Shooting Miss Monroe – How to do it!

Bex lights up the screen as Ms Monroe

I do not feel too surprised that a Miss Monroe shoot is one of my most requested. Here are just a couple of Marilyn inspired shots, as promised from previous shoots, featuring Bex, one of my Demuir Divas!

A classic with silken sheet and fur rug 🙂 x

Why Marilyn?

Funnily enough, though MM is ultimately the most recognisable Diva this World has ever known, it is very easy for many women to be shot beautifully as her. Even if, physically, they are non too alike. Why? I feel certain this is because Marilyn, for us, is an ideal, and when we shoot her we are tributing an icon rather than attempting an exact reproduction. Of course, the hair must be blonde and styled appropriately (often a wig can be used to achieve this) but facial features become less important than the overall suggestion of the image itself. Hence Marilyn’s suitability as a shoot inspiration for almost anyone (notwithstanding the exception below).

Secondly, Ladies, Marilyn is best served up on a woman who has some ‘substance’ about her, ideally with generous curvature. She had the hourglass shape so coveted then and, if posed correctly to flatter their own shape, so do many of us women today. Sorry, but thin ladies do not really cut the ice here 😉

So, how do I do it?

1. Makeup Matters!

The brows, the complexion, the eyes but, above, all the lips matter. Although her eyeshadow is actually relatively subtle, the Marilyn we all know (and adore!) has anything but subtlety about the mouth. I could not even attempt to better this article by The Glam Guide, if you want to achieve this yourself.

2. Pose with Playfulness

‘Marilyn Monroe’ feels like a great many things to a great many people but to me, above all, she feels playful. The kittenish images are those which my clients ask me for and I feel delighted to tell you that it is those which work best. Smiling, you see, lifts everything – both faces and spirits – and it flatters every single woman who is photographed. I have yet to find a woman who does not photograph best when she is in ‘Full Flirt Mode’ and who better to ape than the Glorious Miss Monroe to get us in the mood? 😉

Now, for anyone who would like more in depth coverage of poses and methods for shooting tributes, you are in luck! My book is in revision stage and will be available very soon for purchase. You’ll be the first to know 🙂 x

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TQ x

As ever, (c) Miss Ruby Demuir and her mild(er) mannered alter-ego Bryonie Jones – 2011

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Is she or isn’t she? Michelle as MM x

I felt very impressed but not so much by this, or by individual, shots. I felt far greater enthusiasm for her when she is moving, she captures her far better whilst in motion. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments and I’ll be posting a couple of my own favourite MM tribute shots in coming posts :)

Until then,

Best

RdM

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TQ x

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The Norfolk Magazine and Miss Ruby Demuir make the Perfect Pair!


Hello All!

So many apologies for my recent lack in the blogging department. I have been snowed under and also off on a last minute holiday. Now that I am returned from my much appreciated jaunt to Sunny Spain, however, and temperatures are falling below 36 degrees on a regular basis, I want to beg your pardon and begin the new term with some of the shots which I took for a feature by the prestigious glossy magazine, The Norfolk Magazine.

I played hostess to the lovely Sarah Cassells, Lead Feature Writer at the award winning magazine and along with my trusty MUA Emily and hairstylist Miss Tracey Ward Golden, Miss Cassells joined the ranks of the bevy of beauties to pass through my studio in style!

Prior to Miss Cassells’ transformation, she was ahem… a tad nervous. But a cream cake or two and the ministrations of my Ladies gave her a day to remember and produced some highly polished prose in the September 2011 issue of the magazine, to boot. Some sneak peeks below – do please let me know what you think!

    

Text to the article and what Miss Cassells has to say of her experience in my next blog post! See you then and it feels great to be back 🙂

x

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Getting to Know… the Incomparable ‘Able Grable’ x

Getting to Know… Able Grable!

in Ruby’s cosy fireside ‘Ten Minutes and Ten Questions’ chat – so no pressure, Little One, but the clock is ticking! 😉

 

Her designs are legendary, her dresses divine, she was Two Whole Years Old on June 6th … and has her leg in plaster! What else was the Woman to do but settle down by the hearth with Pimms and panache, to answer Ruby’s every question and offer you all a splendid discount on her remarkably lovely wares 🙂

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1. Vintage Miss or Vintage Minx… and why?

