I've been toying around with this concept of photographing in the style of Robert McGinnis's illustrations. The trick in doing so is Robert McGinnis isn't pinup - he's pulp. And what the hell is the difference? McGinnis is famous for his interpretation of the bond girls, having been the primary artist for the bond movie posters in the 70’s. In fact prior to illustrating the "bond girl," he was known for the "McGinnis girl." McGinnis's girls were known to have a for strong presence and to hold the power in the scenes they were depicted in. Hence why the James Bond marketing team had him illustrate those posters.
I've done 5 or 6 ‘studies’ of how to shoot a ‘McGinnis’ image. This one being the most elaborate attempt. And I think it's the final light setup for when I end up doing them again. It's a mixture of hard as hell light, and super soft light. There's a snooted Einstein top left, a 10'x10' scrim to the right of the camera, and an undiffused ring light on the camera. The ring light provides this "outline" on all the body parts, and provides this super specular light. The skrim is taking control of shadows, while the hard snooted light provides the key, and add to the illustrative effect. The shadows falling across the set and onto the seamless add this layered depth, typical of illustrations. he always illustrated his book covers with a minimalist set, with an abstract background. And the women were always illustrated at the point where their character makes a dramatic turn. I believe I told Jackie here that this is the point in her story where she’s revealed to be a killer, and not just innocent eye candy.
Jackie already had this super classic hair style. Dark hair, and this bright Disney eyes. I'd say her only drawback is that she's something like 5'5", This image would have benefited from someone 5'10"+. All of the decisions made on set were to reinforce the “illustrative” aesthetic. I sprayed her with hair sheen to exaggerate the highlights, used hard light to cast dramatic shadows, used the ring light to get sharply defined edges etc. She's in an over the top bathing suit, color-matched to the set/seamless to keep a reduced color pallet. And it's obviously super sexual, to fit with the sexploitation aspect that McGinnis is famous for. In post, I took more control of the shadows; darkening and sharpening them up. And exaggerated the highlights, as well as trying to reduce the color pallet further. You can see the background paper matches perfectly with her skin tone, again, trying to crush the pallet.