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Sammy-Clare and DollyBird first retro fitness shoot

Quick stop-frame animation of Dollybird, from image taken during our fabulous retro-fitness shoot 2014-04-13. Full text and image gallery to follow shortly…          

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Josie Lauren retro fitness and dance shoot

[Jump to photo gallery] Josie really is in a class of her own and a delight to work with. She is what would have been described in days of old as a “natural beauty”, with big green eyes and a smile that lights up the room. Nice hair, great legs, fabulous figure, tiny little waist, […]

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Amie Jade retro fitness shoot

[Jump to photo gallery] Had the pleasure of working with professional fitness instructor AmieJade today. This particular shoot was “retro fitness” and required a fit, attractive, smiley model. She was perfect for the part because in addition to her fabulous figure and highly-developed sense-of-fun, she also has a smile that lights up the room. She […]

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Natalie retro fitness shoot

[Jump to photo gallery] Today, we had the pleasure of working on a retro fitness shoot with Scottish model and dancer NatalieD. She is a talented, attractive model with a professional attitude towards her work. She also has slim elegant figure, excellent posture and was keen to engage with the retro/pin-up genre – perfect for […]

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River fashion shoot

Had my second shoot with River, and my first shoot of 2014. And what an excellent way to start the year it was too! This time our shoot was predominantly fashion-orientated, with River providing most of the outfits. I must say, her choice of outfits was really superb. In fact, it reminded me of just […]

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Sarah the Dance Artist

I had the pleasure of working with Sarah for the first time 2013-11-16. Describing herself as “a dancer who does a bit of modelling”, Sarah is actually one of the best models we have ever worked with. She is stunningly beautiful with a great complexion and a fabulous figure. Even better for our style of […]

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Chiara fitness and girdle review

[Jump to photo gallery] After quite a long gap we finally got Chiara down for another shoot. And very productive it was too. Firstly we did another “Bonnie Cashin Madenform Girdle” style. Then she did another of her excellent girdle reviews. This time it was a particularly slinky-looking black nylon/Lycra Miraclesuit strapless bodyshaper girdle. Regular […]

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Kristina second retro fitness shoot

[jump to photos] This was our second shoot with Kristina, AKA K_VV. Kristina is an amazing model, attractive patient, witty and keen to try new ideas and always prepared to “go that extra mile” in order to get the perfect shot. The main aim of this shoot was to replicate a series of 1950′s magazine […]

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JT McQueen first retro fitness shoot

JT Mcqueen, AKA jt_mcq, is a lovely model and a very pleasant person to work with. She has a very bubbly personality and a fabulous figure. Unfortunately her driver/chaperone had a spot of bother finding the studio, so we started rather later than planned. And we had to finish early because her chaperone needed to […]

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Anise retro fitness shoot

Had the pleasure of my first shoot with Anise. Despite a 400km round trip, she arrived on-time, well prepared and ready to shoot. Apart from being tall, slim and absolutely stunning, she is also an intelligent, elegant, articulate and highly motivated person, determined to get the best possible images from a shoot. Anise is what […]

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Miss Vixxen in colour

We would like to introduce you to the fabulous Miss Vixxen. Her preferred genre is alternative, and her favourite is colour black. In fact, we called this shoot “In Colour” because Miss Vixen is usually only seen wearing black. However, she is also a first class pin-up model too and has a very good understanding […]

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Lady Vampyre Miya first retro-fitness pin-up shoot

This is my first shoot with the lovely LadyVampyreMiya. It was a last-minute shoot organised because I was let down by another model at short notice. Shoot plan had to be hurriedly rewritten and outfits selected. But it all worked out beautifully. She arrived at my studio at 10:00 UTC, all ready to shoot, with […]

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Kristina first retro fitness shoot

Just finished a fabulous, last-minute retro-fitness shoot with the lovely Kristina (aka K_VV on TFPModels). Lithuanian-born Kristina is a lovely person to work with: excellent communications, punctual, well-prepared, friendly, versatile, patient, beautiful and very, very talented. She also took to the retro thing pretty quickly. Can’t wait for the next shoot, scheduled for 2013-05-25 Kristiana’s […]

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Hana Mate’s first retro fitness shoot

After a few months away from shooting – largely due to moving to a new studio, we had the pleasure of working with the fabulous HanaMate today. We’re still in the process of sorting through all the pictures and there are still a few more to follow. Hana had never shot retro before. But as […]

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Chiara girdle review and Vollers corset

Just completed another fabulous shoot with waist.it‘s ubermodel Chiara. Firstly she did one of her visual reviews of a newly designed Beauforme girdle. Then we did  a few floor-shots using the girdle and one of her ripped tops. Finally we thought it would be fun to try her old Vollers corset on her – just […]

