OLD 81 STUDIOS: Blog http://photos.old81studios.com/blog en-us 2005-2018 (C) OLD 81 STUDIOS photos@old81studios.com (OLD 81 STUDIOS) Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:50:00 GMT Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:50:00 GMT http://photos.old81studios.com/img/s/v-5/u943265666-o354222807-50.jpg OLD 81 STUDIOS: Blog http://photos.old81studios.com/blog 120 90 OLD 81 | BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2015 http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2015/4/bombshells-for-the-troops-2015 OLD 81 | BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2015

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*this project is not for profit

I'm looking for six (6) models, men and women who want to be models, wives of Military who want to send the Troops some Traditional American Culture (in a tasteful way!).

I've had a small idea change.  I want and need 4 females and 2 males.  The themes for both are up for discussion, vintage 1940's-ish if we can.  The males may be a bit harder to do something classy vintage with.  BUT, why can't a male be a BOMBSHELLL???  There are female soldiers who are fighting just as hard and I bet would love to get their hands on some of these male Bombshell photos.  Let me know if you are interested.

I did have a small project from last 2013 which had 3 beautiful ladies who participated.  It was very successful in completing the objective.  The objective was (and still is) to uplift Active Duty Military personnel's spirits by showing them some Traditional Iconic American Culture while they are overseas (or otherwise stationed away from home).

I am looking for all shapes and all sizes.  I want you to feel comfortable.  You choose your outfits and I can help if you want.  What models usually do is to bring several outfits that she would like to wear, then I go over with them which ones would look best for the particular shoot and look that I are looking for.  I want the outfits for this project to be flirty, sexy, and tasteful.  Just like most of the pinups from the 1940's.  A more modern twist can be done for one or two of the models in this project.  I am remaining flexible. 

The compensation for the women will be to have a copy of their favorite print and to have fun during the shoot.  Also, knowing that they were a very special part of this campaign.  There will be recognition and at least 15 minutes of fame as there was last year with the models.  This is a great way to support those members of our armed services.  Plus, you will have some good memories and great photos to share with your friends and family.  All of my photos in this project are not that risque.  I just want to create and bring home that vintage style as in the history of this iconic and traditional pinup culture that many of us have fell in love with.

Contact me here http://photos.old81studios.com/contact.html

I am also looking for other help than just models.  *this project is not for profit

Read on to help:
 

  • If you would just like to make a donation to this project
  • Actually, probably the best thing that you could do for this project is to help promote.  Facebook wants money to promote to everyone... but instead of that... if you have a few minutes to help promote... copy or share links... facebook... twitter... or any other Military Support Website would do and be so great.  I want to get the word out.  Many people want to help or would like to help but aren't sure how... this would only take a few minutes of your time.  See the links below for promo links.  THANKS IN ADVANCE!
  • Clothing donations or use
  • Nail stylist

  • MUA - Make Up Artists
  • Venues or locations to shoot at (I really need a venue for shooting.  It will be an all day event.  My studio is way too small for this.)
  • Props
  • Other donations including monetary donations (so we can send more photos and pay for more shipping)!
  • Time Donations (Help stamp, process for shipping, packaging, bring food for the shoot, drinks, help setup, etc)
  • Old cars, old planes, old motorcycles
  • Catering.  I may have this lined out but if you would like to help with food - to feed our guests and models and helpers and me... lol  then let me know.  We all have to eat too!

  • Anything else you can think of... Ideas!  (Post your ideas to the blog comments below)





PROMOTION leading up to Shipping would be VERY helpful (I will start a blog soon but everyone can start with the links below)

 

*this project is not for profit - ALL donations or money will be used in creating the artwork, printing the photos, securing the venues, and help with providing food and water or whatever else we may need during the shoots.  Any money leftover will go towards the project for next year.


DONATE PAGE IS HERE



Contact me today so we can start planning for this year!


JC Kirk

 

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Beyond the Camera & Lens: Equipment list for Photographers on a Strict Budget http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2015/2/beyond-the-camera-lens-equipment-list-for-photographers-on-a-strict-budget Beyond the Camera & Lens: Equipment list for Photographers on a Strict Budget (essential equipment to have)

I've been asked about a few equipment items lately and wanted to compile a list for those who are interested.  Photographers, Aspiring Photographers, Hobbyists, Students, or whomever else would like to know what to get, where to get it, what to use, what not to waste your money on, etc.  I titled this article, "Beyond the Camera & Lens: Equipment list for Photographers on a Strict Budget" because I didn't want to include Cameras or Lenses, nor did I want to include really expensive equipment or all top-of-the-line equipment to waste money that you could be saving for more or better lenses or even a better camera.  Most everything on this list is what I use or have used in the past.  Some things were expensive and top of the line (because I believed it needed to be) but many items are great values for a much lower price that will still get the job done, and done good.  I would say that once you have paid for all this equipment, purchased a nice Pro Camera (and backup camera) and several Pro lenses then you can evaluate what needs to be replaced or upgraded to Pro quality.  This article is based on my experience and wrote as my opinion.

Most of my research came from magazines, books, and the web.  I tried to get everything I needed through Amazon.com.  I trusted Amazon, knew their policies, expectations from sellers and buyers, and knew I was protected as a buyer.  Several links that I link to in my blogs are to Amazon.com.  You can always check with the seller's website and do your own research.  Amazon does provide users like you and me to rate the items and to review such items.  I find it a good place and a good tool to find decent equipment for (many times) at a fraction of the cost that you would pay for top-end photography equipment.  Do you get what you pay for?  Many times yes.  Do you have to always buy the most expensive equipment to get the job done?  No.  Never. 

Like many people, I try to be budget conscious ALL the time.  I can usually wait for things to ship.  So, if I can find it online, it is more often than not, cheaper than going to the local store to purchase.  A few times is is cheaper to go to your local store.  I invest in Amazon Prime (a service with a yearly fee of around $99/year that saves you a ton of money on shipping.  Once a member of Prime, most items that you buy you can get FREE Two-Day shipping.  Which if you have done any online shopping, this membership could pay for itself in just a handful of purchases.) By clicking this link then you can get a free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime.

Do I work for Amazon?  NO.  Will I get a tiny commission for anyone following these links and making a purchase?  Yes.  However, the monetary gain that I get for you buying through Amazon probably won't cover my time in writing this blog, but it is something.  So to help me out and to hopefully keep these articles coming with valuable information, please click on the links.  AND It does NOT cost you anymore if you do or not.

I do shoot Canon.  Some of the items below are brand specific but many are not.  All are budget specific.  I have found that most of this equipment is not that bad of equipment.  If there is something that I have bought (that was junk) that you should steer clear of, then I will tell you.

How about an answering service for your business?  With an 800 number assigned for free?  Click on this link so I get a little bit of credit.  It only costs $1 per call and calls that are spam won't get charged the fee.  http://www.answeramerica.com/?refid=M3NFQ94F8

This list is a work in progress.

 

Fotodiox Pro 48" Octagon Softbox with Speedring for Bowens

  • Portable Back-drop Stand(s)

    Three Prism 10x20' 100% Cotton Muslin Backdrops and The Ravelli Full Size 10x12' Background Stand Set (You will want to always get 10x12 Muslins instead of the 6x9 because the smaller ones just aren't enough backdrop for multiple posing angles.)  I have this set and with sandbags (as you will need with any set) it is pretty sturdy.  I have not had any problem with these stands.  Comes with a case and breaks down to a small bag. 

