The first time I became aware of the pin-up artwork of Alberto Vargas was with the release of the album, Candy-O, by the Cars in ’79. It was often mentioned how Vargas was brought out of semi-retirement to create this image.
With that, my interest in pin-up artwork by the legends, Vargas and by Gil Elvgren, was fired up.
This will also explain why I’ve been a fan of the photography of Robert Alvarado ever since I first saw his work. He clearly pays homage to those two artists.
pin-up style photo session – trash-glam
Jessica (my assistant-with-an-attitude) and I, have discussed doing some pin-up photo sessions for a while now. This is from the first photo session today, going for a trashy glam look. Combined with her self-proclaimed let’s-get-Jessica-a-D700 fund, we’re even playing around with the idea of doing a calendar of pin-up photographs of her.
Here is the pull-back shot of the set-up:
Two Quantum flashes lit up the background. The main light was with a 3×4 softbox nearly over-head of me. Working within a small area set up with a back-drop, I wanted the light as even as possible. I wanted to flood the place with light. That’s all there is to it, really.
Equipment used during this photo session: