Episode 85: Pinup Photos and Modern Women

Pinup photos usually feature young barely dressed women, at least that’s what’s popularized by Sports Illustrated but suppose I told you they don’t have to be.  That you could pose in period dress and look like a glamorous turn of the century, Evelyn Nesbit or like a silver screen star ala Gloria Swanson. Pick a period. Choose clothing and have your make-up done in the style of the era. Smoky eyes of the silent movies or the red lips of the 1950s.  It’s up to you. My guest specializes in a photographic method that encourages women to embrace their glamorous side regardless of age.  

Krzystyna Caldarone knows what she’s doing. A student of classic pinups, she admires photographers such as Alfred Cheney Johnson, known for photographing the Ziegfeld Follies.  She’s studied the photography of Bunny Yeager, a former pinup model. Links are in the show notes. Krzystyna attends historically themed events such as the Newport Art Deco Weekend, the NYC Jazz Age Lawn Party,  Boston’s Swing’s Roaring Twenties Lawn Party and even Rockabilly Events. She’s easy to spot…with a converted snapshot camera around her neck.  

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About My Guest:

Krzystyna Caldarone is a professional photographer who started working in film at age fifteen. She learned her craft at the iconic film- processing lab, Ferranti-Dege, located in Harvard Square, Boston.

Krzystyna has owned and managed, Kryzstyna Harber Photography (www.kharberphoto.com), for eighteen years where she transitioned to digital photography and honed her post-production editing skills through her work in wedding photography, rock and roll photojournalism and studio portraiture. In spring of 2010, Krzystyna left the traditional world of professional photography in her quest for artistic satisfaction and photographic adventure to found Vintage Girl Studios.

Vintage Girl Studios offers studio sessions that transform women into classic visions of themselves from past eras. Vintage clothing, set design and professional hair and make-up stylists help perform this transformation to create a truly unique experience.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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