Monday, April 16, 2018

Miss April in the 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar: Jes!

I'm a little late getting this blog post out, but better late than never right? Here's our April model for our 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar, Jes!  We did a cute shoot on the midcentury living room set with Easter themes for the month of April.  Here's what she had to say about her shoot, followed by all of the photos from her set! I'm so glad she did this shoot and walked away from it with positive feelings! 

I’m just Jes. That’s what all my friends call me. I did this calendar shoot as a way to move past some deep rooted negative self image and anxiety issues. My wonderful husband secretly contacted Liz and selfishly asked her to make me Miss April. (His bday month) I felt so much angst going into this shoot, but I’m so glad I did. Liz and the other ladies are so incredible and encouraging. I love how Pinup embraces all shapes and sizes and considers every woman beautiful and sexy. 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pinup by Liz tips: How to become a pin up model

People often ask me "How do I become a pin up model?"  Now that I've been shooting pin up almost exclusively for over 6 years, I've learned some things about this subject. Quite a few local pinups have been born in my studio, so I thought I would write a blog post with everything I know about being a modern pin up girl.

First, know that for most pinup models, this is more of an expensive hobby than anything.  They do it because vintage fashion is a part of their lifestyle and they enjoy participating in the community. Basically they're doing it for love, not for money. I've seen some people get into pin up because from the outside it looks like you can do a couple of shoots and participate in a couple of contests and get social media famous overnight, and they end up disappointed in the pin up community for not meeting their expectations. Generally, not many people get paid to do pinup. Even  the "big names" usually have day jobs, and if they have actually reached the point where they are doing pinup modeling full time, they have usually been at it for years and are hustling every day to work on their brand and make an income just like a full time job.

So if you're into it, but you're not quite sure how to start, here are some tips I've picked up along the way in the pinup industry.

Build a portfolio - do a few pin up styled shoots so that you have a varied portfolio. You will find situations where you might need a good photo, like for entering a pinup contest or being involved in an event, and a professional well lit, properly posed portrait always looks better than a selfie or a photo taken by an amateur. I recommend working with a professional photographer experienced in pin up to help you nail the look authentically from hair and makeup to clothing to posing. I can definitely help you out with this! At the Pinup by Liz studio we have hair and makeup artists that are experienced pin up models, a wardrobe full of vintage style clothing, and a variety of vintage sets and props. I have been photographing pin up almost exclusively for 6 years now and am experienced with posing all body types for the perfect pin up look.

Decide if you want to use an alias - check out this past blog post for tips on choosing a stage name.

Have a bio at the ready - Sometimes there will be circumstances where you need to provide a biography about yourself as a pinup model, whether for a pinup contest, magazine publication, or something else. Go ahead and create a general bio to keep on file so that you can instantly provide it when asked.

Be professional - arrive to your appointments on time, reply promptly to emails, don't make people wait on you, show up sober, don't gossip, and just overall treat pinup modeling like you would a job or other professional position.  If you act unprofessional it will be noticed, and
whether it's a pin up photographer, a contest organizer, or someone that's depending on your presence, they're not going to forget about it and will probably pass on working with you in the future.

Promote yourself - use social media to your advantage! Create a model page, both on Facebook and Instagram and any other platform that is relevant to you, and keep it active.  Try to make a point to post at least once a week, even if it's just something random like a selfie, an event you're attending, or a new pair of shoes you're showing off.  Consider yourself a brand and your posts as marketing that brand. If you don't constantly remind people who you are and what you do, they're going to forget about you.

Get involved - go to events and introduce yourself to other pinups you see, enter into pinup contests, join groups on Facebook and interact, go to events that other people who enjoy the vintage culture are at, like burlesque shows, rockabilly concerts, or car shows, and talk to people.  Sitting in the corner and waiting for people to come to you won't help you grow or get known in the community. Approach people and say hi. Make some contact cards with your pinup name and social media links on it and hand them out when you meet new people. I know it's scary to put yourself out there, but it's a necessity if you want your name known.

Submit to magazines - Most magazines don't pay for publication.  People are usually surprised that they have to buy a copy of the magazine they are published in, but the reality is that most of the pin up magazines out there are independently run and they make their money off of the models that buy their issues.  But it's great to have some tear sheets, and to be able to credit your publications, plus it's just fun to see yourself in print in an actual magazine.  You can submit to magazines yourself, or ask your photographer to help you.  Personally, I'm happy to assist all of my clients who are interested in publication with submission.

