Monday, August 31, 2015

Pinup by Liz on Podcasts!

Do you know that I've been featured on two different podcasts this year?  If you haven't checked them out, you should!

The first one I did was a fun interview back in March on the Chrome Pipes and Pinstripes Radio Show.  Travis, who does the show, is a photographer and kustom enthusiast from Kansas who I have met from working various car shows like the Stray Kat 500.  He's an awesome guy and doing the phone interview for his podcast was really fun. I was overly nervous and said "um" a lot, but I still feel like it turned out really great. To listen, click this link:

Also, a few weeks ago, I was featured on the From a Basement in Tulsa podcast along with a few Tulsa pinup girls.  We talked about what to expect in a shoot plus how to get involved in the local pinup scene and shared some tips for competing in pinup contests.  The From a Basement in Tulsa studio is actually just down the hall from the Pinup by Liz studio in the downtown Tulsa Deco District, so it was fun to collaborate with my work neighbors! To listen to that one, click here:

And because this is a photography blog, here's a photo we took in the From a Basement in Tulsa studio!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Recent Pinup by Liz Magazine Publications

It's been awhile since I've blogged any magazine publications! But they've been happening! Oklahoma pin up girls have been taking the publication world by storm! Photos that I have taken of my beautiful clients are published in about 3-5 magazines a month now. Spring 2015 was pretty amazing for publications because not only did I become internationally published, I also had photos published on a couple magazine covers! Here are some publications that came out in the spring of 2015!
This photo of Bootleg Betty in Australia's Adore Pinup Magazine was my first international publication! 

 Hexi Lee Voodoo was published on the back cover of Wicked Women Magazine

 For another international publication, 2 of my photos of Alicia Astaire (1 & 5) were published in the UK's Vintage Life Magazine. 

 Bootleg Betty was the cover girl for the Garters and Grills Spring issue

 Pink Peacock Magazine's Spring issue featured photos of GenaLyne, Babycake Blonde, and Alicia Astaire on our Marie Antionette set. 

The Cats Meow Magazine gave Babycake Blonde a great half page feature!

Would you like to be published in a pinup magazine?  I work with experienced models as well as girls who are new to the scene, and I can guarantee magazine publication to all of my clients.  If you're interested in booking a shoot at my downtown Tulsa studio or another location, email me at for more information!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pinup by Liz tips: Competing in pinup contests

I thought it was about time to write a blog post with some tips for pin up contests!  Although I have never personally competed in a pin up contest, I have worked plenty behind the scenes now, either by sponsoring, judging, or organizing them.  Now that I've done this for a few years, I've noticed a trend in things that can help a girl score well in contests, and I thought I'd share what I've seen for those preparing for fall car show season! My experience is from contests in Oklahoma, but I'm sure the same tips could apply to any pin up contest across the country!

All of the lovely contestants at the Stray Kat 500 pinup contest in Dewey, OK
First, keep in mind that car clubs and event organizers usually hold pin up contests as a source of entertainment.  The contest itself is a small part of a bigger scheme to attract more people, be a source of entertainment, and to have pin up models present at the event. Show some respect for this and don't show up only for the pin up contest.  Plan to attend the entire car show, mingle with spectators, and be a part of the event.  

Pin up contests can be judged by a multitude of things, and each contest is different, but categories you can usually count to be judged on are your overall style of dress, hair and makeup, and how you behave on stage.  
Contestants at the Oriental Cabaret pin up contest in Tulsa, OK

Dress:  When it's time to walk across the stage, bring out your highest heels, your best dress, and make sure your hair and makeup are on point! I've added up the scores for quite a few contests now, and I've noticed that the more casually dressed contestants always score lower. The more unique your dress, the better! This is time to stand out! If you don't feel confident in your own hair and makeup styling, a pinup contest is a perfect opportunity to hire a stylist. Hair, makeup, and dress are usually a large portion of pinup contest judging, so make sure you wear your absolute best on stage! And make sure that you research any dress codes or themes that may be involved.  Many pin up contests are at family friendly events like car shows, so you'll want to keep your outfit suitable for young eyes! Some contests won't allow things like bathing suits or lingerie, and some have multiple wardrobe changes, or set themes for the girls to follow. Make sure you find out all of these details in advance so that you can keep up! I've also noticed that many girls will bring flats to wear for most of the car show and bring heels to change into when it's time for the contest to begin.
The top winners at the Oriental Cabaret pinup contest
Hair and makeup:  Get on YouTube and practice some pin up styles!  A pincurled and styled coif, victory rolls, or another elaborate hairstyle typically scores higher than something more simple like a ponytail and scarf.  When you do your makeup, remember that you will often be on a stage or at a distance from the judges, so going a little heavier than your usual daytime look might be a good idea. 

