And at last I can now share the second part of our collection ( first part here) – this time shot locally, bu Lucas and also by Paul, our regular pro – I will make a separate post with his pictures, they do deserve a moment of glory on their own!
We were fortunate enough to find a lovely location to shoot the last 3 amazones – about 10min drive from where we live:-) Beth from Thurleigh Equestrian Centre was more than happy to let us use the premises, and horses for the shoot. After a short visit to the Centre and a chat to Beth, all was settled… everybody was ready to go and shoot, and the weather was simply great. but, without further ado, let us present our last 3 Amazones.
1. South America – Ranchera. Here the image was to be of an independent and proud gaucha, incporporating the original Spanish elements and the vision of the Patagonian plains – a simple outfit with a few exotic touches.
I was making this outfit as the last – and since I foolishly made a shipping expedition to the local Leather warehouse, i ended up with some new fabrics – and changed the idea of a corset completely. Don’t worry if you wanted to see the original leather corset with side lacings – i made that too, in a bit different convention…
leather corset created later for a separate shoot
Nice, but since i happened to get some rather unusual materials at the warehouse, a different corset was created….
Our Ranchera was modeled twice – first by Anett, in a more stationary shots…
Steampunk Amazone – South American Ranchera
And for more mobile shots I donned the gear, slightly adapted to provide a variety. My mount was a gentle creature, and it was my first time in a western type tack – loved it!
and at a rodeo pace too! It looks my steed enjoyed it too… 🙂
and since the whole theme wasn’t far from a Zorro image, we simply had to include one too..
2. Australia. Our Steampunk Sheila was
to combine style and elegance with practicality – essential in the outback. and so I decided to use some original Edwardian patterns – and to make the culottes/skirts, popular in the beginning of 20th century when ladies started to ride astride too. The only concession was shortening the length of the culottes to mid calf…
and the realization – though I now see we forgot to shoot the culottes with the front panel closed…
the culottes and corset in soft tweed, the corset is decorated with leather and big buckle:-)
This is one of my favorite outfits and am keeping it for myself for everyday wear:-)
3. Central America. Here I wanted a bit of a tough cookie – a cross between a can can dancer, rodeo rider and a fast shooter 🙂 The Escaramuza ladies provided the inspiration for the outfit – escaramuza ( skirmish) is a highly skilled display of precision riding – all ladies, all side saddle, all at speed….
and Lizzie modeling it:-)
linen chemisette, corset with metallic braid and funky decoration, and lots of flounces in the skirt…
and that’s the Amazones!
and since we finished early and the weather was superb ad location fantastic – we kept on shooting… -we also revisited Mulan….
on lovely Blackie
and, having borrowed some weaponry from my martial arts club, Rising Crane, we played around with that too…
we shoot close up of Anett’s hair – a real masterpiece!
we also too some photos of the residents – the owners, their ponies and the livery inmates….
Beth Maloney with her Blackie
and that’s it – Amazones done! The whole collection was presented on the catwalk at the Steampunk Asylum in Lincoln, and them advertised for sale at the market. The Neonavajo outfit has gone on a bit of adventure – to be used in a shoot in Paris, supporting a campaign No Bounds – raising awareness of Scoliosis. The last few remaining bits are available on etsy…
Now, what shall be the theme of the next collection then, I wonder? some ideas are already brewing in my overactive head…
credits: Photography – Lucas Pitcher
make up and hair – Sarah Dunn: http://www.sarahsdoowopdos.wordpress.com
own styling and modelling – Miss Lilian Love https://www.facebook.com/MissLillianLove?fref=ts
clothing – Prior Attire;s branch – https://www.facebook.com/OffTheRailsPriorAttireSteampunkBazaar?fref=ts
location – http://www.thurleighequestriancentre.co.uk/
models – Anett Novak and Adrienne Renarde