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Retro-fitness shoot with Fiona and Tanya

Just enjoyed a fabulous retro-fitness shoot with talented dancer Fiona and her retro-enthusiast friend Tanya. The idea was to dress the pair of them in 1950′s and 1960′s swimsuits, girdles and corsets and do one of our retro workout sessions, where we concentrate on achieving that perfect retro hourglass shape. For most of the shoot […]

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Ophelia retro shoot

Having just finished a fabulous shoot with Ophelia , I can see why everyone enjoys working with her and speaks so highly of her. Despite a 400km round-trip, a rather hectic start to the shoot and a rush to get her to the station again afterwards, she remained full of life and bubbling with creative […]

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Francesca retro-fitness shoot

I had a super retro-fitness shoot here in sunny Southampton with Francesca today. She is an amazing young lady to work with. Her fabulous figure is matched only by her amazing sense of fun. Francesca is a very talented model with a well toned body and a nice flat tummy. She is also a very […]

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Sarah and Romany retro-fitness shoot

Regular readers will know that we have been doing a series of post pregnancy shoots with Sarah since August 2011, to document and encourage her in her getting back into shape process. As you can see, she has done amazingly well and she looks absolutely stunning. 2011-08-29 2011-09-12 2011-09-26 Having already done three shoots, we […]

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Fiona retro shoot

Just had an absolutely fantastic retro shoot with Fiona. She is a very hard working and talented model and a thoroughly nice person to work with. In fact, she was so keen that she had done her hair and make-up, perfectly, before she arrived at the shoot so that we didn’t waste an time. The […]

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Sarah’s third post-pregnancy shoot

This is the third of a series of photo shoots, intended to document Sarah’s progress as she gets back into shape after given birth to two healthy babies. Readers may recall that Sarah ended her second shoot enjoying a deportment session with Chiara. It went really rather well, so we decided to get them together […]

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Sarah second post-pregnancy shoot

This is the second of a series of photo shoots, intended to document Sarah’s progress as she gets back into shape after given birth to two healthy babies. First part of the shoot was with Sarah on her own, modelling her own tightly-laced corset, teamed up with  a pair of snugly fitting black lycra control […]

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Chiara modelling golden American swimsuit

This is a brief shoot where Chiara models a very stylish Half Moon retro one-piece swimsuit, kindly provided by eBay seller Bella Swimwear USA. Unfortunately, due to bad weather and other pressures, we haven’t been able to shoot outside. We’ll probably do that next spring. Note the “girdle” snaps at the end are unrelated to […]

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Sarah’s first post-pregnancy shoot

Just got back in touch with Sarah after four years. Back in 2007 Sarah did a couple of splendid shoots with us. But then things went quiet. Turns out that she has given birth to two happy, healthy babies and is embarking upon a fitness programme to get back into shape. This seems like a […]

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Chiara 10 years of shooting

I first worked with Chiara way back 2001-06-09. In that time we have done dozens of shoots and taken many thousands of pictures. In that time we have become good fiends and done many projects together. Whilst it has always been brilliant fun, it has also been a lot of work, and poor Chiara has […]

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Chiara girdle review

In the tradition of our old Zona project, we asked Chiara to do another modern girdle review shoot. Only this time we decided not merely to photograph the garments, but also to sum up Chiara’s opinions in pictures So here we have two low-cost but nicely-made new black pantie girdles bought via eBay. Girdle 1 […]

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Chiara Maidenform Bonnie Cashin ad project

Working with Chiara tends to inspire me with strange or surreal ideas. This shoot was based on a 1961 magazine advert for Maidenform girdles. Basically it involved taking two images of the model, one in a girdle and another shot of her wearing the same girdle under her dress. The two images were stitched together […]

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Chiara Tummy-ins project

The manufacturer’s marketing department must have really racked their brains to come up with the name “Tummy-Ins” to describe a girdle. But the bizarre and slightly surreal packaging was just begging for a Chiara photo-shoot. So we removed the original girl, and put Chiara on a scan of the packet instead. I’m not sure if […]

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Chiara’s girdle review shoot

The concept It is almost a year since Chiara and I worked together. Consequently she is a little out of practice. She also admits to not doing any of her usual tummy exercises for a while and that it is a bit of a struggle for her to keep it tucked in. Now, if this […]

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Laura retro shoot

In this solo shoot, Laura models a variety of retro swimwear, evening wear and a tight white pantie-corselet.

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Cara Mascara and Chiara

Cara Mascara’s first shoot with waist.it, choreographed by Chiara. Cara is a very pretty young lady. With a little help from Chiara, she got the hang of retro very quickly indeed.

