While this past year has brought me low health wise, I have gotten the opportunity to meet some amazing people, which has led to some amazing photo magic. Last month, the amazingly talented Luscious D put together an empowering photoshoot entitled: I am More than Enough. The concept included a mannequin for each model to …
One of the advantages to doing pin up is the opportunity to shoot with some really beautiful old cars and hot rods! A while back, I got the opportunity to do that with Ivory Rose Photography. Some of the photos ended up in Tantalize Magazine too! Today, I am going to tell you all about what it is like to work outdoors and some of the other issues you may come across while working in a public space.
One of the difficult things about working outside that day was that it was a bit muddy, and the sun was not super cooperative. This particular shoot took place in the fall, and as the time progressed, the angles became more difficult! However, we got plenty of great shots, and working with Ivory Rose is always a pleasure!
While doing this is a lot of fun, the weather can sometimes play a factor on how great something is going to turn out. The sun was a bit of a problem, but Ivory Rose combated it with ease. I did one car shoot sometime back where the camera overheated. It was wretchedly hot that day, and it was probably for the best. We had fun though.
If you are shooting in a public space, be forewarned that you will have people staring. During the shoot where the camera overheated, I actually had a group of kids that followed me around that day like an entourage, completely starstruck. I cannot tell you how much that did for my ego! I loved it. However, not everyone is as nice. After this particular photo shoot, we had a guy who approached us and got a little handsy with one of the models. He was touching her leg while saying he was admiring her tattoo. That is just not cool. If you are in that kind of situation, make sure you are firm with creepers and also try to make yourself known to others for help. For the most part, people are usually great, but in all things, just know your surroundings and be careful.
Modeling with cars is one of my favorite things about pin up modeling. Make sure if you do a shoot at a car show that you try to get permission first before posing and shooting. Also, do not touch someone’s vehicle without permission. That is just a huge no no.
I hope you found these tips helpful, and if so, make sure you share this post and my other posts with your friends! Don’t forget to follow me here and on my social media channels for more fun, tips, stories, and giveaways!
All photos by Ivory Rose Photography. May not be used without permission. Hair and Makeup by Prissy Missy. Dress by Torrid.
A while back, I did a photoshoot with the very talented Cleveland area photographer, Jessica Orzechowski of Lumos Photography. I have admired her work for a while, so I was super excited to create art with her. However, I did not realize how therapeutic it would be.
I have been modeling for five years, and in that time, I did a bathtub shoot, but I did not really show my stretch marks or anything much. It was a beautitful shoot, and it gave me confidence. This one I did with Lumos took those priniciples and went further.
The shot above was not something I planned to do. The Nightmare Before Christmas Cardigan is by Torrid, and the bra and panty set is by Lane Bryant. However, on the spur of the moment, I grabbed the sweater, and we just tried it. I did something that I do not usually do, I put my tummy (stretch marks and all) on display. The image was fabulous. I felt truly gorgeous. I think seeing myself like this was one of those moments to remind myself that every part of me is beautiful.
This body has carried 5 babies, three to term. This body went through being hit by a car. This body went through an eating disorder. This body has put up with all the fad diets I tried. This body does not give a fuck anymore to what anyone else thinks. This body is beautiful.
The next time you see self-doubt lurking, stop. Look in the mirror. Really look. Ask yourself what all your body has done for you. Then love it. Just as it is. Right now. No matter what you do, gain or lose, you have one body and it needs your love and support.
When this photo showed up in my feed a few days ago, it made me smile…not because of my expression, but because of seeing how far I have come since then.
I like to think of myself as a body positive activist. However, even I have times where I doubt myself and pick myself apart. It feels like society is set up for self-hate. With summer upon us, my Facebook feed has been flooded by self-hate memes for not having a “beach ready” body and having arms that are too fat to be seen in public. There are so many women that are going to spend this summer either miserable and sweating because they are wearing layers because they are afraid someone is going to make fun of their bodies. There are women that will not go to the pool because they have been programmed by society to feel that they need to be able to present the “perfect body” in order to enjoy some sun and splash time.
