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Eileen Atkins is Miss Star Trek


Eileen/trek 1

Alyna and Eileen

Saturdy May 1st,  Elieen Atkinson and I finally got together to shoot our long overdue Star Trek shoot. We have been talking about doing this theme for a while now and bad weather and  bad work schedules kept putting us off.. Saturday morning was awesome out but by the time we got to shooting time the wind was getting bad and very uncooperative!!! we could only shoot on the back side of the rocks we were at and then only facing one direction so that Eileen’s hair would blow away, instead of across her face. It was challenging to say the least and many of the pictures the wind did ruin but the ones that worked out did so phenomenally!!! The Trek dress’s are basically a tube of fabric with sleeves and need a lot of pining in the back to add a bit of custom tailoring. Un so with Eileen, they looked like they were made for her and the fit was extremely flattering. Eileen is such a good sport and fearless in going the extra mile to make a shot work. Her boots had an an extreme lift with massive heels putting her at 6 foot plus in height. she had to walk n crawl up jagged rock faces and boulders of every size. Eileen not only captured the essence of the original series but she completely dominated the style adding her own pin up flare to the shoot and creating some really breathtaking images. Here is the first of her Star Trek Series and looking forward to posting more. Many of these prints will be debuted at Wonderfest  in two weeks so if you would like Eileen to sign anything let me know this week and I am sure she would be happy to do so…. My little daughter Alyna was with us and she was one excited and rascally little thing. She was trying to find the next place to shoot at and she really enjoyed her day at the shoot. The location we were at is a small outcropping of Rocks in Apple Valley and it is the same location where Universal International filmed “Tarantula” in 1955.

Here is a scene from Jack Arnold's "Tarantula" with the rocky location in the background.

the same location today

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31 Responses to “Eileen Atkins is Miss Star Trek”


  1. 1 Robert Vancel
    May 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Nicely done, John!

  2. May 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Great shot. Great location.

    That location and the area around it was also used in “It Came From Outer Space.” I am pretty sure . . .

    Love that area of the local desert. I went out there back in Feb and there was a nice rain shower passing through, brought out many of the natural flora scents. To me the creosote bush is wonderful in the rain.
    Further down the road an entire area had flooded and the road was surrounded by a lake. I had never seen that before in the California desert.

    • 4 johneaves
      May 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

      It is the exact same location!!! I am still trying to find the crater location from “It came from outer space” it in the same area but has been quite difficult to find!!

  3. May 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Just look for a cactus with its arm pointing at 3 o’clock and 1 o’clock, the crater is right there next to a tumbleweed. Easy!

  4. May 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Looks great. I can see this in the lockers of a few ensigns.
    Haven’t seen Tarantula since I was a kid. Closest I get now is the shot of that scene in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

  5. 9 the bluesman
    May 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Another great one for the Trek Pin Up Series

    Wow…all this talk of old 1950′s movies makes me want to watch some.

  6. 11 Buckaroohawk
    May 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    1. That first photo of Eileen is just…uhhh…fascinating. I believe even Spock himself would find it difficult to be logical and objective about such a lovely young lady.

    2. Alyna’s such a cutie! I bet she had a blast roaming around those rocks.

    3. Why doesn’t that giant tarantula have a shadow? ;-)

  7. 13 Matt Boardman
    May 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Hoo wee! Nice shot there! Weather may not have been cooperative, but man did this turn out great! :) Eileen sounds like a trooper and that grin on Alyna’s face says it all! :D

    • 14 johneaves
      May 4, 2010 at 2:53 am

      it was a good time and love working with Miss Eileen,,, she’s a tough one! and lil Alyna always has fun.

  8. May 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I love that shot. She looks like she’s on an away mission on a desert planet. The wind blowing her hair is absolutely awesome. I’m glad you guys had fun even though it seems like it was a challenge. :)

  9. 17 Razorgeist
    May 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Good Golly Miss Molly! This is without a doubt the finest TOS style pin up picture I have seen to date. I really look forward to the rest of the shoot.

  10. 19 JNG
    May 4, 2010 at 2:08 am

    This whole TOS pin-ups thing is a winner of an idea. Would make for a great calendar.

    • 20 johneaves
      May 4, 2010 at 2:51 am

      Yeah it would!!!! haven’t found the right, affordable way to do so yet

      • 21 Matt Boardman
        May 4, 2010 at 3:55 pm

        Ever thought of making an e-Calendar, John? You know, a nice background for your computer desktop for each month of they year? Could be done at no cost to you (well, save a little time to put them together. :D)

      • 22 johneaves
        May 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

        What an awesome idea MATT!!!!!!

  11. 23 Barrie Suddery
    May 4, 2010 at 5:11 am

    A typical John Eaves photo shoot. Abso-smegging-lutely awesome!

    Have any of the ladies you’ve been working with been signed up by modelling agencies? It would make such a nice change to see healthy women being promoted instead of those “size zero” women currently on the catwalks and magazine covers (Nicole Ritchie springs to mind here).

    I have two young neices so this has been bothering me for a while now.

  12. May 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Set Phasers to Stunning !!!!

  13. May 4, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Bam! Somethin’ about the tricorder strap and the way it “worked” with the Trek gal’s uniforms. And you KNOW Theiss and Roddenberry meant it to be exactly that way! Bam!

    Great shot, dude, and cute shot with Eileen and Alyna! Love the now-and-then shots, too. Ah, one of my fav giant-atomic-insect(arachnid in this case)-monster films!

    And Buckaroohawk, the spider is using a cloaking device, but it’s wonky and only works on shadows cast. Spiders aren’t too smart it seems, never-mind the fact that it could invent any type of cloaking device. :D

    Ah, but those days past, it didn’t even matter. Sure, your brain knew “something” looked odd, but it was a GIANT SPIDER and all that coolness that caught one’s eye. Simpler more innocent times, eh. :)

    Thanks, John, and Eileen,… and Alyna, too!

    peace & bananas | deg

  14. May 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I don’t know about an ensign locker, but will be going up in mine.

  15. 31 Robert Minnes
    May 22, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Some trivia, The movie “Tarantula” was one of the very first, if not the first movies Clint Eastwood had a part in, he was one of the pilots trying to napalm the spider on the road, though you couldn’t see his whole face since he was wearing an oxygen mask…Exquisite pictures as always, John


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