I really thank you for your return emails. I hope we can become friends. Plus, I gotta admit you are really very pretty and being friends with someone as hot as you is very nice. (I'm married, not dead).
My wife and I are trying to start a business doing what you do. Any pointers? Sherry (Jubilee) models and I edit (airbrush) the pics in Photoshop & Portrait Professional. As well as manage her accounts on-line. We have been at this for about a year now. I have to admit, I am growing impatient looking for a camera I can afford. What do you use to shoot? Any advice on getting started?
Again, thank you for putting up with me, Jim Litchfield Atomic Photographix firstname.lastname@example.org Mooresville, NC
I use the canon 40D. Conceptually you are on the right track. Pull back a little on your styling and have Sherry study the posing from that era and do some mirror time. Mirror times is practicing in front of a mirror about 5 minutes a day. It teaches a model how to hold a pose and shows her what her face and body are doing. For example not all models can make an "O" with their mouth. Some have to say "U" to get that "O". Something funny I tell my models for pinup posing is if they can fit more than a penny between their knees then their legs are too far apart. Plus, it will help her when it comes time to teach others how to pose.Get her a makeup artist and hair stylist. I can not stress enough how much I love working with them. It cuts my ps down to about 20 minutes a photo. I use light-room and CS3 for my editing. Look up pinup retouching. I don't remember where I saw it but it was a great tutorial. Photography wise all I can say is study the work of the photographers you like. Look at their lighting and try to copy it. Learn face analysis, take a workshop. I mentor at a really good one. The first event I went to I didn't even have the correct camera; I had to borrow one. lol Even as a mentor I always learn something new I can use. For lighting, invest in some strobes. Alien Bees makes some that are affordable or check out E-bay! They have some cheap lighting kits for photographers just starting out. Above all, just have fun with it and keep learning and practicing!