  • Muslins (Cloth material) (You will want to always get 10x12 Muslins instead of the 6x9 because the smaller ones just aren't enough backdrop for multiple posing angles.)

**A little note about cloth (muslin) verses paper: If you are wanting a black background always go with cloth as it is less reflective.  Black paper WILL reflect light.  So unless that is the look you are going for, then black = cloth.  White is opposite.  If you are wanting a white background, then you should always go with seamless paper.  You can blow out the background easy and white cloth always shows wrinkles.  and speaking of wrinkles...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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So you want to be an Old 81 Pin-Up model? http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2015/2/so-you-want-to-be-an-old-81-pin-up-model SO YOU WANT TO BE AN OLD 81 PIN-UP?

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Currently, there are two ways to be a Pin-Up.

1) Models or aspiring models or actresses can apply to become the next Old 81 Pin-Up Gal.

  • If you have what it takes and the desire to be an Official Old 81 Pin-up then submit a short letter explaining all the reasons why we should pick YOU! Attach a few clean photos of yourself to your email.
  • Photos will need to be of you.  Don't worry about the quality of the photos but please take them with a camera (point and shoot is fine) and NOT a camera phone.  Take some head and shoulder shots without makeup.  Take some full body shots in the style of clothing that you would be wearing on the shoot.  i.e. if you plan on wearing a swim suit then wear a swim suit.
  • If you think you can do your own hair and makeup (Pin-Up era style) then take a few photos once you have done up your hair and have makeup on.  OTHERWISE, I have make up artists and hair stylists specifically for Pin-Ups!

 

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2) Anyone wanting photos done in a Pin-Up style or specific era (even a more Modern Pin-Up look) can also have their shots done by Old 81 Studios.  In the price packages, I will provide the hair stylists and makeup artists.

 

If you haven't already, then become an Official Facebook Fan for Old 81 Pin-Ups: https://www.facebook.com/Old81PinUps

 

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Wedding Photography Wichita Kansas | JC KIRK | OLD 81 STUDIOS | Wedding Photographer http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2014/9/wedding-photography-wichita-kansas-jc-kirk-old-81-studios-wedding-photographer OLD 81 STUDIOS | Wedding Collections & Packages - click here to see current packages & prices
 

20% OFF for any Active Duty Military and Full Time Public Safety Employees (Police, Fire, EMS).

 

I do offer a budget package/collection that is not listed on my website.  These are for small local weddings only (less than 75 guests and in Wichita KS Metro).  This package is $1,000 and is a reduced package from Collection One.  I only offer these to 4 couples/year.  10% OFF for any Active Duty Military and Full Time Public Safety Employees (Police, Fire, EMS).  20% OFF additional A La Carte purchases.

 

OLD 81 STUDIOS | Wedding Collections & Packages

- click here to see current packages & prices -
 

20% OFF for any Active Duty Military and Full Time Public Safety Employees (Police, Fire, EMS).

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT!

 

I do offer a budget package/collection that is not listed on my website.  These are for small local weddings only (less than 75 guests and in Wichita KS Metro).  This package is $1,000 and is a reduced package from Collection One.  I only offer these to 4 couples/year.  10% OFF for any Active Duty Military and Full Time Public Safety Employees (Police, Fire, EMS).  20% OFF additional A La Carte purchases.

 

You do get what you pay for.  I'm talking about those "photographers" who offer such low prices and even offer a DVD of all of the photos taken.  They may have a camera but obviously not high-end quality equipment that your wedding day deserves.  Ask yourself if you want some snapshots of your BIG day or do you want some HIGH QUALITY IMAGES that will remind you how SPECIAL that day was in your life. 

 

I will assure you that with any of my packages (even the low budget package) that I put all of my creativity and effort into creating those HIGH QUALITY IMAGES that you want and deserve to get.

 

Let me tell you why I just don't "give away" images on a DVD. 

First of all, I have invested over $15,000 in professional photography equipment and training - not just a grand or so for a digital camera.  I then have years of experience taking photos of people, objects, landscapes, and many other types of photography.  Now, I have been known to capture some on the fly landscape and other types of photos with my cell phone camera but seriously, how reliable is that?  We aren't talking about "selfies" here, we are talking about a one-time one-moment memory that cannot be recreated without knowing that it was recreated.  Brides want photos of THAT day.  There is a new trend starting called the "day after" session.  But you know what?  Brides still want photos of THAT day. 

I then cull and select a predetermined amount (based on which package you chose) of images that goes into Post Processing in MY STUDIO.  I don't farm any post processing services out.  I process each photo myself to the correct calibration of my computer screen which is calibrated to the color and brightness specifications of the professional printers that sit in the professional print shop that I have chosen.  This assures me that what I am seeing is what is going to be printed. 

Other "discount" photo printing stores just cannot duplicate my creative vision precisely on paper.  Would you like all of your prints to come back with a greenish or reddish tint to them?  I don't think that you would.  That is just another reason why I have the responsibility and control over your prints.  I also want you to show off my work in the best possible way.  I wouldn't want some young part-time employee who knows little about the "ART" of the entire Photography Process up to and including printing.  I want a professional who can get consistant professional high quality results, every time.

I do understand that some of my clients do want to archive their digital photos on a DVD and to also get those photos optimized to view crisply so they can show on the web including social media sites.  So, I do offer digital files.

So, do you want some inexperienced photographer (equipment asside) to take your wedding photos?  Or do you want an experienced photographer who took years to build up their equipement and experience in the field, in studio, on location, on the fly, to get the best moments captured on a digital medium?  My cell phone IS NOT my backup camera.  (it could be my 3rd backup camera... lol)

I am trying to interview for a job to shoot your wedding.  So, look things over, ask yourself some questions, look at your budget, talk it over, ask me more questions if you like, check out other local photographers, check out photographer reviews, and then I hope that you are able to choose the best one for you on your wedding day.

Thank you for reading and may everything work out great for you.

 

 

JC Kirk

OLD 81 STUDIOS

 

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**Updated Collection Packages Prices** I am a Wichita Kansas-based professional photographer. Currently, my areas of interest are anywhere from portrait photography to landscapes. I concentrate on giving my clients heirloom quality memories put into still print and social media. 316-247-1947 www.old81studios.com My creative vision is unique just like my clients are. Each session has it's own creative experience unlike a chain or "cookie-cutter" portrait shop (Those chains may advertise low prices to get you in the door but most of their extra costs end up being much higher than perceived - not to mention those buyers miss out on their unique & custom experience for higher-end custom photography). I have a creative and artistic style that my clients love! I spend the time with you and your family to give you the end products that will become an heirloom to your family and cherished for generations to come. I have many clients that come back to me year after year because they are more than satisfied with the final products and service that I provided them. I am not wanting to make a quick buck. I want to create the best possible images that I can and establish a reputation that continues to exceed many new emerging photographers. My portrait sessions are an investment. Invest in your timeless session today. You will be amazed. You will be satisfied. You will be happy.  Better yet, your wife will be happy!

