One of my favorite place to take my kids for ice cream is Mel's downtown creamery in Pawcatuck, CT right across the bridge from downtown Westerly. In addition to the many flavors they offer ( pistachio and almond/coconuts are my favorite! ), it's the decor that first got my attention. The shop is decorated like an old ice cream parlor from the 50's with a rockabilly style, very colorful and bright, complete with James Dean and "the King" posters on the wall, as well as vinyl discs hanging from the ceiling. Definitely the kind of place that will get a photographer's inspiration going.
When I first talk to Melanie, the owner, about doing a pinup shoot in her shop, she welcomed the idea and was very supportive. So, after searching for a model, I found Anney who was looking to expand her porfolio and we started to plan the shoot.
The first thing that stood out from the shop was a bright red wall which I knew would be the first location for the shoot. I started with few Headshots and moved eventually to full portraits. I absolutely loved how bright and colorful that wall is.
The next thing I wanted to do was to take advantage of the large windows to the right of the model and use as much natural light as I could.
Finally, we shot on the opposite side of the shop and introduced more of the environment in the pictures. The shoot was a lot of fun and Anney was great to work with .
For my first time taking pictures in that location, I'm pleased with the images we created and I also got more ideas for future shoots. Melanie and I have already talked about having more photo sessions, and I can't wait to bring in new clients.
One last thing I often do when shooting pinup pictures, is to go into the computer and select one image that I then, turn into a vintage poster to give it that look you can find in some of Gil Elvgreen or Alberto Vargas art without whom I would have never been inspired to create pinup pictures in the first place.