Give credit - When you post professional photos on social media, don't forget to give credit by tagging everyone who played a part in making that photo possible, from the photographer to the hair and makeup artist, even the brands of clothing and accessories you're wearing in the photo if you'd like. Every single time you post. Giving shout outs helps these companies know that you appreciate their hard work and that you're happy to spread the word about their existence, and if a modeling opportunity comes up in the future, you'll be at the front of their mind.

Go into it with a good attitude, and learn to handle rejection professionally - If you find yourself placing blame on others because you didn't get chosen for publication, or didn't win a pin up contest, or didn't get picked to model for something, realize that rejection is a part of this business, and that feeling rejected is a part of life, and has nothing to do with the pinup community or even certain people, and most often has to do with how you approach the situation. Publicly blaming other people when you feel like something doesn't go the way you wanted it to makes you look unprofessional and keeps people from wanting to work with you in the future. If you don't get published, take a look at what the magazine is printing and see what you can adjust for future shoots to match the quality of the content that they are publishing.  If you don't place in a pin up contest, examine what the winner was doing, from hair to makeup to stage presence, and take some notes to make adjustments for your own performance in the next contest. In the end, this all about having fun, and there is no top of the ladder in the pin up world, so don't worry about trying to climb it.

So if you're in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area and interested in getting started in pin up modeling, check out my packages at, and email me at to book your shoot to get started on your portfolio.  I can also help you submit to magazines and give you information on pin up related events in the area.  And if you're not local to my Tulsa studio, follow me on Facebook or Instagram to find out where I'm traveling next!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Miss March in the 2018 Pinup by Liz Calendar - Honey Lynn!

March already? I can't believe how fast 2018 is already going, but I'm incredibly happy to be getting so close to Spring! A new month means it's time to turn the page on your 2018 Pinup by Liz calendar to our featured model for March, Honey Lynn! Last October I did a calendar shoot where we photographed ladies from Oklahoma and other states from all walks of life on our vintage living room set with different themes for each month.  Honey booked to shoot for March, and I love how our St. Patrick's themed pin up photos turned out!

I first worked with Honey Lynn at our 2016 holiday themed mini session, and one of her photos from that shoot won a contest to be published on the cover of the holiday issue of Calendar Girls magazine that year. Since then she has been doing some pin up modeling, emceeing, and burlesque performances in the Tulsa area, and she's always a joy to be around.  I can't wait to see where this girl goes from here!

Here are all of the photos that she chose as her final edits from our shoot, and check out today's post on my Instagram or Facebook page to see her calendar page!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pinup by Liz reviews: Influenster Finesse VoxBox

Have you heard of Influenster? It's a website I just found out about a few months ago.  There are tons of reviews for beauty and other products, and they sent me a box full of complimentary products, called a VoxBox, to try and review!  You can sign up too, just use my referral link by clicking here!

The boxes they send have themes, and the box I received was called the Finesse VoxBox.  It had beauty and food products in it, and now that I've tried them all I'm sharing my thoughts with you! First, how fun is it to get a box of free, full size products delivered in the mail?  I was so excited when it showed up and opening it felt like Christmas morning! Influenster is a pretty cool company for making this happen, and in addition to my social media posts, I wanted to write a blog post about the products and my experience overall.

All the great products in my Finesse VoxBox!
The first product I treied was the Essie Gel Couture nail color and top coat - Described as: "nail polish with luxurious gel-like shine and finish in an easy 2 step system. Application is a breeze with patent-pending curve hugging brush for perfect color coverage. No UV lamp needed and product removes easily with regular polish remover.  Available in over 100 lust-worthy shades." I received a full size bottle of each the nail color and the top coat. I was sent the shade "Good Knight" and it's a perfect vampy dark red, almost a wine color. I applied it on a Thursday and it didn't start to chip till after the weekend. I'm not very easy on my hands and since I was testing this product I just went about my normal daily business and didn't do anything different than usual to protect my nails, if I was a little more careful with my nails I suspect it would have lasted even longer. Application was quite easy, it's a 2 step process with the color and top coat.  The "curve hugging brush" was almost fan shaped and was definitely wider than any other nail polish I have used, and I have narrow nail beds so I felt like the wide brush actually made painting a little harder to avoid getting polish on my skin, it was actually wider than my pinky nail, but that may not be an issue for people with more average sized nails. It was nothing a swipe of nail polish remove on a q-tip couldn't fix.  The top coat says "platinum grade finish" and it really is shiny! I've been a longtime lover of the Essie brand, and I'm pretty excited that they now have a longer wear polish.  Click to check out Essie on Facebook, or find them on Twitter at @Essie, or Instagram at @essiepolish.