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How to Sell your Artwork and Photography Online http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2014/2/how-to-sell-your-artwork-and-photography-online How to Sell your Artwork and Photography Online

I would really like some group discussion on this topic whether you are a buyer or seller.

 

Selling of our artwork and photography. Hmmm.  This is such a complex topic.  Many many different (and not so easy) variables to selling artwork online.  Most are seen and never purchased.  More often than not, NOT SEEN AT ALL.

I am not talking about how to sell when clients come to us to have portraits made.  I am talking about creating static pieces of art in your valued time and selling it as a piece.  A portrait is art as well, but it is created after a contract is made and not before. 

It has been my recent conclusion that many people LOVE to LOOK AT and maybe even digitally save (which is wrong by the way unless my watermarks are still there HOWEVER, feel free to share my work BUT not alter my work... rant over) our artwork (meaning any subject matter-not just one genre) but when it comes to buying... buying is such a different story. Especially, when our art is sold online and people can get it anytime they want.

PROBLEMS WITH BUYING ONLINE:

  • There is no rush to buy.
  • There is no limited quantity.
  • No immediate sense of need, such as an impulse buy.
  • No immediate "in your hands" experience.  You have to wait for shipping.  (even though ALL MY shipping is sent by "Next Business Day Air)

So, how do we change this? The art market is such a strange culture in itself.  Most of my sales come from clients who hire me to do a specific job for them. Not just picking out some artwork for their walls. I'm still researching and trying very hard to get into selling art in the online art market. This is not so easy to do.
 

Facebook:  Facebook has been disgusting me a lot lately.  I have not figured out much on how they do things and how the algorithms work (because they seem to change every week) but I do know that my hard earned money spent on Facebook Ads hasn't increased my sales at all.  I do know that it has decreased my checkbook balance.  I have noticed that the posts on my pages are not being seen by many.  They tell you how many have viewed the post and in relation to my little following, it wasn't that many.  I have gained a few new people who "liked" my pages but not near enough as I had planned on or spent the money for.

Twitter:  Currently, and recently, Twitter has been the way I have been going.  I've been trying to network, gather a following, get noticed.  So far, it is working here.  Old 81 Studios has over 700 followers now (which is still not great) and I've just added Old 81 Pinups on Twitter and in about a month's time gained over 1,000 followers.  I have spent over 40 hours just on Twitter alone, making links and corresponding with other photographers, artists, fans, and potential clients.  This networking and tweeting is starting to pay off... maybe.  I have seen a result in the work and effort that I have been putting in.  Have the results been in sales?  Unfortunately, no.  I have seen a tremendous increase in traffic to VIEW my work on Etsy.com which is just one online community that I have sold some artwork recently.  I haven't sold any artwork since this increase in traffic and I'm not sure why.  I have nice work.  I have good prices.  I have great shipping prices.  This answer is so confusing to me.

  • On Twitter, I use hashtags (#) like they are going out of style.  I have read that we should only use one or two along with our text so people can read along and not get confused with the story.  My main focus in tweeting photos and links back to my websites to where consumers can buy.  So, I use as many different and relevant hashtags as I can in that tweet.  I don't need to tell a story in text, I tell that story with the photo that is shown.  My thoughts anyhow.
  • Example of one of my tweets:

    #Art #ArtPrint #Bridge #TableRockLake #ShellKnob #BestSeller #Topseller #fineart #bw #photo @OLD81STUDIOS http://etsy.me/17JkX2I  via @Etsy

Etsy: This is a nice site and community where artists can sell their work.

Here's the data for my shop on Etsy

  • In December 2013, I had 12 shop views and 142 listing views (which I thought was good since I had 3 sales orders for having ONLY that many "lookers")
  • In January 2014, (because of Twitter) I had increased my shop views to 164 and my listing views to 728.  I thought surely I would have some sales from all of these "lookers" but I only had one sale.  That sale was to a client who had purchased the month before, getting another same exact print.  Of course, those sales in December were for Christmas gifts I'm sure.  January is usually a recovery month for most consumers.  I was okay with this but still confused why I didn't make any sales off of the vast amount of people viewing my artwork.  I also started "following" other Etsy art sellers and "favoriting" their shops (which I didn't have much time for in the next month and you will see the results to reflect that)
  • In February 2014, My shop views were only 70 (since I didn't do much "networking" on Etsy) but since I kept up my campaign on Twitter, my listing views kept rising and skyrocketed to 1297!  February isn't even over yet.  HOWEVER, I haven't had any sales on Esty this month what-so-ever.  So what is up with that???

 

to be continued.

 

 

 

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OLD 81 | BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2014 http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2014/1/bombshells-for-the-troops-2014 OLD 81 | BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2014

BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2014 | Active Duty Special Edition StampOld 81 BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2014 | Active Duty Special Edition StampOld 81 BOMBSHELLS: FOR THE TROOPS | 2014 | Active Duty Special Edition Stamp

*this project is not for profit

I'm looking for six (6) models, men and women who want to be models, wives of Military who want to send the Troops some Traditional American Culture (in a tasteful way!).

I've had a small idea change.  I want and need 4 females and 2 males.  The themes for both are up for discussion, vintage 1940's-ish if we can.  The males may be a bit harder to do something classy vintage with.  BUT, why can't a male be a BOMBSHELLL???  There are female soldiers who are fighting just as hard and I bet would love to get their hands on some of these male Bombshell photos.  Let me know if you are interested.

I did have a small project from last year which had 3 beautiful ladies who participated.  It was very successful in completing the objective.  The objective was (and still is) to uplift Active Duty Military personnel's spirits by showing them some Traditional Iconic American Culture while they are overseas (or otherwise stationed away from home).

I am looking for all shapes and all sizes.  I want you to feel comfortable.  You choose your outfits and I can help if you want.  What models usually do is to bring several outfits that she would like to wear, then I go over with them which ones would look best for the particular shoot and look that I are looking for.  I want the outfits for this project to be flirty, sexy, and tasteful.  Just like most of the pinups from the 1940's.  A more modern twist can be done for one or two of the models in this project.  I am remaining flexible. 

The compensation for the women will be to have a copy of their favorite print and to have fun during the shoot.  Also, knowing that they were a very special part of this campaign.  There will be recognition and at least 15 minutes of fame as there was last year with the models.  This is a great way to support those members of our armed services.  Plus, you will have some good memories and great photos to share with your friends and family.  All of my photos in this project are not that risque.  I just want to create and bring home that vintage style as in the history of this iconic and traditional pinup culture that many of us have fell in love with.

Contact me here http://photos.old81studios.com/contact.html

I am also looking for other help than just models.  *this project is not for profit

Read on to help:
 

  • If you would just like to make a donation to this project
  • Actually, probably the best thing that you could do for this project is to help promote.  Facebook wants money to promote to everyone... but instead of that... if you have a few minutes to help promote... copy or share links... facebook... twitter... or any other Military Support Website would do and be so great.  I want to get the word out.  Many people want to help or would like to help but aren't sure how... this would only take a few minutes of your time.  See the links below for promo links.  THANKS IN ADVANCE!
  • Clothing donations or use
  • Nails

  • MUA - Make Up Artist (I have one already so I won't need one unless they are not available)
  • Venues or locations to shoot at (I really need a venue for shooting.  It will be an all day event.  My studio is way too small for this.)
  • Props
  • Other donations including monetary donations (so we can send more photos and pay for more shipping)!
  • Time Donations (Help stamp, process for shipping, packaging, bring food for the shoot, drinks, help setup, etc)
  • Old cars, old planes, old motorcycles
  • Catering.  I may have this lined out but if you would like to help with food - to feed our guests and models and helpers and me... lol  then let me know.  We all have to eat too!

  • Anything else you can think of... Ideas!  (Post your ideas to the blog comments below)





PROMOTION leading up to Shipping would be VERY helpful (I will start a blog soon but everyone can start with the links below)

 

*this project is not for profit - ALL donations or money will be used in creating the artwork, printing the photos, securing the venues, and help with providing food and water or whatever else we may need during the shoots.  Any money leftover will go towards the project for next year.


DONATE PAGE IS HERE



Contact me today so we can start planning for this year!


JC Kirk

 

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About JC Kirk and his photography dba Old 81 Studios aka Old 81 Pinups | Wichita Kansas http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/12/about-jc-kirk-and-his-photography-dba-old-81-studios-aka-old-81-pinups-wichita-kansas About the Photographer

JC Kirk Photo of Old 81 Studios Owner/PhotographerPortrait, Landscape, Pinup, and Fine Art Photographer JC Kirk aboard the Lady Lex (USS Lexington)Portrait, Landscape, Pinup, and Fine Art Photographer JC Kirk aboard the Lady Lex (USS Lexington)

Hi, I'm JC Kirk, and I have been taking photos ever since I was a child, just like my children are doing today.  Only today, they are starting with DIGITAL.  I started out with a 110 camera and then to 35mm, both film.  I transitioned to digital when my first was born, but it was still a point and shoot.  My first digital SLR camera came about in 2006 and I started shooting photos for fun and didn't think about ever going professional, let alone making a business out of it.  I have had several small businesses in the past including a Computer Repair Service, a "family" type hometown video rental store, and a few others.
Portrait, Landscape, Pinup, and Fine Art Photographer JC Kirk aboard the Lady Lex (USS Lexington)Portrait, Landscape, Pinup, and Fine Art Photographer JC Kirk aboard the Lady Lex (USS Lexington)Portrait, Landscape, Pinup, and Fine Art Photographer JC Kirk aboard the Lady Lex (USS Lexington)
In 2005, I played around with the idea of making an indie film and ended up filming, directing and producing a 10-minute short film in a 72 hour film competition.  It didn't earn any rewards except for my friends having fun and most everyone losing lots of sleep for a weekend. The judges said that "it was funny", AND it WAS supposed to be a Comedy so I suppose we did okay for our first try.  It made people laugh and still does today.  Video editing takes so much more time than a still image.  Video is like a million still images!  So that moved me over to still photography.  Now, I don't do so much video as I enjoy lots of time with my two kids but I still want to write a screenplay that I have written in my head - maybe one of these days I will make time to do that. 

In 2009, I developed some more skills and became more interested in Photography as a hobby and a potential business.  I went overseas to travel a bit and I took my camera bag with me.  I took some interesting images and a few great ones.  I orchestrated a 10-hour long layover in Amsterdam so I could take even more beautiful photos.  I then started researching for a better camera and buying a few books on photography so I could end up with better results in a shorter amount of time.  I kept learning!  With very few exceptions, I was self-taught.  I never had any formal classes or went to any universities to study photography or journalism.  I did learn and still do from other photographers that I find on the internet and also local.  I have lots of books that I've skimmed through.  I have bought some instructional videos and watched some of them.  I try to keep learning all the time and I learn something new or later think that I should have done "this" or "that" better each time I do a photo shoot.  One of my weaknesses still today is posing people.  What I try to do is give them little directions and let them come up with something that feels and looks natural.  I still look for and read articles on posing subjects.

In 2010, I started getting real serious and buying much better equipment.  I thought that if I could take some awesome photos with an older and cheaper camera then what could I do with a better camera and pricey lens or two?  The results were better and that motivated me to invest in some studio lighting and backdrops.  I also started taking some aviation type of photos to document a restoration project of a Lockheed Electra.  I also started some online training to greatly improve my knowledge and skills.

Most of my photo shoots are done on site and not in my studio.  My studio is in my basement and it is set up pretty nice but I wish there was a little more space and height.  I have a paper-roll background system now and a few cloth backdrops. 

In 2011, I was asked to do a Pin-Up photo shoot. It was a last minute shoot as they had a two day deadline. I didn't think I was quite ready for the task but I have really been wanting to shoot Pin-Ups in a vintage style and I had been researching Vargas' and Elvgren's work.  I wanted to do this with photography and also now have two or more styles that give it that vintage and drawn look.  I wanted a modern style mixed with the classic appearance.  Some of my final prints have a paper like quality and/or rustic look and/or washed or faded offset appearance as well.  I ended up with several creative styles that display the Old 81 Pin-Up and I do all that with my digital camera in and out of my studio. Pinup Marilyn Old 81 Pinup portrait vultee bt-13 warbird kansasPinup Marilyn Old 81 Pinup portrait vultee bt-13 warbird kansasPinup Marilyn Old 81 Pinup portrait vultee bt-13 warbird kansas

In 2012 and into the first quarter of 2013, I figured I needed more experience and knowledge with the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom programs.  I also needed to upgrade my editing computer and add the latest versions of the software.  I spent hours fine tuning my skills and learning new ways to be creative in post production.  I also worked on streamlining the workflow needed to accomplish such tasks more efficiently.  I also purchased a new camera body (full frame) and more pro lenses.  With my improved skills, knowledge, creativity, and equipment, my finished images were now turning out to be better than the ones I took just the year or months before.  This WAS the major turning point from good to great.  I went back and looked at a few photos that I took in 2009 and compared those to ones that I took in 2013 and I really impressed myself with seeing the HUGE difference.  I was now, more than ever, very proud of my accomplishments and what I have achieved over the years.  I will continue to learn, strive to do better, and most importantly make my clients happy. The Exploration Place "before and after" photo at night in Wichita, Kansas.  As shot versus post processed photo.The Exploration Place "before and after" photo at night in Wichita, Kansas. As shot versus post processed photo.The Exploration Place "before and after" photo at night in Wichita, Kansas. As shot versus post processed photo.

Bombshell: For the Troops
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Photography USABombshell: For the Troops Old 81 Pin-ups Old 81 Studios Photography USABombshell: For the Troops Old 81 Pin-ups Old 81 Studios Photography USA In April of 2013, I came up with an Active Duty campaign to promote smiles, interest, memories, keepsakes, and tradition.  I called this assignment BOMBSHELL 2013: FOR THE TROOPS.  From what I am told, they absolutely loved it.  It was the least that I could do.  I will do this again as it felt so good to give to these fine men and women of the US Military.  I have given out a few prints here and there for Veterans before (and that also feels good) but this time it was just for Active Duty personnel.  This felt so amazing!  The return on this investment was invaluable.  I know that I can take many different types of shots and photos.  I want to try at least every genre once.  Right now, I enjoy creating great images for great people.  Bombshell: For the Troops 2013
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I have shot Maternity Photos, Children's Photos, Dance Recitals, MMA fights, Boxing, Landscapes, Travel, Restoration, Business Card Photos, Soccer, Christmas Portraits, and many others.  Right now, my favorite would have to be aviation type of 1940's era Pin-Up.  If you have an idea or something that you want to do or shoot then let me know what I can do for you.

