April 8, 2014#

Hollywood w Sue Bryce & Felix Kunze

I am so addicted to these shoots. I am begging Felix to do a workshop with me. The styling alone was enough to get me screaming like a 13 year old at a Justin Beiber concert. Ahhhhh Hollywood Glamour. So here’s how we did it.

We ordered our lights from Adorama rentals (amazing service) 3x Arri M18 Kit (1.8K HMI) with diffusion and 1x Profoto 8A Air 2400 pack with Profoto Pro Head mounted into a 5×4 soft box.

We used my favourite Oliphant Backdrop okay they are all my fav’s but the gold is definitely my NOW fav and a roll of dark grey and white seamless paper.

Styling was so easy finding matching outfits online came together beautifully.  Surprisingly not many of the original icons were wearing that much makeup.  It was all about the eyebrows and the lips.  But of course the Hair is the real giveaway to this classic era.  I think my two funniest moments were Susan hates breakfast at Tiffany’s and thats the look I wanted her to play and Brooke does not wear makeup and Marlene was the most made up oh and of course the you will not eat/you will sit/you will not breath in the corset I had to wear to be Liz ha

Play shoots invigorate and I learned something so cool this day.

Re creating Hollywood lights

Re creating Hollywood lights

Tamara Lackey as Veronica: 2x Arri in the same configuration as Sue 1x Arri from behind pointing at her stomach for the highlight on her dress

The divine Ms Tamara Lackey

The divine Ms Tamara Lackey

Lara and Felix as Bogey and Bacall: 2x Arri’s – two set up on camera right in the same way as for Liz shoot but with a white backdrop

The Beautifuls Felix Kunze & Lara Jade

The Beautifuls Felix Kunze & Lara Jade

Susan as Audrey: Same equipment as Liz shoot but with white backdrop

The classic beauty of Susan Stripling

The classic beauty of Susan Stripling

Brooke as Marlene: Profoto flash with soft box mounted almost directly overheard.

This sweet beauty is Brooke Shaden

This sweet beauty is Brooke Shaden

Sue Bryce as Liz: 2x Arri close to each other and pointing at Sue

We do you believe it that is actually me

Well do you believe it – that is actually me

Behind the scenes footage & stills Nikki Closser Hair and Makeup Katie McMullen

Behind the scenes footage & stills Nikki Closser Hair and Makeup Katie McMullen

I have to shout out to Adorama I haven't used them before and they were incredible.

I have to shout out to Adorama I haven’t used them before and they were incredible.


See previous blog post for the great little Animoto feature we created for Behind the scenes action.


  1. Casting was perfect.

  2. That picture of you as Liz Taylor is BEAUTIFUL. I love it!!!!! And the photo looks so cinematic. Thanks for posting! At a time when I was losing inspiration because of ongoing personal health challenges, I needed to see this today. It definitely has given me hope that one day that I will be healthy enough to create great work too. You just made my day.

  3. Great job Sue! This style of photography is my absolute favorite. I love the works of George Hurrell and of yours as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. OMG! Thats adorable! I am tickled pink! …Brook Shaden is virtually unrecognizable! Mind blown!

  5. Well you all look fecking fabulous! I love these shots and how you made me laugh with your descriptions in this blog. Well done. Tell Felix he must obey you re doing a workshop with you as we all want it too. Love it Sue, you’ve been there on my shoulder to send me on my path of starting my Photography business after 27 years of “being stuck” in office jobs that I hate. Big thanks and looking forward to buying more of your future CL courses.

  6. Gorgeous!

  7. Wow! Those are amazing! I didn’t even recognize Brooke there, she looks fabulous – everyone does! Really beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  8. AMAZING! I didn’t even believe it was Brooke until I read this and saw the behind the scenes! My goodness everyone looks amazing! Love this blog, thank you for sharing!

  9. OMG, these are all absolutely stunning!!!

  10. I LOVE them you guys!!! I have always been obsessed with classic lighting and portraiture and seeing you all bring it to us in 2014 is so much fun!

  11. I ADORE these!!! The Liz Taylor recreation is my favorite! One quick note, that image you posted of the Marlene Dietrich inspiration is not actually of her. I don’t know who shot that, but here is the real photo of Marlene Dietrich from Shanghai Express that they based it off of: http://antonk.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Marlene-Dietrich-Shanghai-Express-movie-1932-black-white-photo-by-Josef-von-Sternberg-smoking-cigarette.jpg

    I’m guessing it’s someone else’s recreation, so just didn’t want anyone getting into any copyright trouble. Seriously loving these!

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  13. Awesome! it also looks like superfun!

  14. Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the fantastic work!

  15. Amazing photo shoot. I was also about to scream like a 13 year old when I was Sue as Liz Taylor on Facebook. Felix is fantastic. I am in love with his enthusiasm, technical skills and artistic vision.

  16. These are gorgeous, it’s such a good idea for anyone to do to build up their confidence with their skills!

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