Hot Rod Pinup Model Kristabelle
Pin-ups and Hot Rods, What Could be Better?
Pictures and words by Tim Hunter
It’s hard to say Kristabelle without smiling and it’s even more challenging to see Kristabelle without smiling. Her warmth and presence brightens a room and even an entire car show – as we found out at the Shifter’s Car Show – Viva Las Vegas #13.
The story of how Kristabelle and I started shooting together begins in 2008 at an event called Artease 2 at the Lightspeed Gallery in Costa Mesa. Kristabelle and I had written back and forth on Myspace and I’d told her she was “The Brightest Smile on Myspace” because in all of her photos, she absolutely beamed happiness with that signature smile of hers.
Out of the blue in October of 2008, Kristabelle texts me she’s going to a pin-up contest at an event called Rumble in Ramona, did I want to come along? I told her I’d meet her there and we’d do some pictures. On the way, I text her, “Let’s go win a pin-up contest today.” And she won!! Also that same day, she did her first shoot with hot rods and now it’s a tradition of ours. We’ve done 2 follow-up shoots since then, always involving hot rods or traditional cars. It was great being there for her first car shoot and first pin-up contest win.
Our latest shoot was at Viva Las Vegas #13. She’d texted me if I was at the show and I had some time available. It just seems to work out for us that way. Hope you enjoy the photos.
You can find more of Kristabelle’s work at her Myspace page, or at her Model Mayhem page if you’d like to hire her for a shoot.
Find photographer Tim Hunter at his home page, or friend him on Facebook to to see more samples of his work. Tim is also on Model Mayhem. Prints are available for purchase too. Just contact moc.loanull@mitybotohp for pricing and shipping details.