Monday, January 15, 2018

Miss January in the Pinup by Liz 2018 calendar - DeeDee Grand Prix!

Happy January! This year I plan to do a detailed blog post with each Pinup by Liz 2018 calendar model to show you each of their selected photos from their set.  So to start, here is Miss January, DeeDee GrandPrix! Isn't the 2018 headband she made for her shoot the cutest? I asked her to write a bio for me to include on this post, so here it is, followed by her set from her calendar shoot at our studio! If you still need to purchase your copy of the 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar, click here!

Hi there! I'm a vintage-loving mama of three adorable littles and wife of one hunka-hunka husband, and a pinup enthusiast! I have always been interested in the culture and styles of yesteryear, especially the 40's - 60's, but have never had the confidence in it until taking the plunge to do a pinup photo shoot...and the rest as they say, is history!

I have been attending vintage car shows since I was a kid riding in my Uncle's '63 Pontiac Grand Prix in the felt poodle skirt my mom made me, waving out the windows during cruise nite, and collecting cards on the Poker Run.  It was there that my love of vintage style and cars began, and I now have a greater appreciation for those experiences that have allowed me to rediscover my love of this classic genre.  Just last February, I had the opportunity to do my first ever pinup shoot.  Little did I know it was the empowering kick I needed!  Since then, I have found the confidence to enter contests and encourage others to feel that sense of "you can do it!".  I love the sense of nostalgia and hope to inspire others of any shape, age, and background to feel the same way.  Because there's really no better feeling than cheering on those who love it as much as you do and seeing them succeed!  Reflecting back on my childhood, riding around in that Pontiac really brings back some great memories and even inspired my pinup name: DeeDee Grand Prix!!  I also think it is important to give credit to those who have inspired us to embrace pinup in all forms and for me there are two icons who inspire me constantly.  The original pinup, Betty Grable, and my favorite modern day pinup, Miss Victory Violet.  Fun fact: I am actually related to Betty Grable on my grandfather's side and have always admired her poise and grace, and of course those hairdos!!  Theres something about a classic pinup that has an originality that we don't always see because they were the first to do it, and that's what draws me to it!  As for current ladies, Miss Victory Violet is a dream.  She embraces classic style in her every day life and is also gracious about social causes.  The melding of these two pinup icons is something I strive for as I learn more about it.  Overall, I've always loved everything about classic style but now feel the confidence to share it with others.  It's a wonderful way to meet new people and put a smile on the faces of others.  Between the beautiful lines of the cars and styles of yesteryear, and the excitement of being able to dress up for something nowadays, it's really the best!  If you want to follow along with me on my pinup adventures, you can find me on Instagram: @deedeegrandprix








Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pinup by Liz - A look back and a look ahead

Happy 2018!  As it seems I do every year, I totally let this blog slack last year.  I'm trying yet again to get back to regular postings for the new year.  Starting with a quick look back.  2017 was pretty great for Pinup by Liz.  I photographed over 100 women both in studio and at multiple events.  In addition to having special guest Cherry Dollface visit the studio on her Spring tour, I also worked alongside her at both Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend and Nashville Boogie. My work was published in dozens of pinup magazines throughout the year, too many to mention here, plus my work was published on two covers during the year.  Once with a photo of Stacey B. Goode on the cover of Retro Dames Magazine,  and again on the cover of a pinup cookbook. I photographed clients at multiple local car shows, including the Stray Kat 500 in Dewey, OK, the Route 66 Patriotfest in Tulsa, OK, and the Route 66 Cruisers car show in Claremore, OK. I also had an art show with some of my pinup work at Lot 6 Art Bar and released a 2018 Pinup Calendar and had a fun release party for it. (Buy your calendar here by clicking here!) Here are a few behind the scenes photos from some of those events: 

Cherry Dollface at the Pinup by Liz studio in Tulsa, doing hair and makeup on local pinup model GenaLyne

Hanging out with Taylor Nicole, Miss Velvet Wren, Cherry Dollface, Modern June Cleaver, and the lovely Jayda at Nashville Boogie

Photographing local pin up Rebel Jackson after she won the pinup contest at Route 66 Patriot Fest in Tulsa


Photographing Canadian pinup model Tnah Atomic during Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend

Guest judging at Poppy Pie's Burlesque Roulette with a couple Tulsa burlesque legends

Photographing Vera Fine at Nashville Boogie inside the beautiful Opryland Resort
Photographing Miss Daisy Dimples at the Route 66 Cruisers Car Show in Claremore
Our studio pin up hair and makeup class

At our 2018 Calendar Release Party at Lot 6 with some of my calendar girls!


So much more happened in 2017 and we had so much fun!  I'm so thankful for each and every person who booked a shoot or supported me in any way!  Now we're looking forward to 2018.  I plan to attend and book shoots at some of the same events, and to expand on the boudoir side of my work, but pin up will always have a special place in my heart and I plan to continue shooting it too!  I will be adjusting some of our package offerings, and plan to work with clients to get your photos off of your computer and into some printed products like albums so that they can forever be keepsakes. 

Follow along on our adventures online!  Find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/pinupbyliz, or on Instagram and Twitter at @pinupbyliz.  Want to book? Email me at liz@photosbyliz.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender - flashback to last year!

Over the past few weeks I've been spending a lot of time getting everything organized for all of my photo shoot clients booked at the 2017 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, and of course this has really gotten me thinking about Viva and all the fun ahead for this year, and I thought I'd write a quick blog post about our fun last year. 

This will only be my third year to attend Viva, and I have the best time there!  This will also be my third year to team up with the amazing pin up model and You Tuber Cherry Dollface on photo shoots there.  We'll be spending 2 full days working with pretty ladies from all over the world! Cherry does an amazing job on hair and makeup, and I have such a great time photographing these women after they have gotten all pinned up!

Since I never shared them here before, here are some of the great photos we got during our shoots last year!  I have so much fun working with these beautiful women from all over the world! All of the following photos were shot in our hotel suite, and hair and makeup on all of these clients was by Cherry Dollface. I just love how each client brought their own personality and style to the shoot, and even though every client was shot in the same space, each client's photos came out different.














I also did some shoots at Viva Las Vegas 19 at the car show and pool!  Here are those lovely ladies!  All of the following clients did their own hair and makeup for the shoot.



Can't wait for all the fun this year at Viva Las Vegas 20!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Upcoming shoot: 1950s Prom Theme! {Tulsa, Oklahoma pin up photographer}


We're so excited for our upcoming 50s prom themed mini session photo shoot day! On Saturday, March 25th at our downtown Tulsa studio, we're doing a day of pin up themed portrait sessions on some fun vintage prom themed sets! We'll have two sets available that day, one will be our "Prom Queen" set, complete with streamers and balloons, plus we'll have a tiara, a sash, and corsages to wear! Our second set is the "Dance Floor" set, which will be based on the "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance from Back to the Future! This will be a detailed sea themed set with fun props like a punch bowl and a guitar.

If you have a pretty dress that you'd like to bring to wear in your shoot, you are welcome to, or we have a variety of dresses in our studio wardrobe that you can choose from! Hair and makeup is included in your package, as well as posing assistance. No experience is required, and all sizes/body types are welcome!  Want to shoot with your beau or best friend? They're welcome too!

Here are a few test shots we did with Katie Belle and Bootleg Betty on the Prom Queen set.  Everything they are wearing in these photos is available in our studio wardrobe.  Ready to book? Email me at liz@photosbyliz.com!





Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Client Spotlight: ALL women deserve to feel beautiful

Although the shoot I'm featuring today took place almost exactly a year ago, I've hesitated multiple times about blogging it.  Not because I have any negative feelings towards the subject, but since the subject of "trans" has been such a hot button issue in politics over the past year, I didn't want to look like I was trying to use it to cash in on something and was hoping people would eventually come to their senses about acceptance of others and calm down.  But based on recent media chatter, talk about including transsexual individuals in our world isn't going anywhere.  So in light of that, I'd like to send a message to all my trans ladies out there.  You are beautiful.  You are accepted.  You will always have a safe place in my studio.  I never want you to be afraid to approach me about a shoot.  I will never turn down your business. You deserve fun makeovers and photo shoots to capture the real you and I would be more than delighted to do that for you. 