Vintage Miss for sure, I have bags and shoes that would knock the socks off Miss Marple…

2. H. G Wells’ scientist appears right next to you, as you sit in style at a Parisian cafe and, after lulling him into a false sense of security, you half inch his Time Machine – where do you go and what do you do? 

(And, just out of interest, just how did you lull him into that false sense of security?)

I’d go back to 10th April 1912, Southampton and have dinner aboard the Titanic then whoosh back a few seconds before H.G appears again in Paris and act like nothing has happened.

H.G was lulled into a false sense of security when I showed him rudie Pics of Dita Von Teese and said she was sat behind him and not to stare…of course he turned around and I was gone..off to 1912.

3. You alight next to The Doctor… in which incarnation? In fewer than ten words, how do you persuade him to abandon the TARDIS and travel the Universe with you instead?

 Master,K9 your loyal companion, let’s go for icecream.

4. It is 2020 – you have the vision, you see and the Doctor is soooo passe these days – what are you doing? And with whom?

 I’m getting on a bit by now, I’m in my vintage boudoir, shifting through racks of gowns, preparing for yet another shin dig…with Captain Kirk.

5. Back to now… if you were not you, who would you be? And would you be any good?

Miss Marple, oh yes…..fantastic!!

6. True Love Forever… or Total Lust for a Good Couple of Weeks?

 True Love Forever

7. Ava Gardner or Marilyn Monroe?

 Marilyn

8. Leg or breast?

 Leg

9. Tell us a secret which is just between us!

 I can’t stand carnations.

10. Tell us about the Special Offer you have just for subscribers to this blog?!

 15% discount on all satin & cotton frocks*! Simply sign up for this blog and quote: ‘DemuirDiscount‘ when you place your order with AbleGrable!

Thank you, Miss Matilda for such splendid answers! And as for you lot, visit www.ablegrable.com or email ablegrable@gmail.com

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How to Achieve That Vintage Starlet Makeup Look with Eyes & Lips: Part 2 by Lovemoi’s Emily Turnbull x


How to Achieve a Vintage Starlet Look: Part 2

Eyes and Lips – THE Vintage Tips!

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Once more with feeling, Ladies (and gents, if you are so inclined)!
Lovemoi’s own Luscious Makeup Artiste Extraordinaire, Emily Turnbull, continues with  THE season’s tips for achieving Instant Starlethood through your makeup! Part 1 dealt with the flawless base needed for it all to work – your skin and how to perfect it when it is, frankly, less than perfect. Part 2 deals with such issues of Earth-shattering import (and yes, for the sake of a vintage look, they really are) as eyes and lips.

As I explained previously, Emily is wonderful and I am delighted to work with her. Her work not only makes a perfect canvas but helps clients to truly know how good they look before they even step before my lens! Read on for her second set of Top Tips and make the Very Vintage Best of yourself for the Summer  🙂 x

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The Eyes Have It!

Eyeliner and lots of lashes are an essential part of the starlet look and the more dramatic the better!  A liquid liner is used along the lash line over soft toned and shaded eye shadows, and flicked out at the outer corners to elevate the eye, and exaggerate the shape.  Try a gel liner in black by Clinique or Bobbi Brown with a fine liner brush for ease of application – a gel is more pliable than a liquid and will be easier to shape.  Apply lashes which are fine but full, and that flick out at the corners – try Eyelure, Ardell or Mac for a great range of styles.  Frame the eyes with a full, dark brow which is highly arched – try filling the brows with a brow powder or pencil whilst pulling up the arch with your fingers.  Finish with a clear brow gel to set the hairs and retain the shape.

 Love those Lips!

 A good red lipstick is essential, whether you choose ruby, fuchsia, coral or even a deeper plum.  Ruby Woo by Mac is widely regarded amongst makeup artists as a staple of the Vintage kit, and is a blue undertoned classic Hollywood red, which will suit particularly blondes and fairer skin tones.  It is also a matte finish and contains kaolin clay, which gives it some real staying power.  You might also like to look at Bobbi Browns “Hollywood Red”, Mac’s Lady Danger, or Illamasqua’s Box or Sangers for some other great reds, all of which I use regularly for Vintage looks.  Ensure you prepare with a lip-liner that matches your chosen shade of lipstick, and choose your lip shape – the cupids bow was often exaggerated into a “V” shape.  You may wish to slightly overextend the lips by tracing just outside your lipline a la Raquel Welsh for a super full pout.

