Pinup Poses - dkmackinnon

Pinup Poses


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Maggie Sue Sin - <a href="http://www.modelmayhem.com/1701706">http://www.modelmayhem.com/1701706</a>
The term "pinup" comes from the idea that the images were meant to be "pinned up". According to Charles G. Martignette in The Great America Pin-Up (Taschen, 1996), "a pin-up image is one that shows a full-length view of its subject and characteristically has an element of a theme or some kind of story." 

The expressions are over-the-top and the colours are bright. Many poses involving giving "fleeting glances" at undergarments or "wardrobe malfunctions" that threaten to, but don't quite, leave the model in some state of undress. For an example of pinup poses, feel free to use  Pinup Concepts for reference.

Themes include:

- Dressed, often with a look directed toward the viewer indicating they know they are being looked at and invite the attention. I refer to these as "cheesecake" images, although pinup photos in general are often referred to by this name. Equivalent photos involving men are referred to as "beefcake" images.

- Humorous "accidents" resulting in the model revealing more than intended, although rarely going any farther than implied nudity or showing undergarments.

- Silly or light-hearted situations, often indicating an innocence and naivety in the part of the character portrayed by the model.

The common thread that links pinup images is a sense of fun. They are fun to create, and impart a light-heartedness that rarely fails to elicit a smile from the viewer. They are a wonderful alternative for model looking to do something sexy but don't want to do Boudoir.

How to Create a Pinup Pose
In this section, we expand upon the basic glamour poses to create poses that are specific to pinup. We use classic public-domain pinup images as examples of the pose.

I have arranged the poses in an order that should facilitate progressing through them in sequence. If you start with the first pose left, the proceed left-to-right down through the poses, each should require only a small adjustment in the pose.  

The clothing shown is simply the choice of the original artist (indicated below the picture if you want to find more of their work for reference). Feel free to use your own choice of wardrobe and props. What I recommend you use for a typical practice session is:
- high heels
- stocking
- garters
- underwear or swimsuit bottom that the model would be comfortable being seen wearing in a publicly-available image
- bra or swimsuit top with the same proviso
- wrap-around skirt that can be easily put on an taken off. Side-tie skirts can also double as a prop.
- button-up shirt, warn tied in front. Can also double as a prop.
- Chair with a back, preferably solid but light.

Explanations are provided for each set images so that the model and photographer can work through the key elements and try variations. I have attempted to highlight possible problem areas associated with some poses and suggest possible solutions. Bear in mind that every body is different so some poses will work for some models but not others. Try them, note the ones that work as well as the ones that don't: the model can use this information when building their repertoire of poses.


Standing Poses
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1. Billy DeVorss
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2. George Petty
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3. Rolf Armstrong
We will start with a series of side poses that involve a variety of movements, finishing with a front pose. Begin by turning side-on to the camera with your left side facing the camera.

Image 1: With the weight on the left leg, bring the right leg back, keeping the knees together such that the right knee is hidden behind the left. This means that you will need to point the toe of the right foot to continue touching the floor as you can see in the image here. The right hip is dropped, bringing the left upward to make it prominent. This accentuates the curve of the hips, particularly with the right hip swivel just a touch back so that both hips are visible. This produces the typical "hourglass" effect we saw in the Glamour section.

For the upper body, rotate the left shoulder forward so that the back is turned 45 degrees to the camera. In this image, the model has brought the elbow forward while keeping the hand on the hip, giving frame to the chest. She completes this with a tilt back of the head and a smile thrown over the shoulder. The right arm is hidden by the hat, which she is probably holding to better frame her face.

Image 2: If you have good balance, you can shift the weight to the back leg and lift the left leg stork-fashion. This pose may be best accomplished by starting from a standing position then lifting into the pose when the photographer counts down to three. (On 3, be in the pose, listen for the click, then drop back to standing).

Notice that while the hips are turn to see both hips, the upper body is swivelled toward the camera to bring the chest up, accentuating the bust. She brings the hand up to her face to further draw the eye the the line of her bust.

Image 3: If you are standing side-on to the camera from the previous pose, put your weight on the right leg and swivel the right hip toward the front, drawing the left hip around and allowing the legs to cross in front. Once again, the knee of the front (left in this pose) leg will cover the knee of the back (right in this pose) leg, creating the "hourglass" effect. Be sure to point the toe in front (as per the Point the Toes Rule).

In the image shown here, the model is demonstrating the effect of leaning forward and bringing the shoulders closer together (Use your Cleavage Rule). The hands are on the hips , the elbows are pointed out, and the left shoulder is bought in a bit toward the chest. The head is tilted in a flirty gesture that lets her "throw" the look slightly sideways to the camera. Be careful just place the head to the shoulder (Avoid Compression Rule). This pose works best with a low-necked dress to show off the cleavage you produce.

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1. George Petty
For this set we switch to the other side. Turn so that now the right side of the body faces the camera.

