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!

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