In Which I Am Pinned

Who doesn’t love classic pin-up, Gentle Reader? It’s ridiculous and sassy and a lot of fun. Whether you prefer cheesecake or beefcake, or love both, there’s something for everyone. It’s not necessarily about attraction – there’s just something about the poses and the big eyes and the pouting – so I decided, when I made The List, that I just had to have pin-up photo shoot. GLAMOUR SHOTS, Y’ALL!

Male Vintage Glamour Shots Big Hair

I’m not getting any younger, you know, and this is probably the best I’m ever going to look again; I might as well go with it. So:

The Task: Be In A Pin-Up Photo Shoot

Sexy Male Pin Up Man With Drill

The Execution: My dear Miss Skaggs, of Heidi Skaggs Photography, is offering a steep discount for photo shoots, just now: it’s essentially a pay-what-you-can situation, to help raise funds for her upcoming wedding. I told her that I’d love to contribute, and since I’d be moving soon, we set up a date one day after work. My beloved Arvingdale was a bit of a shambles, being in the chaos of a move, but I’d managed to set up a little set to one side.

Classy Black-and-White Portrait

There were two sets of photos I wanted to do. There’s a photograph of my great-grandmother taken immediately after emigrating to America; I wanted to sort of recapture that portrait, since we dress alike anyway. I’ve also been feeling very serene about turning thirty; I feel confident and like things are becoming more secure and less tumultuous and like I’m a worthwhile human being. I wanted to capture that in a portrait – something that I can look back in later years and point at and say this is who I am.

A Portrait of Tyler J. Yoder at 30

Heidi’s traveling studio kit was surprisingly lightweight and compact, considering all the equipment it contained. For the portrait, she hung a backdrop – suddenly there was a proscenium in my living room, surrounded by studio lights, complete with those shiny umbrellas. We took some establishing shots – and then we took some shots* – and we took a series of portraits in different poses.

Splayed on a chaise for all the world to see

The backdrop came down while I was making a quick costume change, and it was time to be pinned-up, so to speak. Simply based on the things that I own, the whole second part of the shoot was far closer to a burlesque-themed sort of thing than a true pin-up-style situation. I still tried some of the classic pin-up poses, though. Some of them worked!

A Bored Courtesan lounges becomingly

Some of them didn’t.

Male Pin Up Legs In Air Pose

I should mention that, like most people, I have body-image-issues. Being photographed in so little was – well, it was huge for me. I don’t know if I actually worked through any issues, but for a hot minute I actually felt sexy – which is absolutely not something I’m accustomed to feeling.

Whoops There's A Nipple And Torn Hose

The Verdict: I’m incredibly happy with how these photos came out, and I’m glad that I was able to put something towards Heidi’s wedding. We had a really good time together that night! Towards the end of the shoot – after we’d worked out a rhythm and loosened up a little – we actually got into the rapid-pose-snap-click-snap sort of thing that you see in the movies, and it was glorious.

Genderfluid Burlesque Dishabile

I’m glad Heidi was able to capture my looks before they’ve fled entirely. This was a good task.

A Dreamy Closeup


*Heidi’s actually very professional about her photography. We drank together during the shoot because we’re friends and don’t get to hang out together outside of work very often – but if she were, for example, shooting kids photographing a family series with lots of children, obviously the honey-whiskey would stay at home.

Super Serious Fan Bro


About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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3 Responses to In Which I Am Pinned

  1. lafcady says:

    They’re lovely photos and you look great!

    • Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun, and I feel like I had to confront some issues to take them in the first place. I feel good about these pictures, and that’s a huge deal. Thanks!

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