A new look for pinup

“Testing. Testing. Check one two. Check. Check.”

Test shoots. Every photographer has a different way of doing them. The general consensus is that they’re shot in studio (if you have one), with basic lighting. It’s so that the photographer can see how the model works through poses, how they respond to instruction, and to see how light falls across them. It lets you know whether or not you’ll be able to get what you need out of your model quickly when the time comes, because once money enters into the equation suddenly, “ain’t nobody got time for that!”

lingerie shot implied motion

Played with a softer edit on this one. I plan to do a lot more shots in this style going forward. It's clean while still having a natural, film-like feel even though I processed the hell out of it.

Maybe someday my test shoots will be more like that, but for now they are totally different.

When I first shoot with a model I definitely want to know all of the above, but I also want to come away from it with something compelling. That’s why I give my models a list of things that I want to add to my portfolio. Right now that list includes:

  • Dark beauty
  • Glamour
  • Artistic Nudes
  • Body Painting
  • Pinup
  • Fitness
  • Swimwear
  • Lingerie

Crazy cool stitching from yesterday’s post… test shoot.
These pinup shots and artistic lingerie… test shoot.
Steampunk that’s going up tomorrow… also a test shoot.

The end goal is to figure out who will work well for conceptual work later on, but it’s also a way to get to know models, test new ideas, and build a track record of creating really cool shit.

For this shoot the goal was to start playing with some ideas for pinup shoots, combining a ton of lights with the whitewall, and then working with layers, and textures in post to come up with something a bit more creative than just a beautiful woman in a cute pose.

I came away from this one with the knowledge that Jazmine is eager to work for a perfect frame (a second shoot is already in the works), that I’m close to having the final shots where I want them, and that I need to get out and shoot a lot of my own stock for pinups.

Anyone have a vintage kitchen I can photograph?

Model and MUA: Jazmine

Photography and retouching: David Noceti