Bombshell Maker

Photographer Janette Valentine pays tribute to the pin-ups of yesteryear with her uber-stylish images that meld fashion and glamour with imagination.

Janette Valentine likes bringing out the best in her clients. “I have so much fun transforming women from all walks of life into bombshells,” she admits. The former make-up artist has been operating a retro-fabulous photo studio for over a decade now, taking highly stylized — and highly gorgeous — portraits that draw upon inspiration from the classic pin-up girls of the ‘40s and ‘50s. “What we do in the studio really gives everyone a huge self-esteem boost,” she says. With clients who are struggling against breast cancer, fighting weight issues or battling self-image problems, that uplifting experience can be all the more important. “I think that the psychological rewards ladies receive from these sessions makes what I do very special,” she says. Next on the agenda? Valentine plans to expand the studio, offering retro hair and makeup lessons, while incorporating burlesque classes into her repertoire;