Have you ever wondered what it would be like to partake in a pin up photo session, but felt too shy and self conscious? Do you love the sassy look of vintage pin up girl images and the glamorous photo stills of classic actresses, but think you’re too old to give it a whirl yourself? Well, think again!
Recently I decided to surprise my husband because he always says he doesn’t have any good pictures of me. He’s a yacht captain and when he is out to sea he always wished he had a nice framed photo of his wife to look at while he’s away. Isn’t that romantic? Yeah, well, it hasn’t happened in all these years because I never actually had the nerve to have any “nice” professional photos done. I feel very awkward in front of a camera and never enjoyed being the center of attention.
Then one day I was down in Miami at the fabulous Terribly Girly Photo Studio, with Janette Valentine and her talented crew , watching them do a Gatsby style photo shoot for our 20s style dresses. That’s when the lightbulb went off! My husband wants a picture of me? Then why not give him one that totally represents what I love and also do for a living?
But could I pull it off? The whole idea seemed kind of fun, but scary too. Plus I thought, really, this is for younger gals. But Janette talked me into it, explaining to me that many of her clients were over 40! She assured me they could make me look glamorous and presentable. So I decided , why the heck not? I would welcome the personal challenge of overcoming my fear of the camera. And I really wanted to do an “Old Hollywood Glamour” themed shoot because I love the pin up photos of 1940s actresses in their elegant gowns. So I immediately started planning the look in my head!
First off, let me just say, hair and makeup artist, Marilyn San German is a miracle worker! Below is a before photo of me sans makeup. Believe me, I don’t let many people see me like this! But I had to show you what a seriously talented HMUA can achieve.
And here are a couple of the after photos, once Marilyn and Janette worked their magic!
I really felt weird and self conscious at first, but Janette and Marilyn were so easy to work with, that they helped relax me. And I have to say I was very pleased with the results and so was my husband. Though at first he didn’t even believe it was me! Frankly, I couldn’t believe it was me either! Those girls did a great job.
It really ended up being a fun day once I got over my nervousness. So, to those ladies who have been hesitant to try it, I highly recommend a pin up shoot as a special treat to yourself, no matter what your age. You get to hang out with funny, super creative girls, talk about hair and makeup, play dress up and get pampered. It’s truly a fantastic way to celebrate being a woman. Oh did I mention? I’m already planning my next theme!