What will likely be our final shoot of 2017, we gave our friend Gillian, of GC-Chan Cosplay, a call. We were hoping to get to 20 entries in our Wonder Women series by the end of the year, and Gillian was the perfect person to help us bring it home. We got a great set of images out of a quick strobist shoot in Crystal City. We were hoping to shoot somewhere new, but the weather decided to be, while warm, very uncooperative.
Gillian had this magnificent blue and gold dress that looked simply amazing on her. I believe she said it was her prom dress a little while ago.... Paired with our bronze guard Agincourt broadsword, it looked amazing. This sword was the 2nd sword I ever bought, back in high school, and I'm glad we had it on hand.
Huge thank you to Gillian for her time, expect to see lots more of her in the future.
OUr 17th Wonder Women shoot brought back one of our favorites, Carly. You may remember Carly from her Masque and Blue Dress shoots that she did with us a few years ago, and we've also had the wonderful honor of shooting Carly's wedding. She's wonderful mom, a survivor of great hardship, and an amazing person all around, we can't imagine not including her in this series. Carly's got an amazing presence, fabulous stature, captivating eyes, and we've always gotten amazing photos of her.
For her shoot, Carly choose a simple, classic black, sheath dress, floor length. It provides the perfect backdrop for her lovely violet hair and her amazing body art. Carly's arm tattoos are phenomenal, and I hope the amazing detail and line work can be seen in our images. From our collection of weapons, Carly's sword choice follows a similar thought. A cruciform longsword, with a black leather grip. Forged by the bladesmiths at Chicago's Rogue Steel, we picked up this blade almost 12 years ago, and we think it perfectly complements Carly's shoot.
Our location took us back to our favorite studio, Union 206 in Alexandria. Studio B is an intimate space with a ton of options, it's our first choice whenever we head there. Not great for large groups, but perfect for an intimate shoot like Wonder Women.
Thank you to our friends at the studio, to Abbi for her phenomenal assistance, and of course, to Carly for her time and talent.
For more images from our Wonder Women series, be sure to check out our series page, and to book a glamour shoot (Wonder Women themed or otherwise), please drop us a line on our contact page.
Our 16th entry in our Wonder Women series is our friend Hannah! I met Hannah years ago at a summer theater program, she was one of my best stage combat students, and I was thrilled to follow her adventures as she went into the world of photography. Her work is excellent, I hope she sticks with it. Hannah is also an accomplished musician and martial artist. When we had some time in the studio (the always excellent Union 206), we sent her a message and were very jazzed to hear she was interested in joining us.
For her Wonder Women wardrobe, Hannah brought with her a few dresses, including this lovely, flowy blue/green number. One shoulder with a lot of float and flow to it, it worked fantastically. Her sword selection is a katana we've used in a number of shoots before, including in the hands of Darling, from our Sucker Punched Series. Beautifully balanced, it was a gift, many years ago from a girlfriend who became my lovely wife, Abbi. The katana is most famous for being the primary weapon of the Japanese Samurai warriors. In Hannah's hands, it had the grace and poise deserving of such a heritage.
That puts us at 16 for our Wonder Women series. We'll see what the weather and our studio budget allows for. I'm hoping we can make it to 20 or more by the end of the year.
Our friend Nikisha has been a great supporter of our projects for a few years now and we're always excited to plan out a shoot with her. Decked out in a beautiful vintage black dress, Nikisha brought her A game to our sunset shoot in Old Town Manassas. Her choice from our armory was a single handed dueling saber made by the bladesmiths of Baltimore Knife and Sword. We picked that piece up at the Winter Wonderland Workshop several years ago. Adding in a fabulous sunset from Mother Nature herself, and we had ourselves a fantastic shoot. Great thanks to Nikisha, and her baby wrangler Marty.
Stay tuned for more entries in our Wonder Women series. Just a few months left in the year, but we're curious to see how many shoots we can manage to fit in. As always, to see more images from this series, visit it's page or check out our gallery on Flickr
Ladies and Gentlemen, after one test shoot and one solid shoot, we are happy to announce that we have a new project up and running! Inspired by a still from the upcoming Wonder Woman film, we're happy to announce our latest project, Wonder Women. We met our friend and model, Lexi Haddad at Union 206 to make the magic! We plan to have Wonder Women as an ongoing series, like Masque, so look for more shoots in the coming weeks and months! We have no shortage of amazing people to work with and we're always meeting more! We're very excited for what's coming up!
With Lexi's elegant dresses, we chose a pair of rapiers for her to work with. With the black dress, we have a stainless steel replica of the sword used in The Mask Of Zorro, purchased when I was 17 years old, I believe from a catalogue. It's a lovely blade, and matched her dress perfectly.
With the purple dress, we had Lexi wielding a rapier made by Rogue Steel from Chicago. It's an ambidextrous swept hilt design that I've always favored in my stage combat rapiers.
One of our plans for Wonder Women is that we're not going to stay in the studio! If any of our friends and fans have a beautiful setting they'd like to loan to us, please don't hesitate to contact us! We'd be intensely grateful. Ballrooms, lounges, fancy foyers, gardens, whatever.
Any place that might be described as "elegant" might be perfect for us.
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