Admire, Sewing

Baroque & Rococo Out-takes

Last week I was privileged enough to do a photoshoot with Mandi of A La Mode Photography  for Radio New Zealand.  The photoshoot will be featured on the Radio NZ website to coincide with a programme developed by Clarissa Dunn, who collaborated with me on the Grandeur to Frivolity talk.

The day was just fantastic – three gorgeous models, and Clarissa as an (also gorgeous) advisor and model all in my 17th and 18th century outfits, hair and makeup fully done.

Mandi took a whole series of formal studio portraits while I madly ironed and laced and did hair while all the models who weren’t in front of the camera helped.  She’s posted a sneak-peek of the shoot on her website, and now I’m even more excited about seeing the rest, if that is possible!

After the formal studio shots it was time for fun.  We ventured out into the streets of Petone, and I captured a series of very un-serious and un-historical, but totally fabulous, images of the models blending modern life and historical dress.  Here are my favourites.




  1. rachlovestheweb says

    haha amazing! I love Daniil and the umbrella 🙂

  2. I think I agree with the previous comment — the man jumping with the umbrella is fantastic. The whole shoot looks like a lot of fun 🙂

  3. Stella says

    Have I told you that I love your photoshoots? I do. I think you have a lot of talent in that direction. You’re always able to contextualise your subject in regard to the background environment in a way that’s very engaging.

    I love the umbrella shot too! He looks so exactly like he’s floating away on the breeze.

    • Thank you! That is very flattering and lovely to hear. I’ve never thought of myself as a photographer, but you are the second person this week to comment on my photos. Perhaps I should start looking at that a little more seriously.

  4. Elise says

    I want to play!

    You really capture so much life. Ok, your friends seem soooooo cool, but you also sort of jump to life the 17th and 18th centuries in a way not many painters of the era could.

  5. These kinds of pics are my favorite to take–Fun with Anachronism! Gorgeous job with these!

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