Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Holidays from Pinup by Liz!

We had such a wonderful time at our holiday mini session at the Pinup by Liz studio in Downtown Tulsa, and we got so many amazing Christmas pin up photos!  I've been sharing holiday pin up photos daily on my Facebook page and Instagram, but I've realized that with Christmas day being tomorrow, I'm running out of time and wanted to share even more here! 

Clients had a choice of 3 different sets for our 2016 holiday themed photo shoot.  We had a giant gingerbread house set, a holiday baking kitchen pinup set, and a sweet retro living room set complete with a vintage Philco tv and starburst clock. Every client received a pinup makeover with hair by Bootleg Betty and makeup by Katie Belle. 

Photos from all of these sets are also being published in the holiday issue of Calendar Girls Magazine, which should becoming out any day now.  Make sure to stay tuned to my Facebook page for links on where to buy!

Enjoy the photos, and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Team Pinup by Liz!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Happy Small Business Saturday from Pinup by Liz !

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! If you're looking to celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping and supporting locally owned and small businesses, I can help you out with that! I have the pleasure of working with so many strong women that also happen to run their own businesses, and I wanted to give them a shout out!

First, if you would like to support me and buy some gifts or just treat yourself, I have a couple of fun things going on this weekend.  Our 2017 Pinup by Liz calendar was released today.  It features 12 pretty pin ups from Oklahoma.  Buy your copy by clicking this link:

We also have a great sale going on now through Cyber Monday. Book your 2017 pin up or boudoir session with a paid $75 deposit between now and Monday night at midnight and receive all of the following:
* $25 off of your chosen package (discount taken off of final balance)
* Free copy of the 2017 Pinup by Liz calendar ($20 value)
* Lock in current 2016 prices (Some private session packages will have a slight increase beginning 2017)
* All who pay their deposit during the sale period will go into a drawing for a FREE Jayne package photo shoot!
- May be used towards any regular mini session or private session held at the Pinup by Liz studio January through November 2017.
- You are not required to select your session date now.
- Offer not available for out of town or special guest events.
- Final package balance due day of scheduled shoot, remaining balance will depend on package choice.
-View available packages at and email to take advantage of this special offer!

Now, on to those small businesses! Some of these are owned by clients I've had the pleasure of shooting, others businesses I've partnered with in one way or another. I'm so thankful for other business owners who support me, and I want to give them a little support in return! Make sure to check out their pages, and consider spending your money with some of these businesses!

Pink Peacock Pin Up Magazine:

Tin Lizzie Designs, custom art work and pinstriping:

Put a Flower On It - gorgeous handmade hair flowers:

Prissy Business, beauty and spa services:

Eye Catching Creations, handmade jewelry:

Fitness studio in Sand Springs, Shake it Dance and Fitness:

Hair flowers and accessories, Betty's Stems:

Cherry Dollface has a great vintage resale shop on Etsy:

Tulsa rockabilly band, Kelli Lynn and the Skillet Lickers:

Bifftastica, beautiful handmade items:

Traditional family portrait photography:

Natural bath products, Posh with Laurie:

Cheap Thrills Vintage, authentic vintage clothing:

Dwelling Spaces, unique local gifts:

Tattoo Mysterium:

Vintage inspired clothing:

Crocheted items:

Pin up art:

Tulsa burlesque:

Curlettes, handmade hair rollers:

I'm sure there are more that I'm not remembering, but that's a good start! Happy shopping!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Upcoming Pinup by Liz shoots!

It's been awhile since I've blogged! Hopefully I can get back into the habit because I have lots of great stuff to share!  First, I want to talk about what Pinup by Liz has in store for the rest of 2016! As we do every year, we will not be booking photo shoots in December in order to take some time to celebrate the holidays and start planning for the new year.  That means that we only have a limited amount of dates left to book for the remainder of the year, so if you want to book your own pin up and boudoir session, now is the time to get on the calendar!

Our private sessions are a great way to get multiple looks in one shoot, get one on one attention during your appointment, and you have the freedom to choose the themes and sets you want! You can do multiple looks, from pin up to boudoir or glamour. You can shoot at our downtown Tulsa studio, or if you would like to shoot at another creative location that can be arranged! We book private sessions on Thursdays, and with the end of the year getting closer, we are currently down to only 5 dates left for private session availability!  Check out for more detailed info and pricing for our private sessions!

Our mini session days are really fun days where we book multiple clients back to back.  It's like a pin up party! We have 3 mini sessions remaining for 2016, and they are all really fun! 

Coming up October 15th is our calendar mini session day.  We only have one spot left for this one and it's the month of April.  Whoever books will be published as Miss April in our 2017 pin up calendar, plus will receive a feature on the Pinup by Liz Facebook page for the month of April! If you want to be my Miss April, email me at to snag the last spot!

