My photo shoot projects are born from a variety of influences, including old movies, books, and surfing the internet. This Winnipeg Vintage Themed Couples Photography session had a more unusual beginning – and it all had to do with seeing a Manitoba Theatre Centre Production.

This is the largest photo blog posting I have ever done – but I wanted to share all of the great photos I captured.


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My wife and I had seen the recent and tremendously entertaining production at MTC – The Million Dollar Quartet (set in the 1950’s), and I noticed this fabulously talented actor/singer – Laura Olafson.

I thought – “How great would it be to have this lady as a Vintage Lounge Singer in some sort of photo shoot?”

She loved the idea – and the Vintage Shoot started taking shape.

Here is the promo video from MTC Million Dollar Quartet. You can see Laura in the video in her gorgeous vintage green dress.



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Next was a location. I needed a Lounge setting that was classy, stunning, and had a vintage setting.

This is “529” – one of Canada’s most respected steakhouses – and located at 529 Wellington Cr., in Winnipeg.

 This elegantly restored historic 1912 mansion, with  its luxurious draperies, sparkling chandeliers, and polished woodwork was perfect!

Many thanks to the President of WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc., Mr. Doug Stephen who made it all happen for me.

Also thanks to the Operations Manager – Karl Jones for being onsite and most hospitable.


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My last ingredient was a vintage military officer – as I wanted this to take place in the 1940’s.

I found my answer in Jerry Goertzen, of Ste. Anne, Manitoba for agreeing to be my male model.

All of Gerry’s outfit and props were supplied by my studio – and are authentically vintage.


winnipeg vintage themed couples photographyThe basic story of this Winnipeg Vintage Themed Couples Photography shoot, is a WW2 Military Officer is on leave and enters a local Lounge.

He is hypnotized by the soulful sound of a lovely Jazz Singer, and spends the evening socializing with her.


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“What better way to spend an evening on leave, then listening to this doll!”


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“Turning heads with her stunning voice and good looks.”

As you look at these images and watch the story unfold – think of how exciting and fun it would be to have your own vintage styled photo shoot with my studio.

I can create any kind of custom story/concept for an individual or a couple.

Perfect for a unique engagement session or even romantic date/memory.


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“Standing up to get a better view of this songbird.”


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My studio specializes in adding a “Vintage Flair”, to any style photo shoot. Perfect for One-Of-A-Kind Engagement/Couples Sessions.

I have had several Pinup, Boudoir, and Classic Hollywood images published in a variety of U.S. Magazines.

This means you are assured of receiving PREMIUM images and Top-Rated service.


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This pose was inspired by Rita Hayworth from one of my favourite Film Noir movies – Gilda.

Laura has many singing and acting credits to her career. This includes a guest star on the Canadian TV series “The Pinkertons” (Season 1 – episode 22).

As well as she has had many roles in a variety of Royal MTC and other theatre productions.

Her most recent adventure included being a singer on a luxury cruise liner.


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Speaking of the famous movie Gilda…the other star of that movie is Glenn Ford (a Canadian by the way).

And Gerry could be his twin brother! Gerry actually has some experience as a former Panache model, and was fabulous to work with.


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More of Laura portraying the PERFECT “Gilda”.


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“Calling his buddy’s at the airforce base.”

My studio maintains a large inventory of Glamorous Dresses, Pinup Outfits, Vintage Lingerie, and a huge assortment of Vintage Props.

We also have a 1959 Vespa Motor Scooter and a 1950 Dodge Automobile for photo shoots.


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“The lovely Laura takes a well deserved break and mingles with the patrons.”

The oh so perfect and vintage styled hair and makeup was provided by Opal Anderson from Hairfx Studio in Winnipeg.


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“Cheers to a wonderful evening.”

Wondering exactly where are studio is located?

We maintain a professional home studio in Ste. Anne, a relaxing 20 minute drive from Winnipeg. We also can rent a studio in Winnipeg.

Outdoor session can be in any location in southern Manitoba, including the many scenic spots along the Seine River in Ste. Anne.


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“All the latest news from 1941.”


* Winnipeg Vintage Themed Couples Photography – “LET THE DANCING BEGIN” *


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I wanted to capture some typical 1940’s social interaction, which would have included dancing.

Without any background music at the shoot – Laura and Gerry nailed all the poses perfectly!


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As you can see in this series of “dancing shots”, I’ve showcased several vintage editing styles.

These are a few of the edits that can be added to YOUR OWN photo shoot, to give it a truly nostalgic feel.


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I can’t say enough about the gorgeous vintage furnishings and decor at the 529 Steakhouse.


* Winnipeg Vintage Themed Couples Photography – “BACK AT THE BAR” *


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I think Laura was born in the wrong era.

She looks like the front cover of a 1940’s Glamour Magazine!


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Of course, any 1940’s social setting usually involved smoking.

Jerry of course was the perfect gentlemen and offered the lady a light.

I should mention that all the cigarettes/cigars are props and any smoke or flame was all added via photoshop.


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Laura looking like a 40’s Pinup Doll – and Jerry is dapper in his authentic Canadian Air Force Uniform.


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“Calling a taxi – my evening ended much too fast.”

Our studio’s Custom Vintage sessions are all about the detail.

The vintage telephone, faux wrap, retro microphone, and veiled hat are all part of my studio’s prop inventory – and available for YOUR OWN SESSION.


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“A dreamy looking portrait of our 1940’s Laura.”


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“Black Cat” – the brand of choice for this pilot.


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Ladies – You can be a Diva-For-A-Day, with our vintage styled photoshoots.

We have access to some of the top Hair and Makeup stylists to give you that truly stunning vintage  appearance.


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“Time to head back to the air force base.”


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“The pilot stops to think once more about the stirring sounds of the alluring vintage vocalist.”


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“The nightingale performing another song set.”

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I wanted to create one edit that really looked like an old scratchy vintage photo.

I thought this one of our illustrious pilot was perfect.


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Please check our previous Blog Postings for a variety of stunning Vintage Photo Shoots.

You can even search categories in our Blog Section.

Here’s a link to a two-part staged Vintage Couples Shoots I shot last year and was featured in the Winnipeg Sun Newspaper.



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Here is a link to another Blog posting of a more Pinup styled Couples Shoot.


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That concludes the Winnipeg Vintage Themed Couples Photography Session.

Again – many thanks to everyone who made this possible.

Now Let’s Make This Possible For Your Own Individual or Couples Shoot!

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