The term “pin-up” usually evokes an image of a scantily clad woman, but The Dudeoir Loft approaches the art form from a slightly different angle. Though its photographer started off shooting women and couples, she now opens up the world of boudoir photography to men. So, instead of donning red lipstick or fishnets, photo-shoot subjects prep with a spray tan or eyebrow manscaping before flexing biceps for the camera. Afterward, the photographer retouches digital images and sets them to music for a sultry slide show, which you can view in private or at a really awkward rehearsal dinner.
If Detroit is the Paris of the West, then Paris of Royal Oak is the Versailles of Detroit, replete with enough fashionable fashions, accessible accessories, and antique antiques to tempt even the restrained, nun-like tastes of a somber Marie Antoinette. With a dazzling blend of new and vintage wares, Paris presents a browsing vortex for flamboyant fashionistas and reclusive heiresses alike. Wearable wares include an ever-changing roster of vintage threads, whereas new glad rags keep things young and modern with graphic tees ($24–$32) and funky skirts, such as the Desigual Sofia ($99). New jewelry ranges from retro glass cocktail rings ($24) to kimono-fabric bangles ($18), and antique jewelry ($12–$50) and accessories add a distingué touch to the wardrobe of any attic-dwelling madwoman. Purchase a slew of vintage handkerchiefs ($5–$12) to toss out of the Amtrak window to a bevy of besotted beaus, and reward the one who catches the most with a summery straw fedora ($24).
When the two shutterbugs at The Macks Photography claim they have collaborated on creative, imaginative projects together for their whole lives, they aren't exaggerating. In addition to 10 years of photography and retouching experience, the brother-and-sister duo draws on a lifetime of sibling communication during photo shoots.
The Macks blend photojournalistic and artistic styles and strive to capture candid moments during in-home and on-location shoots of engaged couples, families, and high-school seniors. They also attempt to customize the photo shoots to fit each client’s personality. In fact, before every wedding, they have an in-depth consultation with couples to plan artistic, personality-capturing shots and to determine how they look smeared in cake.
For Professional Photographers of America member Amy Gillespie, snapping pictures is a full-time passion that revolves around three words: live, laugh, and love. Her motto celebrates the positives in life, and her career as a photographer memorializes them in print. Amy’s affable attitude tends to rub off on her subjects who grin in earnest during family, infant, and pet photo shoots. She also ups the risqué factor with pinup and boudoir shots taken on-location. Once the shutter stops snapping, Amy shows proofs to her clients, who select favorites to be digitized or printed and faxed to adoring fans.