Stage presence is huge!  I know it's easy to get nervous on stage, but take your time.  The few minutes that you have to walk across the stage is your biggest chance to wow the judges, and if you just quickly run across the stage, nobody has time to really score you!  Pause for poses, wave, smile, blow kisses, make eye contact with the judges and spectators.  Come up with something to make it your own, whether that involves a signature pose, a special accessory, or something else.  Get creative!  If you have to speak while on stage, speak clearly and confidently and with a smile. Just don't hog the stage either!  Often you should be able to ask beforehand how much time you'll have on stage and be able to come up with a game plan.

Sportsmanlike conduct:  Pinup contests are extremely fun and a great way to make friends that like vintage styles as much as you do. But keep in mind that this is a contest, and you are being judged.  Many pinup contestants may not be aware that at some events they are not only being judged on stage, but offstage and throughout the event.  Events often host pinup contests because they want girls in vintage style clothing walking around the cars and mingling with attendees. The girls that are walking around in the hours before the contest starts, getting involved in the event, and getting to know people are usually the ones that get noticed more at the contest.  Sometimes you don't know who the pinup contest judges are till the contest starts, or sometimes the crowd helps judge by applause or voting ballots, so getting your face in front of people and being friendly in the hours leading up to the contest can go a long way.

The top winners of the Stray Kat 500 Miss Kitty pinup contest
 Also ladies, I sometimes see pinups publicly complaining about pinup contests on their social media pages when they don't get chosen as a finalist, don't win, or don't feel the contest went the way they wanted it to. This looks very unprofessional, and in fact could very well affect how people feel about you participating in their contests in the future. Stay supportive, stay positive, and respect the opinions of the judges.

Most of all, show gratitude.  Car clubs, event organizers, and sponsors put a lot of time, money, and hard work into putting on pinup contests. Having a sore loser attitude doesn't benefit anyone involved. When a contest is over, make a point to stick around, thank the people involved in making it happen, congratulate the winners, pose for photos with spectators, and keep it an overall positive experience. In the days after the contest, take a moment on your social media pages to give a shout out to sponsors and event organizers.  If nothing else, actions like this will be remembered at the following year's pinup contest!

Contestants at SW Tulsa's Route 66 Patriot Car Show pin up contestt
Hexi Lee Voodoo, a popular Tulsa area pin up contest host, has this to say about contests, "I believe that as a pinup whether you are competing on a stage, or prepping for a photo shoot, or on social media that kindness and professionalism is the key to success. If you are professional and kind in all aspects of your pinup experience, you are setting yourself and others up for success! Always bring a parasol, and don't be afraid to step out of that comfort zone and talk to people you don't know or haven't met in real life. You could be making life long friends as well as business partners!!!"

Jenni Foxx, who won first place this year at the Stray Kat 500's Miss Kitty contest and Southwest Tulsa Patriot Car Show's Miss Route 66 contest, recently spoke about this subject in her interview with Pink Peacock Pinup magazine.  Here's what she had to say, " Engage your audience AND your competition. Now is not the time for you to sit still and be quiet, now is the time for you to talk to people, get to know the other girls and build some rapport. Be so charming that the other girls will be excited for your win! Your costume/outfit, props, accessories, hair & makeup play a large part in the judging decision. Going casual won’t impress the judges or engage the audience. In fact, it may even appear to be dispassionate when standing next to ladies that worked hours on their outfits, hair and makeup. If you’re not sure how handle all of it on your own, reach out to your local pinup girls. We LOVE passing on beauty secrets and wardrobe advice. DON’T BE A SORE LOSER! It speaks volumes about a lady’s character when she speaks negatively about the winner, or when she posts up to social media expressing disappointment in the chosen winners and/or how contest was run. This type of behavior is childish and will not paint you out to be a winner of any sort. If you do not agree with the turnout of a contest, do not enter next year. It is really that simple."

