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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Some of them didn’t.
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.
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.
I’m glad Heidi was able to capture my looks before they’ve fled entirely. This was a good task.
*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.