Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I had the recent pleasure of doing a retro pinup photography shoot with the exquisite Corinna. Corinna is a fantastic model based in Tampa, and her specialty is her vintage look. I simply adore the classical feel of pinup photography, and it is actually an easy look to achieve once you do your research. Want to see more?
How did we get the look? The secret is precision. As opposed to the more natural hair and makeup of today, back in the 40s and 50s the look was achieved with pin curls that remained in place and noticeable red lipstick that stayed within the lines. Corinna did her own hair and make up for this shoot, and I think she did a fabulous job. Curls are definitely the way to go, but you can also do an updo with hair accessories or scarves. For the make up, cat eyeliner and red lipstick are essential. Flawless (or faux flawless) skin is also part of the package.
For your clothes, simple is better and make sure every item of clothing is tight fitting to show off your va-va-voom curves. Kitten heels or heels that are a smidgen higher will work best, though if you are doing a casual shorts outfit you can try Keds tennis shoes.
Most pinup shoots are done in a studio to complete the directional lighting, props, and to make sure that no anachronistic items from today’s world come into the picture. These photos, however, were all shot on the streets of Ybor City, which is one of Tampa’s most historical neighborhoods — especially for the Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrant communities. If we were shooting anything more risqué, I would absolutely remain indoors in a studio, but we didn’t shock too many people with these photos.
A pinup shoot is a great idea for a Valentine’s Day gift for your loved one. My top wedding packages all include extra photography sessions, which most people use for engagement photos or rehearsal dinner coverage — but how about a personal pinup shoot instead?
If you would like to see other images from my portrait portfolio, then please visit my website — KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com.