Engine Work


We ran a few hours late the day of our on-location shoot with Matt Martin. Agitated we would be forced to rush against the setting sun, I grabbed a last-minute and unplanned outfit as a back-up in case we ran out of light and could move to a garage. After all, Matt is a mechanic and the garage is where I thought he may be most comfortable. I learned from my shoots with Gravy that the more comfortable and relaxed we are, the better images we capture. Case in point: when I sort a set of images, most of what I land up using are from the second half of the shoot. The later images turn out better, with everybody at their highest level of comfort. No surprise then that although three story lines outlined the day’s shoots, I am pulling more images out of the impromptu garage set. Moral of the story: art must flow, and in a photo shoot the flow is a merge between photographer, subjects, objects, and the scene. Work it, baby!

I liked how the engine and many items in the garage matched the shirt I grabbed to wear.

Matt works hard on his body and at his trade. We thought it would be fun to show him off. Well pleased to have planned and nailed this shoot with him. It was a fun day.



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MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: Matt Martin
Blouse by Ains & Elke StyleHaus

Would You Help Me Out of This?




I adored this hat upon spotting it at the Sacramento Antique Faire months ago. Shane told me “no” so I bought it at the Folsom Antique Faire one week later. I have purchased many vintage pieces from the same family, including more hats and coats which will be featured in future blog posts! Shane says this hat looks like a funeral piece. I thought it a fantastic match to my car, real 1940s! Silver screen, baby! In this shot, the hat is paired with my authentic 1940s vintage platforms and 1950s authentic vintage blouse picked up at Racks Boutique in Midtown Sacramento. The blouse buttons all the way down the back, which sparked an interesting exchange: Why on earth do so many of these vintage pieces require someone to help put it on? How many people are flexible enough to button all their buttons neck to lower back?! Shane pointedly pause the conversation with a certain look, and I realized that also required is somebody to help her take it off! You saw those old films, “Would you help me out of this?” Only the skirt is a reproduction. Modern day shoes acquired at a clothing swap are featured in the bottom two images.


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MUA: Alyssa Plough
Hair: Self

Style, Baby

Too Cool


Oh Baby


To The Water

Water’s Edge


I See You

Getting Our Feet Wet


Up On Your Shoulders


Man of Strength


Perch

Whee!!!

Today Shane, Gravy and I will be in Old Town Sac for Americana weekend. We look forward to participating via the California Auto Museum. Americana Style, this is going to be a day of eye candy!

Special announcement: Plans for the next car show and pageant are to participate in BillitProof in Antioch at the end of September.

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Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: David “Gravy” Castillo
Authentic vintage swimwear procured online.

One Wet Rock

Walk On the Beach

Up On the Rock

We Are Strong!

Freaking COLD Water!

Run Away With Me

Check us out this coming Monday in Old Town Sac for Americana weekend. We look forward to participating via the California Auto Museum. Americana Style, this is going to be a day of eye candy!

Special announcement: Plans for the next car show and pageant are to participate in BillitProof in Antioch at the end of September.

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Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: David “Gravy” Castillo
Authentic vintage swimwear procured online.

What Is Going Down?

I receive through the grapevine critical feedback regarding the recent onslaught of couple posts and images we produce. The notion to incorporate a man into my photos was hatched while speaking with a friend who happens to be a multi-award-winning car owner. A few weeks before Midnight Mass, we are chatting about show prep and he shares with me some stories about having his car photographed then inquires more about what it is like for the model and photographer. Consorting and exploring the experiences flows into an agreement to produce a shoot then I suggested we invite him to actually take a picture with his own car, why not? That night, I sleep on the notion and come up with three story lines to attempt to photograph, because Pinup and other photography is meant to tell a story. What story do we want to tell? You will find out, as our schedules permit this coming weekend as the day, six weeks out from the original plan. Keep your eyes peeled for Matt Martin and his handy work!

Plans with Matt fresh on my brain, Shane and I set out to Blues dance for the first time at the Firehouse 5 on the Sunday before Mass. Last dance of the night, and I spy a mysteriously dark and handsome gentleman keeping to himself in the corner. Why not? I ask for a dance and comment on his “Rockabilly” or Greaser style then during small talk plan to ask if he will attend Mass, but he beats me to it! Seven years in a row has he attended. I’m excited to continue the conversation, alas the last song of the night is constant partner switch. We gratefully land one another to finish the song. He delivers the information that he as well is a pinup model. I am floored and after the dance, I introduce Gravy to Shane and we enamor over the pictures he shows on his phone. We exchange information, and plan to meet up at Midnight Mass. You’ve all seen the images of our first shoot with Out-Law Photography. Brilliant. We meet up, enjoy the twenty minute shoot, and chat afterward. We like the images and experience so much, we make plans for another shoot and two weeks later we produce Cabaret, out of which I consider to pull out three good images as lucky. We pull twenty-six. I like the way we work together. We plan another shoot at the beach, and get yet another land fall ensues.

What’s going on? We enjoy photo shoots and have fantastic chemistry. We look good together and flow together naturally. I like the images we produce. Shane hesitates that what we are putting out is not “Pinup”. What is Pinup? An image informally hung that somebody wants to look at. We are not married to a set ideal of Pinup nor to producing a confined box of images that have to be a certain way. I enjoy vintage-inspired fashion. Shane enjoys taking pictures. This blog is named The Pinup Pursuit not because I plan to achieve perfect Pinup images, whatever that looks like, but because we are on a journey. We explore my adoration of vintage fashion, Shane’s photography fetish, and how all can play out in community. This is a pursuit as in we may never reach a set destination. Exploration always, and anyone interested is welcome to enjoy our pursuit of images you’d want to pin on the wall.

Check us out this coming Monday in Old Town Sac for Americana weekend. We look forward to participating via the California Auto Museum. American Style, this is going to be a day of eye candy!

Special announcement: Plans for the next car show and pageant are to participate in BillitProof in Antioch at the end of September.

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Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Suit by Bernie Dexter
Purse and shoes pinstriped by Doctor D Originals

A Day At The Beach

Nor Cal Style

We headed down the coast Saturday to capture images of some authentic vintage swimwear. Gravy and I are both wearing bathing suits I picked up on OLL. A lovely day and picnic at the beach it was, even though the sun was shining only a short while. We took 2500 photos, so I will be an occupied lady this week sorting and narrowing down the collection to presentable size. Here is an overview of our fun frolicking in the sand, can you hear the ocean waves rolling in and out?

Piggyback Ride


Climbing


Rocka What?!


Upon This Rock

Adrift


Oh..Ho..Ho

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Hair: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model and Co-Creator: David “Gravy” Castillo

Sarong Dress


Most pinup girls own or want to own a sarong dress. Options are to purchase a mass produced reproduction, find authentic vintage, or have one made. I chose to have one made by the affordable Tatted Tina Lopez. The two back darts needed to be taken out and I sewed new darts to hug my back curve, but such is life when ordering a tight fitting garment from all the way across the country! Pictured are Gigi’s Hawaiian necklace, broach at the tie, earrings, and ring. On my feet are Brazilian made shoes picked up from Racks Boutique. I had the time of my life dancing in this dress a few weeks ago, but then again every night I get to go dancing is the time of my life just about anymore. I LOVE Big Band and Blues music, amplified when twirling about the floor with the fun leads of Sacramento. I’m really taking a gamble on the light application of Bare Minerals face makeup in these photos and hope you are viewing this on a little phone screen to just see the outline and not details of these images. I do not wear heavy makeup as is common for photo shoots when I dance. This is the result when photos are snapped on the way out for a night of dancing!




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MUAH:Self