Unknown to many, pin up photography started way back in the 1890s. It was commenced by Jules Cheret, a Parisian artist. However, it was only during World War II that pin ups gained enormous attention, especially from soldiers.
Originally, pin ups were a by-product of the repression felt by women in terms of their freedom of expression. It paved the way to the liberty and equality women are enjoying nowadays. During the World War II, pin up posters were utilized as a means to uplift soldiers’ morale and veer them away from entertaining the idea of death.
At present, modern pin up photography is becoming more and more popular. It is no longer a simple symbolism of sex but also a form of art. As a matter of fact, it is already used as a theme for prenuptial photo shoots.
Women cannot get enough of the vintage, but fun and playful idea behind pin ups. Because of this, they want to dress up and pose like Marilyn Monroe, Bridget Bardot, Betty Grable, and Bettie Page in their pre-wedding photographs.
Achieving that pin up girl look in your engagement snapshots is actually easy. All you have to do is prepare the backdrop, props and of course, your costumes.
The photo shoot can actually be taken anywhere. You can have it either indoors or outdoors; just make sure there is enough lighting in your chosen location. For indoors, you can simply make use of a white fabric as your backdrop. Secure it with a tape or thumb tacks. You can also utilize other colours but it is highly advisable that you choose light ones.
For your props, get a table, bench or chair. Most pin ups have women sitting on something. It is best to use a simple chair or table for the shoot so it won’t distract viewers from the subject. You can also add books, a beach bag, an umbrella, old suitcase, hand-held mirror, or oversized sunglasses.
There is no need to buy expensive dresses or outfits for your planned pin up style photographs. Actually, there is no need to spend a huge amount of money for this photo shoot as you can recycle everything. For your outfit, you can just use an old cute bathing suit or a full skirt or even your favourite polka dots dress. A pencil skirt topped with a white poplin shirt will also do – anything retro, stripes, or floral. Pair your get-up with high heels. And to complete your ensemble, add a big flower or a cocktail hat.