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Of course, if this still sounds like a lot of work, you could just book a starlet package with Miss Demuir, and let the professionals take care of it all for you!  Have a look at the head of this blogpost at the beautiful Natalie to see the most recent Starlet look I created, and the newest of Ruby’s starlets!

Love Moi x

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Faking Photogenia! with Ruby Demuir, Norwich’s Vintage Photographer Extraordinaire


As a Vintage Boudoir Photographer, I am often asked… “So, Miss DeMuir, how do I look my Very Best in Photographic Images?” In fact, because it is so vital a question, I tend to provide an answer whether I have been asked or not! And this is how I reply:

Natural beauty is not the key to photogenia – awareness is! If you are not satisfied with how you look in pictures, you are simply not doing the right things. You may not have been born physically perfect but this need not hold you back – I have yet to meet the person who was and yet many still manage to look pretty good. This is super news – it means that you can do it, too!

The trick is very simple. You simply need to distinguish your better features from your poorer – and work on showing up the former whilst disguising the latter. Although there are differences between people, the basic layout of one human and the next is pretty similar and thus, the following generalised 7 tips will tend to work more effectively than any amount of makeup or even vast swathes of surgery:

1. Stretch out any wobbly bits. Taut plump bits tend to look better than flabby ones, but of course it’s a personal thing. If you are especially attached to your fat rolls then you need do nothing but if you are less enamoured, say, of your several chins, find a pose which stretches them out – lying down on your front and looking up at the camera works a treat, where feasible, and is a lot less dull than having every holiday snap featuring you standing upright and helps to combat the ‘gravity effect’ which standing upright produces.

2. Know your Best Side – we all have one – and when you have identified it, ruthlessly present it at all times (unless your talented Photographer tells you to do otherwise, of course). Experiment with this. Know Thyself, as the Oracle would advise.

3. Never stare directly into the lens unless you want to pass for a prize pugilist. Instead, look just a little above the lens and ever so slightly to one side (it does not matter to which). This will reduce red-eye and, more importantly, make you look far less like a Pit Bull on guard.

4. Never stand straight on to the camera, either, unless you are aiming for the ‘bulking up on steroids’ look – one shoulder turned slightly toward the camera with the other turned away does wonders for your willowy-ness and this stance encourages you to turn your face ever so slightly too – again, it is much more flattering that way.

5. To appear more svelte, keep your arms a little apart from your body – the overall slimming and toning effect is instant and natural.

6. …Major No. 1 ‘To Do’ Tip of All Time (this works for absolutely everyone)!
Put your tongue tip against the back of your top front teeth when you smile and push. It makes you tauten up beautifully around the jawline (how many of us do not need that?) and makes your smile look extra dazzling, whilst natural too!

and finally…

7. The best tip of all? Perversely, and notwithstanding the above, it is to RELAX and enjoy yourself. The best and most intimate photography, in my experience, almost always comes about as the by-product of FUN.

Until next time, Chaps!
Yours in Camera

Miss R. Demuir, Photographer to the Starlets x

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TQ x

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How to Achieve That Vintage Starlet Makeup Look: Part 1 by Lovemoi’s Emily Turnbull x

How to Achieve a Vintage Starlet Look: Part 1

Begin with Skin!

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Oh, how fortunate are we?!
Lovemoi’s own Luscious Makeup Artiste Extraordinaire, Emily Turnbull, has put together THE season’s tips for achieving Instant Starlethood through your makeup – just for you! Part 1 deals with the flawless base needed for it all to work – your skin and how to perfect it when it is, frankly, less than perfect!

Emily is excellent, I have worked with her myself and will continue to do so. She creates the perfect canvas on which an Old Papper like myself can go to work and really go to town! Read on for her Top Tips and make the Very Vintage Best of yourself for the Summer  🙂 x

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Begin with Skin!

The bombshell makeup looks of the past are becoming more and more popular – ever since the the Noughties swung in, more and more gals are  fascinated by the nostalgia and glamour of the looks of the middle of the last century.  Today’s stars of film and music such as Scarlett Johansson. Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Katy Perry all admit to being fascinated by the looks of yesteryear, and it is clear to see that a large part of their image is an homage to the starlets of the 40s and 50s.  Now, with such a huge range of products on the market, creating the look is a lot more accessible  – and the joy with recreating the look today is you can choose how far you take it.  Choose maybe a small nod to the past with a soft red lip and some full brows, or a complete recreation of beauty trailblazers Miss Lake, Miss Mansfield or Miss Monroe.  The choice is yours, but here are a few tips on where to start.

