Modern Day Femme Fatale Heidi
Van Horne is here to take your questions on pin-up modeling. Got
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Do you have an approach to recreating
iconic pin ups or doing shoots as people from the past?
I have done a few tribute style shoots- one
was an Irving Klaw ‘Bettie (Page)
and Tempest (Storm)’ tribute with
Sabina Kelley and I, shot
by Danielle Bedics. We
came up with a concept and together we discussed what elements we wanted
to incorporate. I think it’s important to decide if you are trying to do
a recreation or a tribute. A recreation is when you want to get it as close
to the original as possible, like the work the Mehosh Dzadzio
often does. His images are sometimes so strikingly close you have to do
a double take! On the other hand, the Teaserama tribute we did was more
of a reference to the real thing than the details being exactly the same.
Communicate with your photographer about which you want to aim for, and
then try to pick up on the small details that set that image or photo shoot
apart to you and incorporate those elements into your shoot. It never hurts
to play some music from the era that you like while you shoot to put you
in the mood, either!
Some great recreation pin ups and mention-worthy
redos: Jami Deadly as Marilyn
Monroe (especially the ones with 666 Photography!)
Mehosh Dzadzio’s Pin-Up series. Shannon
Brooke’s Elvgren-style shots. The Vanity Fair
monthly pin up feature with celebrity pin ups like Hayden Pantierre.
Britney Spears as Angie Dickinson in the famous
sweater shot. Lindsay Lohan’s Marilyn series. Bernie
Dexter’s oh-so-adorable Bettie inspired Pin-Up
Do you have any tricks for looking
good when you go from one shoot to another or are at an event all day?
Stayin’ Sweet Lookin’
Dear Sweet Lookin’,
The best advice I can give is to drink lots
of water. If you stay hydrated, you’ll look better and feel better, and
you’ll have better chances of keeping your energy up throughout the day
or night. Bring some lipstick and powder for a touch up, and make
sure to give yourself a break when you need it! Also--the better shape
you stay in on your off days, the better you will be on track on days you
are busy. Take care of yourself and those long days will be a little easier
to handle. Good luck, busy lady!
Heidi Van Horne
Bonus Heidi Photo!
Photo by Mehosh Dzadzio
hair and makeup by Red Dodge
A little about Heidi: "I starting acting
in Texas at age 13, I have worked and trained as an actress in film, TV
& commercials for most of my life, as well as working behind the lens
on various projects. I have been shooting my own retro pinups since late
2003, when I started doing self-shot photos (just like Bunny
Yeager did!) with a self timer and a tripod in my home. Since
then, I've been on the cover of 3 books ("Hot Rod Pin Ups" by David
Perry and MBI Publishing, "How to Be a Dominant Diva" by Avalon
Press, and the new "Modern Vixens: World of Winytiki" by Octavio
Arizala and Goliath Press) as well as being featured in many
pin-up calendars, magazine covers and countless layouts, features and interviews
in counter-culture publications, as well as a few mainstream mags. I've
gotten to work with tons of amazing companies and photographers, including
original pinup, pinup photographer & living legend, Bunny Yeager--shooting
on the same beach where she and Bettie Page
made Pin Up history! Living in LA pursuing my acting, I've kept myself
busy on the side shooting the genre I love the most- and I'm thrilled to
see how the niche has grown and grown worldwide!"
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