And one last tip that doesn't have anything to do with the contest itself, but gets noticed by car people at the shows.  Don't touch the cars without permission!  When you're all pinned up, I know it's exciting to take selfies or work with a photographer to shoot on all the beautiful classic cars, but don't forget that these cars are the result of years of hard work and thousands of dollars. Don't lean on them, sit on them, or rest your high heels on them.  I see girls doing this quite a bit, and the last thing we want is for car owners to get angry.  We're in their territory when at a car show, and we need to respect that.  The best thing to do is find the car owner and ask their permission before posing with their car. If the owner isn't present and you still decide to take photos with the car, please do so with keeping your hands and body off of the car. If you've shot with me at a car show, you know that I always seek out the owner and preach at my clients to not touch the paint. I've heard owners complain before that pinup girls are way too hands on with cars and they worry about scratches, so let's do what we can to avoid a careless reputation!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Upcoming shoots and mini sessions! {Tulsa pin up photographer}

Summer is finally here!  Although that's a great time to think of vacations, lake trips, and summer bucket lists, it's also a great time for a pinup or boudoir shoot!  We're usually at our fittest and healthiest looking in the summertime, thanks to all the outdoor activity and sunshine, and if you're already thinking of doing a boudoir shoot for holiday giving, this is a great time to beat the Christmas rush! 

We're currently booking private sessions for dates through the remainder of the year.  Our weekend dates usually book 2-3 months in advance, and weekdays usually book at least a few weeks in advance.  Private sessions are great because you can shoot multiple themes in one day and personalize it to your liking.  Want to be a Dr. Who pinup?  Want to bring your puppy to include in your photos?  Want to do a cheesecake pinup scene with an ironing board set and then turn around and do a sexy boudoir scene on a bed?  Want to do some shots indoors on a set and then move outdoors and pose in downtown Tulsa, or at a local park for a natural look? We can do all of this in a private session, you're only limited by your imagination!  Private sessions start at $199, for more info check out my website here or email me at

We are also currently booking our next two mini session days.  Minis are so fun, and a great way to expand your modeling portfolio, or just take some photos for personal use. You don't have to be a model to book a mini session day, we welcome everyone!  You also don't have to be a particular size.  I'm experienced in posing clients sizes 0-22!  All mini sessions include wine and snacks, professional hair and makeup, access to the studio wardrobe, and pose coaching with your shoot on a fun themed set.  Your mini session package includes 5 perfectly edited images and the chance to purchase additional edits as well as prints, albums, and other photo products. If you're a model or aspiring model, I'm happy to help you submit your photos to national pinup magazine titles, and I can guarantee publication with many different popular pinup magazines!

Our upcoming Pinup by Liz mini sessions are taking place at our studio in Downtown Tulsa, and are so much fun!  On June 20th we're hosting an Old Hollywood Glamour pin up mini session day.  If you love the look of 40's Hollywood starlets and film noir, this is the shoot for you! We still have a few openings for this one, so email me quickly at to book your spot!

And our July mini session theme is Cowgirl pinup! This will be a really fun cheesecake pinup set perfect for showing off your favorite pin up western wear look! You can bring wardrobe, or well have plenty of options in our studio closet! Spots are limited on this one, so make sure to email me to snag your spot and play cowgirl for a day!
Want to book your own private session, or one of these great mini sessions?  Email me at for booking info! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinup by Liz tips: Where to shop for your pinup shoot

One of the biggest questions I hear from clients who are interested in booking shoots is "where do I buy clothes for my shoot?" I can help you with that!

First, I want everyone to know that since we moved to our new studio in January, we now have the ability to offer wardrobe services to our clients.  We have an ever-growing selection of vintage and reproduction pinup clothing and shoes for our clients to choose from when they book a shoot with us.  So you actually don't have to buy anything for your shoot if you don't want to!

Alicia Astaire in a dress from Unique Vintage.
Even with the wardrobe available, many clients like to purchase their own clothing for their shoots.  So here's a list of some great places to shop!