The name Old 81 Studios came to me after several ideas that I came with. I did not want to use JC Kirk Photography even though right now I pretty much am a one person company. I do get some help from time to time. So, Old 81 Studios was thought of from living next to Old Highway 81 that runs North and South through Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and other states. Near Wichita, Old 81 Highway is actually Broadway throughout Sedgwick County, Kansas.

I look forward to working with you and bringing some of my self taught talent to your photo shoot. I will shoot in studio but I prefer to shoot on location at the place of your choosing. Shooting on location gives your photos the uniqueness that you deserve. I don't try to cookie cut or give you the same "herded" look that you would find at those cheaper places. If you want "just some photos" then by all means go get those done. BUT if you WANT some photos with a photographer that can make your session special and YOURS, then choose Old 81 Studios. I will take lots of photos and spend time with some test shots and getting a special look. My photos can be printed to about anything you can imagine. Huge wall prints? No problem. Huge Gallery Wraps or Metal prints as you would find in a museum or art store? NO PROBLEM! Those Gallery Wraps are amazing! Think about how long and how many generations that family portrait or custom shoot will stay in your family. Ever see an old black and white from your great great great grandparents?

Enough said?

I'm JC Kirk and I shoot for you! I'm following my dreams one shot at a time but I am also wanting to shoot your dreams one session at a time.
 

JC

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photos@old81studios.com (OLD 81 STUDIOS) and art baby boudoir child commercial corporate event events family high infant kansas ks landscape maternity model photographer photography photos pinup portfolios portrait portraits prints school senior wedding wichita http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/12/about-jc-kirk-and-his-photography-dba-old-81-studios-aka-old-81-pinups-wichita-kansas Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:38:34 GMT
Portrait Photography Wichita, Kansas | Valley Center | Park City | Newton | Andover | El Dorado http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/12/portrait-photography-wichita-kansas-valley-center-park-city-newton-andover-el-dorado IMG_3925_LR_bw1_revised_2013_logosIMG_3925_LR_bw1_revised_2013_logos

 

Who and What is Old 81 Studios?

Old 81 Studios is a photography based business from the creative vision of professional photographer JC Kirk.  He is an artist following his dream, one shot at a time.

The name and Logo of "Old 81 Studios" was created and based upon me living next to "Old Highway 81" (which used to be U.S. Route 81) that runs North and South through Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, North and South Dakotas.  Near Wichita, Old 81 Highway is actually Broadway throughout Sedgwick County, Kansas.

I am a Wichita Kansas-based professional photographer. Currently, my areas of interest are anywhere from portrait photography to landscapes. I concentrate on giving my clients heirloom quality memories put into still print and social media.

 

What type of services do you provide?

My creative vision is unique just like my clients are.  Each session has it's own creative experience unlike a chain or "cookie-cutter" portrait shop (Those chains may advertise low prices to get you in the door but most of their extra costs end up being much higher than perceived - not to mention those buyers miss out on their unique & custom experience for higher-end custom photography).

I have a creative and artistic style that my clients love!  I spend the time with you and your family to give you the end products that will become an heirloom to your family and cherished for generations to come.  

I have many clients that come back to me year after year because they are more than satisfied with the final products and service that I provided them.  I am not wanting to make a quick buck.  I want to create the best possible images that I can and establish a reputation that continues to exceed many new emerging photographers.  

My portrait sessions are an investment.  Invest in your timeless session today.  You will be amazed.  You will be satisfied.  You will be happy.

- Family Portraits (portrait photography)
- High School Senior Photos
- Landscape Art Prints
- Infant Baby / Child Portraits
- Event Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Custom Photography
- Commercial
- Corporate Events
- Maternity
- Pinups (Old 81 Pinups)
- Boudoir
- Model Portfolios
- Almost anything else serving the greater Wichita Kansas area.

 

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Getting Over It (the bridge) means almost to Grandfather's House http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/10/getting-over-it---almost-to-grandfathers-house The black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake.  Circa 2007.  Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_bwhck_no_logoThe black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_bwhck_no_logoThe Bridge over Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri USA The black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening.

This is the bridge over Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri.  This is the iconic bridge that I remember crossing as a child.  I love that bridge.  When we crossed it going to visit my late grandfather, I knew we were about to his place.  During our stay, I always wanted to go see the bridge, whether it was from sitting in a boat on the water below or by vehicle.  

There are 30' bluffs on the Northeast side of the bridge where I remember jumping off of as a kid.  Pizza Hut was not to far from there and their dock to the first cove east had a little red hut on top of it just like the building.  

This shot was taken on July 25th, 2007 when I took my kids to see my grandfather and their great-grandfather.  One evening we went on a photo and sight seeing excursion to visit the places I remember as a child and to show my children the spectacular views overlooking the Ozarks.  When we stopped at the bluffs, I ran out into the roadway with my first dSLR and a cheap 75-300mm lens with my mono-pod while my kids and grandfather watched for vehicles behind me since I was concentrating on the composition of this shot.  (I say cheap lens and still even back in 2007 using a non-pro 10MP camera the Canon Rebel xti - I was still able to capture this beautiful and fantastic shot)

I won't forget that day or all those fun times down there.  If you have been there to visit then you know exactly what I am speaking of.  Grab this iconic piece of treasure to hang on your wall in any format or medium you would like.  Bring your memories home.

 

Original shot as it came out of my Canon Rebel xti in 2007.

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Below are the post processed looks I came up with in 2013.

A color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake.  Circa 2007.  Shot in the evening.A color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening.A color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening. A color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake.  Circa 2007.  Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_hc2_mb_logo_textA color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_hc2_mb_logo_textA color photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening. The black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake.  Circa 2007.  Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_bwhck_logo_textThe black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening.. Shot in the evening. 07252007 361_LR_bwhck_logo_textThe black and white photo of the Shell Knob, MO Bridge which sits over Table Rock Lake. Circa 2007. Shot in the evening. I absolutely love the rivets and high contrast and details in these photos.  The black and white version was the overall fan favorite.

The black and white photo with no captions was submitted into the Midwest Center for Photography (Wichita, Kansas) and chosen as one of their 2013 Hot New Pics entries.  The opening reception was October 25th, 2013 and the exhibition was shown for two weeks.

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Follow your dreams, Hannah Kirk, one shot at a time. http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/9/follow-your-dreams-hanna-maria-one-shot-at-a-time Hannah Kirk: Creative young artist from Kansas

"Barb Wire in Field" by Hannah Maria"Barb Wire in Field" by Hannah Maria"Barb Wire in Field" by Hannah Maria This photo was taken by my daughter Hannah Maria. She was 11 years old when she took this photo on our Kansas Farm in Republic County.

This photo was taken by my daughter Hannah Kirk.  She was 11 years old when she took this photo on our Kansas farm in Republic County.  (She is now 13 years old)

I sat down with her and pulled this photo up in LR5.  I manipulated LR while she told me what she liked better and which direction to go and what look she wanted to create.  Sometimes, I gave her options like an Optometrist would: This one... or this?  We finished this by creating a preset of all the manipulations, calling it "hf" for Hannah Farm. 

With only one of her prints online in an art market, she sold a very large print copy within two weeks.  I was proud of my daughter, my little girl.  When I told her that she had sold a print, she didn't believe me at first but with little convincing, her face lit up; she was so excited.

We went through some other photos that she had taken that day and applied the same preset to them, cropping them to a 2x3 aspect ratio for easy selection for printing.  We also had to use a special program to increase the pixel count and resolution for better printing of very large photos, such as the one she had already sold.
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The money she makes from selling her photos will go into her photography fund.  This fund will help her get better equipment for taking photos and editing them with post processing programs herself.  I have opened a gallery on this site just for her artwork.  She has also expressed interest in visiting New York to experience it and to take as many photos as she can.  She really wants to visit Times Square and take photos there - we'll have to get a permit for that.

Hannah Kirk loves creating anything really.  She really loves sharing her creations with other people.  Whether people just look at her work and make a nice comment or if they purchase a print to hang in their home, she is ecstatic that her creative talent is being adored.

As a father, I want to see her succeed.  I will also help her learn and guide her through her projects as long as this is something that she wants to do for her self gratification (even if some of that comes from other people's satisfaction and enjoyment of her artwork).

Follow your dreams, Hannah Kirk, one shot at a time.
Love,
Daddy
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First TIPs for post processing your photos http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/8/first-tips-for-post-processing-your-photos A few starter tips and basic essentials when post processing your photos

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Old image that I took years ago and re-processed from the RAW file.  I shoot much better now and have better equipment but these before/after shots gives you a reason to shoot in RAW now.  I'm sure I did back then.

 

  1. Shoot in RAW with your DSLR.  I usually do RAW + L .jpg that way I have ALL the data from the shot in raw form and also have a quick .jpg to view and share before any post processing.
  2. Invest in a monitor calibration tool and software such as X-Rite's i1 Display 2 or the X-Rite i1 Display Pro (either would work just fine).  X-Rite also has some other color checker equipment that works well.  This will calibrate at least one monitor so you know that what you are seeing is what you are going to get.  You will need to read all of the information and it's usually pretty easy to set up in a few minutes. 
  3. You can also "soft proof" your photos before sending them to your printer (print house/shop).  You will need to get with your printing shop to get their ICC Profiles that match their printers and paper types.  They have specific instructions on how to set that up with Photoshop or Lightroom software.  Don't embed that profile into your photos!  Use with the monitor that you calibrated to "soft proof" before sending for printing.
  4. If you can't or don't want to buy the calibration tools or want to wait on that investment then you can also order a few prints and then adjust your monitor to match those prints.  Make sure the print house does not adjust your image in any way.  You will want control over your final product and have it printed just as it appears on your screen.  When selecting photos to send in, choose a wide range of colors so that you can get your monitor setup with each color.  This way is a little harder to do but really worth it in the long run.  
  5. When you come up with a look that you like during post processing.  SAVE IT as a "preset"!  Use those presets again for the same set or even different ones.  You can always adjust, tweak, and fine tune every shot before saving as a .jpg and sending for printing.
  6. The post-processing software that I use are Adobe Lightroom 4 (or the new version that I'm not using yet is Lightroom 5), Adobe Photoshop CS6, and sometimes the Nik Collection add on or plug-in (now by) Google.  I also have Topaz Labs (but I rarely use it now only because I haven't had time to train on it).  If you can only afford one, use the new LR5.  It's much cheaper than Photoshop and more user friendly for users who want to learn plus it has some amazing new features that will help keep you out of Photoshop anyway - because you can now do it in Lightroom!  If you are a student or teacher (or faculty) then you may also qualify for a huge discount with their student and teacher editions.  Another good HDR merger would be Photomatix Pro 4 (but I just use my Nik Collection for now when I do HDR).  The last time I tried an HDR photo I wasn't impressed so I took that RAW file and tweaked it in LR4 and came out with an amazing image.

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Old image that I took years ago and re-processed from the RAW file.

More to come.  Fellow photographers, you are welcomed to share your views and two or three cents, whatever the case may be.  lol  

  1. Keep it clean
  2. Promote Learning
  3. Be nice and constructive (especially in criticism)
  4. Post links to your own blogs or other learning videos or cheat sheets.
  5. Remember, I'm still learning and obviously not the authority on photography.  Each photographer has their own style and thoughts.
  6. ENJOY!

 

JC Kirk

 

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Old 81 Pin-Up Minnies! http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/4/old-81-pin-up-minnies Old 81 Pin-Up Minnies

 

Think:

 

Pin-Up Party + Mini Sessions = A whole lotta FUN!

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Gather up ten or more of your BFFs.  Host a party.  Get your hair done.  Get your makeup done.  Sport your favorite shoes and the outfit that you love or always wanted to be in.  Have your photo taken in one of several classic poses or create your own. 
 

Mini Sessions will ONLY be done with 10 or more ladies during a one day shoot at one location.

Mini Sessions include:

  • Single outfit
  • About 30 minutes of shooting
  • Post Processing of 2 of your favorite photos*
  • Those two photos resized and fitted for Facebook (Upload upon request)
  • 4 Gift Prints (prints that are smaller than 8x12")
  • Online Proofing (in a password protected gallery with the rest of your friends)
  • 10% off additional purchases***
  • More options to add to this Mini Session below

$148 / Per lady

 

Add On Options for Mini Sessions:

  • Additional outfit with another 30 minutes of shooting.  Add $50
  • Post Processing of another 2 photos of your choice.  Add $50
  • Locations outside of the Wichita Metro area will have travel fees added to and either paid for by the host or split up evenly and added onto the Mini Sessions of each participating lady.

 

I will bring a Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist with me (tips are welcomed).  However, each lady will have to provide their own wardrobe, flower, bandanas, outfits, etc.  Ladies can also do their own hair or makeup or bring their own stylist (of course that cost is on you-or maybe you want to get them in on this exciting party as well!) 

I can shoot either in studio or out on location (you pick the location and private locations are best, such as garages, farms, and bigger homes.)  Private locations will need a "host" which could either be you or one of your friends (and if it's one of your friends then I would suggest you "share" part of your "bonus" with them. Fair in my book). 

 

Your friends want to have their classic (or modern-if a more modern shoot is desired) car or motorcycle in the shoot?  Have them bring it.  Those are very good "props" to have and to shoot with.  Do you have a friend that owns an airplane and has their own hanger to shoot in?  I have done photo shoots with airplanes such as warbirds and vintage classics.  Imagination is key. 

 

Most of all:  Enjoy dressing up.  Being among friends.  Getting glamorous and knockout photos of yourself playing the role of a Pin-Up Doll.  You have the fun and leave the work to me.  Of course, I have fun and enjoy taking your photos as well.  It's a wonderful feeling when I hear these ladies after the shoot tell me that they really enjoyed dressing up and playing the roll of a Pin-Up.  They felt like a model.  They felt so sexy.  They have a great big smile on their faces and can't stop talking about their wonderful experience and of course wanting to share their photos with their friends in the online gallery while they pick out the top ones they love. 

