Thursday, February 17, 2011

Strike A Pose

Back in early January, I received a very cool desk top, daily calendar of Gil Elvgren Pin Ups artwork from my friend, Emmanuelle. It's great because there are 365 pictures of Pin Up Girls from the 1940's right up into the 1970's. It is very interesting to note the differences between the decades and how much racier the 1970's Pin Up Girl was compared to her 1940's counterpart. I went through the calendar and although I liked some of the poses of the Pin Up's in the 50's and 60's, I tore out the pages of the ones specifically from the 1940's. I will take these with me to the photographer as ideas for the poses.

A selection of 1940's Pin Ups

Although I feel nowhere near to ready for this photo shoot and I have not achieved the results I originally wished to achieve (i.e. growing longer legs, for example), I am a woman of my word, and the show must go on. I am now planning my outfits and poses for the photo shoot which is planned for the end of March. I thought it would have been very cool to do the shoot on my actual birthday but the photographer will be out of town. My consultation with hair/make-up and photographer was to take place today but since this Pin Up Girl is feeling ill and will be bedridden as soon as childcare arrives, I had to re-schedule the consult. I also thought it would have been to my benefit to give myself a couple of more weeks since I lost time over Christmas, during my Grandmother's illness and now with being sick but the photographer is away for the month of April and May seems too far away so end of March it is. On the other hand, I am not feeling too keen about investing a large sum of money into the final result photo shoot when I haven't reached my goals.

With that said, I still have 6 weeks to go and so all is not lost. My 40th birthday will come whether or not I am ready for it.


  1. Now, that photo at the end looks nothing like the ones Mom used to take of us at our stair banister!
    Can't wait to see which pose you choose!

  2. Well, I guess this post answers my question about whether you got the calendar :) That being said, I never thought you could use it as inspiration for the photoshoot, but what a brilliant idea. Looking forward to seeing the real thing...with or without garter belt :)

  3. Hi Julie, I'm a WWII novelist and am running a love letter contest that I thought readers of both of your sites might be interested in, since it combines letter writing and the 1940s era. If you're interested, please contact me directly at Kristina (at) kristinamcmoris (dot) com. I hope to hear from you!


  4. Hi, Kristina! I have attempted to send you an email but it says it is undeliverable. Please email me at keonjulie (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I am very interested in your contest!