Monday, February 19, 2018

Pinup by Liz reviews: Nucolour Powerlips Fluid from Beautylicious by Anna

I'm always looking for a great red lipstick to wear to car shows and events, so I was thrilled when Anna Holland of Beautylicious by Anna offered to send me a new liquid lipstick to try out and review. This was my first experience with this brand, and I must say I'm impressed! I have now worn this lipstick out twice, once on a date with my hubby and once to brunch with some friends, and I'm really liking it!  The lipstick is Nucolour Powerlips Fluid and the color I received is called "Roar" and it's a bold red, and I felt like it was perfect for my skin tone. Here are my thoughts and some photos.

Powerlips fluid in Roar with the packaging

Application:  It went on so easily!  The directions say: "Line lips with applicator then fill in with color."  The applicator is a typical doe foot applicator, and the smaller end is perfect for lining, while the wider edge fills it in perfectly.  It only takes one coat for a full, even color and it feels very smooth and light.  It dries very quickly and feels lightweight and smooth.  Once it was completely dry I lightly pressed a tissue to my lips to see if any came off and it didn't!

Wear: I've talked to some friends who say this lipstick lasts all day for them without reapplying, but I found that I did have to reapply once about halfway through my day after eating. It stayed flawless on the edges but the center of my lips wore off.  I tend to absentmindedly press and rub my lips together a lot though so that probably contributed to it wearing down a little more quickly, plus I was eating and drinking.  But I really didn't mind reapplying, and the fact that it stays smooth and weightless makes up for having to reapply. I especially love the fact that it doesn't gunk up on my lips or smear after I eat like some other long wear lipsticks I've tried.

Wearing Roar out on a date with my hubby
Final thoughts:  I really love it and would definitely recommend it to others!  I hate lipsticks that feel heavy on my lips, and once my Powerlips dries it feels like I'm not wearing anything. It doesn't dry my lips out or make them feel like product is piled on. The color is beautiful and bold, and it lasts much longer on me than regular lipstick, so I know I can go to an event and enjoy myself without having to worry about checking my lipstick constantly. Once it dries it's on for good, so I don't have to worry about my lipstick smearing or ending up on my teeth, but it comes off easily with a makeup wipe when I'm ready to take it off.  Overall I definitely love it and I want to get some other colors! 

Wearing Roar before leaving for brunch with friends

Want to get some of this amazing lipstick for yourself? Contact Anna Holland with Beautylicious by Anna!  She has a really active Facebook group where you can see all of the shades of Powerlips that you can buy, plus many other beauty products she sells from this line.  Join by clicking this link! You can also find her on Instagram at @beautyliciousbyanna. Not only will you be getting some great makeup and beauty products when you purchase from Anna, you'll also be supporting a local boss babe!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day from Pinup by Liz!

Valentine's Day is nearly over, and I hope you had a great day!  I just wanted to show off some of the photos from our Valentine's mini session day that we held at the studio a few weeks ago. What's a mini session day? These are special events that we hold every few months at the studio where we book clients back to back and offer lower priced photo shoots with set themes. This year most of our mini session days will offer one set suitable for pin up, and one that is suitable for boudoir. Hair and makeup is included, plus we have mimosas and snacks, and they have the feel of a girls' day party environment.  We have so much fun! No experience is required, and we help you every step of the way from hair and makeup, to wardrobe, to posing and facial expression. To see more details on our mini session days check out We had 5 clients at our Valentine's mini session day and I wanted to take a moment to show them off! We had 2 different sets at this mini session day, one was our bed set with white sheets, and the other was a beautiful pink backdrop with various Valentine's themed backdrops.  I love how each client's personality shone through!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pinup by Liz tips - Personal safety during a photo shoot

In my studio, the number one thing I want for my clients to feel is safe and secure.  A photo shoot can be a very personal experience where a client is often vulnerable and exposed, and they are trusting their photographer to not take advantage of that, and the last thing I would want one of my clients to feel is that they were pressured to do anything they didn't wish during their shoot. Like I always say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with posing nude, but it always should be the client's idea, not mine.

