Rock Queen Mixi Goes Pin Up!
Photographer: Curtis Noble
Lets start out with a little history here before we dive into this fun shoot. About 6 or so years ago my wife and I happened to pop into a little pizza joint here in Bakersfield called Jerry's Pizza that we rarely go into while we were out. On this particular night they happen to have a band playing that I can honestly say I had never heard of. While the band was playing I was talking to the wife and we were talking about how I wanted to take my photography into the music industry, but I wasn't sure how to make that happen. About that time the band came in, from an old white van with a Papa Johns sign on the top, and the wife said "Wow that singer is hot, you definitely need to shoot with her....... Im gonna go talk to her". From there a professional relationship and friendship with the Mixi and the rest of Stitched Up Heart was born.
Fast forward to June of 2019 and myself and Mixi are trying to make our schedules connect for we can knock out some new shots and be able to catch up. At this point we have shot several sets together and are always looking to go big and top the last set we have done. One thing I have access too that a lot of photographer don't is aircraft, so Mixi mentioned that she wanted to maybe shoot with an airplane. So I was thinking "yeah we can totally do a bad ass rocker chick on an airplane shoot". But then when wardrobe ideas started popping up on my phone I was surprised to see Pin Up stuff. For me this was really exciting because we were gonna make the rock world and pin up world collide for our shoot! I mean it was obviously gonna be a bit of a challenge and require more from Mixi than anything, but I knew she was up for the challenge and I was going to be the one to get to capture it.
The day of the shoot came and we really could not ask for much better weather. I mean it was the end of June when we are usually cooking out here, yet the day was not too hot. I met up with Mixi and the always awesome Merritt at the airport and escorted them in to show them the aircraft I had waiting for them. Once we pulled up the immediately went to check out and play with the aircraft while I gave them a little history on them. Anytime I can share my passion of aviation with someone I jump at the chance, so it was cool seeing them so excited to be around these aircraft. After a few minutes of catching up we jumped into it with the wardrobe for the shoot adn planning our angles. Once that was accomplished, then the fun began!
After shooting for about an hour, we knew we had gotten some great shots and that we had accomplished our goal. However, we still wanted to shoot in the sunset and had another hour to kill. This lead to us all brainstorming about what we can do to make the shoot extra epic. Everyone knows my motto is "Anything For The Shot", so we basically started thinking of way we could risk Mixi's well being in order to get some shots on another level. One of the aircraft we were using is called an A-26 and it is a rather large aircraft. As we are staring at this plane and racking our brains about what to do, Mixi and I at the same time were like "What about getting all the way on top of the plane?". I think Merritt was more worried that I was gonna kill Mixi at this point, but he was willing to go along with our plan. The only way I could think of to get her on top of the plane was to pull my truck up next to the nose, and then have Mixi scale my truck and go from the roof onto the plane. In our rush to get killer shots the one thing we didn't think about, was that it would probably be easier for her to climb if we took the heels off she was wearing, but she managed just fine regardless. From this point it was all about climbing all over the plane and capturing all the shots we could.
In the end I would say the shoot was an overall success. Mixi not only survived, but she didn't even have any battle scars from it (I must push her harder next shoot). The weather couldn't of been any better for the day, and the clouds came in just in time to create a great sunset background in the end. I doubt we could of done this without the assistance of Merritt for the day as well. From helping with wardrobe and sets, to becoming a light stand for some of the shots, he is always there for these shoots. And lastly when it came to pulling off the Pin Up look, you could tell Mixi did her homework, practice her looks and transformed, if just for a few hours, into the perfect Pin Up character!