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My adventures as a pinup photographer


Darned if it isn’t February already — time for procrastinators like myself to get a 2010 calendar.

Allow me to suggest one that doesn’t feature my work — Pinups for Pitbulls.uptopar

When Pinups for Pitbulls issued a call for submissions for its annual calendar last year, I answered — vaguely entertaining the notion that I, too, could have a career in photographing beautiful women, or at least have my photo make the calendar.

First, I recruited friend Carey Hughes and her pit bull Bimini to serve as my models. The challenge: to loosely recreate, with a pit bull, the vintage pin-up poster to the left, called “Up to Par.”

Carey enlisted her sister Kelly to serve as fashion advisor and hair and make-up person. Kelly was also to be the skirt-blower-upper, using a battery operated leaf blower I bought from Home Depot for the occassion to poof up her sister’s skirt and ensure our photos showed the requisite amount of leg.

On the day of the shoot, Kelly had another commitment, and Carey’s mom, Jeanne, ended up replacing her as the skirt-blower-upper — and doing a fine job, I might add.

We all met at Carroll Park Golf Course in Baltimore, where officials let us take over an unused hole. Not surprisingly, we drew a few a gawkers.

pinup4Both Carey and Bimini proved remarkably patient — though he wasn’t too thrilled with the golf cap he was initially sporting.

I sent the best of my shots into Pinups for Pitbulls, where we’d end up in the pile of those that didn’t make the cut. You can look at some of the other contenders not chosen here.

To see the winners, you can buy the calendar.

The calendar, in its fourth year, highlights stories and images of 12 pit bull-owning women and their dogs.  Sales from the 2009 calendar raised almost $20,000 for pit bull rescues across the nation, double the amount raised in 2008.

Pinups for Pitbulls, a non-profit organization, works to educate the public about pit bulls, remove the stigma associated with the breed and save the lives of abused and abandoned pit bulls throughout the United States.

The video below highlights the organization in more detail.

Meanwhile, if you need a slightly used battery-powered leaf blower, contact me.


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time February 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I think Cary looks great as a pinup. Bimini looks good too. You guys should’ve won.

Comment from audiogirl
Time February 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

John, thank you so much for your great submission and for the write-up. We loved Carey and Bimini and have posted the photos on our website under Peep Show, as well as linked your site on our Resources page. The favorite was Bimini in the hat, and the flag was a great touch!

Maybe we’ll have to start making a 24-month calendar 😉

Thanks again for your support and for being a part of Pinups for Pitbulls 2010!

Comment from Samisom
Time February 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Great write-up but I am even more impressed by the dog. He is the spitting image of my boy, who is a Presa Canario cross. He is so soft he is pictured here getting mauled by my kitten: http://www.tenerife-tattle.com/2009/07/tito-and-the-evil-attack-cat/