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In a hot pink house in Los Angeles, California, a photography studio run by two women has become the site of a growing trend -- wives and girlfriends of soldiers stationed overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan are wanting to send a different kind of care-package to their men. Instead of cookies and magazines, they are sending sultry photographs of themselves in the form of prints, books and yes, even calendars! Nowadays, the centerfolds taped to the boys' foot lockers may just be their own girl back home.

All things retro" are back in. The look the women are going for when they come in for a photo shoot is that vintage-style posing made famous by such classic pinups as Betty Grable and Jane Mansfield," says Lori Mann, photographer and co-owner of Pink Kitty Studios. The gals often wear classic clothing, and we have lots of props that are throw-backs to that WWII era." Vintage hair and make-up styling is also essential, and trained experts are brought in to the studio to spend a couple hours with the women before shooting begins.

The funny thing," says Adrienne Cragnotti, the set and clothing stylist at Pink Kitty Studios, is that although the photographs are very classic in feel, the technology we use is completely modern. So along with the calendars and centerfolds that the women send to their husbands, they usually send a cd of all the images that the men can look at on their computers while stationed there." Space is an issue for the soldiers, so a small book or cd of sexy images of their wife or girlfriend is often preferable to stacks of girlie magazines. Adrienne adds, I imagine the women packing up the cds in tissue and ribbon with a spray of perfume, just like the love letters of old."

Lori and Adrienne are co-owners of Pink Kitty Studios, and both have been in the glamour photography business for over 15 years. What makes them unique is that both have been in front of the camera themselves many times, so they know what the customers are going through and how it feels. Plus, the women are more comfortable with them then they often are with male boudoir photographers. And," Lori adds, many of the women state that they're not sure how their husbands would feel about them shedding their clothes for a male photographer while they are stationed 10,000 miles away!"

Pink Kitty Studios is owned and run by Lori Mann and Adrienne Cragnotti, a photographer and stylist respectively. Pink Kitty Studios has been featured on radio on KROQ's Morning Show with Kevin and Bean and on television on KCAL's 9 On The Town.

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