Posts Tagged ‘pinups’

Aviation Themed Pinup Photoshoot

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

2017 Explosion of World Dance and Music poster for Ammena Dance Company

This year’s showing of An Explosion of World Dance and Music by Ammena Dance Company will be a bittersweet event. Along with all of the love and energy that goes into creating this show, we will be paying our respects as it is the last show ever. Ammena is starting a new chapter in her life and closing her dance studio this spring. Some of us have been with her for 12 years so this really marks the end of an era!

The 2017 poster is based on one of the cutest pieces this year, Jetset, which features sparkly blue flight attendant outfits. Ammena used her connections to get us access to an airplane and once there, the poster photos quickly turned into an aviation themed pinup photoshoot because it was just so much fun! We also chose this theme as it reflects Ammena jetting off to her next adventure in life.

This year’s show will feature Bollywood, Broadway, African, Soca, contemporary, burlesque and more, so please come check it out!


An Explosion of World Dance and Music, our 2014 Lethbridge show!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Ammena Dance Company’s “An Explosion of World Dance and Music” 2014 is just about here! Tickets will be on sale on February 4th at the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge and this year we are finally doing TWO shows: Friday February 28th and Saturday March 1st!

There are a lot of props being used in the dance pieces this year so it was important to incorporate some of them into the poster. The petals and the fan veils were the most colorful props, so of course they seemed like the most natural fit! Ammena had to hold much less still this year since she had the floor helping her with her poses, so I think she had a much nicer modeling experience (as opposed to last year where I made her hold still for up to 5 minutes at a time!).

Model, Wardrobe: Ammena Talhami
Makeup and Hair: Ammena Talhami
Concept, photography, design: Tanya Plonka, rose concept Ammena

Oh, and by the way, we did two posters this year! The second is behind the cut: (more…)

Cass | Lethbridge Alternative Boudoir

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Alternative boudoir portraits of girl in red light, Lethbridge

Cass and I had discussed this red-themed, alternative pin-up inspired session for quite some time, so when she chopped off all her hair and started dying it crazy colors, we knew the time was right! I had wanted to experiment like crazy with lighting, and aside from a few composite shots where light painting didn’t quite work out consistently from one photo to the next, this was all achieved in camera using such basic things as fabric, a flashlight, a string of Christmas lights, and even a laundry basket… all accomplished in my living room! Cass worked her butt off holding these poses through our longer exposures and I think it was worth all the pain ;)

As with any of my boudoir/pinup, there’s no nudity but it’s still likely NSFW :) (more…)

Starsha’s Boudoir Session, Lethbridge

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

With Starsha’s help, I’m here to school you on my boudoir sessions! :)

Boudoir sessions are an empowering way to feel good about your body and about who you are. Embrace your beauty! These sessions are for women of any shape, size, or age.

Don’t worry about being shy. We start with more clothing until you get a little more comfortable, and most women feel natural (and even like a model!) ten minutes into the session. Starsha was specifically recruited for the blog, but boudoir sessions are ones I do not publicly post. For most women, they are a very personal thing – whether for a significant other or just for yourself! You get to view your photos in a password protected gallery that is only visible by people with whom you share it. The boudoir photos you see in my website gallery are all carefully selected so as to not be too personal or revealing, and then permission is sought from the subject. Nothing will be in public eye without you first giving the okay. If you are totally thrilled and brave, let me know and I’d love to post your photos for other people to see!

Where do we do them? In your own home! This is where you feel most comfortable, and I can get the most natural, relaxed look from you in this kind of environment. Besides that, your home usually totally reflects who you are and that’s something to be embraced. These bright yellow walls? These photos were all done in Starsha’s little bedroom – which is so amazing, bright, colorful, and happy :) (more…)

Zombie Pinups: Beth & Karla, the bar wenches

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

It is finally time for another zombie pinup! This was the first one that made use of two lovely undead models: Karla, my first ever zombie, and Beth, whom I had met at the zombie walk this last year. We went with a bar wench theme, and Jesse from The Slice graciously donated the space for a couple hours that afternoon for us to cover the place in fake blood. Also a big thank you to Sarah who made their skin look delightfully gross, even though her proper stage makeup was out of town!

Models: Beth & Karla
Makeup: Sarah Christensen
Location: The Slice

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Zombie Pinups: Starsha

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

It’s been a while, but here is my first zombie pinup of the year! Between the great locations, Starsha’s excellent modeling, and not having done one in a while, it was really hard to narrow these photos down!

Starsha has several pet cockroaches, and we made use of them for the last portion of the shoot. They are actually pretty laid back creepy crawlies, but when we would put them on her they would make a run for it. We ended up having to only use one so they didn’t get lost in the field (because that would just suck for EVERYONE), and I multiplied it afterward. If you are absolutely terrified of cockroaches, it is the last photo, so you are safe to scroll through the 16 that come before it.

When I first arranged this shoot with Starsha, Hope Litwin had recently done a little personal assignment, Project: Norma Jean, recreating Marilyn Monroe’s ballerina photo. I found out Starsha had an orange tu-tu, so Project: Zomba Jean was born…