• About Brandee

    Home Town: Castro Valley CA

    Known For: Biting her nails, talking too fast, eating spicy hot lime flavored Cheetos, doing anything to make people laugh, running into things, and playing board games.

    Super Powers: Multitasking, bargain shopping, and karaoke.

    Kryptonite: Procrastination, distraction

    Can't Live Without: God, family, friends, a triple venti 3 Splenda latte from Starbucks, and Spanx!

    Aspirations: To be a successful working mother and wife, to boost women's self-esteem through the photo shoot experience, and to feel beautiful at any size or age.

Amazing giveaway from my favorite photographer!

I have studied and admired the work of Crave photography. I find her work to be stunning and am so excited to have finally saved up the money to take one of her mentoring classes this January. Apart from shooting, editing, mentoring, and designing templates for photographers, she also has amazing giveaways. I think this time she has topped, even herself with the choice of a Canon 85 mm 1.2 lens or a Nikon 85 mm 1.4 lens. Wish me the best. I hope I win!!

Vintage inspired Children Portraits~ Where to get cute clothing!

I have been so behind on my blog posts but I had to share some photos from a kids vintage shoot I did a while back. I loved the concept and hope to do more themed shoots in the future. If you are looking for some great places to find vintage inspired clothing for your little rockababies I have listed a few sites I found. If you are interested in doing a similar shoot with your children give me a call.

Girls 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s dresses
Boys Bowler shirts
Best all around, cutest rompers, bubble shorts, and boys sweaters
Fedora’s, and other cute things
Retro T’s
The most adorable 20’s and 30’s inspired clothing


Modeling do’s and don’ts: Barbara’s photo shoot

Barbara is a VIP client of mine I have photographed her several times and every time I find myself blown away by her beauty, ambition, endurance, and joy. This shoot is for her portfolio at http://home.sfcasting.com/. She wanted some corporate/catalog looking stuff (most of her stuff is too hot for the average job)! We only did 3 outfits and one set up (the woman loves her black, but who doesn’t). Here are a few of my favorites!

Are you kidding me?!!! No retouching, smoothing, blending, nada. I love her skin. She won’t mind me telling  you she is 42, yeah you can pick your jaw up off the ground now.
Can you say Cindy Crawford? This is my favorite style for hair, I am such a 90’s girl. Her hair is just fabulous, it’s like a Pantene commercial. 

This is so Macy’s catalog, I love how it looks as if she has a bounce in her step.

For those who read my last blog about Barbara, you know she is a black belt and did competition ball room. Here is one of her dance stances. This works because it is her being her. It also looks like something on an American Idol poster, lol!

I often tell my models to look into the light. This give the illusion that they are interacting with someone in the room. It makes you feel as if you are capturing a moment between two people.

Even though I chose one with the hand to face, there is nothing more feminine than a woman’s hands. Also there is a sense of comfort and sensuousness when you see a woman run her fingers through her hair. This is why clothing /lingerie models do it a lot. 
The following didn’t make the cut and I will explain why. If you are trying to get into modeling take notes. 
Ok, holding the jacket over your shoulder is typically for men models, woman have hard time pulling this off without looking masculine, also even though it feels natural to put your hand on your thigh it usually captures as if it is in your crotch, so make sure your hand is slightly on the outside of your leg.

As adorable as Barbara looks in this picture, her hand is amputated by her hair. When running your hand through your hair, make sure your fingers are showing toward camera and that you aren’t blocking your face.

In a classic Victoria’s secret pose I asked Barbara to hold her neck. It is very hard to do this while maintaining a long neck. This did not work with the jacket because it hid too much of her body. Tip, drop your shoulders and don’t hide your hand behind your back. 

This shot makes Barbara appear to be short. Her shoulders are too high. It feels coy to scrunch up your shoulders but, it doesn’t photograph well. This shot would be great if the shoulders were dropped more. 
As stunning as Barb’s face is I want to see more of it!! Looking out the corner of your eyes isn’t as sexy as it may seem. Don’t turn your head too far from camera, the first shot above is much more flattering. 

Reiff’s Gas Station a bomb location for a bombshell

I thought I would get everyone’s creative juices going with some pics I found online of the location we will be doing our Bombshell Bash at. 

These are some shots taken by other photographers at the Museum. 
The cool diner, love the black and white tile. 
Someone is getting on that horse!!

See that plane coming out the roof? So cool.
I am going to have fun playing with these different colors.
My favorite of all, I think, the silver aluminum and the grass. I see someone wearing my apron and tutu gardening maybe?
Hope you have been inspired. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.:)

Bombshell Bash

It’s back!!!! This seasons event is going to be the biggest and most amazing, ever. The location, Reiff’s gas station, which is a vintage museum has everything a girl could want in a backdrop from a real 50’s style diner, gas station, and vintage cars. I will have accessories and some clothing options for those of you with a limited wardrobe. You will be able to see some of my available items on my facebook fanpage under vintage props, I am updating them this week.

