Pepsi Atlas, A Boston Terrier Loved Forever

In the Summer of 2015, a year and a half before I lost my beloved best friend – my 14-year old Boston Terrier named Pepsi – I had an opportunity to do a photoshoot with “Some Like It Shot Photography” and the magical Alisha McGraw.  For many years, I dreamed of doing a pinup shoot with Alisha and finally my chance arrived!  I already had many poses in mind as I had collected lots of images over the years of poses I wanted to do if ever this occasion occurred!  Now it was just a matter of picking out outfits and having fun!

During this time, Pepsi’s health was spiraling downwards quickly.  I recall one day I was emailing with Alisha prior to the shoot and she suggested that rather than doing a pinup shoot, perhaps I should do a regular photoshoot with Pepsi instead.  What a great recommendation and decision that turned out to be.  I lost Pepsi in January of 2017.

Alisha captured so much of Pepsi’s beauty during a time when he was no longer quite “beautiful”.  Well, he was always beautiful in my eyes!  But Cushing’s and old age took a toll on Pepsi’s health and appearance.  He had lost a lot of fur and the coat he had was scruffy and dull.  Dementia, loss of eyesight, and hearing loss made it difficult for him to be the good, patient boy he always used to be.  Pepsi used to love having his picture taken – but now it was a challenge.

Yet somehow (this is why I call her magical) Alisha managed to create images of Pepsi that depict the amazing pup he was – my companion who was always so full of life – absolutely shined in these photos.  I now have incredible, photographic, documented memories of the love and bond that Pepsi and I shared during our fourteen years together.

I am most thankful to Alisha for giving me a gift that I didn’t even realize I needed.  Alisha’s patience with us during the photoshoot, her dedication to getting the perfect shot, and her professionalism even when she was exhausted from her travels was amazing.  Most of all, I am appreciative for the love and compassion she had for me and Pepsi during what was a difficult time in my life.  Intuitively she already knew what lied ahead for Pepsi and me.

It hasn’t been a full year since Pepsi left me.  The pain is still real – the grief still deep – and the hole in my heart will never truly be healed.  But the pain was worth it as Pepsi gave me the best years of my life.  He was certainly the best darned pup a girl could ever ask for!  Pepsi taught me how to laugh – how to play – how to fully live – and how to love – all things he did so well.

Thank you, Some Like It Shot Photography, for telling our story through images, for capturing our special moments, and giving me a bit of Pepsi’s love and life that I can now hang onto forever. I hope one day I will have another chance to take pictures and make memories with you again!

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BarkFest Aug. 26th 2017

BarkFest is August 26th 2017 9am-1pm!!!

Thank you to everyone who came to support Auburn Valley Humane Society! We were able to donate an additional $80 to help animals in need, on top of the $200 pet photoshoot prize for the Costume Contest! Congrats to Shania the Chihuahua Back-Up Singer for winning 1st place in the 2017 Barkfest Costume Contest!

cocker spaniel freckles by some like it shot

  • Includes a 10 minute pet-only mini photoshoot at Auburn Valley Humane Society‘s BarkFest located at Roegner Park in Auburn, WA 
  • $10 from each photo mini will be donated to Auburn Valley Humane Society.
  • Only 1 or 2 pets per photoshoot.  
  • Includes 1 large digital image (photographer’s choice) with leashes edited out and have the option to order other images in print or digital format from an online ordering gallery available for 6 months.
  • At Barkfest the Auburn Valley Humane Society will have games with s like muttsicle chairs … the Costume Contest is a prize for a free private pet photoshoot ($200 value) from Some Like It Shot

Reserve Your Time Now!! Complete The Form Below and we will email you an invoice to confirm your pet photo mini.

RESERVED TIMES:

  • 9:00 Layla the GoldenDoodle
  • 9:20AM Calypsin & Che
  • 9:40AM Mikey the Pug
  • 10:20AM Frank the Silver Lab
  • 10:40AM Fender the Golden Retriever
  • 11:00AM Puyallup Animal Rescue
  • 11:20AM Old Dog Haven Rescue
  • 11:40AM Ted E Bear
  • 12:00PM Pebbles the Cocker Spaniel
  • 1:00PM Cookie the Russell Terrier

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Wisconsin Photo Tour August 9th-14th 2017

Hello Again Wisconsin!! We are headed to the Madison, WI area August 9th – 14th. Who’s ready for photos!?

Types of private photoshoots I can do while I am in town…pets are welcome in all kinds so long as the location you & I choose allows it. All photoshoots include an online ordering gallery available online for 6 months. You can purchase anything in our boutique with your images. Check out our boutique here

  • Family ($300 + images)
  • Individual ($300 + images)
  • Baby/Maternity/Children ($300 + images)
  • Couples/Engagement ($300 + images)
  • High School Senior ($300 + images)
  • PinUp/Vintage ($400 + images, includes styling)
  • Boudoir ($400 + images, includes styling)
  • Pets Only ($200 + images)
  • **$75 Mini PhotoShoots 08/13/17 Details Below

CURRENT AVAILABILITY (Updated every few days)

  • 08/09 WED Early Morning – Available
  • 08/09 WED Sunset – Available
  • 08/10 THUR Early Morning – Available
  • 08/10 THUR Sunset – Mitchell Senior Photos
  • 08/11 FRI Early Morning – Available
  • 08/11 FRI Sunset – Available
  • 08/12 SAT Early Morning – J&J Family Photos
  • 08/13 SUN Mini Photoshoots *See Details Below*
  • 8/14 MON Early Morning – Molly & Payton
  • 8/14 MON Sunset – Available

