December 29, 2016

2016 Top Pinup

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At the end of every year, I choose my favorite images published in the previous 12 months. This year, Pinup photography dominated the list and I thought I’d share my favorites here…


As we start talking about my favorite pinup images from the year, I’ll share one that crosses over from cosplay to pinup. Every now and then, I’ll see a cosplay on Facebook that inspires me and this Black Cat from Marvel Comics was one such image. Black Cat was originally introduced as a cat burglar – Marvel’s answer to DC’s Catwoman – and like her DC counterpart’s relationship with Batman, eventually ends up romantically involved with Spiderman as she tries to navigate the gray area between hero and villain.



Stephanie first came to my studio at the end of 2015, a friend of Kristin (Jack Skellington, above), and has quickly become one of my favorite subjects. She created these great elf ear prosthetics, so we photographed her not only as an elf, but as a fairy. This was one of my first attempts to scale something large (a human) down to something small (the spool) and was very happy with the final result.



Paint Me Like One of Your French Girls is another image that was photographed in 2015, but was not finished until 2016 – just in time for IPC. It merited in the open category and while it did not make it to the Loan Collection, it still is one of my favorite images. Erin wasn’t even ready when this image was made – it was actually intended to be a light test – but sometimes the light tests are magic.



I had another incredible opportunity this year to photograph a 2017 Calendar for the Dallas Sidekicks Dancers. With twelve images in the calendar, choosing a favorite was like choosing a favorite child, so instead I chose one that I felt summed up this amazing day – of the absolutely lovely Isabelle. It’s not too late, either… you can still order a calendar by clicking this link.



When I first started my studio more than 10 years ago, I photographed a beautiful 19 year old red head named Erin. She quickly became on of my favorite subjects and the first person to gain the title of “Muse” to my artist. She’s graced my top images of the year almost every year – and even been my favorite image of the year twice (including the mermaid image from last year). She is an amazing woman and a dear friend – and the camera absolutely loves her.



As I gathered this year’s images to pick a favorite, I realized without a doubt, it had to be this one. This image was made when Stephanie first came to my studio at the end of 2015 (December 28, to be exact) and was published in 2016… and in this case by published, I mean it was published as the cover for my first book from Amherst Media. You can read more about the book and how to order it here: