Bang Bang – A Photo Adventure

Greetings everyone! I hope you are well!

Dominique in Palmdale - Film - Yashica 124

My friend Dominique and I have been planning and scheming to shoot together from what seems like FOREVER.

If you don’t already know and follow @tikidominiki then you are a damn fool and missing  out on this incredible sassy pants. Check out her music HERE!

Her shows are so fun and I have the BIGGEST girl crush on her ever – good thing her husband is the coolest!

Our plans are always grand and ambitious – I think partly because we both can be perfectionists and also know the other is going to KICK ASS at anything we do together. The only problem with that is we never seem to just DO IT. We are trying to find a perfect location, or lining up some hair and makeup friends to collaborate with us. In theory this is awesome, because we both want to put our best work out there but I think it also prevents us from shooting some spontaneous places full of happy accidents.

We somehow lined up our schedules and drive out to butt fuck nowhere in the desert to shoot some rogue rolls of film.

There were walmart runs, wrong turns, wild fires, traffic, and some totally sketch neighborhood that had us prepped to JUMP BACK IN THE CAR in a flash.

The results are rad and I cannot believe I waited this long to post them for you to oogle.

Of course – I shot it on film. I used a twin reflex camera from the 60s & shot both black and white and some expired slide film – which I started to develop myself. I never did that before and it has been a learning curve for me. It is way more sensitive than black and white film. Scanning and color correcting is always a challenge and I certainly have a hate/hate relationship with being enslaved in front of a screen for any length of time. Blah!

Check them out:

 

It was incredibly WINDY – hence all the HOLD ON TO YOU HAT poses. She was braver than I was for most of the day, until we got to the scariest liquor store EVER – then I was for some reason FINE. I guess I rationalize that if they have Doritos there than it cannot be that bad.

The best part was the road trip conversations  – day trips are perfect for that. WE HAD SO MUCH to say and no time to get sick of each other & are already scheming for more shoots and maybe some more road trips JUST BECAUSE!

Thanks for checking them out friends!

 

Summer School HOMEWORK

• What are your favorite road trip snacks?

• Any Road trip hacks/survival tips?

• Where is your favorite day trip to adventure to?

 

 

Where have you been?

I am sure the 5 of you out there reading this have been asking yourself the SAME THING. WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN SUSIE?

Vintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet Fischietto

Well, I have been hustling. I had a few life changes occur over the last few months and I just have not been sure what the best way to deal with them is. Do I rant on my blog and complain about what is going on? Do I ignore it and pretend nothing has happened but let it fester anyways? OR – Fucking use it as an opportunity to do what you want.  And that is exactly what I have been doing!

I am getting back to shooting film. It is what I started on when I was in high school – and what Brooks BEAT into us after.

I broke up with film for a long time. We fought, film wasn’t giving me what I thought I wanted, I blamed film. I am happy to report that we are back together and very much in love. Both of us have changed and at the same time are both are totally stubborn selves.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I have been teaching my friend Josh ( check out his instagram @joshsorheim to see the fun stuff he has been shooting) how to shoot manual and how to develop. His completely   bat-shit enthusiasm has reminded me how I used to feel about the entire process. I foresee many more photo adventures and smelling like fix in the future.

With that being said I am going to be posting these quick little shoots here from time to time. I always post one or two on instagram but there are so many I would like to share and not be a complete self important asshat about it. So I am going to be one HERE, because IT IS MY DAMN BLOG!

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I had the pleasure of being acquainted with Janet (see her instagram here) from mutual friends, roommates, and just knowing she is a creative vintage force. She travels a LOT and while we have exchanged messages about wanting to work together time just seems to slip away from us. When I realized she was off around the world again I asked if we could get together for a quick little shoot. SHE WAS IN!

We went up to the Griffith Observatory at dusk – and I brought a few rolls of film and my little TLR and we pretty much just did a lap around the property and left (and celebrated with a glass or two of wine and CHEESE)

She did her own hair, makeup, and styling and needed ZERO direction. These photos are equally hers as they are mine. I love it when a plan comes together.

Please check out her site  –  http://www.janetfischietto.com

I am convinced she is just visiting us from another time. I am also convinced that we need to be besties and run around LA together every time she visits!

I am going to work on that one.

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I develop my own negatives at home – with some experimental combinations that Josh and I have been working on – then scanning and doing my post until I have a dream house with my own darkroom.

Vintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet Fischietto
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Homework:

• Do you have a hobby or skill you used to love and don’t use it anymore?

• Is there one you wish to learn?

• How do YOU deal with stressful life situations? Is being creative a factor?

 

 

Come back soon, I promise to be here!

Viva! I Hardly Knew Ya! VLV18

Bittersweet Susie | Viva Las Vegas 18 - 2015


Howdy! Another Viva is done! Another notch in our belts, another pile of dry cleaning and suitcases I bet have yet to be unpacked. The prep work (especially for the vintage wearing friends) is SO MUCH! All the outfits and shoes and it seems to be over in a flash. I brought more clothes than I could possibly need only to hardly touch most of the outfits and CURSE the one perfect dress I left at home.

This year was a success. I danced and laughed with friends, made new friends, saw some amazing music (THE SONICS!!!!!) and snapped some photos. It was great but it also felt different from the few I had attended.

It felt like I kept MISSING people I wanted to see, some friends I only ran into once! I didn’t take NEARLY as many photos as last year either. The plus side is that it actually felt like a real vacation and the most relaxing weekend in Vegas that I have ever had. And I am OLD so that is a lot of weekends to compare to.

Things I did manage to do at Viva:

  • Bowl – I brought my own ball because I am hardcore like that. This was a welcome break because we bowled after everyone else left.
  • Lay by the pool – made possible because I was staying at a hotel DOWN the block. It was a sand bottom pool and it ruled.
  • Instafriends – met people from Instagram that I have followed (stalked) for a while. Missed some of my favorites but I will hunt them down, I mean meet them next time.
  • Barfed – from food poisoning and dehydration. Kids, don’t eat at the Orleans and CHUG that water. Learn from my mistakes.
  • Danced – until I could barely stand!

Bittersweet Susie | Viva Las Vegas 18 - 2015

Enough with the talking, you only came for the photos. Jerks. If you see your friends below send them over here to me! I promise to be REAL NICE.

If your photo is below – you can totally post it on your Instagram as long as you credit and tag me. If you crop out my watermark I will be forced to punch you RIGHT IN THE NOSE. So don’t!

Bittersweet Susie | Viva Las Vegas 18 - 2015

Thanks Russ for the photo!

Thanks for stopping by! Please follow me by adding me to your blog reader or signing up over here to the right! I would hate to miss each other AGAIN.

No homework – I still have some unpacking to do!

I went to PROM

Hi Friends!

Pin Up Prom 2-14

Earlier this summer I got to go to Prom again! No, not with an unsuspecting underage kid, cause that would be GROSS.

I got to go to the 2014 Pinup Girl Clothing Prom.

Please check them out if you are not familiar.  They are an amazing company that promotes positive body image and their clothes are made in the US! What’s not to like?

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There were never a more well dressed bunch! My own prom (in 199….. WHATEVER did NOT look like this)

I did wear vintage to my own prom but my fabulousness was drowned out by the sweet sweet sounds of  “No Diggity”

ALSO – our illegal after prom was held at this shady hotel in Hollywood – the same one Brenden Fraser stayed in Blast From The Past! (everyone in LA is famous – even crappy hotels)

But the BEST part is around 1 am when we all finally got there, tired and our hair a mess from our sweet dance moves, the elevator doors open and you know who was standing there?

LITTLE RICHARD.

Little mother fucking Richard was in the elevator. I froze. The kids I was with had NO IDEA who he was and piled in. That was the highlight of my elevator experience EXCEPT for the one time I high fived Justin Timberlake in one. Remind me to tell you that story later.

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There were treats, there was glitter, there was BOOZE!


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There was also burlesque performed by Masuimi Max!

Pin Up Prom 2-14

And Ivy Levan performed – have you seen her? She is a complete BADASS!

Pin Up Prom 2-14

As usual, I am just going to DUMP some of my favorite snaps from that night right HERE. Have a look!

If I took your photo feel free to show your cousin Barbara –

or make it your profile photo – just credit me!

* If you are interested in purchasing a print – you can at this link! *

The whole gallery will be up (not just this selection)

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY !

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Homework
• tell me about YOUR prom? What did you wear?

Adventuring – Tiki Oasis 2014

Hello Friends! I actually left the HOUSE! It’s an amazing feat and you should totally pat me on the back. I am not kidding.

