Just Do It
Yes, yes, I know – this is the famed slogan of Nike, which is celebrated by athletic activists everywhere. I’m not talking about a sporting event right now; however, the catalyst for this post did happen in a gym, therefore it’s totally appropriate for me to reference it. Stay with me.
During a recent evening spin class where I’m considered a “regular”, the instructor struck up a conversation with me during a slower period of an interval mix. Even though we weren’t at full gossip speed, he managed to say “Hey, I saw your pin-up pictures on Facebook. They were fantastic.” Ummm, did he just say that out loud?
“Thank you.” That’s really all I could manage to utter. I was too busy watching my classmates’ heads, not their feet, spin in my direction. Their flushed faces just seemed to say “What the what?” And then, I realized what they might be thinking.
Sometimes when one hears the word “pin-up”, there’s a misinformed connotation that’s associated with it – you have to have a perfect body to be a pin-up; you have to have flawless skin to be a pin-up; you have to be a certain age to be a pin-up; you have to take off most of your clothes to be a pin-up. See what I mean? In my sweaty, spandexed state, I certainly did not appear to be pin-up material.
Honestly though, any gal can be a pin-up, radiating beauty in her own wonderfully unique way. It doesn’t matter if you are tall, round, slender or curvy, the camera lens knows no measurements. Skin clarity shouldn’t be of concern either. Flawlessness is practically impossible; that’s why there’s retouching, if it’s so desired. There are the fresh, good looks of youthfulness along with the grace and elegance of maturity. “Age is just a number” became a popular slogan for a reason, ladies. And clothing is probably the most exciting and enjoyable aspect of being transformed into a pin-up. There are hundreds of looks from days gone by to recreate, with endless combinations of wardrobe choices, and styles to match any comfort and modesty level.
Becoming a pin-up takes an amazing photographer, like Erin Shephard of Lone Star Pin-up, of course. Erin will make you feel comfortable and relaxed during your session. With her own expressive smile, Erin’s composed cues and helpful posing prompts allow you to achieve naturally radiant results.
Seriously, don’t deprive yourself and over-think the requirements for being a pin-up. You deserve to be stunningly captured forever in print. And I think you know what’s coming next. Just do it!
– Sheri Wall