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Now That’s True Vintage

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Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

This is Desirae. She’s a friend, a fellow blogger, and an expert on all things vintage. Met her today out among the rolling hills of San Francisco to do a brief one-hour photo shoot. Seeing her step out of her front door immediately blasted me straight into the 1950’s. With perfect afternoon weather and a gorgeous model to work with, I was feeling pretty good about the shoot right from the start.

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Desirae’s outfit is remarkable, not only because of its 1950’s styling, but because everything she has on is truly vintage, as in made 60+ years ago. Even her stockings are true vintage. Seriously, she’s that good!

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

We originally planned to head to some specific and well known places in the city, but since we only had an hour to work with, we decided to just explore her own neighborhood on foot and make images along the way. Since I JUST finished this shoot only hours ago, I’ll need some time to process the images, but here’s a brief sampling from the time we spent together. Enjoy!

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

On a side note, I used my new 24-120 f/4 VR for most of the shoot and was so very impressed by its performance. The images from it have such great contrast and the range was perfect for both wide and tight portraiture.

As I mentioned, Desirae is an avid blogger with a truly interesting site called Ruby’s Rose. The blog is a fictitious diary of a girl living in the 1950s, and it strictly adheres to events that occurred during that decade in real time. It’s really fascinating, so check it out at

Also, see more images from the shoot on my gallery page at!

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  1. […] Now That’s True Vintage […]

  2. wonderful pics! love her style!!! this is the kind of photo session that i would love to be involved with!


    November 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm

  3. wow Jon, these are amazing and I luv the flavor you gave in post processing. The 1st two shots with the flares are perfect and also luving the 3rd with the shadow! But all in all just a wonderful session!!

    Jason Fan

    November 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm

  4. Thanks you guys! Happy with the way the shoot turned out. It was nice working with a human being as my subject for a change hehe


    November 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm

  5. That last picture is beautiful! The black is so crisp and sharp. I love it!


    November 17, 2010 at 1:18 am

  6. Jon! nice work bud keep it up. The last image is my fave. All are good but I think you really tapped into who she is with that hot. the lighting is RIGHT on great work man.


    November 22, 2010 at 7:42 am

    • Thanks a lot Rashard! That last photo was my favorite from the shoot as well. I just love that expression in her eyes.


      December 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm

  7. She is gorgeous, but your photography is wonderful as well.


    April 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

  8. Great photos!

    Just one question of a non-pro 🙂 How do you manage to get so compelling results shooting in front light ( the first two shots are taken against direct sun and the girl still perfectly lit; how is that possible at all 🙂 )?



    September 18, 2011 at 10:54 am

    • Andrey,

      I got exposure on my subject in those images by using an off-camera flash unit to light my model. She would have been a black silhouette without that flash firing on her =)


      September 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

  9. […] wife and I recently met up again with Desirae, a good friend and blogger who specializes in vintage fashion. We spent some time strolling through […]

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