Thursday, 16 May 2013


Pin Ups on the Road

Pinupzania are heading off for a little roadtrip on Saturday, heading out into the countryside, mountains and maybe hitting the beach. The weather isn't looking great but hopefully we'll be able to produce some great imagery for you.

Heyday are supplying some wonderful vintage style for the girls and, as long as the weather is kind, we should have a lot of fun.

We'll be away a week, so watch out for some behind the scenes shots and some sneak peeks at what we get up to.

We'll also be making the most of any spare time to develop our plans for our big project this year, the first shoots for this will be next week. We can't say too much just yet, though you might find out more as the year progresses and we'll reveal all, so to speak, later in the year.

Just who is Betsy Jane? You might find out towards the end of the year.

Monday, 13 May 2013

How do I become a Pin Up?

How do I become a Pin Up?

One of the questions we are asked most often is 'How do I become a pin up?'

Now, if we were to consider the strict definition of a 'pin up' as 'someone whose images achieve widespread popular cultural appeal' then our answer would be 'you don't' as there are only going to be a handful of girls who become true pin ups.

But, if we take it that you are simply asking 'how do I get into pin up modelling?' then that is most certainly something that we can help with.

First off we would tell you that you don't have to be a certain body shape or size, there is a lot of rubbish about 'only curvy girls can be pin ups' which is generally meant to be seen as a good thing by the person saying it, indicating that they don't discriminate against 'larger girls', yet if they stopped to think for a minute they should realise that any kind of discrimination on the basis of body shape or size is wrong.  Girls (or guys) of any shape and size can be a pin up if they want to be. Of course, if you want to be a successful commercial model then you have to have a certain look and within mainstream fashion it is still generally the case you do have to be a certain shape and size, but sometimes, more often now than in the past, 'non standard' girls make the grade.

One of the reasons we started Pinupzania was to bust the 'myth' that you can only be a model if you are a certain shape or size - we use girls of all shapes and sizes and they are all beautiful.

Today, it is easier than ever (and far, far more difficult, more on that later) to become a 'model' - You will almost certainly find a photographer reasonably local to you, who would be happy to take some shots for you, if you are a complete beginner you may have to pay a small fee, but that depends on the photographer. There are any number of 'model/photographer portfolio' websites such as Model Mayhem or PurplePort (google them) where you can set up a free profile once you have some decent images. If you have no images at all, then get a friend to take some, or using somewhere like facebook, find a friend of a friend who can actually take some decent images, again you may have to pay a small fee but having some professional looking shots to start with will help you get more shoots without having to pay. Most of these portfolio sites also offer forums where advice is available to new models, never be afraid to ask about anything you don't understand and always place your personal safety above everything else.

If you don't want to get into modelling as such but just want some 'pin up' shots then there are any number of photographers and studios who will offer exactly that (we do of course but there are also others)

So, you've decided that you're going to do a pin up shoot, but how do you actually 'be' a pin up?

Being a vintage/retro style inspired pin up is as much about attitude and confidence as anything else, if you feel confident then you can look confident and the reverse is also true, if you can look confident then you can feel confident. Look at the girls above, you just know that they know that they are dammed sexy, yet I have never come across any model who doesn't have some level of insecurity about some part of their body - you just need to banish all such thoughts when you are posing.

'Posing' as a pin up may simply involve showing that you are confident and sexy, or it may involve being a little cheeky, perhaps even a little naughty, or maybe even showing some vulnerability and coyness but will often (though it doesn't have to) involve showing a little flesh - especially if you want to pose as a 'cheescake' model

Whilst it is true that some will be a natural, for others it will be like many things, practice makes perfect, the more you do it the better at it you will get - look at old photos, especially of the classic pin ups, and watch their old films, look how they hold themselves, watch how they move, taking careful note of facial expressions, for a beginner, it can be the facial expressions which make or break a pose and this can be one of the hardest things to grasp. The advice we would give is to not try to hard, thinking of something else other than the fact that you are trying to pose might help, and smile, at least a little, pin up is fun, you don't want to look miserable. Though another trick is to 'smile' with your eyes, rather than just with your mouth - think happy thoughts.

Here are a few typical poses from some of our girls.

To come we have blog entries on 'make-up', 'hair styling', 'outfits' and 'posing' from a model's perspective. We'll also cover more on getting started in modelling, getting published and finding an agency.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Relaxing in the park

Relaxing in the park

We managed to dodge the showers yesterday and spent some time chilling out in a lovely park. This was our first shoot featuring the stunning Monica Lake, with the lovely Miss Dakota Hunt to provide company. We loved Monica and are sure you will too so will be seeing lots of her over the Summer.

Models: Dakota Hunt and Monica Lake
Make-up: Lauren Griffiths and Natalee Gomes with Gwen Reece

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Sexy in the City

Sexy in the City

This is more like it, we are just loving this weather. The other day we took a few of the girls into the City of London, all the bars were packed with city types and suits making the most of the lovely weather, there didn't seem to be much work getting done. It's tricky shooting in the city, there is so much 'private' property and it isn't always clear what is private land and what is the public 'highway' so we were very aware as we were shooting of the beady eyes of numerous doormen and security guards watching our every move, or they could just have been admiring the girls, of course :)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Fine Weather at Last

Good weather is here at last!

Finally we are getting some consistent dry weather, though it's still a little on the chilly side of things, there is, at last, a hint of Summer in the air. So we can now start getting out and about shooting on location which we much prefer to being cooped up in a Studio.

Lots of shoots already in the pipeline in the coming weeks, with potentially something quite special towards the end of May so lots of new images for you to look forward to. We have some great collaborations arranged for this year so will be featuring the finest reproduction vintage/retro in our shoots, along with some fantastic genuine vintage from time to time.

Our website is continuing to receive a make-over with some improvements and new sections/content to come.  We'll be also continuing to add lots more to our zazzle store so if you'd like to own something featuring one of our lovely models, do drop by and have a look. We'll also be adding something rather fun to our own store later this year so keep an eye out there as well.

Keep an eye on our blog for future entries on how to become a pin up, including how to become one of our girls, some vintage/retro/pin up style hints & tips, behind the scenes videos from our shoots, shoot previews and more.

In the meantime, jump for joy at the arrival of some good weather at last.