 *This post has a ton of photos – I will NOT be mad if you skip to the bottom to see them*

I went on a little adventure to San Diego which is delightful this time a year. I highly recommend it.

The event is Tiki Oasis – a Tiki themed concert, dance party, fashion show, art installment, adult summer camp. Those are my words, not theirs. Please don’t be mad at me if you disagree. My description is crap so I just thought I would SHOW YOU with ALL THE PHOTOS. You are welcome.

I don’t think that I could describe it perfectly or even accurately because this was my very first year. My first impression and the most common answer I gave was that it was OVERWHELMING. There were so many things going on at once so if I was at one end something spectacular going on at the other end of the event.

Tiki Oasis - Beat Tiki - 2014

Go Go dancing babies! NO BIG DEAL!

There were CRAFTS!

There were CRAFTS!

There were book clubs, craft classes, beauty school, live music, burlesque, car show, lectures, DJS and somewhere in the middle my brain just stopped and exploded. Done.

Tiki Oasis - Beat Tiki - 2014

This kid is disappointed in me for missing book club.

I saw a lecture by Rolly Crump – and he gets sweeter and funnier every time I see him speak. He even let me take his photo (I’m sure he think’s I’m a lunatic but I LOVE HIM SO)

Tiki Oasis - Beat Tiki - 2014 - Rolly Crump - Bittersweet Susie

Rolly Crump is a BABE.

Tiki Oasis - Beat Tiki - 2014 - Rolly Crump - Bittersweet Susie

Once upon a long ago I worked at a sleepover summer camp on Catalina Island and over and over I couldn’t shake this feeling that I was back there with our campers. We woke up the camp with music at 9:30 AM too!

My FAVORITE part though was spending time with my friends. The ones far away, the ones close to home and all the new ones in-between. Oh, and I got to wear ALL MY MUUMUUS, that was my second favorite.

KIT – See you next summer!

Tiki Oasis - Beat Tiki - 2014

Everyone makes friends at Tiki Oasis!

 Fest300 did a feature of my photos THE 15 BEST LOOKS FROM TIKI OASIS  – click there to check it out!

* If you see yourself, first let me say THANK YOU for letting me take your photo! You are swell and also really good looking! Feel free to use it on your fb or show it to your mom! (Just please credit me if possible and add me as a friend!)*

Homework

• Send me your grandma’s muumuus!

• What is your favorite tropical cocktail?

• If you were a tiki god what would your name be? What would you be the god of?

Pin-Up Party

oh HEY!

Yea I know I have been away – don’t look at me like that. I promise I have been busy doing things, I just forget to post about it all.

There is something really big and fun coming up that I would NO WAY forget to tell you all about!

THE PLAYCLOTHES PIN UP PARTY!

Party? I LOVE parties! Espesh ones I do not have to clean up.

My favorite Vintage store in all the land is having a Pin Up photo day – Saturday, June 14!

Burbank CALIFORNIA is where it is at, but totally worth the drive if you aren’t down the way.

 I will be photographing and joined by two incredible talents rocking your hair and makeup (because you REALLY do not want me to be in charge of THAT) We going to transform you into the most rocking of babes EVER!

Bittersweet Susie | Pinup Party at Playclothes Vintage - Burbank CA

This is a heck of a deal – only $125 and that includes styling and photography. I would do it if I wasn’t working the camera, for reals.

Call the store to reserve your spot. 818.557.8447 – There are only a few spots open so call now – Or live with regret and have to pay WAY MORE money for me to take your photo.

I know we all love a good deal (and for the record I am worth EVERY DAMN PENNY)

VLV17 – Photos Round 2

Hi new friends!

Yesterday was the BIGGEST day I have ever had on my blog! Thanks for stopping by – you made my week (year, month, what HAVE you)

Here is the final installment of my VIVA photos (here is round 1) and in appreciation for you taking your time to look over here I am giving away a print of your choice. You do not have to take a print of a STRANGER – I have more arty farty things to choose from over at my photo site susiedelaney.com.

To throw your hat in the drawing just subscribe to my little blog over there on the right —> (somewhere on the right anyways)

All new subscriber names from now until next Wednesday will be thrown in a hat and I will make my DAD choose. I will contact you and you can pic what photo you would like. I will still like you if you DON’T SUBSCRIBE, I am just not gonna give you a present.

Here are the photos – have I told you how much I like you?

Please come back and see me – and don’t forget to subscribe to enter my contest!

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