Final installment of the three Asian dresses I acquired online after swearing off online shopping, could not resist three for $60! Homemade, and extremely well done. The home sewer who in the Mid-Century built these, matched the pieces of fabric beautifully with absolute attention to detail. Unfortunately, this particular dress arrived with three of the four shaping darts bust. Laurie Tavan helped me pin the dress and delicately stitch the silk, eek!
To view more Asian dresses, pink (1) and yellow (2)
MUA: Alyssa Plough
The crystal bell and teapot were Nonnie’s. I broke the bell days after this shoot. At least we got some photographs!
We enjoyed weather in the eighties with a breeze to compliment the laid-back feel of this car show. We met some rad people and got some fun shots with hot cars. Many images in this post, enjoy!
Car shows are such fun, but with two children en tow they are also a lot of work! We met some nifty people. We invested time with some fabulous folks we are still getting to know. We have high hopes and better strategies for how to budget our time at these events. The vintage car community truly is an entertaining and worthwhile place to invest.
Matt and AJ woke up at some 3:00 or 4:00 AM in order to make the drive from Grass Valley and park next to one another at the front of the show. Here are their cars. To see AJ’s sexy interior, there’s a glimpse from Rumble in the Gold Country a few months back. We need to do a serious shoot with that fine piece of machinery. Here is an exterior shot, more images from this year’s Billetproof are here. Cultivating friendships make these days worth all the effort.
Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Where in the company of a male Model: Matt Martin
Dress: Authentic 1950s vintage procured on Etsy as a back-up dress when I shopped for Midnight Mass
Matt’s neighbor is a vintage oil and car enthusiast. He owns a cache of related memorabilia, much of which is in mint condition. I would love to shoot here again. So much eye candy! I love how so much of what is in his garage matches my top.
For those of you who really know me, I have tummy issues. Delivering a nearly ten pound second child wreaked havoc on my belly button which has not returned to its original state, and I have some stretch marks as well as loose skin. I’ve spoken previously about loving high-waited garments for this very reason. The day I grabbed this last-minute outfit, I was not even thinking about my new jeans being low riders. Whoops. We had to roll with it. Shane encouraged me to publish these images. Here I am in all my child-bearing aftermath glory. My friend, Diana, reminds me that pregnancy impact to our bodies are beauty marks for having grown, nurtured, and given life.
Did I mention that Matt actually makes his own hair grease? That’s correct, ladies and gents, hair grease home brew. That’s bad ass.
Last installment of the saga of unused prom dresses procured for a pageant that never happened. Some of the images I am wearing Nonnie’s shawl. Fun fact: This is my 100th blog post!
More Vintage Prom Part One Prom Dress Two
MUA: Alyssa Plough
Authentic vintage gown acquired OLL
Pinstriped cars have been notable to me for some time. I fancy the art, Shane not so much. When I was cast as a “Bad Girl” for Miss Midnight Mass, I thought it would be fun to don pinstriped shoes and a matching bag. The notion came across when Darrel of Doctor D Pinstriping hit my radar via Facebook.
Darrel free-handed these shoes for me, and wearing them is a treat. I have since learned that other pinstripers also decorate beyond cars. What a fun signature!
Matt built built this truck. He started the project when he was twenty years old, took some years off, and had a finished product at age twenty-five. He and I are now both twenty-nine. I cannot say that I have built such a masterpiece yet in my life. I admire what Matt has accomplished. I can appreciate the job he did sand blasting and doing the body work on the 1947 cab, as I watched my father do similarly to his 1953 Chevy cab. It is a ton of work to take that on as a home project. Matt was asked what he wanted anyone looking at his truck for the first time to know and here is his response:
Its chopped five and channeled six and the frame is kicked 5. Engine and transmission are 65 401 Buick and Turbo 400 Grille is 36 sectioned four inched. Bed is late 1940s Chevy that shortened and narrowed. 1948 Ford tailgate, 1937 Ford tail lights, gas tank is out of a boat, and rims are original 1940 Ford, steering original 1947 Ford.
Matt and I will both have our cars at Billetproof in Antioch Saturday, September 20. I will be in the pageant which will entertain the crowd in the afternoon. Say “hello” if you see either of us out there!
We ran a few hours late the day of our on-location shoot with Matt Martin. Agitated we would be forced to rush against the setting sun, I grabbed a last-minute and unplanned outfit as a back-up in case we ran out of light and could move to a garage. After all, Matt is a mechanic and the garage is where I thought he may be most comfortable. I learned from my shoots with Gravy that the more comfortable and relaxed we are, the better images we capture. Case in point: when I sort a set of images, most of what I land up using are from the second half of the shoot. The later images turn out better, with everybody at their highest level of comfort. No surprise then that although three story lines outlined the day’s shoots, I am pulling more images out of the impromptu garage set. Moral of the story: art must flow, and in a photo shoot the flow is a merge between photographer, subjects, objects, and the scene. Work it, baby!