wore a regency gown that included a beautiful red and gold spencer and bonnet that made a great contrast for photos.

We started inside at the Katsucon Wall. The temperature had become quite hot outside since it was midday, so I didn’t want to do the whole session without air conditioning.

Meg’s spencer really stands out against the white background. I had to be careful not to let her white dress fade into it, though. I did a bunch of brush adjustments to darken her sleeve, in particular.
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Next we went to the Little Poolside Park. Compared to earlier in the day, you can see that the light was starting to creep up to the living wall. To avoid strong light on Meg’s face, I had her move away from the wall and under the shade of the trees.
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Meg asked if we could finish up with some shots of her sitting down on the ground. I was still wearing my maid costume, which was easy to sit in and wouldn’t get dirty easily, so I was happy to oblige.
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I wanted to get this shot that showed the contrasting fabric button she had on the top of her hat.
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Meg was my last scheduled shoot of the day, but I still had some time to kill before a class I had later. I took the opportunity to change into street clothes (since my class involved paint, and I didn’t want to get any on my maid costume), and then started looking around for anyone that wanted to do a pick-up shoot.

Happily, I met up with Stephanie and Kat, and we went to the Little Poolside Park. Because it was the early afternoon, we had to move farther away from the living wall to avoid the dappled light. It was getting pretty bright and reflecting a lot of green from the surroundings.

Stephanie used the same fabric as Meg for her cute sleeveless spencer, but here it reads as more plum colored because of the greener light.
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(This photo is courtesy of Stephanie.)
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Kat looking very summery in blue and white
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Shortly afterwards, I ran into Aubry, Katherine, and Mary. They were also willing to brave the heat outside to take photos in the Little Poolside Park.

Aubry in her lovely printed gown. I came in tighter here to avoid having so much of the photo dominated by the bright background. There is some green light reflected on her face, but it’s not too distracting, I think.
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Katherine in her beautiful embroidered dress
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Katherine is a bit more petite than me, so I had to make sure I wasn’t shooting down at her and causing foreshortening. I’m usually aiming to have the camera level so that the model’s head (specifically their eyes) are at about the 1/3 mark from the top of the frame.
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Mary looked perfect in late 18th century.
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This is one of my favorite photos from Saturday.
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And then it was time for my class, followed by getting ready for the Gala. Once Stephanie and I were dressed, we went back to the Little Poolside Park to do a couple quick photos.

Stephanie in all her gala finery. She again used the same bee fabric as for her sleeveless spencer. Now that the light had changed again to be cooler in color, it looks more burgundy.
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Since it was later in the day, we had to move closer to the hedge to avoid dappled light on the face.
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Here’s a fun one. You can see that Stephanie’s right arm is in really bright sunlight. There was only a narrow window where I could pose her so that she wouldn’t be hit with that on her face and chest.
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Stephanie was also kind enough to take some photos of me. I had already worked out the settings from shooting her, so I just had to concentrate on posing myself.

I do have a light spot on my bodice in this shot, but happily it’s not too bright.
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In this photo I had moved over to avoid that spot. (The same style of necklace and earrings as what I’m wearing here are available in my Etsy shop.)
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And then it was on to the Gala, which I will share hall photos from later. But next up, Sunday photo shoots!

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2 thoughts on “Costume College 2018: Saturday Photo Shoots

    • Good to know! But did you use the same fabric for the sleeveless spencer and your open robe? Because the point I was trying to make was that the light in the mid-afternoon is green tinted in that location, and the bee fabric in those two ensembles read as different colors.

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