Some frequently asked questions:

Do you provide clothing?
Some limited pieces, obviously I cannot provide enough variety for every shape and sized girl, I will have photos up in “vintage props” album soon.

Do I have to were lingerie?
NO! In fact I prefer taking photos of girls in regular vintage style clothing. You are welcome to wear whatever you are most comfortable in. I am always available to help with wardrobe decisions.

How early should I be there to get made over?
You need to come an 1 1/2 hours early if you are later it will cut into your shoot time.

Are you going to make me skinny?
There is an awful lot of photo shopping that goes into creating that pin up look. Since actual vintage pin up posters were paintings rendered from photos, they were an exaggeration of the models natural shape.Your skin will be flawless, rolls smoothed, and waist nipped. I do my best to keep your natural shape and size. It is important to me that you see the beauty in your body so you will not be made to look “skinny” you will be a pin up version of yourself.

How many pictures should I expect from 2 outfits/ four poses?
I take several shots of each pose, and I select the best for retouching. The average session will produce 10-20 images depending on the girl. This may seem like a “little amount” but you will find even with 10 it can be  overwhelming to pick which ones you want displayed. Most girls don’t even print most of them. Even if you are doing a small book from your photos this amount is still sufficient.

How long before I get my CD?
Due to the volume of these events and the extensive editing I do on every shot to make you look “flawless dawling” It takes about 4 weeks.

Do I get to pick my own photo for my complimentary 11×14 poster?
Yes. After you receive your CD you will have one week to select your favorite to get enlarged.

Can I bring a friend?
Yes. Friends are great for support and they make it, fun. If you want your friend in your shots with you she will need to purchase her own session which will cover the make over and the extra time needed. There is a $30.00 discount for girls that book together. You do not however need to be in each others shots to benefit from the discount.

Can I pay less if I do my own hair and make up?
No. You are welcome to come ready, but you will still need to pay the $250.00 due to the fact that the style team will need to be paid for the the day whether the girls need them or not.

Can I order extra prints, calendars, coffee table books etc. from you?
Yes. Of course I would love to discuss the fun things you can do with your photos to display them in a unique way.

I noticed this is more than your previous events, why?
In the beginning I felt it was important to me to offer a great price in order to break into Pin up photography. I was new to posing, editing, and styling this genre efficiently. Having done several of these events along with individual sessions I am very confident in my work and ability to produce great pin up style images. This event not only includes a second outfit, but, fully retouched photos (instead of edited proofs), along with the most amazing location we have ever had. I hope you will see how unbelievable of a deal this is.

How do I book my slot?
You will need to contact me, select a time, and pay the $50.00 deposit. Your slot will NOT be booked until deposit is received. I have had girls in the past book a time slot and them drop out last minute so your slot will be up for grabs if someone sends payment first. The appointments are first come first serve. They start at 10:15am and span until 5:50pm. You will have an hour and 1/2 roughly to get made over, dressed and onto set. The shooting takes 20 min. You will then have 20 min to change, (while I shoot another girl) and then come back for your second outfit which is another 20 min. You will need to alot roughly 3 hours for your session.

Many girls have shown interest in my pin up events but, do not book due to there own insecurities, body issues, or other reasons. I would like to address this:

I would love to do this, but, I need to lose a little weight first.
My job as a photographer is to make you look and feel gorgeous in the body you have now. So many of my clients have been hesitant to have pictures taken, but, leave feeling more beautiful and sexy than they did when they were younger and thinner. The honest truth is if we keep waiting to live life util we “lose some weight” we will never be happy in the skin were in.

I am not comfortable having my picture taken.
I know it is really intimidating being in front of the camera. I really make the  experience as natural and playful as possible, by the time you are in your hair, make up, clothes, and pose, you will feel like a star. You will surprise yourself.

I don’t have any vintage clothing.
Most of the time the hair and make up alone are enough to evoke that pin up look. You can simply wear jeans and a tank top and look amazing. I have several ideas and accessories for turning a modern outfit into a vintage look. This is the last thing you should worry about. If you like you can email me photos of some pieces you own and I can assist you in transforming your outfit into a “pin up” look..

Below are some quotes from women just like you:

“Brandee is the sweetest, most creative photographer I have ever met. Brandee and her hair/make-up artists really made me believe that I was/am beautiful, and then she sent the photos to prove it! Everyone who’s seen my pictures is asking me “who is the photographer? and how can I get my photos done, too?” My only regret in referring her is that now I fear I’ll never be able to get another appointment!”

 “Brandee is the best photographer! I receently had a shoot with her that made me feel more beautiful and more comfortable than I had EVER been in front of a camera! She has a unique and special way of making you feel right at home and like the prettiest girl in the world. My pictures came out so amazing that it took me hours to decide on which ones to choose.” 

“Brandee!! You are so awesome! I was terrified of having my picture taken, but you really made the experience fun and very comfortable, so comfortable that I didn’t want to stop taking pictures that day:)I love all the pictures that you took! You are simply amazing in so many ways!! I cannot wait to work with you again:)!”

I hope this helps if there is anything that I haven’t covered you can call me at 510-274-1213.:)