On that note, let's talk about Jennifer! I met Jennifer through Facebook and admired her openness about sharing her journey on her page, and it wasn't long before we set up a shoot.  She brought some amazing clothes and had some amazing makeup done and we got some amazing photos. Here are a few of my favorites from our shoot:






Stunning, right?  So you, yes you, YOU deserve to have some beautiful photos of yourself, and my team and I are here to help.  When I say that I think EVERY WOMAN should do a photo shoot like this at least once in their lifetime, I mean EVERY WOMAN!  Email me at liz@photosbyliz.com if you'd like to set something up. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from Pinup by Liz {Tulsa pin up photography}

Happy Valentine's Day!  I just love this day. Not so much for the commercialized romance, but for the fun, colorful, kitschiness of it all. I love the pink and red and hearts everywhere and cheesy displays of affection, whether to significant others or to close friends, and for that reason every year at the Pinup by Liz studio our Valentine's Day themed mini session day is usually one of our biggest of the year!

This year at our Downtown Tulsa studio we offered 3 Valentine's themed sets that were appropriate for pin up or boudoir photographs. We outfitted our studio bed set with beautiful red bedding for a sexy boudoir set, we had a red backdrop with lots of heart shaped props for some classic pin up looks, and we built a big heart shaped chair as a tribute to one of my favorite Gil Elvgren pinup paintings. As with every mini session, our clients enjoyed wine and light snacks while they had their hair styled by Bootleg Betty and makeup applied by Katie Belle. Some clients brought their own clothing items to wear in the shoot, while others browsed our extensive studio wardrobe and chose items to wear in their photos. Even it was the first time to do a photo shoot for many of our clients booked that day, I coached them all through posing and they all looked amazing!

Here are some of the photos that we got that day:









So much fun, right?  Do you want to experience the fun of a Pinup by Liz mini session day, having a pin up makeover and being a pinup girl for the day? Our next mini session day is just around the corner and there's still time to book!  Our themes for this month are spring themes, including pin up baseball, a cute vintage camping set, and an American Beauty style bed of rose petals.  Want to book? Check out the flyer below with all the details and then email me at liz@photosbyliz.com!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Helllloooooo 2017! Madame Berlin's January calendar shoot and more!

Hello 2017!  We are so excited to see you.  We have so much exciting stuff in store for this year. First, have you ordered your Pinup by Liz 2017 pin up calendar to keep track of the year? If not, there's still time to buy!  Click here for the link to purchase.  Our Miss January is the beautiful Tulsa pinup personality, Madame Berlin. 
 Here is the January page that she is featured on in the 2017 Pinup by Liz calendar!  She matched her vintage style moon dress perfectly with our paper moon set!  Here are a couple of other poses from her pinup calendar photo shoot. 

We have some really fun shoot opportunities coming up in the new year.  Our first mini session day of 2017 is Valentine's themed.  Mini session days are fun shoot days where we book multiple clients back to back and shoot on specific, themed sets.  Our first mini session photo shoot takes place in the Pinup by Liz studio located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We are taking inspiration from 3 vintage Gil Elvgren pinup paintings.  We will have the bed covered in red satin, we will have a heart shaped chair, and we will have a "making valentines" classic pin up set.  All of these sets would be appropriate for both pin up and boudoir looks.  Our mini session packages all include hair by our studio hairstylist Bootleg Betty and makeup by our studio makeup artist Katie Belle, access to our wardrobe full of vintage and repro pieces in sizes ranging from extra small to 4x, complimentary wine and snacks, posing assistance, and fully edited digital files. Plus you get the fun of meeting other ladies interested in vintage styles, and the self confidence that comes from a pinup makeover and photo shoot.   

 


Not ready to book for Valentine's Day? Check out our schedule for the first half of the year! We have so many fun themes coming up!  For more information on any of our shoots, email me at liz@photosbyliz.com.