In the Studio – Film Noir

Film noir has been around since the 1940’s…

A style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.

…but I think it is becoming a lost art form, sure with various plugins and such for Photoshop etc, you can recreate a fake Film Noir, but I wanted to really play and experiment with the lighting, to achieve the results I was looking for. Google it, and you will see what I am talking about, deep dark shadows, high contrast, smoke, over exaggerated poses, hats covering faces.

I wanted to create beautiful art and we also wanted to try this style with a boudoir shoot as well. Hayley also had this gorgeous vintage dress…..just perfect for this style.

The lingerie we used for this shoot was also more the style from this era than current fashions.

I used a snoot and barn doors as well as a rim light for this setup, doesn’t look much in the behind the scenes, does it? Just proves it does not take much to make magic!


There is a video montage of all the images here and a behind the scenes video montage here, if you would like to check them out too.

~ Julz