Pinups evoke an innocent era when the wind always blew at skirt level, women wore elaborate lingerie for every activity, and every soldier owned a picture of FDR winking coquettishly over his shoulder. Rediscover the allure of stockings and polka dots with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a mini-headshot session (a $25 value) at Bombshell Pin-up Productions in Lawrence. Groupon customers may also apply the price of the minisession ($25) toward a full-scale sitting (prices available via consultation).
Working from the belief that everyone is photogenic, Bombshell owner Carol Ann and master photographer John Gladman give all shapes, sizes, and blood types a vintage veneer with fun, flattering images. Clients complete their own hair and makeup beforehand, then spend their 15-minute session crafting three different facial expressions. Carol counsels clients for total pinupable authenticity, helping them nail the overall look and master the iconic surprised pout without requiring the studio's poltergeist to goose them. John then digitally hand-paints the image for that classic ’40s feel.
There is no obligation to buy a photo package afterward—the recently lensed can select their favorite image to be hand-delivered by an invisible electronic passenger pigeon to their email inboxes and posted for tagging on Facebook. Additional photocopies are available for a fee.
608 N 2nd St.
Lawrence, Kansas 66044