50s girl.

After my 70s inspired shoot with Kaitlyn, I wanted to do something influenced by the 1950s. So, last Tuesday evening Kaitlyn and I managed to pull together a beehive using Elsie’s loofah beehive tutorial and drove until we found a location that peeked our fancy.

I pulled my old Junior prom dress from my closet for the shoot.  The sleeve was still torn from dancing so I spent an hour mending it. I bought it from Beta Boutique for $60 back then and I still love it so much. Now that it’s fixed I need more excuses to wear it out! Who’s taking me out for a fancy dinner date? The little hat I picked up at an antique mall recently and the clutch used to be my grandmother’s.




I’m trying to work on shooting in “bad” lighting. Partially as a challenge and partially because I want more variation within my portfolio. Since I can’t afford a studio lighting set-up, I’m working with what I have. The sun had already set so I used a streetlight to light the above right photo.

The below photo was lit with my car headlights and then rescued quite a bit in Photoshop. I kept my ISO low because I didn’t want to sacrifice quality. I really love how it came out.

Everything was shoot with a Canon 50d and my 50mm 1.4 lens.

Thanks for looking!

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  • abby September 14, 2012, 11:18 am

    This is a beautiful shoot! very inspiring! I’m currently working on trying to shoot in weird lighting so these were some great ideas! Thanks!

  • alex August 31, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Ah, these are gorgeous! I love the colors!

  • LolaDee August 21, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Stunning :)

  • Denise Morrison August 14, 2011, 9:03 pm

    wow Kara these are really stunning. I love the lighting and styling. Your friend is lovely as well.

  • Thinkie August 14, 2011, 1:23 pm

    I love the lighting in those last two photo’s!

  • Mel August 14, 2011, 11:56 am

    That bottom one is dreamy! Love this series.

  • RebekahLousie August 14, 2011, 10:48 am

    And PS, a very pretty friend and outfit too. :)

  • RebekahLousie August 14, 2011, 10:48 am

    These are beautiful. It is great to see some beautifully executed shots that haven’t been aided with lots of monies worth of equipment. A true photographer can make do with little resources they have, and I believe that you have demonstrated that very well here.

    You’ve got some great talent there Kara.

  • mandie August 13, 2011, 9:45 pm

    love these kara. especially the black and white on the top right.

  • Michelle Clement August 13, 2011, 7:53 pm

    What a lovely little shoot, Kara!! :) Gorgeous shots!

  • Lauren Lacey August 13, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Wow great styling and execution! So inspiring.

  • katherine August 13, 2011, 4:33 pm

    i love this shoot, it looks like something that should be in vogue or something <3

  • zelina August 13, 2011, 3:48 pm

    I love your photos. Your getting really great at your photos and that beehive rocks!

  • Ashlee August 13, 2011, 3:03 pm

    eek! I love that dress so much! My favorites were the one you used the street light for and the one by the service sign! Awesome job! <3

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  • Meanz August 13, 2011, 1:30 pm

    I absolutely adore all these! You did an awesome job with what resources you had for lighting! :)

  • Jessica August 13, 2011, 12:39 pm

    amazing amazing amazing!!

  • ashleyTIA August 13, 2011, 12:26 pm

    The styling, photography, and editing are all stunning. My favorite is the one that you also shared on Twitter. Wonderful job, Kara!

  • Libby August 13, 2011, 12:17 pm

    These are lovely! The styling is beautiful.


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