Saturday, November 5th is our holiday themed mini session day! We're really excited to be teaming up with a great pin up magazine for this shoot! Every client who books this shoot is guaranteed publication in the holiday issue of Calendar Girls Pinup Magazine, plus one lucky client who books this shoot will be chosen for the cover! We will have 3 sets to choose from.  The holiday and living room sets will be decorated for Christmas, plus we'll have a giant gingerbread house to pose with. 

Our last mini session day of the year is for the clients who want more of a boudoir look. You can go modern or vintage with your look on these sets and it will look beautiful either way! This is going to be a great way to get some sexy photos for gift giving, and we'll also have some specials on albums and photo products.  

All of our shoots include hair, makeup, access to wardrobe, and posing assistance.  No experience is required, and I can guarantee magazine publication to those who are interested in it! To book your 2016 Pinup by Liz session, email me at!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Our floral wall set! {Tulsa, Oklahoma pin up and boudoir photography}

I wanted to share our floral wall set!  This set is currently available as a choice to shoot with during private pin up or boudoir sessions. It photographs so beautifully! We built this ourselves and I'm so glad we did because it makes for some amazing photos. It's a pretty versatile backdrop and works for pin up, boudoir, or even more alt or glamour style photography looks. Want to book a session at the Pinup by Liz studio located in downtown Tulsa, OK? Email me at!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Session spotlight: Bessie Boutte

Bessie is a very talented burlesque dancer that travels around the world to perform and came to me to do a shoot for promotional purposes.  She booked a private session photo shoot with a sexy boudoir style set, a pin up picnic set, and we got a few head shots that she can use professionally.  She did her own hair and makeup for this session, and she looked amazing! I just loved this shoot! If you would like to book your own private session in our downtown Tulsa studio, or at another creative location, email me at!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Product review: Curlettes curlers for vintage hair styles

Over the last few years, I've really gotten more interested in practicing vintage hair styling methods.  Since curled hair is usually standard in vintage hair styles, learning the best way to curl my hair has been very important to me!  I regularly do overnight wet sets with pin curls, and if I'm short on time I do heat sets with a curling iron.  I was sent a set of Curlettes curlers for review and wanted to share the results with you!

Curlettes are handmade crocheted curlers, created by a retro loving gal in the UK who was looking for a comfortable alternative to curlers. They are advertised as "comfy curls for vintage girls." They are sturdy yet soft, and very well made.  Putting them in is very easy.  You just roll up a section of hair and pull the end of the flexible curler through the loop that is crocheted into the other end.   My hair is a little past shoulder length and thick and it took me about 10 minutes to put them in the first time, which is very fast compared to when I'm doing a pin curl wet set with bobby pins! One whole set of curlers was plenty for my hair, but I can see needing a second set if my hair was longer or if I wanted a style with smaller curls. The only product I used in my hair was Lottabody setting lotion.

The curlers are a little bulky, so I definitely noticed them when going to sleep on them, but they weren't so uncomfortable that they kept me awake, and they definitely weren't painful. I don't usually sleep on curlers, but rather flat pin curls, so it was a new feeling to me. The curlers are supposed to get a little more soft with continued use, and I'm sure that as I sleep on them more I'll get used to them being there!

I made one mistake with the curlers the first time I tried them.  My hair is thick and porous, and I know that if I roll it too wet it takes forever to dry. I usually let my hair air dry till it's about 75% dry before I start to set it. The first night I was excited to use them and it was getting late so I went ahead and rolled my hair about  half an hour after I washed it.  When I woke up the next morning my curls were still quite wet, so I sat under my vintage bonnet hair dryer while I did my makeup for the day, and then tied a scarf on to allow them to dry even more while I ran a few errands.  This night the curlers were in a total of 10 hours before I took them out, and they still never fully dried, but this was my fault because I know how my hair does and it wouldn't have dried in a regular pin curl set either! Even with damp curls, I still got a pretty cute curl, as shown below!

Two nights later, I gave it another go.  This time I started with dry hair and just spritzed it with setting lotion and put the curlers in and slept on it. They were in for about 8 hours this time. The results were so much better! My curls looked about the same as I do when I do a regular pin curl set with bobby pins, which is exactly what I was hoping for.  I'll probably still use pin curls in certain situations, but I'm definitely adding Curlettes to my hair styling routine! They are fast, comfortable, and put a really good vintage looking curl in your hair!

I definitely recommend Curlettes curlers to anyone looking for an option to curl their hair without heat!  They are faster to put in than traditional pin curl sets and give similar results!  Just like most vintage hair styling methods, they might take a few tries to get used to and to learn what is best for your hair length and texture, but I love the look they give! Make sure to like Curlettes on Facebook by clicking here. You can buy your own set of curlettes on Etsy by clicking this link!