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Chiara and Heather Pink Shoot

This shoot was entirely Heather’s own idea. In this “pink-themed” shoot, Heather teams up with regular waist.it model Chiara. Chiara’s role was to  help Heather pose with that classic retro pin-up body shape, so we could capture some authentic-looking retro dressing-room pictures.

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Heather modelling structured swimwear and corsetry

Airline hostess, singer and model Heather is a very beautiful and talented young lady. She also has silky blonde hair and a fabulously curvy figure that looks particularly wonderful in good, old-fashioned corsetry and swimwear. We really love this sort of shoot here at waist.it

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Chiara tidies the studio

Chiara is not merely a very talented retro model. She is also my researcher, shoot organiser, model trainer and she organises the studio. Those familiar with this site will know that often when she is sorting out the place or tidying up the studio, she replaces her normal clothes with a t-shirt, bra and pantie […]

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Claire and Heather

Regular model Heather brought her friend Claire along for a shoot, one fine spring day. This was the result.

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Chiara and Laura retro fitness shoot

Regular model Chiara teaches Laura the art of creating that authentic retro body shape. Using Chiara’s tried-and tested methods of good posture and good corsetry, both young ladies go on to create some fantastic imagery. This shoot works particularly well because the models take it in turn to help each other achieve that perfect hourglass […]

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Laura retro

Fantastic second retro shoot with the beautiful Laura, featuring old style swimwear and corsetry, with a bit of fitness thrown-in! Laura picked up the retro concept very quickly indeed. The images she helped create are truly reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Chiara with guest photographer Ryan Cleminson

Chiara models for waist.it and guest photographer, Ryan Cleminson. She starts the shoot in business clothes then changes into a retro knitted bikini. Finally she poses in t-shirt, PVC top, long-line strapless bra, and black control briefs worn as tummy-flattening, butt-shaping hot pants.

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Laura modelling retro swimwear and corsetry

Fantastic first retro shoot with the beautiful Laura, featuring old style swimwear and corsetry, with a bit of fitness thrown-in! Laura seems to love retro, which is great because she certainly has the perfect figure for it. The images she helped create are truly reminiscent of a bygone era.

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Heather

Musician and model Heather appears in a solo for her personal retro fitness and corsetry shoot, in the hope of creating some images she can use on her new CD cover.

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Chiara bra and girdle exercises

Chiara puts on a bra wriggles into a girdle – worn as hotpants – and teams this up with a matching top, then tidies up the studio. Occasionally she pauses to do some tummy exercises. Meanwhile we follow her with a camera and snap her whenever she does anything particularly interesting or photogenic.

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Chiara blue background

Today Chiara said she rather fancied some pictures using the pale blue background. So we shot her in her new green bikini doing her tummy exercises, and then in a Chinese matching shiny blue bra and control briefs for a few poses. She even did a few Betty Brosmer style tight belt shots too. For […]

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Chiara and Heather retro fitness

Today, regular waist.it model Chiara teaches Heather how to do the retro thing. Meanwhile we also got some splendid pictures of Heather doing musical things too. She is a talented singer and songwriter too. But Chiara’s main concern was to help Heather achieve that authentic retro shape. She was also keen to reverse roles and […]

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Chiara and Jade retro fitness in shapewear

Chiara and Jade, modelling for a particularly productive “retro fitness in shapewear” shoot. The concept was to shape each other’s figures using a mixture of exercise, working on each other’s posture and deportment, whilst modelling some nice, firm shapewear.

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Chiara copying a 50′s pose

Chiara attempts to emulate a pose she saw in a photo from the 1950′s. Wearing a variety of long-line bras and tight black pantie-girdles, she manages to add some rather good ideas of her own too.  

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Jade

Dancer and model Jade poses with her boyfriend. Then she goes on to do some splendid dance moves whilst modelling some fabulous retro costumes.  

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Shelley

Shelley’s first solo retro corsetry and swimwear shoot. Here she starts with some of her own clothes. She moves on to some fitness work, whilst modelling one-piece swimwear. Then she does some fabulous poses in simple bras and pantie girdles – as well as a traditional Vollers corset. There also a few snaps of her […]

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MJay

MJay’s second shoot for waist.it. This time she’s on her own, modelling retro dresses, swimwear and a black roll-on M&S girdle.  

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Chiara and Sarah retro fitness

Sarah’s second shoot for waist.it, where regular model Chiara takes her though the art of retro fitness and corsetry modelling.  

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Sarah test shoot

Beautiful leggy blonde Sarah’s first ever shoot for waist.it, where she models swimwear, shapewear and some outfits of her own. Also has some delightful shots of Sarah being tightly laced into a Vollers corset by her mum.  

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