WWII Women’s Fashion at the Legacy Flight Museum

I had a fun opportunity to have a fashion shoot at the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg, Idaho. Our models were dressed in WWII era clothing and were able to pose with the incredible historic aircraft and vehicles there.

BEING FLEXIBLE WITH THE WEATHER

Part way through our shoot, a huge storm blew in and we had to rush to get all the lights and planes inside before getting too wet. We later found out that further South a tornado had tried to touch down. Idaho doesn’t really get tornados so it was pretty strange. Luckily for us, the Legacy Flight Museum is located in a large airplane hanger and we were able to continue our shoot indoors.

OUT ON THE TARMAC BEFORE THE STORM STRUCK

Woman in white in front of a yellow plane

For this image, we were using a beauty dish (auxiliary lighting that adds a soft glow to your subject skin).

IN THE AIRPLANE HANGER

Woman in Red in front of a black plane

I love the bold colors of her skirt against the equally bold colors of this plane. Shooting between the wings of the plane gives it new perspective and helps frame her in.

The women of the 40s were fierce and worked hard alongside the men in the war effort. My own great grandmother worked building machinery durning the war. I am proud of her strength and dedication.

USING ANGLES TO ADD DRAMA

Woman in white on the front of an old car

Here you can also see the storm coming in. The beauty dish brings out her amazing cheekbones and the purposefully angled horizon adds to the drama of the image. This image actually had the yellow airplane behind the truck, so I used the masking tool to remove what was visible to keep the focus on her in the white dress.

For more awesome historic fashion photography, check out The Telegraph’s article on British Women during the war and Michael Baca Soto’s work at the same fashion shoot.

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