Just in time for the 4th of July holiday, what better moment to enjoy a sunny gallery of summery shots by the talented Ana Dias of Portugal. "Big Girls Don't Cry" is Dias' visually stunning work inspired by the 50s pin-up girl. The overall vibe is playful and unique and in the end, makes us want to smile from ear to ear.

Ana Dias was born in Oporto (Portugal) in 1984. Having graduated in 2007 from the Escola Superior Artística do Porto (Oporto Superior School of Art), she went straight into teaching Serigraphy, Lithography and Engraving at this institution. Her background in plastic arts led Ana to photography, which came to be her favorite way of artistic expression. The creation of colorful scenes, filled with playful and lively characters styled in glamorous fashion, are the key features that make Ana's way of working unique. Her style is very much influenced by the pop culture, and brings us back to the light eroticism of the 50's pin-up girls... but the art she creates transcends the photographic image. It tells us a story that makes us smile, and that reminds us that beauty exists and is real. Currently the artist works for several renowned brands in the field of photographic production, and her images have been increasingly noticed and acclaimed internationally in the circle of the visual arts." - 500px.com

For more information visit Ana Dias' portfolio at http://500px.com/anadiasphotography - make sure to follow her to get more amazing and inspiring photos.

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

50s Pin-Up Photography Inspiration by Ana Dias

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