Saturday, February 23, 2013

Shirlie Kemp and I

I teased you in the last post with a picture of a French Wedding photo shoot that is coming out in French Style magazine in March.  That photo along with everything else from that whirlwind shoot came from the lovely Shirlie Kemp.
Shirlie and I in my work space.  It is amazing how good we look as both of us were hot and sweaty from our long day of shooting!  That would be because Shirlie's daughter took the picture.  She is a talented celebrity photographer.  Now I know why those VIPs always look so good...  it's all because of the photographer : )

Shirlie is a gifted photographer and artist living in the UK and is also one half of the Shirlie and Pepsi pop singing group from the 80s.  I didn't know this about her until after our photo shoot.  I'm afraid I'm terribly out of touch with pop culture and so had no idea about Shirlie's rock and roll celeb status!  She and Pepsi were and still are quite the stars with hits ranking in the top ten and have even just recently preformed at a concert.  So here I am thinking she is a photographer having no idea she is actually quite the star.  She had contacted me a while ago after stumbling on some of my Faerie pictures and said that if I was ever interested in doing a shoot with her to let her know.  She often comes to the States and would love to collaborate on something.  I had a look at her blog and fell in love with her work.  Go over and visit her blog here and see her latest work.  She just posted a Marlyn Monroe shoot she designed and photographed that is absolutely stunning!  Well, since she offered.... and not being too big of a fool I quickly emailed her with my French wedding ideas.  Next thing I knew Shirlie, her daughter Harley Moon, who is a professional celebrity photographer and her friend Hayley, again another wonderful photographer and frequent collaborator with Shirlie showed up at my house, cameras in tow ready to play.  I can't show you the French wedding shots until the magazine is out so instead I will show you some pictures she took of my work space at my new house.
My workspace


Some detail pictures of the inside and my myriad collections, costumes, and supplies...

I also want to show you Shirlie's art.  She alters photos into beautiful painterly canvases.
She played around with some of my instagram shots as well as ones she took during our photo shoot.
Have a look!

This one above is my favorite, it is so rich!


Here are a couple of my instagram shots she added her magic to.

I think they are beautiful!  When I first saw her work I thought they were paintings.
Here is a shot of me that she played with...  it is rare that I like pictures of myself.  I love this one.

From now on I will only have Shirlie and Harley-Moon take my picture.  They actually make me look good!  So thats it for now.  Keep a look out for the new issue of French Style by Fifi O'Neal.  It should be hitting the stands next month.  You will see a fun French wedding that I designed and which was beautifully shot by Shirlie and Harley!
Blessings to you!


  1. Looks like much fun was had by all!!!! You look wonderful! Her work is beautiful. Looks like your new workshop is coming along nicely. I still love those windows you found! Hugs! Charlene & little Elle

  2. Look at you! You look fabulous and you look happy! Loved all of your textures and colors. Also the time you spent with Shirlie sounds like you guys had a ball! Oh and your studio, you so scored on those windows!-xoxoxoxo

  3. What a beautiful collaboration! This is my first time commenting on your blog, But have been reading for the pat couple of years. I've been a long time fan of your's after discovering the Faerie Wedding shoot and I absolutely LOVE what you do!... And I loe that you have a blog, its like a peek into some whimsical, magical world,, and everything that goes into your work. You are so inspiring!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  4. Wondrous...You are definatly having fun. Lovely photos and love your workspace it's a great hideaway.

  5. What gorgeous pictures! And I love what you guys are wearing :)

  6. Beautiful pictures and you look gorgeous.

  7. Thank you Tricia but the pleasure was all mine! Working with you was so inspiring as it's not only is your work thats so wonderful but I found out you were too!

  8. A belated Congratulations on your collaboration with Shirlie and her Team and for Sharing some of the Fun you all had at your Studio! Fabulous, all of it... and that Image of you really shows your Spirit shining through! Your Star is continuing to Rise too my Friend and now the Europeans will see your Amazing Work and Talent... lucky them!

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  9. Granted that this male artist would be unlikely to take advantage of your creative services, but I wanted to write again to tell you how many times I've shared your work with my creative female friends. As a former designer and magazine art director, now a full-time artist of old western themes, the magic and charm of what you create still fascinates me to no end. The attention to detail and rustic charm is nothing short of genius.