I'm certainly no nail artist, but I enjoyed painting my nails with this Essie Gel Couture. 
Next I tried the OLLY Super Foods Smoothie.  I hadn't been really eating well for a few days and felt blah, and I thought it would be a good pick me up, and it was! I don't think I've ever tried a fruity smoothie mix, and I've always thought that acai tastes like medicine, so the flavor was good if you like acai. Even not being a huge fan of acai it was totally palatable and easy to drink. It says to mix with a beverage of your choice, I just mixed it with water, although I bet it would be good with milk or a berry flavored juice.  It has 15 grams of protein and 2 servings worth of fruits and vegetables.  It definitely made me feel better because I knew I was putting something healthy into my body.  OLLY is actually having a sale now through 3/29, just use the code INFLUENSTER on their website,, for a 20% discount off any of their products. Also check them out on Instagram at @ollynutrition.

Cute vintage glass not required

On another day, I tried the Minute Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa & Brown Rice with garlic.  I was pleasantly surprised to open it up and find fully cooked rice inside, for some reason I thought it would be some kind of dehydrated, "just add water" situation, but all I had to do was remove the cover and microwave it for one minute and it was ready to go.  One container was a large serving and I ate it plain and it was a tasty meal in itself, but I can also see it being great in a fast meal with some chicken and veggies.  I work from home, but if I was still in an office this would be a really great product to keep stashed in my desk for days I feel rushed at lunch. I'll probably buy some more for fast dinners on busy nights after I've been at the studio all day. Find them online at,, or

The fourth and final product I tried was the Not Your Mother's Naturals Blue Sea Kale and Pure Coconut Water Weightless Mousse.  I really loved it!  My hair is naturally wavy and sometimes instead of heat styling it I like to just put something   in it to accentuate my waves and let it air dry, and this product was perfect for that.  It truly is weightless, my hair is thick and porous so it took a couple more pumps worth of product than the directions recommend for coverage, and it still didn't feel clumpy or sticky, and it had a really nice light clean scent too.  I'll definitely be using this often and buying more when it runs out. Find Not Your Mothers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under @nymbrands.
I seriously love this stuff!

So overall, I really loved my Finesse VoxBox experience and I hope that Influenster will consider me for more complimentary products to review in the future.  To see some of the individual posts I made about these products, make sure to check out my Instagram by clicking here. And just to be clear, I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. And I'm so glad I did!Don't forget to sign yourself up using my link!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pinup by mail? Check out what I'm doing on Patreon!

Yesterday, I started a Patreon account.  Ever since I heard of this amazing platform, I've been trying to figure out how I could utilize it as a photographer, and I finally realized that something that's always been in the back of my mind that I've wanted to do could be possible through Patreon.


My first introduction to pin up photography was in the 90s, when I was still in high school and discovered Bettie Page through the photos that Irving Klaw took of her.  Irving Klaw specialized in cheesecake, and later fetish, pin up photography in the 1950s and he distributed his work via mail order. Irving Klaw has always been one of my largest inspirations as a pin up photographer and I appreciate the road that he paved for modern photographers like me.

I am so excited to follow in his footsteps and offer my own work via mail order, with a modern digital twist.  Here's how it will work: Every month I will do a specialty photo shoot with a model exclusively for Patreon.  Photo themes and levels of skin exposure will vary depending on what we are shooting and comfort levels of the chosen model. Pledge at least $20 per month to receive exclusive photos in the mail from these shoots that won't be posted anywhere outside of Patreon. There are also lower pledge levels that will allow you to receive digital copies only, or to see my feed with behind the scenes photos from these monthly shoots.  I'm so excited about this additional creative outlet and to be able to do some artistic and creative shoots each month. 

My first model of the month will be Lollie Pop! Lollie was one of the first models that I worked with when I created the Pinup by Liz brand over 6 years ago, and since then she has become both a friend and a constant muse.  Here are a few examples of photo shoots we have done together over the years:

As you see, we always have a ton of fun in the studio and come up with so many fun themes to shoot!  Our first Patreon shoot is going to be amazing too!  If you want to see it, make sure to sign up asap to get access and get on the mailing list for those photos!  Click here to visit my Patreon page: 

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!