Meet The Creators

Christian Kieffer

Christian Kieffer
Creator, Photographer, Director

After graduating from the South East Center of Photographic studies in Daytona Beach Florida, I was chosen from 4,000 photographers to intern and eventually staff at Walt Disney Creative Photography department in Orlando Florida. In my time with Disney I was required to handle many large-scale photography shoots including national advertizing campaigns and many film and television projects. I had many photographs published by Disney including much of the opening promotions for the Animal Kingdom theme park. In 1999 I left Disney and moved west to Los Angeles where I began working in the film industry shortly after arriving. I worked primarily as a location scout for the studios on commercial and film projects. I have worked on over a hundred productions including Vanilla Sky, Swordfish, AI, BMW films.com projects and many TV commercials. In 2004 I moved to Melbourne Australia where I had an opportunity to live and work on some editorial images as well as some personal photography. I returned in 2006 to the east coast where I am from. Shortly after, I met my wife Gili and we started our own multimedia company called Elysium Multimedia. I was highly motivated to start my own project that I would have total control of, so I reached back to my past to the things that I was inspired by to help form the original concepts for the “Warbird Pinup Girls” calendar. Today we are on our 5 annual edition.

Christian Kieffer
Christian Kieffer

Gili Kieffer
Stylist & Casting

When I first came to the United States in 2006 I was not familiar with the 1940’s pin up girls. Although I always loved Marilyn Monroe and the classics, I never heard of WWII nose-art and the Alberto Vargas famous pinup girls. In 2008 my husband Christian introduced me to the retro style from the 40's and I immediately fell in love with it. Having majored in fashion, the Warbird Pinup Girls project felt like a great fit for me and I quickly started getting involved with the styling for Christian’s photo shoots. I always thought that the women in the 40's were very classy, elegant and graceful and I enjoyed browsing through the vintage shops for great accessories and accents to our pinup looks. Being a web and graphic designer, I helped Christian design our calendars and marketing materials. When working on the Warbird Pinup Girls I always try to recreate these looks as authenticly and accurately as I can. Many people still look back to those days and love those classic looks and how we recreated them in our modern images.

Behind the Scenes

Warbird Pinup Girls Production
Warbird Pinup Girls Production
Warbird Pinup Girls Production
Warbird Pinup Girls Production