I had a lovely lady called Adrienne book a ‘greaser girl’ pinup package at my studio with her beautiful daughter, Keely and their red 1983 model WB Statesman. Adrienne told me that she wanted to give the photographs to her husband for an extra special gift. What a lucky man!
For our shoot, the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar kindly supplied me with some fabulous dresses and skirts from their delightful emporium housed inside the old Art Deco ‘Broadway Theatre’ built in 1928. Honestly, you can shop for hours on end in this wonderful world of days gone by. This treasure trove has over sixty stalls of vintage and retro collectables, homewares, clothing, bags, hats, sunglasses, shoes and cowboy boots! They stock lovely vintage reproduction garments from their new Vintage Seamstress label, launched only last year, as well as stunning styles from Pinup Girl Clothing and Hell Bunny. I was lucky to use some of these for our photo shoot.
As soon as Adrienne and Keely saw the quirky styles of the Hell Bunny garments from the Rosebud Vintage Bazaar, they instantly fell in love. Adrienne selected a navy coloured ‘Motley’ and ‘Hawaii’ pinup girl print dress, both with some seamed stockings and her own high heels. Her daughter, Keely chose a ‘Rock On’ circle skirt which featuring a bold print of dice, skulls, anchors and sharks. This was paired perfectly with my cropped pleather jacket to complete her rocker-gal look and some nautical Pinup Couture platforms from Shoe Me Gorgeous. Keely also adored the colourful pop-art inspired ‘Horror Gal’ Hell Bunny dress. This was accessorised with killer Demonia zombie heels from Shoe Me Gorgeous and a hot rod hearse bar clutch from Twisted Retro, who hand craft unique purses, retro rag rollers, ‘undeadz’ dolls and more.
Since no pinup outfit is complete without vintage inspired hair and makeup, I had the privilege of Gemma Sheree from GSL Makeup to assist me for this shoot. I must say, as always, she did a superb job with our pinup model’s makeup whilst I styled their tresses. So, with pinup perfect makeup, outfits and curls, we were ready to shoot with our models and their street machine.
Did the cool personalised plates adorned upon the chrome bumper of this Holden beauty catch your eye? Curiously, I asked what they meant. I discovered that it reflected Adrienne and Keely’s family business, Babes Farm Fresh Eggs, which has been operating since 1987. They offer delicious genuine free-range eggs, honey, homemade preservatives and mustard from their stall at the South Melbourne Market. I loved the way that this was incorporated on their classic car’s custom numberplates.
Aside from photographing these pretty pinup models with their stunning Statesman, I also captured some photos of them on a simple yellow backdrop. One of my favourite photos is the one of Adrienne cheekily ‘unplugging’ the phone on her daughter. This is surely something I can recall when I was growing up and spent too long talking on the phone, refusing to hang up when I was told to. Can anyone else relate to this?
Of course, photo shoots like this are really fun and full of so many laughs. Adrienne even said; “It was the best day that we have ever had.”
It is very rewarding to hear how much our models enjoyed themselves as well as have the opportunity to provide them with photos that they can give to their significant others as a present. As I have mentioned many times over, I really do love my job and the awesome people that I get to work with.
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