Are you obsessed with pin up style? Do you dream of dressing like your favourite 40s and 50s icons? Well, what better way to channel your inner Dita Von Teese or Bettie Page than with a fun, pin up-themed photoshoot?
Planning any kind of photoshoot can be overwhelming at first, but don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need, from the photographer down to your makeup, to make sure you have a great pin up photoshoot.
Let’s get started!
Determine Your Goals
Why do you want to do a pin up photoshoot? What do you plan to do with your photos? Are you flying solo, or are you going to pose with some of your friends?
Do you want to display them, or give them as gifts? Or would you rather tuck them away just for yourself?
There’s no right or wrong answer to any of these questions. But, your goals will definitely influence the type of photo shoot you have. Whatever you settle on, be sure to communicate those goals to your photographer so that he or she can make sure you get the shots you’re looking for.
Find the Right Photographer
Once you’ve established your goals for the shoot, you need to find the right photographer to help you accomplish them.
When you’re looking for a photographer, don’t just go with the first person who comes up from your Google search. Take your time to look at various websites, and be on the lookout for the following:
- Consistent, high-quality work
- A style that catches your eye
- Good reviews, on their website and on Google/Yelp
- Experience, preferably with a pin up photoshoot
- Organization — do they have their prices, packages, and availability readily available?
Gather Your Supplies
After you’ve booked your photographer, it’s time for the fun stuff. First, you’ll need to gather your supplies, specifically, your backdrop, costumes, and props.
White or light-coloured fabric — such as a sheet or curtain — works perfectly for a simple backdrop. Just make sure you have some thumb tacks or tape to keep it anchored to the wall.
With the exception of actually being photographed, shopping for costumes is arguably the best part of a pin up photoshoot. Some classic pin up pieces that you can use for your shoot include:
- A cute bathing suit, preferably a solid colour or one that features stripes or polka dots.
- High heels, preferably stilettos, peep-toes, or espadrilles.
- A high-waisted pencil skirt.
- A white poplin shirt.
- Big flowers, feathers, or cocktail hats.
What’s a pin up photoshoot without some fun accessories to tie your outfit together?
Gather fun extras like feather boas, cat-eye glasses, or pearls to jazz up your outfits. Fishnet tights or stockings will also fit perfectly with the pin up theme.
In addition to costumes and accessories, extra props can make your photos a lot more dynamic.
Lots of pin up photoshoots feature models sitting or leaning against something, so benches, tables, and chairs are great additions.
Depending on the look you’re going for with your photos, you may also want to incorporate props like books, old telephones, handheld mirrors, umbrellas, or fans to add a fun and unique element to the shoot.
Choose Your Hairstyle
There are several hairstyles that many people associate with the pin up look. Some of the most popular pin up hairstyles include:
- Classic vintage waves
- Retro ponytails with lots of volume
- Victory rolls
- Bettie Page bangs
- Rosie the Riveter curls with a bandana
- Pin curls
Plan Your Makeup
The right makeup will help tie your look together and make you look like a classic pin up girl!
To master the pin up look, you’ll want to start with some matte foundation. Then, work on emphasizing the eyes, eyebrows, and lips.
Black gel eyeliner is ideal for a classic cat eye, and you’ll want to fill in your eyebrows to help accentuate them. A bright red lip is also essential. Top it off with lots of mascara, some blush, and highlighter on your cheek and brow bones.
Don’t forget to do your nails, either! It might seem like a small detail, but brightly polished digits can make all the difference!
Practice Your Poses
You don’t have to be a professional model to have a great pin up photoshoot. But, if you’re a little nervous about being in front of the camera, taking some time to practice your poses can help you relax and enjoy the experience.
Take some time to practice the classic pinup poses you see in magazines and online. You can even have a friend take some practice photos of you so that you can tell whether or not a certain pose is flattering for you.
It’s also important to make sure you don’t forget your facial expressions! Pin up girls have very specific expressions that make them instantly distinguishable.
It helps to think about the kind of personality you want to bring you the shoot. Do you want to be playful, or smouldering? Practice in front of the mirror and figure out which expressions you’re most comfortable with.
Relax and Have a Great Time
This step is crucial!
A pin up photoshoot should be fun and exciting. Don’t overthink it, and don’t be so focused on looking “perfect” that you forget to have a good time. If you think you might have a hard time loosening up during the shoot, bring some music with you to help you get in the right mood.
You should also be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before so you feel refreshed and ready to go. Then, just take a deep breath and strike a pose!
Get the Best Outfits for Your Pin Up Photoshoot Today
Now that you know how to put together a great pin up photoshoot, it’s time to decide what you’re going to wear on the big day!
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Whether you’re looking for casual, corset, or floral, we’ve got something for everyone. Have fun shopping!