Vintage glamour recaptured in Stalham photo studio

In the click of a camera, women are being transported into a stylish world of vintage film star glamour at a studio in Stalham.

Draped in fans, fishnet, corsetry, hats and gloves, models in a Norfolk studio are enjoying having their dressing-up session recorded for posterity.

Some are doing it as a wedding present for their bridegroom, others to celebrate a new-look body after a diet or fitness regime.

The fashion, make-up and photo session can also be a treat bought by their other half.

But it is not just a momentary transformation for the models of all ages and sizes, as they journey from everyday life to a pin-up world of burlesque and boudoir style.

Because the make-over before the click of the shutter and the resultant images also see the confidence of the women develop in a flash – much as they do in Gok Wan's How to Look Good Naked TV series.

Behind the lens is Bryonie Jones, who changes to her alter ego of Ruby Demuir 'Photographer to the Starlets' when she moves into vintage photo mode, and sets about bringing out her model's 'inner diva'.

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She loves trying to create classic movie scenes from the days of Veronica Lake, Lana Turner and Jane Russell, and helping clients capture that moment of glamour, whatever their circumstances.

'I shoot all sorts of ladies – younger and older, tall, small, skinny, curvy and downright voluminously voluptuous,' she explained.

'Sometimes, clients tell me that they are going to book in when they have lost that last couple of pounds, or trimmed up that stubborn area just a bit more.

'But I always recommend that women come as they are.

'The thing is, all women are uniquely beautiful and I love bringing that out.

'No matter what a woman may feel about her hips or her bottom – or any part of her – there is always a camera angle which emphasise her best points.

'That's why I love what I do,' she said.

'Everyone has bits they are not too keen on – it's my job to take the attention off those and to re-acquaint you with the bits you can love.

'Pretty much everyone is nervous when they arrive on my studio front step – but one thing every client, without exception, has described to me is the huge leap their self confidence has taken afterward.'

The 41-year-old mother-of-three from Stalham has a nationwide business running educational conferences, but took up photography three years ago, to satisfy her 'artistic, creative' side, and opened her studio late last year, influenced by her love of vintage style – evidenced by her house full of items from the era which double as a props department.

'I am a vintage girl and always have been. I love Bette Davies and formal hats, Ealing comedies, Art Deco buildings and high heels and Babycham!' she explained.

And she can trace that back through her family genes as her grandmother, Faye Griffiths, was a glamorous 'Windmill Girl' dancing in scantily clad review shows at the London theatre in the 1930s and 40s before retiring to Ludham.

'She was a real performer – always singing us songs, and so glamorous off and on stage.'

Bryonie, who also manages to fit in being a community responder and training for charity running into her busy life, also does other kinds of photography, including family shots under the brand Bee Jones which is 'for anyone who wants themselves or their family papped in anything other than stockings and suspenders!'

For more information visit www.MissDemuir.com and see Ruby's blog at www.RubyDemuir.com; email CallMe@MissDemuir.co.uk, or call 07759 739076.

?Win a free shoot or get 10pc discount with Ruby Demuir. Bryonie is offering an hour-long Demuir Dalliance photo session, usually costing �135, which includes access to vintage props and backdrops, posing advice, airbrushing, and one free image. Hair and make up style cost extra. Visit Ruby's website www.RubyDemuir.com for full details on how to enter, and terms and conditions.

Even if you don't win, there is a 10pc special offer for readers, just by subscribing to the blog or email newsletter at www.MissDemuir.co.uk, then quoting code Archant0711 when booking.

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