This is a topic I've wanted to touch on for awhile now, and during the recent  #metoo movement on social media, I saw some horror stories from local women about dealing with inappropriate behavior during photo shoots. I work with a number of women who model for many photographers, and some of those photographers are new and looking for models to practice on to build their portfolio, so they approach women and offer to shoot them for free or a large discount in exchange for posing for them. And some of them do not behave professionally.  I've had way too many clients tell me about incidents that made them uncomfortable during shoots they've gone to with other photographers that should have never happened.  From showing up at a location and feeling unsafe, to feeling pushed to reveal more skin than they are comfortable with, to being told inappropriate and disrespectful things during or after their shoot.  I wish I could say that everyone with a camera that was offering shoots was a respectable person, but unfortunately there are some creeps out there just looking to take advantage of new models who are eager to please.  No amount of free photos are worth your dignity or personal safety.  I know that especially when you're a new model it's exciting to have a photographer ask you to pose for them, but just know that you are in charge of your image and how the photo shoot goes, and if you ever feel uncomfortable, you have the power to put a stop to it.

Here is a list of different things to think about when planning a shoot, whether it's with me or another photographer.  If you have your own tip that you feel I missed, feel free to share it in the comments.

Watch for red flags in advance of the shoot.  I've had a couple different clients tell me about photographers that have asked them to text or email nude or in lingerie selfies before a shoot. Any photographer who knows anything about posing doesn't need to see your body before the shoot, and if they're asking to, that's a red flag and you might want to question their motives.  Now, perhaps if you are a model being hired for a specific paid job, or if a certain concept is being shot, a photographer might look for a certain body type and need some example photos before they decide to hire you, but in general if you are a paying client or have been offered a TFP (time for photos) shoot, there's no reason for this.  Don't be afraid to set your boundaries in advance of the shoot and let the photographer know exactly what you are and aren't comfortable showing.

Use the buddy system! Take a friend along. Some photographers might have rules about this, like personally during certain shoots like mini sessions I don't allow men in the studio (because we feel our clients are more comfortable in an all female environment) or minors, for obvious reasons.  But even then I encourage clients to bring a female friend along if it makes them feel more comfortable.  If you're told you're not allowed to bring someone with you, that could be a warning sign.

Make sure someone knows where you are, even if you are bringing a friend.  If you're meeting up with a stranger in any situation, whether it's a photo shoot, a blind date, meeting a stranger to buy furniture, or whatever, this is a good step for personal safety. Send a friend the photographer's name, shoot location and time, etc, so that you know someone is looking out for you.

Don't let a photographer say things to you that you wouldn't allow someone else to. Just because you are exposing yourself in front of someone doesn't give them the right to leer and say inappropriate things.  You deserve respect and professionalism. If they are saying anything that makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, don't be afraid to speak up and tell them so, or end the shoot.  A photo shoot is professional situation, not a sexual one, and if you feel like a photographer is crossing a line, you are in the right to put a stop to it.

Ask questions!  Don't be afraid to ask the photographer for references from other clients they have worked with, or reach out to friends and ask if they know anything. There are some local model groups on Facebook that you could probably get some opinions in too. Ask to see their portfolio so you can see what style they typically shoot and if it's something you're comfortable posing for. Don't be afraid to ask what the photos will be used for, where they will be visible, and if there is a contract that you will be signing and what it says.

If you ever, at any point feel uncomfortable, speak up!  Don't be afraid to say "I'm not comfortable with that" if a pose or piece of clothing isn't your cup of tea.  If at any time you feel that your wishes aren't being respected by the photographer, don't be afraid to pack up and leave.   Any pro should be able to adapt to your wishes and give you beautiful, sexy photos at your own level of comfort, whether that means completely covered or fully nude, or somewhere in between.

Overall, just protect yourself. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, get out as quickly as you can.  Even if something is offering something to you for free, you don't owe them anything beyond what you are comfortable with.

And because this is a photography blog, here's an old photo of our studio hair and makeup artist Katie Belle, looking awesome and protecting Tulsa.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Miss February in the 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar - Madame Berlin!

Happy February!  For our 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar, I held a mini session day and photographed 12 women on our midcentury living room set.  We had a nice mix of women from all walks of life book, some with modeling history and some with no previous shoot experience.  I really love the way the calendar turned out and will be introducing each one at the first of each month.  Our Miss February is a repeat client who I have worked with multiple times a year for almost 5 years now.  She has become a wonderful friend over the years and I can't express how much her continued support of our studio and the Tulsa pin up community means to me! Here is Madame Berlin's bio, and all of the final edits from her calendar shoot for the month of February!  If you still need to purchase a copy of your calendar, buy one here!

