Steam Punk (El Dorado County Portrait Photographer)

  Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s.[1] Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used—usually Victorian era Britain or “Wild West“-era United States—that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld and China Mievill

My friend and photographer, Roger Aylstock, organized a Steampunk photo shoot a couple of weekends ago.  He invited me and fellow photographer, Steve Batz, to attend.  I brought two of my favorite people along to model, my oldest son, Christopher, and his girlfriend, Amber.  We also had several other models.  The idea was to dress everyone up in great costumes, photograph them in front of a plain backdrop and later extract them and put them in a made up backdrop or different background. (See picture above.)

Here’s the original photo:

Here’s a few more from the same shoot.

Amber finds some jewels hidden in the book

I added her glasses in post along with all the background elements. (Steampunk elements and backgrounds provided by Tangie Baxter at

Here is the original photo.

And here is the finished photo.  (Elements and backgrounds provided by Tangie Baxter at

And here is my oldest son, Christopher.

This shoot was a lot of fun, and I hope to be attending a steampunk photoshoot again in June.

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  • February 24, 2012 - 10:01 am

    photowannabe - Awesome. Thanks for the explanation of the concept and how the backgrounds were done.
    Very magical.

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