Begin with Skin!

Marilyn Monroe reportedly used a blend of white powder and Vaseline to achieve the creamy base that she was so famous for, however there are enough great bases on the market which will give the right combination of a full coverage which is matte yet still luminescent.  Many of the starlets preferred a pale “peaches and cream” complexion, which looks both creamy and porcelain.  Begin with a matte primer, and then try applying a foundation like Chanel Matt Lumiere in a light shade such as 20 for a porcelain skin, and maybe 30 for a more olive-toned skin.  Use a full coverage concealer to cover any imperfections – shadow under the eyes, or any blemishes or redness.  You can then apply a mattifying translucent powder over the top to set your base – Makeup Forever HD Invisible powder is great for this, as it helps to provide a flawless finish.  If fair, try a rose toned powder blusher such as Benefit’s Dandelion, and buff into the hollows of the cheeks up towards the hair line to really define your bone structure.  Darker skin tones may like to try a peach or coral such as Bare Minerals Laughter.

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In the next blogpost… Emphasise those Eyes! The Vintage Ladies’ Way

Love Moi x

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Roll Up, Roll Up… for Miss Demuir’s All New ‘Lusty Limerick’ Competition! x

WIN BIG – or more accurately, small and cute!

Read below for The Rules of Engagement (yes, there are Rules ;)) and post your entries here, Ladies and Gents, please.. x


Last time, ’twas a Hilarious Haiku… now, it’s
The Miss Demuir ‘Lusty Limerick’ Competition!

You ALL know how they go! If you seriously don’t, consult Wikipedia then read on…

What is required:

  • A limerick, as amusing as possible.
  • Again, this must be original and in celebration of (or to mercilessly mock) a Vintage actress / pinup model of your choice – either approach is acceptable provided it provides Ruby with a laugh (for Ruby does dearly love a laugh).
  • All eligible entries to be posted on this page by Blog subscribers OR on FB by fans OR on Twitter with @MissDemuir #LustyLimerick as their tagline (if you’d like to enter but are not yet a fan, please become one(!) for only fans are eligible for the Big Prize).
  • The Big Prize, incidentally, exactly the same as last time’s and is actually not all that big – but is extremely pretty: one diminutive silvery glittery purse measuring a Very Little 9 x 4 x 5cm and perfect for a tissue, a tampon and a stunningly vampy lipstick!
  • Winner must be a Facebook Fan, a Twitter follower or a blog follower – and entries can be submitted on any of these platforms.
  • Winning entry to be adjudged and announced to Joe Public on FB (and by email to winner) on June 20th 2011  (by Miss Demuir, according to which gives her greatest enjoyment, thus no appeals, sorry!) and booty to be sent forthwith.

So, Ladies, get fanning and following… and scribbling! x

Until we meet again,
Yours in camera

Ruby x

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Become a ‘Demuir Diva’ and claim up to 15% off any package! with Ruby Demuir, Vintage Photographer, Norwich…


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Chez Chaz: Acquainting you with Artist & Illustrator Extraordinaire…Charlotte Thomson-Morley

Charlotte is a marvel. She is the artist and ilustrator responsible for my own logo – notice any sort of resemblance? 😉

    

Charlotte’s interpretation                                   Miss Demuir in the flesh x

And here is the true beauty of it – and the reason that, even though I purport to be a Vintage Gal, I’d never want to go back in time and forsake such modern delights as the slow cooker or Alberto VO5 Hot Oil treatment or… the modem! Because once upon a time, you would have to have visited Charlotte and stayed exceedingly still for her, in a long series of very uncomfortable sittings in which you were not allowed to do such things as sneeze, or eat, or breathe out. But these days, Charlotte can capture the essence of you – in watercolour, ink, pen and ink, you name it – wherever you are! All from a series of photographs which you send her. She undertakes commercial commissions, like my own – but also creates beautiful pictures for brides, and performers – anyone who wishes to be immortalised in ink 🙂

Naturally, she has a particular interest in vintage styles – but of many different sorts. You are sure to find she can capture you in the way that suits you best. And she is a lovely lass with a marvellous sense of humour, to boot. Nothing is too much trouble and she fully involves you all the way through the editing process.

Here are some recent commissions to titillate you, mercilessly:

So, if you are looking for an Artist – who else could you want than this one?

And here she is, in all her glory:

Until next time,

Best

Ruby x

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