Hi! I’m Madame Berlin and it’s an honor to be featured on Pinup by Liz’s blog. I wanted to model because who doesn't want to be paid to get all dolled up in beautiful clothing? But I was always told I could never be one....too short and too heavy. Working with the Linda Layman Agency changed that for me. I learned there was a wide world out there that accepted all shapes and sizes! Thirty-five years ago I began doing runway & plus size modeling.

I love beautiful material and beautiful styles and  there’s nothing I enjoy more than the feeling I get when wearing a beautiful garment, and for me, the best way for me to document my life is wearing certain fashions and having my picture taken while wearing the clothes I love so much

I had my first First magazine publication in October 2014 Pink Peacock Pinup Magazine with a Halloween themed shoot by Pinup by Liz. I’ve been featured in Pinup by Liz’s annual calendar as well!

My style has always been influenced by the high glam meets goth styles of Morticia Addams and Lily Munster, watching them in the mid sixties absolutely helped shape my signature style. When Elvira debuted in the 80s she instantly became my most beloved icon. She’s sexy, funny & an unapologetic. Her style is the epitome of goth glam & also timelessly classic in it’s own way. She really spoke to who I am as a person.

Another fashion icon I look to for inspiration is Auntie Mame, the eccentric 1920s socialite lead character in the movie of the same name. Her eclectic, glamorous style and a spunky personality all her own. Elvira crossed with Auntie Mame--that sounded like how I wanted to live my life and I am living the dream daily.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pinup by Liz tips - Back Up Your Digital Files!

Over the last month or so I've had a few different clients reach out to me with basically the same request - they lost the photos from their shoot and are hoping that I still have copies of them stored somewhere. Luckily, I have been able to help these ladies and I had their files backed up and was able to get them to them.  But I can't guarantee that I will always have someone's files and I would hate more than anything for a client to lose their photos forever! I shoot hundreds of clients and thousands of photos every year and I pay for hard drives and cloud storage space, so there are limits! Once I send your digital files to you, it is up to you to download them and back them up.  I recommend at minimum two different places other than a device such as your phone, like on a hard drive and a cloud storage server. Printing them for a hard copy is a wonderful step too. And this doesn't just go for professional photos, this is recommended for any important photos, documents, or other digital info that you would be upset about if you lost. If you lose your phone, or your laptop is stolen, or your iPad gets fried, you want to make sure you don't lose everything! Although I don't mind old clients reaching out to me to help them recover their old files, since it takes time away from other things for me to have to go back through old drives, I will probably start charging a small fee for my time for photo recovery requests in the future, so I definitely recommend backing up your files so I don't have to do that!

I have found that it helps if you make backing up your photos a regular habit.  Although I make a point to back up client photos regularly, I find that I am a little more relaxed when it comes to family photos, but I would be just as sad if I lost those!  So I try to make a point on the 1st of every month to go through my phone and personal photo files and back up all of the previous month's photos.

Here are some sources that I recommend:

Dropbox - I have used Dropbox for many years as a photographer.  For me it is extremely user friendly, and it has a mobile app so I can access my photos from literally anywhere.  They have a free account that is great for personal use, or some paid options if you need more space. I've tried some other cloud storage options and I always go back to Dropbox. Click here for my Dropbox referral link.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, they offer free photo storage. I have used it a bit and it is very user friendly and easy to access from multiple devices.

Google Drive is another one that I haven't personally looked into but I've heard some good things about it.

Actual hardware is another great option.  A thumb drive or external hard drive that you store somewhere outside of your home in the event of disaster is a great way to keep digital information backed up.  These are fairly inexpensive these days and can be purchased online or at most stores with an electronics department.

Honestly in the long run it doesn't really matter HOW you back up your important data.  It just matters that you DO IT.  Hopefully this blog post will serve as a reminder for that!  If you're a client and you ever have any questions about how to back up your photos after you download them, don't hesitate to shoot me an email to ask.  I don't mind helping you make sure you preserve the memories from our shoot!

And because this is a photo blog, here's a photo from a recent boudoir shoot with this beautiful Tulsa model, Crystal.

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, or on Instagram and Twitter at @pinupbyliz.  Want to book? Email me at