Why do we do this to ourselves? No matter what size we are, we are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea! Even if I wake up tomorrow magically skinny, there will be something else about me that I am supposed to hate, according to haters on the internet. I don’t feel that I owe it to the internet to not enjoy the summer because of ridiculous standards. I spent years not wearing tank tops or cute dresses. I refrained from wearing a swimsuit in public because I was afraid of what some ignoramus might say. Do I know that I am fat? Yes, yes I do. Does it make me worth less as a person? No. No it does not.
I know I have said it before, and I am going to say it again. Whether or not, we get down to the perfect size, it is okay to love ourselves as we are right now. It is okay to be you. It is okay to enjoy life, and honestly, it will make you feel better about yourself. The more we bash ourselves and put ourselves down, the more we are just feeding into other people’s expectations. If you want to lose weight, that is fine. I am not saying you should not. I am saying that you should not think less of yourself because your weight, your butt, your boobs, your arms, your tummy, or (insert anything here) does not fit the mold.
This summer, I challenge you to be bold. I challenge you to hold your head high. I challenge you to hold yourself to different standards than what we are being brainwashed to believe. Wear what you want. Do what you want. Be what you want, but above all…LOVE YOURSELF WHILE DOING IT!
*All photos were taken by Victor Devilbliss with MUAH by Making Faces Professional Make Up
This was one of my favorite shoots with Victor Devilbliss and my first one with him! This one was so much fun, and I loved just about every shot! I hope you like it as much as I do!
Last weekend, I had an awesome photo shoot at a diner with Ivory Rose Photography. It was a blast! Also, the food was delicious!
I love doing photo shoots. I have been getting published more, and that is great as well. However, there is something therapeutic for me when I do them. While I cannot show a lot of pictures right now, I thought I would show you this one. The dress was perfect for this, and if you want a pin up dress that is inexpensive and well-made, I do like this one from Amazon. They come in a variety of colors as well!
Well, what do you think? I think this is one of my favorite sets so far! I also think I want more of these dresses in more colors for car shows this summer!
I have this uncanny ability to only be able to attend car shows when it is blazing hot! This particular day, we actually had to shorten the shoot because the camera was getting too hot. However, despite the heat, we got some amazing shots that day! This is one of my favorites taken by Victor Devilbliss. MUAH was by Making Faces Professional Makeup.
Just a word of advice to any of my followers who may be doing a pin up shoot outdoors in the summer: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! For the event, I was dressed in shapers, a pettiskirt, and a thick dress. I wanted to melt! However, drinking lots of water helped me have lots of fun that day, so remember to drink lots of water. Also, keep oil blotters handy if you have them and some extra powder foundation for touch ups. Keep your hair simple. The humidity can wreak havoc on your look, and you will end up looking like a wilted flower. Also, do NOT touch someone else’s vehicle without asking. Be mindful that someone worked hard to keep that vehicle in that condition or get it looking nice again!
I cannot wait to go to car shows this summer! It is one of my favorite things to do! I hope you found my tips helpful and feel free to add yours in the comments below!
This is the shoot that started it all for me. It is the shoot that gave me life again! When I look back on this, I see this as a major turning point in my life.
My first shoot was with Relentless Photography, and my makeup artist was Nicole from Making Faces Professional Make Up. That day changed my life, and through meeting Nicole, I met Victor Devilbliss. I did not want to go that day and am so glad I did. I love myself more…more than that, I love myself as I am. So here is one of my favorite shots!
A while back I did a shoot with Victor Devilbliss on a Pink Sofa. I swear, I love every picture from that set. However, this one here is one of my favorites because the expression was absolutely genuine! We were joking around, and I could not stop laughing! Sometimes the best pics require no coaching, just real life!
I had so much fun doing this boudoir shoot with Ivory Rose Photography. I think I was just proud of myself because I actually did my own make up and hair and can really see where I am actually improving! Okay, so I needed a bit of help getting on my false eye lashes, but it is a learning experience!
Here is a behind the scenes selfie…
And here is one from the set!
I had a lot of fun with this shoot and felt like a queen, which is what this is all about! Doing a boudoir shoot is a bit different than doing pin up because the expectations are to be a bit sexier…a bit more daring. It makes me look at myself differently and kinda gives me a boost of confidence. I really do think it is something every woman should do at least once, even if you are the only one who gets to see the pics!
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