Once again a few thousand people decided to get on their bikes, take off their clothes and trek across the city of Brotherly Love.  Body types of every kind and every age participated, some fully unclothed some partially.  Many were on the bike share/rentals, hope they wiped the seats clean when they were done.  Either way, after seven years PNBR has become a Philly tradition.

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I think I need to start saving the messages we get from models wanting to shoot.  One that we’d been talking about doing for a while was a request from Anna Frangiosa, known in the burlesque world as Annie A-Bomb.  A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as Temple University, Anna is remarkably talented costume designer and seamstress, as well as the being the artistic director of The Cabaret Administration, an incredibly smart and sexy theater company/burlesque troupe that “focuses on entertainment which is satirical, sensual, and visually stunning”, often based on the classics, such as The Nutcracker, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and The Wizard of Oz.  A dedicated political activist, burlesque performer, writer, director, and avid bike rider, it’s a minor miracle that she found time for a quick afternoon photo shoot.

Anna is passionate about her main means of transportation, her bike.  She wanted a sexy bike shoot, which was completely puzzling to me.  Sexy bike shoot?  I really couldn’t imagine anything less sexy than a bicycle.  I should have known better.  In the back seat of our truck (which has seen more half naked models that a Victoria Secret catalog), she deftly changed into an edgy black strappy number that she made.  We found some perfect late summer golden light, and she literally stopped traffic.

I’m not sure which was my favorite moment of the shoot.  When we had to postpone it due to Anna’s sudden booking as the cook on a ship, or the woman who yelled at us from her car window as we shot on a bridge “HEY!!!  DOES THAT OUTFIT COME IN AN EXTRA LARGE?”  Priceless Philly afternoon…made.

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