Photographing a beautiful woman wearing a slinky black velvet dress sounds like a lot of fun. Until you try to light it and have the black velvet look like something other than a black hole. The problem is that black velvet doesn’t reflect much light, in fact photographers often use it when they want a solid black background. So by the time you get enough light on the velvet to show any detail, everything else around tends to be overexposed. To further complicate this shoot, both the model, Jessica Warinner, and the photographer were recovering from the flu. But all in all the shoot ended up successfully, and you can see more of the shots on Lori Knowles’ Vintage Fashion site. Location for the shoot was kindly provided by the nice folks at the Benbow Inn.