Photo workshops are a great way to try different styles, techniques, and subjects without a huge investment in time. I've shot with the Manassas Photgraphy Workshops a few times before, and Rose, the organizer, does a great job with props and costumes.
This shoot's theme was Edwardian - specifically Edwardian postcard girls. The Edwardian era covered, naturally, the reign of Edward VII from 1901 to 1910. The author Samuel Hynes described the era as a "leisurely time when women wore picture hats and did not vote, when the rich were not ashamed to live conspicuously, and the sun really never set on the British flag." Women's fashion moved from the heavy, ankle-length, and dark gowns of the Victorians to lighter and slimmer dresses, sometimes with lots of lace and scandalously lower necklines.
The picture postcard arrived in Britain in 1894 and was the Instagram of its day. Publishers sought to put all kinds of images on their postcards, from scenic landscapes to urban views to beautiful celebrities. And yes, lots of cats. Postcards were so popular that the Postmaster General estimated that 6 billion postcards were sent between 1902-1910 - about 200 postcards for every person in the UK during that period!
I had a lot of fun with this photoshoot. I tried to recreate the look and feel of vintage photographs by paying attention to lighting, pose, and software effects. In two of the images, I was inspired by John Singer Sargent's beautiful glowing portraits.
Click on each image to enlarge it. What do you think? It's certainly different from my usual corporate head shot!