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My Photo Shoot at Cork & Cask with Vintage Evening Gowns

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My friends know me as a person with a lifelong passion for vintage clothing and style. I have a serious collection that I’ve been adding to for decades. So a couple of years ago when I acquired some genuine stage costumes of a late 1940s-early 1950s performer, I was over the moon! It took me a while to find a model who could fit into them, then the perfect location had to present itself (the fabulous Cork & Cask), but I was finally able to make a photo shoot happen with a couple of the pieces. It was so much fun!

The dancer and performer who owned these pieces was named Claire Gerber. She married her first dance partner, Howard Marlow, right out of high school, and they plied their entertaining, acrobatic act on stages all over the US and even on cruise ships. I acquired a handful of Claire’s stage costumes, but they’re so tiny that even my extremely petite model, Ember, could only fit into one of them! That’s the bias cut, crystal beaded black gown you see here. (I will find an even smaller model and do a shoot with the rest of Claire’s costumes someday soon!) The pale green dress is much longer and a tiny bit larger than the black one. I learned that it had belonged to one of Claire’s bridesmaids, which explains the size difference. It has a distinctly late 1940s look to it, so I suspect it must have been from Claire’s first marriage, to dancing partner Howard — she went on to divorce and remarry three more times. If you’d like to see pictures of Claire and Howard, check out the comments on THIS Facebook post.

This is one of the funnest personal photo shoots I’ve done lately. I can’t wait to do more with Claire’s beautiful stage wardrobe.

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Another Fun Pinup Shoot!

Beautiful, bodacious Miss. B is a returning client who loves to dress up as a pinup girl! This is our second photo shoot together, with another one planned in the spring. We did these pinup girl photos in my Colorado Springs studio at the end of January. Isn’t she fabulous? I love working with her! I’m sure you have lots of questions, so I’ll try and answer them for you. Other than the pink petticoat, these are her own clothes, but no, B doesn’t go around dressed as a sexy pinup girl on a daily basis (though I do know some women who do!). In fact, she’s a busy working mother of two and a committed Air Force wife. In her normal, non-photo-shoot life, B wears the same kinds of clothing that everyone else does — sweaters, jeans and flats, or comfy yoga pants when she’s not at work. Oh and she wears glasses, too, like so many of us, me included! That’s a “Bettie Page” wig from De Oro wigs; B owns several of them and this one is her latest acquisition. Her natural hair color is actually a medium brown, and it’s shorter than this, but I think she looks great in her fantasy Bettie Page persona!

Also, B wanted me to mention that she’s very much a body positive advocate. She’s  worked hard to lose about 80 pounds in the last couple of years, but she loves herself at any size. (And it goes without saying that her husband positively worships her.) I really love her healthy attitude! B is one of my favorite clients and I can’t wait for our next photo shoot!

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Colorado Springs pinup photographers

Colorado Springs pinup photographers

Marian’s Calendar Girl Portraits!

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I love doing pinup photography! In fact it’s not just fun for me, it’s fun for my clients, too. It’s such a lark! I like to think of pinup photo shoots as a sort of elaborate, vintage-themed cosplay, much like steampunk. There’s something very feminine and sexy about vamping things up in a vintage kind of way. Men love it, trust me on that! Don’t quote me on this, but I suspect it has something to do with high heeled pumps and ruby red lips. 😉

Most of my pinup photography clients don’t style themselves like this in their day to day lives; they do a pinup photo shoot to inhabit a sexy (but not too sexy) calendar girl persona for a few hours. Added bonus: these pictures are always a big hit with your significant other! And imagine having these sassy portraits to show your grandkids one day. What fun!

So check out these saucy snaps of Marian, who came to me for a pinup photo shoot a few days ago. She was transformed for an afternoon from a modern career woman to the epitome of the classic pinup dream girl of the silver screen, and wow! She looks like she could be in a 1950s movie opposite a hunk like James Dean, Rock Hudson or Marlon Brando! Hubba hubba! Sophia Loren, step aside, there’s a new starlet in town!

Marian and I did use the wardrobe at my studio for this portrait session, and the jewelry is from my own large collection of vintage baubles and accessories. I’ve been collecting them for years and I love using them in photo shoots.

Honestly, Marian is certainly gorgeous any day of the week, but I think she looks extra beautiful in these pictures. You go, girl! As Humphrey Bogart would have said, “Here’s looking at you, kid!”

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pinup photography Colorado Springs