Friday, May 23, 2014

Girls with Guns: How not to do it

I decided to start a new tradition, on select Fridays I will post my favorite pictures of girls with guns, each Friday will have a different theme.

A couple of years ago I published a calendar of Girls with Guns featuring women who actually know how to shoot. I enlisted some help from the famous pro-Second Amendment blogger and photographer Oleg Volk

Here is the sample page that we put on the back of the calendar
Front cover:

 I wasn't 100% satisfied with the results, but I had limited control as I was not the only photographer and I didn't have sufficient time to dedicate to the project.
To be honest I don't really care for the "cheesy" pictures of girls in bikinis with guns. I prefer pictures of girls who look like they belong with a gun.  I also do not appreciate it when they use fake or air-soft guns.....

So I decided to post some pictures of how not to do it.

Beautiful girl, nice back drop, but why is she holding an AK-47 and standing on a boat in a bikini?

 This one fails on every level
 Fake guns, no backdrop??
 I don't even know where to start with this one......
 Again, nice looking girl, a gun that appears real, but what is the story, and where is she supposed to be? A dark wind tunnel?
 Another major fail, toy guns...

 Fake guns again, no backdrop and phony outfit
Those are the bad, here are some good ones:

 OK now here is what I am talking about, she is armed with both a pistol and a rifle, both period correct (1873 Winchester, 1873 Colt). She is in a corral, and appears to be watching for the herd or approaching bad guys?
picture courtesy of William Bates photography

This appears to be a civilian training with the military? See the personnel in the back ground. She even has the correct Beretta pistol.
 This one is 1/2 way there, nice back drop, right gun, but the outfit needs to be a bit more realistic
 I am not big on cosplay, but if you are going to do it, do it right like this girl, playing the part of the Tomb Raider
Photo courtesy of Nelson Fatagraf (Facebook page). The model is Tya (Facebook page)

 Here is a great Bond Girl type photo, she has what appears to be a real gun (1911) and she looks like she is hiding near an aircraft, perhaps to get the jump on Max Zorin? (A View to a Kill?)
 If any of the pictures above belong to you and you would like them taken down or credited to you, please let me know


  1. The last photo with the 1911 is a fail on the safe handling angle.

    The old calendar was marred by bad quality printing as well as inconsistent image quality. Would be nice to make a better effort for 2015.

    1. Thanks Oleg!

      You are right about the printing quality of the last calendar, it was very disappointing.
      We do have plans for a 2015 calendar, are you interested in collaborating again?


  3. Hi ! Thanks for sharing those pictures :) I'm the photographer who took the picture of Lara Croft - Tomb Raider.
    Would you mind to credit my name ? Nelson Fatagraf and my FB page >
    The model also : Tya >

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