Mark Bilash, a photographer working on the Pin-Up Life mag, accidentally saw photos of a model from Winnipeg and could not help but become interested in working with her.
Bilash specializes in pin-up photos, that is, everything about America in the 1940-1950s. Crystal Rondeau made an incredible impression on Mark and he immediately realized that their acquaintance would lead to a lot of amazing pictures.
“I was so amazed and impressed at the amount of hardship and challenges that this girl goes through every day, and she still has the energy to want to do a photoshoot,” Mark explained.
“There were definitely a lot of challenges to get it done – the timing, her transportation, all kinds of things.”
After working with Crystal, Bilash was so inspired that he decided to work with Dottie St. Laurent. Both photoshoots got a place in Pin-Up Life, and Crystal photos were even selected for the cover.
“I figure we’re both true warriors and we deserve to be in that magazine,” said St. Laurent. “This was actually my first time (modeling), and it was on my bucket list.”
The photographer admitted that working with these two ladies completely changed his life and perception of beauty in the world around him.
“It’s nice to do your regular shoots for clients and so forth, but every once in a while, you can meet someone who inspires you.”