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Midsummer Night’s STEAM

“A heart that beats an incredible machine made of blood and love and hope and lust and steam”- Sugarland

Last Saturday Mark, Intern Vee and I photographed A Midsummer Night’s STEAM: A Dandies and Darlings Dance. The event was put on by The Artifice Club, a Steampunk Collective.

If you are not sure what Steampunk is…an explanation from the interwebs:

“A sub-genre of speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy.  It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era Britain or “Wild West“-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy.”

The event was not just a dance but an array of fun and interesting diversions. There were a variety of demonstrations, a croquet tournament and a Fashion contest that benefitted DREAM Daschund Rescue. The competition for the fashion contest was fierce! I really admire the work that goes in to an intricate costume/outfit.

Of course no dance is complete without amazing music, Lords and Ladies: A Vaudevillian Disc Jockey Extra-Ordinaries and Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands had everyone moving.

Tip: If you see that an event is hosted by The Artifice Club GO!! You will have a splendid time!

Steampunk! Midsummer Night’s Steam | by LeahAndMark

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We photograph a lot of different subjects. Weddings. Family Portraits. Events – and anything else we feel like. But we’ve been deep in wedding season so it’s been a while since we’ve photographed anything Steampunk!

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Of course – over the past few years we have stepped out and gotten a few opportunities – [DragonCon] [Photoshoot] and it was kind of a nice change of pace to be able to photograph The Artifice Club’s event “A Midsummer Night’s STEAM: A Dandies and Darlings Dance” - which took place at the Solarium down in Oakhurst!

The thing with gatherings such as these is that you have to control yourself, and basically not try to shoot EVERYTHING. Because there really IS a lot of eye-candy that you’ll want to photograph, but if you try to capture EVERYTHING – chances are good that you’re going to end up with a collection of photos that aren’t any better than stuff people capture with point-n-shoots at a convention. And that’s great if you’re trying to ‘just get a photo’ – but if you’re trying to make something better than the average tourist – you should probably take your time and just generally be a bit more selective.

My biggest tip though? – Don’t always try to get the WHOLE outfit/costume – even if the person is posing or trying to show off a particular aspect. Make YOUR Photo, not theirs.

Still. It was nice to get out of wedding mode for a night and be around a slightly different atmosphere.

Steampunk! The Artifice Club. Midsummer Night’s Steam. Masquerade. The Solarium. Photos

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