Photographs transport people to an earlier time without the need to master quantum physics or pay the tolls associated with America’s wormhole highways. Capture fleeting moments for future examination with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a vintage pinup photo session at Portland Pin-Ups (a $400 value). The session includes the following:
- A preshoot consultation
- A photo session with one outfit (a $150 value)
- A 5”x7” print and an 8”x10” print of a single pose (a $200 value)
- A 600x900 pixel, Facebook-ready digital image (an $50 value), which must be the same pose as the prints<p>
The pinup portraiture of the 1950s leapfrogs into the 21st century with Portland Pin-Ups’ fun and fantastical photo sessions that yield visually fetching and digitally polished prints. Founder and photographer Mike Long helps spearhead the reemergence of pinup photography with more than 15 years of professional experience and a time-traveling moped used to retrieve old photography secrets. Subjects can draw inspiration for their photo session by perusing the online gallery of past pinups who flaunt lacy outfits, outlandish hats, and provocative poses. Clients should bring an outfit, an iPod, makeup, and any unusual props such as umbrellas or feather boa constrictors (a professional makeup artist is available for an additional $100). During the session, Mike plays customized playlists and encourages models to relax and have fun as the flashbulbs light up.
A week after the session, pinups return to the studio to examine the session’s proofs and choose one pose to display on prints and as a digital image, which they can use to post on Facebook or adhere to rearview mirrors.
When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.