Are you ready for this? I know I am. I’ve been sitting on these images, giddy with excitement, for a couple days. I wanted to wait to post them until Valentine’s Day. Traditionally a day where we celebrate our love for other people, I’m using today’s themes of appreciation, love, and care towards someone I usually overlook: myself.
I know it’s a little “rah rah ME!”, but like a lot of ladies, my creativity and thoughtfulness is usually directed outwards. This year, I made my husband a card and a mix tape and we’re going out to dinner, AND he gets a print of one of the following photos. Also, there’s an assortment of
valentines going out to friends and family today. But this shoot? It’s a valentine to me.
The goal behind this goal was to let me feel comfortable in my own skin, after a couple of body changes like roller derby, CrossFit, and a tattoo. With the help of Jora, Juan, and Sandra, I got there.
Seeing my transformation to pin-up girl stopped the train tracks of my obsession with perfection, and let me to see myself in the cheeky, cheerful, gorgeous light that’s behind pin-up style. With pin-up, there’s a perfect balance of glamour and humor. Much like burlesque, it’s a female-driven medium that allows the artist to feel both elegant and sexy at the same time.
Once I got into hair, makeup, and wardrobe, I felt transformed. Juan and Sandra are super collaborative, and it was so much fun bouncing ideas and poses around all afternoon. I got to play. And that’s rare, and treasured.
Best of all, I felt totally comfortable during the lingerie shots. Those were kind of a surprise. I hadn’t anticipated shooting in lingerie, but everyone along the way was encouraging it, and it felt like an organic progression of this idea. And it’s kind of awesome that the set I picked is in red, given the holiday. I look classic in these shots: glamorous, beautiful, composed. I’m not used to that, and I love it.
These are the three looks we did, but there are several more photos in different poses. I already have my eye on a couple I’d like to order past this set.