READY TO RESERVE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT!? CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US

$75 Mini Photoshoot Special

  • Sunday, August 13th 2017 (*Saturday August 12th is our backup day if weather looks bad for Sunday as we get closer to the date)
  • Waunakee, WI
  • $75 Session Fee (Cost of Images Separate)
  • 30 Minute Photoshoots in the afternoon until sunset
  • Includes 1 Digital Image
  • All Ages Are Welcome, Photoshoots can be for family, couples, or individuals…even vintage if you can style yourself and show up ready to go.
  • CONTACT US and let us know you want to reserve a spot for the mini photoshoots and the details of who I will be photographing. We will send an email with more details and an invoice ($75) to reserve your time.. (**please note I am on vacation August 1st-4th and will be returning emails and phone calls August 5th)

READY TO RESERVE YOUR PHOTOSHOOT!? CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US

Wisconsin Photo Tour 2017 Some Like It Shot

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Celebrating Kristin & Mark

Just East of San Francisco, their wedding took place on a warm June 15th. Everything went as planned, there are not many weddings we’ve witnessed that could say the same.

Kristen and Mark Wedding SF CA by Some Like It Shot

Their San Francisco engagement photoshoot had just as much luck with weather, we drove from Seattle to SF & were surprised to have a beautiful sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge. It was the first time we’ve ever seen it without fog.

San Francisco golden gate bridge baseball sunset photos by Some Like It Shot

 

 

Creating Your PinUp Name

How To Choose A PinUp Name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

First, no matter what you decide do a quick internet search and make sure it isn’t already being used by another pinup before you tell anyone it is your pinup name. Also note, Most names are 2 parts, like the concept of a 1st name & last name or 3 parts for some.

Then, decide your approach:

Emma La France how to choose a pinup name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Emma LaFrance

Go with Sentiment; use an older family members’ perfect vintage-sounding name. This is also a fabulous way to honor someone who passed away. Some ladies have included a favorite pet’s name into their pinup name, or they include the city they were born in, the street they grew up at. Emma LaFrance used her grandma’s first name in her honor and her last name already sounded pretty pinup-y. Crys Zia Galore included part of her maiden name for fun. These kind of names are definitely like a special secret between you and your friends/family who know the meaning behind them.

Eva Mae Garnet how to pick a pinup name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Eva Mae Garnet

Let it Describe You: this is a great way to help people remember who you are, but keep in mind if you change your look often you won’t want to get stuck with a name that describes something (like your hair color) that won’t make sense in the future. Example: If you have red hair you can include different things that could describe red like red, ruby, rouge, fire, cherry, garnet etc. Sometimes going beyond English can be very helpful, this is were online translator softwares are fun to play with. If all else use a thesaurus and it doesn’t have to be just to describe something physical.

Leise Di Dulce how to choose a pinup name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Leise Di Dulce

Your Favorite Things; include something that you love in your name. For example if you’re known to love nail polish or birds choose a name that has Polly in it, if you like Chevy’s you could choose a name like Chevy Champagne. Our client Annaliese is a confectionary scientist who creates vegan candies and she went with Leise Di Dulce (dulce meaning sweets/candy in Spanish). Our client Jennifer loves pie a la mode so she decided on Jenn A LaMode for her delicious pinup name. It’s an extra bonus if you can make your name sexy and meaningful.

Mama Meg West how to choose a pinup name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Mama Meg West

A Classic Name With a Twist; if you know of a pinup or actress from the golden era who you love create a name that sounds similar but is not the same. For example Mae West is a famous actress, and pinup Mama Meg West has a similar sounding name…with a twist.

An Alliterated Name, starting each part with the same letter; Bettie Bee Bop, Lou Lou Lemondrop, Desi Devine, etc…I find a thesaurus really helps with this kind of name. You can look up words that describe you to find a synonym that will work with the letter you’re going for.

Mel Licious Intent how to choose a pinup name SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Mel Licious Intent

Puns and Knee Slappers; always a hit! If there is a way you can make your name sound like a pun or spelled like a pun a lot of people will enjoy your name. For example: since the good ole 1990s AOL IM days I’ve been using the name Diva D’Lish for my pinup name (Alisha) it’s a fun pun, Lish for my name and D’Lish short for Delicious. Playing with spelling vs sound; Lynn Dee Hop in lieu of Lindy Hop for the swing dancers out there, or for someone name Andrea (Andy for short) choosing something like Ann DeVine, or Mary Connie Trary (mary contrary), Goldie Luck, Cinder Stella (this one goes out to my niece).

Rhyme & Rhythm; using two/three words that sound the same or have a poetic bounce. Dr. Seuss would have been a fantastic friend to ask for help with this kind of name. A rhyme dictionary comes in handy when trying to come up with these: Mandy Candy, Priscilla Vaud Villa, Cindy Lou Who, etc

The real golden names are ones that can incorporate more than one approach; for example start by using part of a sentimental name, and find a way to make it rhyme with alliteration.

There are pinup name generators (or search for burlesque name generator) online too but they won’t be nearly as creative or custom as you will be making up your own. If all else fails crowd source from your social media friends and ask them to help you come up with a name. You’d be surprised how fun this can be and the ideas that you never would have thought of otherwise.

Hope that helps!!! & hope we get to photograph you soon!! We do request using a pinup name for our pinup clients for when we post their photos. This helps reduce stalkers /creeps knowing your real name if that is a concern.

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