I always recommend to shop small and local, and luckily we have many options for both in the pinup world!  My favorite shop in Tulsa to buy reproduction vintage clothing is Volupte. Not only do they carry some of the most popular brands in pinup fashion, the shop is beautiful and provides a fun shopping experience! If authentic vintage is what you want, we have that in Tulsa too! Check out Cheap Thrills and Vintage Vault.  Both have a great selection of vintage clothing!  If you're coming from Oklahoma City, check out Bad Granny's and Dig It! Both are shops in OKC with some really neat vintage clothing!

Heather in a beautiful dress and crinoline from Tulsa's Volupte.
Speaking of local, we also have some great local artists who sell pinup style accessories online! You can get great confetti lucite style jewelry from Flirty Foxx Designs or Kawaii Buddies, and Betty's Stems and The Dame Okies make great hair flowers and fascinators!

And then there are some great national and international sites where you can buy new, reproduction pinup style clothing, and most of these companies carry clothing to fit and flatter all bodies, from size 0 - 22!   Some of my favorites are Steady Clothing, Unique Vintage, ModCloth, Pinup Girl Clothing, Eshakti, Silly Old Sea Dog, Fables by Barrie, Bernie Dexter, Stop Staring Clothing, and Lindy Bop.  For corsets, I recommend Orchard Corset

Jenni Foxx wearing a corset from Orchard Corset.

If it's authentic vintage you're looking for, there are a ton of sources online.  Ebay and Etsy are very big sources. On ebay you can often find many of the big name pinup models selling from their own wardrobe.  Cherry Dollface does this regularly.  One of my favorite Etsy vintage clothing shops is Butchwax Vintage.  Instagram has also become a huge source for vintage shopping! A couple of my favorite accounts there are @my1950svintageshop and @swellfarewell.

I hope that helps you shop for some vintage or vintage style clothing for your shoots!   To book a shoot with Pinup by Liz, email me at!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

February 2015 Pinup Magazine Publications {Tulsa Pin Up Photographer}

 February was a good month for pin up magazine publications for Pinup by Liz clients! Four lovely ladies were featured in magazines, plus a book came out that featured many more of my clients! And remember, if you shoot with me, you don't have to be published! I only submit photos to be published in magazines when a client requests it! But if you're a new or experienced pin up model and publication is what you are after, I guarantee I can help you get your photos published on a national or even international level! 

 Colorado Cutie June Palmer had an idea to do this amazing Harry Potter inspired pin up shoot last time she was visiting from Denver. I just loved it, and so did FreaksNGeeks Magazine because they gave her a two page spread! 

Sierra Monroe's kissing booth photo from our mini session day was published in the Valentine's themed issue of Southern Pinups Magazine. 

 Babycake Blonde, a member of the Oklahoma Luscious Ladies chapter, had two cute photos published in the newest issue of Luscious Ladies Magazine. 

Sher Hayst's hottt Bettie Page tribute photo was featured in the February issue of Delicious Dolls Magazine. 

I had many photos printed in the Oklahoma Pin Up Girls coffee table book.  These are just a few photos that I snapped of the pages of my copy of the book (my personal copy has been autographed by some of my clients!)You can buy your own copy here:

Would you like to see yourself on the pages of a pinup magazine?  Book a shoot with me!  I'm an official photographer for Delicious Dolls Magazine, as well as preapproved and regularly published in many other pin up magazines.  If you want your photo shoot published, I can guarantee publication to you! Email me at to book your pinup photo shoot! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Pinup by Liz

Since it's March 17th, I just had to share this fun St. Patrick's Day shoot!  This was actually shot in 2013, but it's adorable and timeless and needs shown off! This was my first shoot ever with Tulsa pin up model Bootleg Betty and it was only a few months later that I asked her to start doing pinup hair styles for clients at my photo shoots, and she's still working with me as a part of Team Pinup by Liz and doing beautiful hair styles for my shoots today! This was just a fun idea that she had for a shoot and she booked a private session with me to make it a reality.  Do you have a fun idea for a private session or a theme that you would like to turn into a pinup shoot?  Email me at!  We love booking private shoots and making ladies pin up dreams come true!