Vision Makers PDX Presents

The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Themed Photoshoot
With a Custom Fitted Corset Designed by Phoenix On Fire Sewing
December 4, 2021

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A Photoshoot One Can Only Dream Of!

For our December event, Vision Makers PDX is brining you something special for the holidays. The theme of this shoot will be – The Nightmare Before Christmas!  Donna L. Mentzer, owner of Phoenix On Fire Sewing is so excited to be working with us on this shoot. And this is an opportunity for you to work with a local designer who is truly passionate about her craft. – Imagine owning professional images of you in an outfit that is tailored to your unique body and curves! 


For this shoot we are offering two ticket types. The ‘Pro Session’ includes a Model workshop from iModelsNW, Hair & MakeUp, and the experience of wearing a custom-fitted corset to your photoshoot. These are high quality, custom creations. Just the sewing of a corset can take up to a full week to complete. In addition, your ticket will give you access and the opportunity option to buy your custom-made corset at a discounted price! (tickets now on sale!)

For those of you looking for the experience of wearing a corset, but don’t want the all the additional items of a Pro Session, we will be offering a General Session as an option. (GA tickets go on Sale Nov. 1st)


The PRO SESSION Photo Shoot Experience –
A $500+ value – You pay just $149!
• Approximately 1 hour of shooting time in front of the camera shared between photographers.
• Each photographer has their own unique style; You get different looks!
• Model Workshop with Dee Harris – via Zoom (date TBD)
• A professional Hair & Makeup Artist
• Coaching during your photoshoot by iModelsNW
• You will be custom fitted in a corset from Phoenix On Fire Sewing to wear at the photoshoot. 

Or choose the GENERAL SESSION – Was $99 now only $49!  
Phoenix On Fire Sewing will be brining her closet of corsets in various sizes and styles to the photoshoot. On the day of the even you get to select ONE of her creations to put on and wear for your photoshoot! You will get all the edited photos from your photoshoot. Approximately 1 hour of shooting time in front of the camera shared between photographers. NOTE: The General Session does not include Hair & Makeup, Model Coaching or the Workshop by iModelsNW. – 



Do I have to purchase the corset that is made for me?
The short answer is no. However, buying a corset made from Phoenix On Fire Sewing is not about acquiring a new garment to wear. The process of having a professionally made corset is about the EXPERIENCE. If you wanted to buy a basic corset, custom-fitted and tailored to your body, the normal price starts at $225. This level of a corset is what you will be fitted in for your photoshoot. And we promise you will look amazing in it! You get the experience that comes from all the fittings and measurements and the opportunity to look fantastic in something that has been tailored to your body. After your shoot is over, you simply return it. You are under no obligation to purchase.

What if I want to buy my corset? What if I want something special made for me?
Many of you are going to want to take advantage of this offer and buy the corset and make a truly one of a kind garment, that is YOU! If you know you want to purchase your corset let Phoenix On Fire Sewing know upfront and prior to your fitting. They will then work with you to create a one of a kind corset for you to wear. And if you do decide to purchase, Phoenix On Fire Sewing will automatically give you $25 off their normal price! You have the option to add things like; pockets, beading, trimming, needlework, feathers, etc. You are only limited by your imagination! (NOTE: These items are for an additional cost)

Is there a guaranteed number of images? – The short answer is no. This event is not about producing a ton of random images. It is about creating great, high-quality images. That being said you will receive ‘many’ images; in line with what our previous events have brought you. – typically 10-15 edited images from each photographer.

What if I arrive late? – We highly recommend you arrive by your check-in time. This will give you one hour to check-in (paperwork), finish any last min details before your shoot (hair, makeup), and be 100% ready to move upstairs for the start of your photoshoot.  Remember, you are reserving one hour of time with the photographer(s). As such we are not able to allow your session to go over into the next session. Please plan ahead accordingly. The price of your ticket helps us pay for the rental fee, HMU artist, coaching, online class,  and keeps Vision Makers PDX running. As such no refunds will be issued.

What is the process and methodology used to have my corset made? 
Donna L. Mentzer, owner of Phoenix On Fire Sewing has answered that question for us.
“Once I receive confirmation of your participation, the following will occur:”
• Contact will be made with the person and the entire process will be reviewed with them. I will also explain that this is not my corset it is their corset. May it be for one day or a lifetime that doesn’t matter to me. I want their passion, their ideas, their dreams, their grand “could we do this?” and I want their feelings going into this corset and process. Nothing less will do.
• 1st appointment for measurements will be scheduled. During this appointment, we “dream” about what the individual has a passion for. We talk about colors, styles, ideas, presentations, and themes. This 1st meeting will take 30-40 minutes. Most of this time is sitting on my couch and talking about their vision.
• My drafter will then use the measurements to complete a “mock-up” for the next fitting. This allows us to see where we need to add or reduce seams or style of corset.
• 2nd appointment will be with the “mock-up” and the review of what wonderful ideas that we both have had to make the corset even better. Most 2nd appointments are 20-30 minutes long. We do not often require another appointment, for fitting, but it does happen from time to time.
• I make the corset and work on any special request that the person has for the corset. Things like pockets, beading, trimming, needlework, feathers, etc.*
• Final fitting is to try on the finished corset to ensure comfort and ease with any additional items added to the corset.
NOTE: The above process is located in Willsonville.



*If you purchased a General Session, you will have a start time of either 11:45am or 12:45pm depending on how many tickets are sold. We will contact you prior to the event to let you know your check in time.




Listen to an Interview with Donna from a previous photoshoot.







Check out all of our events scheduled for 2021