Lately, I’ve been refining and extending my skills with Photoshop. I’ve always been a little scared of it, but like website design, being impatient and too much of a control freak for others to do it for me, is instigating my further skill development. This vintage 1960s ice skating dress was the perfect place to start.
I ended up shooting 3 petite women in this dress, although the last, Mary, was the best since she just happens to have previously ice skated professionally and so knows the basic poses (and even had her own classic ice skates to wear).
On all 3 of these models, I did the retro makeup and directed them doing their own hair. I’m not posting Dezabell’s yet, because I’ve not Photoshopped hers (she wanted her other pictures quicker, anyway).
I’m totally inspired by pinup and the advertisements for the Ice-capades from the 1960s. Although I’m getting faster and more efficient, I have to be in an artistic frame of mind to even start. It can take hours to find the right ephemera and things to combine with my actual photographs, and then another few hours to combine everything perfectly… and easily consumes a whole night. I’ll be working on editing more of these as I can, but here are the vintage ice skate dress pictures that I’ve Photoshopped so far.
You can buy this dress and learn more about the story behind it, in my Etsy shop (and I’ll even give a $10 discount if you save me shipping and pick it up in St. Louis).