2016 – Oxford Conference of Corsetry

As I gear up for the 2017 Oxford Conference of Corsetry (OCOC) I am reminded that I have yet to post about the 2015 event, not for lack of desire but because it is hard to start to explain the overwhelming amount of information and interaction over that weekend. I can say it is a big deal when I focus more on enjoying an event than documenting it (although it is hard to get a camera out of my hand unless you replace it with a corset or a dance partner of course).

After you sign up for the event you have an option to sign-up for a photoshoot on Sunday. You receive the model measurements ahead of time so you can bring or make items to fit. The conference never fails to bring in the best models and photographers, and of course the location is such a good backdrop. For my model, Ella Rose, I pulled a piece I had been working on and finished it up on time!

Wisteria in Velvet:

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I was super excited to work with Ella Rose this year and with Chris Murray who shot my work on Evie Wolfe during 2014 OCOC. Being a photographer myself, it is so rewarding to watch others work and have them give you a piece of their vision.

Here are a few images:

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Laurie Tavan I-2

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The weekend is packed with learning opportunities including the photoshoot but so much more! I can’t even start to explain but I hope to make a few more posts about my experience at 2015 OCOC.

After all is said and done, you get to walk (train, bus, fly) away with the anticipation of getting the proofs from the photographer. Then it is a bright little reminder of all the people you met and all your hard work paying off to share the final images.

Valentine

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Thank you to Monica Lenk and Sam Simmons (of Overattired for shooting with us this past week in “Casino Martin”.

Photographer: Tavan photography
Models: Monica Lenk & Sam Simmons
Corsets: Laurie Tavan

The poker table & clay chips lent to us by my in-laws. Thank you both! And for loaning a car to transport them. Thank you to Jeremy for helping set up the lighting and going along with my hair brained schemes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Steampunk Doctor – Preview

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My lovely friend & client loaned back her Steampunk corsetry ensemble for a shoot this week. My son has been going on and on about Doc McStuffins (kids tv show) and wanted to direct a doctor shoot. Honestly I was a bit worried trying to include a 4 year old in my shoot but what is a working mom supposed to do when her kid is only in preschool till noon each day? Incorporate him into the fun of course. He seems really proud his mom is a corset maker and will tell everyone about it.

We did a walk through of the building during the day and I chose to shoot in the kitchen and my son said we had to so some in the dark basement. All day he was so excited and couldn’t wait till the evening shoot. He surprised me with his acting to the point where I had to keep asking “are you really afraid” and he’d giggle or do something silly to show me he wasn’t really scared. Some of the poses during the shoot were his idea and I loved helping facilitate his creativity too. A big thanks for my husband for working with me setting up lighting and for shooting.

The Brief: Steampunk Doctor treating a little boy. I directed Rene, our model for the day, to think of Rachel in Bladerunner. I think she nailed it. The content goes a little dark thematically and is a departure from my husband an my usual photography work. I’m excited to gather together the best images into a little flip book we will share with you once all images are processed. I was too exited so I’m posting up this teaser that I edited today.

Photographer: Tavan Photography
Model& MUA: Rene Rodgers
Hair: Laurie Tavan
Hat & bow tie: Kristi Taylor
Corsetry Ensemble: Daze of Laur by Laurie Tavan

Bright Linen corset

Model: Michelle Surya
Crew:

Photography by Christiane Posl
Hair by Elle Duerr
Hair by Megan LaCore
Corsets by Laurie Tavan
Styling by Gina Laughlin
Makeup Apprentice Heather Nunes

I love how this image turned out. This was a last minute addition to the shoot as the model had already been styled as a mermaid without any of my corsets but I adored how her hair went with this specific corset so she was a trooper and waited an additional 2 hours in that huge hairstyle to shoot another look for me! The photographer had this awesome backdrop she had painted herself that she pulled out just for this and I think it worked perfectly.

It was a last minute addition that just really came together. Sometimes that is the beauty of such collaborations. All this works goes into it and at the last second even more magic happens that you didn’t even anticipate. I cut this corset out in 2006 and picked it up recently on a whim and finished it – It was meant to be…

Here it is finished on a mannequin, not as fun as the photo above!: Continue reading Bright Linen corset