You may have read in our recent review of 2018, that we both took part in vintage photo shoots with Pearls Pin Up Parlour and Treasure the Moments Photography at the end of the year.
The photo shoots took place in a wonderful little speakeasy bar in Southampton called Bring and Mix. On arrival you’d never know the bar existed (the whole point of a speakeasy we hear you say). A lamp lit the way above a door in a small street, and after ringing the bell we were greeted by the beautiful Haley and led up the stairs to the secret location revealed from behind a moving bookcase!
Well the room didn’t disappoint. Decorated with period style furnishings that really set the scene for a vintage style shoot, you felt instantly transported back to another era.
Haley and Wayne are so kind and encouraging, taking a real interest in how you would like to present yourself for the shoot and instantly calming the nerves! They took time to talk about the outfits we had chosen to bring and the looks we were hoping to achieve. Lara wanted a 1940’s Hollywood glamour style shoot, whereas I went for a 1930’s look.
The bar accommodated both eras fabulously well as you can see!
Haley is a true marvel with hair and make up. We were both transformed so beautifully, that I almost cried with joy when I saw the beautiful curls she had created. (I have terribly fine hair and was sure she wouldn’t be able to do a thing with it). Lara too had the most amazing 40’s waves. But Haley’s participation didn’t stop there. Together with Wayne, she assisted us in finding the best pose for each shot he took, which helped enormously with our confidence in front of the camera. For me this does not come naturally, but both their patience and encouragement really made us feel like we could do it.
The venue lends itself to so many possibilities for posing, with beautiful furnishings and of course the bar itself. You can even lie on that!… or just perch…
Sip a cocktail, pour a drink or even lounge seductively on the sofa in your vintage stockings and smalls if it takes your fancy. You can take along your own accessories like we did -(Lara took her great aunts compact and I took a vintage train case), or use the variety of props from around the room itself. However you decide to play it, Wayne will make sure you feel happy and comfortable with whichever pose you choose, to get the most flattering shot.
Later Wayne will pick the best shots and email them over, along with a disc of higher resolution copies for printing that he sends through the post.
If you are thinking of trying a photo shoot and you feel nervous or unsure, then we cannot recommend Haley and Wayne highly enough. From beginning to end they were so welcoming, encouraging, attentive and professional, we soon felt completely at ease and have some wonderful pictures to remind us what a fun time we had and just how glamorous we can look!
At the time of writing there is still availability for their March Vintage Makeover Shoot – follow this link to find out more: Link to Pearls Pinup Parlour Vintage Makeover shoot
Both Wayne and Haley can be contacted through their websites and facebook –
Until next time!
The VT’s XX