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Classic pinup has a timeless appeal.  We are looking to create a calendar done in a traditional painted style like the masters.
Classic pinup has a timeless appeal. We are looking to create a calendar done in a traditional painted style like the masters.
53 backers pledged $5,518 to help bring this project to life.

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Classic pinup has always had an appeal for me.  The sense of mystery about the women, the flirty nature of the expressions and most of all the beautiful artwork.

Modern day photography, while a great art form itself, just doesn't have the feeling the masters were able to create with a brush.  We (the models and myself) are looking to capture the days of yesteryear with a loving tribute to the past masters and the timeless look they created.

Our process involves shooting our idea in the studio and then taking the image and painting the final work of art much like the traditional method used by the greats in the field.  Where we differ is that the painting is done digitally, still by hand though.  This is an involved process that duplicates the traditional method of building up colors, blending tones and creating a free flowing look that when printed is identical to what you would find in actual pieces from the day.

Our models love the styles and looks from the 1940's and will be wearing vintage looks as well as hair and makeup styles from the era.  Funds will be used to purchase outfits for the shoots as well as cover printing costs.

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After funding is done, we will get to work right away in the studio photographing our ideas (and we have some great ideas). From there I will select the images that really stand out and start the process of creating the art from the original images.
It takes 10 to 15 hours to complete the artwork on each image with various print tests to be sure the final look is perfect. So we've scheduled two months of production time for the work once shooting is done. This should be around the end of May.
After the artwork is completed we will do a test of the calendar with our printer and make any final adjustments to the images before going ahead with the full run of the calendar. We are projecting to be able to order the run by mid June with the calendars arriving to us the first week of July.
All the models will then get together for a fun day of signing calendars and creating personalized messages for the backers who opted for those rewards with shipping to follow within days.
With almost 30 years in the photography industry and a few in the printing field, I think our experience will allow us to get everything done in a timely fashion while maintaining a very high standard of quality.

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    A screen wallpaper of all four of our models together emailed to you.

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    Copy of the calendar signed by all of our models

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    copy of calendar signed by all our models with a special message on your birthday month with a kiss imprint on the date

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    copy of calendar signed by all our models with a special message on your birthday month with a kiss imprint on the date. As well as a special limited edition birthday and holiday card of our models sent to you on the appropriate days. Birthdays occurring before our completion date will be sent for your 2016 birthday.

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    All of the above as well as a signed and numbered 16x20 print ready for framing. This will be a limited edition print created only for this reward.

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    Portrait with the photographer.
    Want or need a great portrait done by a Master Photographer? Then this reward is for you. Session is at our Crystal Lake studio (no location shoots) and will include retouching and prints. Sessions are good for anytime after the close of the project

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    The signed calendar with birthday message and kiss imprint, special limited edition birthday and holiday card and the limited edition print signed and numbered ready to hang in a frame.

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    The signed and personalized birthday calendar, limited edition birthday and holiday card and a framed limited edition signed and numbered 20x24. This will be a different image than the 16x20 print.

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    Portrait session with art piece
    If you've been wanting a one of a kind piece of art that is you, then here's your opportunity to show the world who you are.
    I will work with you to create a session to capture who you are, not just what you look like, and then artistically work the images into a truly unique masterpiece that is you. You will receive not only several prints from the session but also a framed wall print of your art piece created by a Master Photographer.
    Photography is at our studio in Crystal Lake

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    Pinup Yourself.
    Want to be a pinup? How about someone you know? If you want to experience or give someone the gift of being a pinup then here's your opportunity to live the dream. Your pinup session will include makeup done by a professional and a 16x20 framed print. From an image from the shoot, I will take and create a final piece of artwork by hand to show the world the masterpiece that is you in all your pinup glory.
    All sessions will be shot at our Crystal Lake studio, no location shoots. Sessions can start anytime after the close of our project and final images take 3-4 weeks for completion.

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    The coolest reward we have. With this one you get to have one of your ideas for an image included in the calendar! Be it a specific outfit or pose or just a general concept, we will shoot it and put it in.
    You will also receive idea credit, the calendar signed and personalized for your birthday with a kiss imprint. Birthday and Holiday cards sent to you. And to top it all off you will get a large framed print signed and numbered 1/1 for bragging rights.
    Image ideas must be within the style and taste of 1940's classic pinup and we will choose the one that works best with our models from all ideas you submit.

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