Pin-up photography with ’40s model, Miss Amanda Lee

Ever since I was a little tyke I was a fan of the 40’s,50’s and my generation the early 60’s ( the Sci-Fi/ Aviation/ NASA part of the 60’s to be sure)  I loved the music, the WWII stories, the jets & the Atomic age, and I was especially fond of the pin up models and the awesome nose art displayed on our Military aircraft. To me when I saw a pin up painting on the side of a plane I would cheer for those all American boys flying off to battle Taking their girls with them into battle, and hoping to get back home and to be with their real sweethearts. I still love the nostalgia of these long gone eras, and have tried to bring back that look and style in both my art and photography. Looking for models that had that look and the same passion for the 40’s and 50’s as I did, I came across Miss Amanda Lee who is also from my home town of Phoenix Arizona. Her portfolio and web page  were awesome and she so captures the style and look so very beautifully and effortlessly. I gave her a call to compliment her work and before you knew it we had set up a shoot. I Had to go to Phx to set up some chrome Enterprise models for the Star Trek tour and we coordinated the shoot in between the model set up. Amanda brought her Mom along as the prep and hair stylist & wardrobe coordinator, and  we met in an awesome park in Scottsdale around lunch time. The sun was high and bright and when it hit her blond hair or fair skin she would simply and literally  glow. She fell into character from picture one on and really had some great ideas thrown into the mix of my wish list angles and poses. We shot with both digital and 35mm and both have captured some very gorgeous images. Here are some of the pictures from that shoot and I’ll pass on the links to her pages so you can visit and see all her wonderful work. We are in the process of retouching the pics so I’ll keep a posting as they get finished. Also here are some pin up images drawn for “ST Deep Space 9” from the episode “Far Beyond the Stars” these were the drawings used in the editors office that were handed out to the writers to inspire their creativity and write story’s from. One of the drawings went on to be the cover of my own fanciful Sci-Fi mag,  lots of fun for sure!!!




that glow is real!! No photoshop enhancing here!

that glow is real!! No photoshop enhancing here!

at the park

at the park


as a calendar page

as a calendar page

and as a fall themed image

and as a fall themed image


the DS9 sketch

the DS9 sketch


the Mike Okuda poster

the Mike Okuda poster


and the color

the color


the B&W

and the B&W

22 Responses to “Pin-up photography with ’40s model, Miss Amanda Lee”

  1. 1 DeanneM
    May 29, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I’m amazed that it is natural light with no photoshopping done so far! Her site has some gorgeous shots on there. Looks like you all had fun that day. 🙂 Put up some more.

    Were there supposed to be some drawings, too? Those sound interesting, but where are they?

    • 2 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 9:42 am

      had a technical defugulty happen they are up now!!!

    • 3 DeanneM
      May 29, 2009 at 9:45 am

      See how you are! You faked me out!! LOTS of fun reading the article titles and your daughters’ story title. 😀 Oh no! “They’ve Come to Take Our Women!” Get ’em!!!

      Nice art work, there, too, by the way.

  2. May 29, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Awesome EC-esque cover art !!!

  3. 5 JNG
    May 29, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Is she warp-capable?

  4. 7 JD
    May 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    “Miss Atomic Bomb Shell”! I love it!! Definitely from a different age.

    I think I like the blueline more than the colour! Love the brains half out of the liquid, sloshing around – nice touch! And do I spot a ‘Robby’ homage in the ‘speaker-plate’?

    • 8 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

      I love blue line,,, in the color I was able to shrink those overly long upper legs down to a better percentage,,, Thanks PHOTOSHOP!!!

  5. May 29, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Great stuff – the mag covers are splendid. Miss Amanda really does have that look. That glow is wonderful!

  6. 11 BB43MAN
    May 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    DUDE!!!! That is one cool drawing! That looks like Robby the Robot on steroids! This drawing makes me want to sculpt one! Man, is there no end to your talent? Wow!!!

  7. 13 Freak
    May 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I have always love the 40’s pin up pic, there so tastful without reviling anything to naugth. LOL. The art done on those WWII fighters and bobmers are just amazing.
    It such a shame that they don’t do it that often anymore.

    I am glad that Brandson has them on his Vrigin Airways. I hope that he keeps doing it Virgin Galatic.

    I love that Plub mag art. far beyond the stars is one of my DS9 eps.

    • 14 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 2:00 pm

      yeah it is frowned on in a discriminating kind of way!!!! If I flew something I would just have to sneak one of thos paintings on the side… i believe now you can only do nose art in the wheel wells or inside the bomb compartments

      • 15 Tim Earls
        June 1, 2009 at 5:21 am

        You’re right, John. I think they still do nose-art on panels that are closed during flight. The British aircraft had their nose-art on the outside and some of it was risqué.

  8. 16 Scott
    May 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Great classic recreations! Definitely caught the spirit of the late 40s and early 50s. Even a hint of Robbie the Robot!

  9. 17 Matt Boardman
    May 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Love it! I’m a huge WWII fan and she definitely fits the part for someone who has the looks to be from that era! Sometimes I feel like I was born 50 years too late! Nice work, John!

  10. May 30, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Yep, she’s got that look, eh. Nice work on your part too, bud.

    I recall I did a pin-up style book, with photography and artwork (Vargas and others) for Playboy years ago. Always loved the pin-ups myself as well. Just another feather to add to our bro-cap, eh. 😉

  11. 19 the bluesman
    May 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I was in the Kansas air Guard and my job was refueling big ol long point B1-Bs, before they all got transferred outa Wichita.

    We had nose art on the Bones, but none of em showed any naghty bits, and the art was in muted colors so you had to be fairly close to see it.

  12. 20 Tim Earls
    June 1, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Great work John!! I’m a fan of pin-ups as well. I have a great large-format book on Varga and one on Gelvgren too. One of my funnest jobs on Babylon 5 was to come up with pin-up style nose-art for couple of Starfuries

  13. 22 FSM-1
    June 2, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Love the pin-up art as well as the “Old School” Science Fiction / Fantasy Magazine cover art. I’ve always been a big fan of the “Nose Art” and pin-up art of the 40’s.

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