 

So, what are you waiting for?  Book that session.  Book that party.  Let's do this.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your husband a loved one.  The photos will look great and you both will love it. 

 

All locations WILL need a Location Release signed by the property owner unless this is public property in which a permit may be required (but probably not, just depends on the city) to do a photo shoot like this.  My studio, of course, is open.  However, it is not that large of studio.  Hosts could also organize food and water as well or we could all chip in and have a catering service bring us those amenities.  I'm open to suggestions and ideas.
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Wanna Be a Pin-Up link http://photos.old81studios.com/so-you-want-to-be-an-old-81-pin-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

*Additional Post Editing of your photos will be billed at $60 per hour.

*** Additional purchases must be for items from your custom photo session and gallery and are valid one year from invoice date.

 



A look at our "A La Carte" Pricing**

(aka price per item)

  • Wallets (set of 4) - $16
  • Gift Prints (prints that are 8x12" or smaller) - $36
  • Digital Files - $50 per photo (minimum print purchase to obtain digital files is $400)
  • All Digital Files - $400 (after a minimum print purchase of $400)
  • Export to Facebook - $20 (up to 50 photos and the Old 81 Logo will be in the lower right hand corner)

 

  • Reorder Fees - $20 plus a $10 Shipping Fee. (these only apply to reorders below $200)
  • Additional hour of shooting - $50/hour

Wall Prints

  • 11x14" - $66
  • 16x20" or 16x24" - $86
  • 20x24" or 20x30" - $106
  • 24x36" - $136 (e-Surface Color Paper Only)
  • 30x40" - $496 (e-Surface Color Paper Only)
  • 30x45" - $546 (e-Surface Color Paper Only)
  • 30x30" - $306 (e-Surface Color Paper Only)
  • Square and Wide Prints Available
  • Finishing & Mounting & Frames are Available

Showcase & Specialty Products


Standout Displays

Starting at $96

  • A Standout is a 1.5" thick, lightweight Gatorfoam with a lightly textured black or smooth white trim around the edges.
  • Sizes 8" x 8" and larger

 

 

 


Canvas Gallery Wraps

Starting at $196

  • Images are printed on a premier art canvas substrate and professionally wrapped around 1.5" or 2.5" thick wooden stretcher frame.

  • This canvas gallery wrap arrives as a finished product ready to hang.
  • Sizes 10" x 10" and larger

 

 


Fine Art Prints

Starting at $126
  • Fine Art prints are printed on large format inkjet printers on Fine Art Paper. Fine Art paper is similar in look and feel to watercolor paper and is a great alternative to fiber-based printing.
  • This paper is more fragile than traditional photographic prints and must be handled with care.
  • Sizes 8" x 10" and larger

 

 

 


Acrylic Prints

Starting at $396

  • After the photo is printed directly to the 1/4" acrylic, a layer of opaque white ink is screen printed on the back to create a product that highlights the vibrant colors and fine details with the image.
  • Stainless standoffs for mounting are included with the product.
  • Sizes 16" x 16" and larger

 

 

 

 


Metal Prints

 
Starting at $396
  • Modern. Edgy. Beautiful. Brushed aluminum Metal Prints show off your photos in a unique way. A coat of opaque white ink is added to the metal surface and then the image is printed on top.
  • Printed on 1" deep brushed aluminum box and delivered ready to hang.
  • Sizes 16" x 16" and larger

 

 

 

 


Metal Murals

Starting at $456

  • Metal Murals are guaranteed to make a statement. Your image is split into a 2 by 2 grid of 11.7" brushed aluminum tiles. Each mural features silver snap rings and brackets for easy assembly and wall mounting.
  • Murals will hang approximately 1" off the wall.
  • Sizes 24" x 24" and larger

 

 

 

 


Wall Clings

Starting at $156
  • Life-size print that you can stick on the wall. Wall Clings adhere to practically any wall, and can be moved numerous times with no residue.
  • Image is printed on premium Photo-Tex material. Sticks to walls, doors, lockers, and more.
  • If possible, avoid extending the subject off the picture. In the 'Special Instructions' box provide directions on how much image to include in the final cutout.
  • Wall Clings can be ordered in size 18" x 12" up to 72" x 48".

 

 


Photo Books or Albums

Upon request and special order

Proof Binder

 

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Finish & Mounting

Finishing and mounting your prints and products are extra.

 

 

**A La Carte Pricing is single and multiple items purchased instead of a collection.  Minimum Purchase of $150 still applies.  Metallic and True B/W papers may cost extra.  This list is not the complete product list.  To see the full range of products and get photo descriptions, place a photo in your cart and the item and price list will come up for that photo.  Some crop ratios may have to be changed.  Not all crops will have the resolution needed for the extremely large prints.  Extremely large prints will need to have a Styrene mount added to the back, this is a 2mm thick black plastic to keep the print sturdy and flat - otherwise it will be wavy.  A backing mount can be added to any print.  Lustre coatings may be added to any print.  Lustre coating is a protective coating that is on the front of your print.  This helps protect your prints from fingerprints and dust.

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Old 81 Pin-Up Parties! http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/3/old-81-pin-up-parties Old 81 Pin-Up Parties

 

Want to do your own Pin-Up session?  Think: Pin-Up Party!

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Gather up six ladies (plus yourself) and schedule as a group for a whole day of shooting and get your (the host's) "Collection One" included.
 

This means that when six of your friends purchase Collection One (or above) then you get yours included (absolutely free-I would ask that you sign a photo release in case I decide to use your photos for advertising, etc.).  Consider your Pin-Up Portraits as a referral bonus to you and of course for signing that photo release.
 

Further more, I would like to offer a discount to your friends as well.  If they sign a photo release (this is needed anyway to even post your photos on Facebook-my policy) then I would give them a 25% discount on ANY Collection they choose.  For Collection One this would equal a $74 discount.
 

Hair and Makeup will be provided!  Each Pin-Up will get two clothing changes.  Either in studio or out on location (you pick the location and private locations are best, such as garages, farms, and bigger homes.)  Private locations will need a "host" which could either be you or one of your friends (and if it's one of your friends then I would suggest you "share" part of your "bonus" with them. Fair in my book). 

 

Your friends want to have their classic (or modern-if a more modern shoot is desired) car or motorcycle in the shoot?  Have them bring it.  Those are very good "props" to have and to shoot with.  Do you have a friend that owns an airplane and has their own hanger to shoot in?  I have done photo shoots with airplanes such as warbirds and vintage classics.  Imagination is key. 

 

Most of all:  Enjoy dressing up.  Being among friends.  Getting glamorous and knockout photos of yourself playing the role of a Pin-Up Doll.  You have the fun and leave the work to me.  Of course, I have fun and enjoy taking your photos as well.  It's a wonderful feeling when I hear these ladies after the shoot tell me that they really enjoyed dressing up and playing the roll of a Pin-Up.  They felt like a model.  They felt so sexy.  They have a great big smile on their faces and can't stop talking about their wonderful experience and of course wanting to share their photos with their friends in the online gallery while they pick out the top ones they love. 

 

So, what are you waiting for?  Book that session.  Book that party.  Let's do this.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your husband a loved one.  The photos will look great and you both will love it. 

