Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week: Monica Kay

Click Here to Begin Slideshow This week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week is none other than Pinup Pole Show star herself, Monica Kay, posing with Brian Wendel's 1955 Plymouth Coupe of Odd Squad Car Club, photographed by Shane Karns. Pinup Pole Show has worked with Shane Karns quite a bit over the years and this is one of our early photo sets, shot at our live event. There’s nothing like working with a passionate photographer who vibes well with my models so everyone feels comfortable to do their best work. I asked Shane for a tip on live-event photography lighting, and this is one of his take-aways: "Having the pinup face so they’re basking in the sun certainly works, but these days I like having the model pose in a direction so the sun is off to the side or even directly behind her and the car. From there, the key is to make sure you have light bouncing from somewhere so the eyes are lit. If the eyes aren’t getting that sparkly look, then the images don’t turn out as dynamic as they could be. The light can be found bouncing off another car, a building, or a pop out reflector held by an assistant always works too. Once you get a handle on the lighting, you can’t go wrong! Pin-ups + the classic cars + the light is a formula that equals smokin’ classic pinup images every time!” Keep watching this column to see more of our work with Shane Karns and how we’ve experimented and changed over the years. And bring your camera to the next Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show on Nov 17th in North Hollywood, CA to experiment with your approach with natural light on our classic cars and models, too! ETA: The vehicle shown was incorrectly identified as a 1940 initially. That has been corrected to a 1955.

Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week: Monica Kay

Click Here to Begin Slideshow

This week’s Pinup Pole Show Pinup of the Week is none other than Pinup Pole Show star herself, Monica Kay, posing with Brian Wendel's 1955 Plymouth Coupe of Odd Squad Car Club, photographed by Shane Karns.

Pinup Pole Show has worked with Shane Karns quite a bit over the years and this is one of our early photo sets, shot at our live event. There’s nothing like working with a passionate photographer who vibes well with my models so everyone feels comfortable to do their best work.

I asked Shane for a tip on live-event photography lighting, and this is one of his take-aways: "Having the pinup face so they’re basking in the sun certainly works, but these days I like having the model pose in a direction so the sun is off to the side or even directly behind her and the car. From there, the key is to make sure you have light bouncing from somewhere so the eyes are lit. If the eyes aren’t getting that sparkly look, then the images don’t turn out as dynamic as they could be. The light can be found bouncing off another car, a building, or a pop out reflector held by an assistant always works too. Once you get a handle on the lighting, you can’t go wrong! Pin-ups + the classic cars + the light is a formula that equals smokin’ classic pinup images every time!”

Keep watching this column to see more of our work with Shane Karns and how we’ve experimented and changed over the years. And bring your camera to the next Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show on Nov 17th in North Hollywood, CA to experiment with your approach with natural light on our classic cars and models, too!

ETA: The vehicle shown was incorrectly identified as a 1940 initially. That has been corrected to a 1955.

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Tonya Kay is a brutally elegant film actress, burlesque headliner, raw vegan renegade and producer of Tonya Kay’s Pinup Pole Show and classic car cruise-in. You’ve seen her on Broadway (STOMP, De La Guarda) and in blockbuster films (Lone Ranger, Muppets Movie). Her pinup and modeling work has been published in magazines, calendars and comic books like Car Kulture Deluxe, DrivenWorld, Grease Inc, Superfly Auto, The SpeedGirls and Garage Latino. And her viscous classic hot rod, the Grape Space Coaster, is even more famous than she is standing out on Discovery’s "Sticker Shock," Speed TV’s "My Ride Rules" and music videos.

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