Image 1: This is the variant of the first image from the previous set, but with the knee bent to the front rather than the foot extended to the back. The weight is still on the foot facing the camera (right foot) and the toe of the left foot is still pointed. Given the pose is a woman in a see-through negligee, her hips are turned side on to the camera as is typical for an implied nude pinup. The upper body is turned with the right arm lifted to accentuate the chest, and providing a smooth ling continuing from the back. The right hand is holding a phone, but could just as well be placed lightly on the back of her neck or lifting her hair.

Image 2: The second image in this set is also a variant of the middle image in the previous set, but this time the lifted leg is one farthest from the camera rather than the one nearest. Once again, this may require a count-down to assuming the pose because holding it will make the final image appear awkward.
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2. Alberto Vargas
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1. George Petty
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2. Peter Driben
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3. George Petty
In this set we have the model photographed from the back. The starts with her back facing the camera, legs shoulder-width apart.

Image 1: In the first image, the model swivels her torso, bringing her elbow up and around to the right until she her face is visible. This accentuates the hips and stretches the waist, which continues in a smooth line to her elbow. This also brings her chest up, provide more curves in the top line.

Play with some variants on this pose. Try the right arm down, both arms straight behind with hands clasped, or both arms up. See the different effects this produces.

Image 2: Bringing the legs together, let the left knee cross in front of the right knee, but keep a bit of separation between the feet. This will require the model to point the left toe to maintain contact with the floor. This drops the left hip, and produces the "hourglass" effect. The upper body, in this case, is not completely turned because the image is an implied semi-nude. The model can try this if they are comfortable . They can also try variants with the chin slightly hidden (more shy pose) and chin raised high (more confident pose).

Image 3: In the last image, the feet are completely together, but with the right knee tipped in front of the left. To achieve this, the right hip is dropped slightly, resulting in the S-curved body with the hourglass legs, which accentuates the hips. The artist had the model placed on tip-toes, but heels would provide the same effect.
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1. Zoe Mozert
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2. Edward d'Ancona
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3. Gil Elvgren
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4. Joyce Ballantyne
The last set consists of poses with the model facing forward. All are variants on implied nudes, not because that is what would be required but because it was popular in the art form. Man of these poses can be achieved by the more modest model through creative adjustment of a suitably stretchy and small bikini or other covering if they don't feel comfortable being nude or partially nude in front of the photographer.

Image 1: Starting from an upright stance facing the camera with feet together, bring the left knee forward across the right knee while twisting the right shoulder forward. This pose is most easily done by holding a shirt or other material in front of you and assuming a pose to hide behind it. Notice the smile of the model, indicating her embarrassment is only feigned.

Image 2: Switch from left leg in front to right leg in front. This time, keep the shoulders open with the right shoulder slightly higher, but tip the hips. Play with different arm positions (in back, in front, behind the head, etc.) to see the effect.

Image 3: Bring the left shoulder up this time to create even more of an S-curve. Again, play with hand and head positions.

Image 4: The last image is the classic variant with the foot brought up off the floor. Notice that the foot is still pointed in keeping with the Point the Toes Rule. This pose is used often in implied nude to provide coverage in front while the hands, clothes, or a prop provide coverage of the chest.

Kneeling Poses
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1. Alberto Vargas
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2. Alberto Vargas
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Harry Ekman
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Mike Ludlow
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Harry Ekman
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Billy DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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On-Chair Poses
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Alberto Vargas
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Mike Ludlow
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Peter Driben
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Rolf Armstrong
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Earl Moran
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Edward Reed
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Rolf Armstrong
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George Petty
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Rolf Armstrong
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Alberto Vargas
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Billy DeVorss
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Earl Moran
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Ronald Rust
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Peter Driben
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Peter Driben
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George Petty
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Alberto Vargas
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Peter Driben
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Alberto Vargas
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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George Petty
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Alberto Vargas
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Rolf Armstrong
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Peter Driben
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Ronald Rust
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Alberto Vargas
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William Albartus DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Billy DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Floor Poses
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Ted Withers
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Mike Ludlow
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Peter Driben
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Peter Driben
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Alberto Vargas
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Alberto Vargas
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George Petty
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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George Petty
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Peter Driben
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George Petty
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Peter Driben
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George Petty
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Knute Munson
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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George Petty
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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George Petty
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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Alberto Vargas
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William Albartus DeVorss
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Mike Ludlow
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A note on image copyright

As much as possible I have tried to use only pinup images that are in the public domain. If you know that one of the images shown here are still covered by copyright then please let me know so that I can remove it.

Resources
The Pinup Files - A free resource of vintage and contemporary pinup images.
The Great American Pinup - An online gallery with resources listed by artist.
Free Classic Images: Pinups - A compilation of vintage pinup images, sorted by artist, that are now in the public domain so are no longer covered by copyright.
Elvgren Pinup - Gil Elvgren was an influential pinup artist starting in the late 1930s.

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