 

All locations WILL need a Location Release signed by the property owner unless this is public property in which a permit may be required (but probably not, just depends on the city) to do a photo shoot like this.  My studio, of course, is open.  However, it is not that large of studio.  Hosts could also organize food and water as well or we could all chip in and have a catering service bring us those amenities.  I'm open to suggestions and ideas.
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Wanna Be a Pin-Up link http://photos.old81studios.com/so-you-want-to-be-an-old-81-pin-up

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photos@old81studios.com (OLD 81 STUDIOS) 1940's 81 bombshell classic for the troops kansas old old 81 pinups parties pin pinup pinups studios up vintage wichita http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2013/3/old-81-pin-up-parties Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:00:47 GMT
HOW TO: Take a nice landscape photo at night. This is of the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, KS USA http://photos.old81studios.com/blog/2012/4/the-keeper-of-the-plains-in-wichita-kansas The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas at night by JC KirkIMG_7249

I already have a few shots of the Keeper of the Plains in which I really like.  They turn out really neat on Metallic paper.  I have been wanting to take some more shots of the Keeper from different angles and perspectives.  Right now, I do not have a very wide lens so I went down there last night, March 31st, 2012, to see what I could get with the nice equipment that I do have.  Needless to say, I came home with some amazing photos for you to enjoy.

 

I brought two cameras and two lenses.  My Canon 7d with the 24-70mm 2.8 L and my Canon Rebel Xti with a 28-135mm 3.5-5.6 IS.  The only filters I used on both lenses were a UV filter (which I always have on my lenses and it's there to protect my glass).  Most of the best shots were with the 7d of course.  I originally took the xti with the extra lens to shoot the setup of the other camera and maybe even to get a self portrait.  I ended up setting up another shot with a desktop tri-pod (which wasn't my best choice tonight but it did have a nice low to ground effect).  I used both cameras in full manual mode so I could control ALL of the camera settings instead of other modes where the camera controls one or some or all of the settings.  Full manual mode is the best way to get amazing shots like I have done in this shoot.  When doing still shots on a tripod like this (especially at dark) set your ISO to 100 so there is the lease amount of noise in your photos.  And of course, always shoot in Large JPG + RAW so you can get the best (raw data and uncompressed) file to work with in post.

 

I setup the composition of the shot (for the lens I had) and then set the f stop at 22 (the highest setting) so that the depth of field was maximum.  For landscape shots, f/22 is what you should use.  This will allow most of the shot to be in focus.  Now, with the long exposures on moving objects-those objects will blur (because of the motion of the object, not the focus of the camera).

 

The focal length that was used on most of these shots were 38.4mm, remember I'm using a cropped frame camera (rather than a full frame) APS-C (crop factor 1.6x).  So I had my lens at 24mm and it was converted to 38.4mm.  When I set up the composition of the shot, I made sure that I could get a good 8x10 crop for prints and also stay at 8x12 (which is the dimensions of the sensor).  Previously, in my 2009 photo shoot of the Keeper of the Plains (also shot in March), I filled the entire frame (8x12) during composition and unfortunately resulted in only being able to print those prints in 8x12 (otherwise a crop would have ruined my composition and therefore the photo).

 

Let's take a quick moment to touch on WIDE prints such as the 8x12.  I absolutely love 8x12 (and derivatives thereof) since it is a wide shot, a wide print, similar to the wider screen TVs and screens you find today.  I think that the wide prints look great and captures more of the scene as seen at that moment.  The downside, most frames and mats that you buy over the counter in stores are NOT for wide prints such as the 8x12.  Most of them are 8x10.  (I'll have to make a separate blog post about this subject and see how many fans and other artists will brainstorm this topic and offer their views.

The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas at sunset on March 31st, 2012 by JC KirkIMG_7220

Taking photos at sunset and after dark (or other long exposure shots) you will need a sturdy tripod that won't move once setup.  I then used a remote to activate the shutter release.  I started at about 1/16 of a second since the sun was still up (at sunset) then moved to longer exposures throughout the night once the sun had dipped below the horizon.  If you view the entire gallery of this photo shoot, then notice and keep your eye on the star (or planet) that is falling in the sky over the Keeper of the Plains.  The longer exposures capture more distance that the star travels.  Once I was up to 30 seconds (the limit for manual mode) I switched to BULB mode and opened the shutter with my remote and used my watch to time the exposure then with a click of the remote again the shutter closed.  I experimented and went up to a full five minute exposure but this was too long, especially when the flames ("Ring of Fire") surrounding the Keeper of the Plains were lit.  The schedule for lighting the flames are from 9pm to 9:15pm.  When the flames were activated, even 3 or 4 minute variations were simply too long since the flames were way too bright and damaging the shot.  So, what I did for the last flame shot was to try to start the exposure right before the flames went out.  My watch was probably not set for the same time as their clock.  So, I just had to guess.  I opened the shutter once again (just in time to) and the flames went out 6 seconds into the exposure.  I then had to decide how long to let the ambient light soak into the lens and onto the digital sensor.  During exposures, I couldn't look at the other photos that I just took in order to determine the best exposure time.  At the time, I was having good results (with ambient light in the foreground reflecting off of the logs and river).  I decided to split the time between 4 and 5 minutes.  The shot ended up being 271 seconds which is just over 4.5 minutes.  This turned out close to perfect in my eyes.  If I could do it all over again, or twice, I would use 4 minutes and 4.25 minutes on the last shot with the flames activated the 6 seconds.  It is still an exceptional shot, don't get me wrong.

 

I have already scouted a few other shots that I want to take down there at the Keeper of the Plains.  I have to be careful and try not to infringe upon another photographer's copyright or completed work.  In other words, I can't go down there and try to duplicate someone else's work and composition.


The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas at night by JC KirkIMG_7249

I love this photo.  The Keeper of the Plains is clear and almost exactly facing into the lens.  The suspension bridge structure (inspired by a bow and arrow) is on the left (the other side of this bridge is out of frame right).  The flames were captured but not overbearing.  The river was moving quickly but the long exposure captured the moving and rough water as a smooth blur.  The rocks and logs and stuck tree limb is in the foreground with the flames subtly reflecting off part of them and the smooth water towards the lens.

 

Here is the gallery to all of the photos from this shoot.  I have them separated into two galleries.  One for the 7d and one for the Rebel Xti (yes the image sensor needs cleaned badly on the xti-oops) I have not post-edited any of them.  I will eventually pick a few to work over in post and then they will get into the final Keeper of the Plains gallery on my site and on Facebook.  I am going to leave the large watermark on them for now (in the upper left corner) so people can't crop my logo out and print this or any other photo without my permission (ie paying for it). 

The Keeper of the Plains in Wichita Kansas at night by JC KirkIMG_7241

I would like to hear your comments and what you like about these shots.

Thank you for reading.

 

 

JC Kirk

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The Keeper of the Plains rests in downtown Wichita, Kansas overlooking where the Big Arkansas and Little Arkansas River merge.  The Keeper of the Plains sculpture stands 44 foot tall and rests on a 30 foot rock pedestal.  Native American Blackbear Bosin created and donated the Keeper of the Plains to the citizens of Wichita in 1974.  For more information about the Keeper of the Plains, visit the City of Wichita's Website and the Mid-America All Indian Center located next to the Keeper of the Plains in Wichita, Kansas USA.

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