Pop Shoppe – a retro photo shoot

Whoa, it’s been a long time since I posted here! I’ve been busy with so many things: the wrap-up of school, my online photography class AND the purchase of a new house! Yes, that’s right: we are finally taking the plunge and moving from our first house to a larger home in a different neighbourhood. We take possession at the end of August but won’t move in for a couple of months after that because we’re having some work done there to make it awesome! Anyway, back to photography … My class is going well and I’m learning SO much! On top of that, I have a new camera to play with! My old camera was acting up and was no longer focusing properly. I was going crazy thinking it was ME not able to focus properly anymore. Anyway, the big 4-0 birthday came along and my sweet husband spoiled me with the Mark III. I love it!

I’ve been wanting to do a Pop Shoppe stylized session for a very long time. My parents used to own a Pop Shoppe franchise: the crates, the bottles, the flavours – even the cute bottle caps – evoke major nostalgia for me. Unfortunately, my family didn’t keep any of the Pop Shoppe crates – a prop I knew I absolutely must have for a stylized session. So, I kept my eye open on Kijiji and low and behold, I finally found myself a crate! Now to style the session …

I’m loathe to admit this in a public place where Paul will not only see this but have a public record of it, but a stylized session means … SHOPPING! I knew I wanted a sort of retro look to recreate the look and feel of my 1970s summers. And, I knew I wanted to keep with red, white and denim blue. After a bit of searching, I found exactly what I wanted for the kids’ outfits: jean shorts, retro-looking t-shirts, clog sandals for Claire, vintage-looking sneakers for Ren, and bandana for Claire to wear in her hair and as a belt.

And then I had to gather all the small items that would add pops of colour and interesting detail to the shots … AND act as bribes for the kids to participate! Thankfully I already had the Etch-a-Sketches, old comics and Pop Shoppe bottles. I just needed to buy some ketchup chips (Old Dutch brand, of course!), red gumballs, yogurt-covered pretzels and red and white striped candy sticks.

These details, combined with old jean blankets my mom made (featuring my old swimming and skating badges) and some oversized pillows, made for a cute and comfy picnic.

Claire and Ren were such great sports for this session. It may have helped, though, that we took these on my actual birthday! I think they wanted to make me happy. And they certainly did! The shoot was exactly what I’d hoped for, and more. Thanks, kiddos, for helping me re-live my 70s summers!

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