Welcome back to the Le Boudoir Studio blog! Today, we are going to talk about pin-up photography and why it could be one of the most empowering experiences. Named because the photos were meant to be “pinned-up” instead of framed, the pin-up is over 100 years old. Origins can be traced back to as early as the Victorian era. However, the term “pin-up” didn’t come to be until the 1940s and has since become a popular way for plus-size, curvy and women of all sizes to confidently showcase their beautiful bodies, and their playful, sexual side.    

Why We Love Pin-Up Photography

One of the main reasons we love curvy pin-up photography is that it’s all about female empowerment and body positivity. Whether you are a size two or are plus-size, it’s time to embrace your inner, playful, sex kitten. Curvy women were the ideal of pin-up photographers for years, so it’s time to have fun and embrace your beautiful body.

5 Elements of Pin-Up Photography

Creating the pin-up look, unlike many other stereotypical portrait photography, is aimed at having fun, while inhabiting calculated poses, using props, and embracing vintage forms of playful sexuality and style. Below are five elements to expect of every plus-size pin-up photography session.

It’s All About You

Being a pin-up isn’t about trying to fit an ideal: it is all about you. When you decide to do a pin-up photo shoot with our Phoenix boudoir studio, we meet with you ahead of time to find out not only your ideas for the shoot — poses, styles, and outfits — but also we will discover more about  your personality, as well as what you love about your body and what you see as favorable. As we envision your shoot, we will take all of this into consideration to create a photo shoot that shows off your many assets. Bottom line: being a pin-up is all about being confident in your own skin.

Fun & Playful

When you do a pin-up photo-shoot it’s time to bring out your fun and frisky side. Pin-up photography throughout history has always been about being playful with a strong undercurrent of sexual energy and confidence. Don’t stress about being provocative, just channel your sexy, playful side and have fun. Through the use of props, makeup, and costume, we will help create a fun atmosphere that will make having a good time easy.  

Props & Poses

Though having fun is one of the main elements of a pin-up photoshoot, no true pin-up shoot is candid. Each pose is carefully calculated and formulated by your plus-size pin-up photographer to accentuate your beauty. As you work with us, we will help you find the most flattering poses. Another main element of a pin-up photoshoot is the props; anything from lollipops and pizza, to classic cars and vintage phones, can be a part of your shoot. The options are endless — have fun!

Pin-up hair & makeup brings out your best features for perfect boudoir pictures!

Makeup & Hair

Ladies, it’s time to glam it up! Pin-up photography is all about glamorous vintage hair and makeup styles. Lipstick and winged eye-liner are stereotypical of a pin-up shoot as well as vintage style hair with victory-curls, baby bangs, and ringlets. We can often add a modern flair and other style elements that bring out your own personality. Also, there are many different styles that you can embody as the star of your pin-up photo shoot. Search “plus-size photography” on Pinterest and talk to your photographer to learn more about creating your own look!  

Body Positive

Because pin-up shoots show some skin, it’s easy to think that you have to be a certain body type to embody the pin-up style, but that’s not the case at all! Any woman can be a pin-up — baby, it’s time to embrace your beautiful curves! A pin-up photoshoot is an empowering experience because we are celebrating your personality, your body, and your sexuality. Contact our photographers at Le Boudoir Studio in Phoenix and embrace your inner, playful, sex kitten!

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Before & after pinup makeup in Scottsdale.

Hello, lovelies, and welcome back to the Le Boudoir Studio blog. Pinup photography is all about expressing your inner and outer beauty while feeling empowered and confident. Pinup photography today taps into the traditional photographs of pinup beauties from the early to mid-20th century. These gorgeous pinup models would pose for pictures that would be mass produced in magazines and newspapers to appeal to popular culture. Donning the classic pinup hair and makeup styles that became popular in the 1940s, these beauties can typically be seen holding some sort of prop, which reflects the rise of advertising, fashion, and consumerism during this time.  

As women, we tend to compare ourselves to beauty queens in magazines and on the silver screen, who always look flawlessly gorgeous — it’s in our nature. Sometimes, comparing ourselves to these women — who, mind you, have a team of makeup artists, stylists, fitness trainers, and nutritionists ready at their beck and call — can cause us to feel self-conscious when it comes to posing for everyday photos or in a professional pinup photoshoot. This is completely natural and there’s no shame in wanting to look stunning in pinup photos, but how can you shake these feelings of insecurity for your photoshoot?

At Le Boudoir Photography in Scottsdale, we are passionate about finding and highlighting the beauty in all women and encouraging them to feel gorgeous, confident, and sexy in their pinup photoshoots. One method we have found that can really inspire women to feel strong and beautiful during their photoshoot is through the use of props. Props are used in pinup photography to add character and context to a photo to set the scene, theme, and mood. Props can also inspire confidence during a pinup shoot because the model chooses the props, rather than having someone else (like a man) choose them for her. Plus, props can make a pinup photoshoot unique to the individual, emphasizing aspects that are important to the model that she wishes to showcase in her photos. Props provide direction while helping the model to step into a role that allows her to express her playful, flirty, and sexy side, that she might otherwise tend to mute in everyday life. Holding a simple prop like a classic flashbulb camera, for example, can add character to a photoshoot while adding a personal touch to the image. In today’s blog post, we will explore different props and how these can help boost your confidence so you can feel confident, self-assured, and radiant during your pinup photoshoot.

Sweet Sippin’

Incorporating beverages and straws into your pinup photoshoot allows you to play with different facial expressions and poses to create a gorgeous photo. You will have your hair and makeup professionally done for your photoshoot to accentuate your natural beauty, which also reflects the classic pinup style. Implementing props that are found in vintage pinup photos like a  beverage with a straw will highlight your beautiful facial features. For instance, holding a cup of tea, sipping a bottle of Coca-Cola® Classic, drinking lemonade from an adorable striped straw not only gives you that classic pinup girl look, but also allows you to use your lips, eyes, facial expressions, and body to create fun and flirty poses that will look gorgeous, and which can boost your courage during a shoot.

Lean-To Props

We also incorporate larger props such as a candy stand that allows you to use your entire body to create a stunning image. Having larger props not only gives you a large object to lean against, sit on, or kick your legs up against, these props can help you feel less exposed during your photoshoot. It can be a little nerve wracking to do a photoshoot with nothing else in the photograph, so having a large prop can help boost your self-assurance while giving you something to “play on” in your photoshoot, which can help you feel sexy. And when you feel gorgeous, your true beauty really shows.

Get Playful With Candy

Using candy props is a great way for our models to express their playful side during their pinup photoshoot. Why, you ask? When you think of candy, it often brings back memories of being a kid. Using props like lollipops can help our models feel more relaxed during their shoot because, for one, they are using a prop that they are familiar with, and two, as they try out different poses and facial expressions, their natural playfulness comes out. As you express your fun-loving, flirtatious side during your shoot, this can really boost your confidence and create a truly stunning series of photographs.

These are just a few ways that props can help you feel confident, sexy, and gorgeous during your pinup photoshoot. Tune in to our upcoming blog articles to learn even more ways the use of props can add character and inspire confidence and beauty in a pinup photoshoot. If you would like to book a shoot, contact us at Le Boudoir Photography in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. We look forward to working with you! Until next time, thank you for reading our blog.

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