Back in September, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting again with the wonderfully talented John Bellingham. However, unlike my very first pinup photo shoot, this time, I came prepared! Today on the blog I am going to take you through my 'Lessons Learned' and the full set of images from my latest shoot.
I did my first ever Pinup photo shoot back in April 2015; you can read about it here. It was a really enjoyable experience and I loved the images that I received, but, when heading to my fourth pinup shoot (and my second shoot with John) last month, I had a list of things that I knew I needed to change and improve upon.
The first thing I knew I had to do better was organisation. Now, I am a very organised person by nature and John and I exchanged plenty of emails leading up to our first shoot, chatting about different looks and what we would like to shoot. Having said that, I turned up to the shoot with basically my whole wardrobe, no set outfits and we just kind of started shooting. Everything turned out OK, but I felt I wasted a lot of precious time deciding on what to shoot next and putting outfits together. I travel to John's home for the shoot, which is nearly 3 hours away, so I have to really make the most of what time I have with him. With this in mind, for our recent shoot in September, I devised a shoot schedule.
I planned this schedule ahead of the shoot. I gathered reference images of the kinds of looks I wanted, then matched them with items of clothing, shoes and accessories that I have in my wardrobe. I then placed the looks in the order they would be shot, so as to avoid the risk of damaging hair and make up etc. For instance, I knew that I wanted my hair up for the bad girl look, so I put this at the end (as once my hair is up, it is not going back down again!). So we did all of the 'Hair Down' looks first, the Cowgirl set second to last (so we didn't have to worry about 'Hat Hair') and the up do for the Bad Girl set last. This may seem obvious to most people, but planning the order or my looks and the outfits that I was shooting in, did not occur to me at all for my first shoot.
Having the schedule on this shoot meant that John could get his sets prepared ahead of time, I only packed the items I actually needed and we raced through the looks really quickly, maximizing our time together. I also practiced all of the looks in front of a mirror before the shoot. I would highly recommend doing this. This not only ensures that you can do the required poses, but it also shows you what they are going to look like and any areas that need changing / improving. For instance, Pose #2 on the Swimwear set above looked far too revealing in real life for my liking, so we cut it out. Some of the other poses were too difficult, so I modified them. But as I knew this all ahead of the shoot, it saved me wasting my time and John's time. My Sister was also on hand as my glamorous assistant to help get outfits prepared (which was made really easy with the schedule) and sort out my clothes and hair etc whilst posing. It was possibly the most efficient shoot, ever!
I also decided to do my own hair and make up for this shoot. For my first shoot, I had a lovely MUA do my make up for me. She did a wonderful job, but my face looked....different. There is no other way to explain it. The make up was great, just different, but this difference, if anything, knocked my confidence, as my face didn't look like my face? So I decided for this shoot, to do everything myself. I arrived with my full face on (minus lips) and my hair was ready to go. This saved about 2 hours before the shoot, which again meant our time shooting was maximized.
A shoot schedule, rehearsed poses, organised outfits, on point hair and make up and a truly fantastic photographer, all made for my best and most enjoyable shoot to date. So, without further adieu, here is the set! I hope you like the images as much as I do. You can check out more of John Bellingham's fantastic work on his Instagram or Purpleport profiles.
|Hair Flowers and bangles from Lady Luck's Boutique |
Dress from Pinup Girl Clothing
|Swimsuit by Esther Williams from Bettylicious|
|Dress by Lindy Bop|
Necklace by Kreepsville666. Available in the UK from Vivien of Holloway
|Shirt by Stop Staring Clothing |
Jeans by Collectif
|Top and Capris from Pinup Girl Clothing|
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