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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Miss South Sound Suzy PinUp Pageant 2016

Thank you EVERYONE who attended the 3rd annual Miss South Sound Suzy Pageant this July 16th 2015!!! Our pin up Bake Sale raised $720 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (3 times as much as last year)!! The Car Show Event total donation was $7000+ to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Congratulations to our 2016 Queens!!

2016 Miss South Sound Suzy – Vannah Von Tessen

2016 Miss Classy Chassis – Tempest LeMans

2016 Miss Hula Honey – Miss Charlotte Sinclair

2016 Miss Delectable Delight – Vannah Von Tessen

Make sure to follow the Miss South Sound Suzy Facebook Page for photos and more info about the 2017 pageant & car show. We will announce information on entering the pageant there as well as our Instagram! Entries are accepted March 1st – June 1st each year.

miss south sound suzy pinup pageant 2016


  • March 1st 2016 Pageant Contestant Submissions Open
  • June 1st 2016 Pageant Contestant Submissions Closed
  • June 4th 2016 Mandatory Contestant Meeting (Kent, WA) 6P
  • July 16th 2016 Car Show 4 Kids/ Pin Up Pageant & Bake Sale 


As a big part of mid-century life, many towns had their own pageant queen. Although today we have modern pin up swimsuit pageants and some more risqué pin up pageants, we rarely see a family friendly vintage pin up pageant. Our vision is to bring back an authentic vintage feel and family friendly pageantry for the Car Show 4 Kids, a Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Benefit. Contestants will be participating in a Pin Up Pageant/Pin Up Bake Sale fundraiser in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, a Hula Hoop Contest, and a Dessert Eating Contest. The term ‘Suzy’ comes from the 1950’s “Suzy Homemaker” style that contestants will be dressed as – we don’t believe that these women are actually homemakers but maybe their homemaker alter-ego will show for 1 day for a good cause.


PART 2. WITHIN 2 BUSINESS DAYS WE WILL EMAIL YOU & WE WILL NEED 4 THINGS: (more info about these will be emailed once we receive your request)

  • A square shape photo of yourself vintage style hair & make-up waist up
  • A pin up name you will go by
  • The name of the baked good you will be making (homemade required)
  • Your $25 entry fee (an invoice will be emailed to you)
  • You must be 18 years old or over by July 16th 2016


We have a mandatory meeting for all contestants on June 4th (Saturday) at 6P in Kent, WA. This way we can go over details, meet each other, ask/answer any questions that may be on your mind. If you cannot attend this meeting you will not be able to participate in the pageant, it is mandatory.


Pin Up Contestants will attend the Car Show 4 Kids event in Auburn WA, July 16th rain or shine. This is an all day event we will need you there from 8:30A – 5P  Contestants are to be styled head to toe as cheese-cake/bubblegum/Suzy homemaker pin ups. In the morning we will take a pin up pageant group photo while everyone has fresh hair & make-up. Throughout the day contestants will be photographed candidly by Some like It Shot. Contestants will compete in the hula hoop contest & dessert eating contest before the end of the day to determine our queens. This is good old fashion fun for all. We personally believe it is a great girls day for friends or family to participate together.

PRIZES & TITLES (not exchangeable – not redeemable for cash)


  1. All contestants will receive 1 edited Group Photo, 8×10″ metallic paper print – pick up for these prints will be in Kent WA.

2016 MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY (Voted by car show attendees)

  1. A Sparkly Tiara
  2. A Sash that says 2016 Miss South Sound Susy (& the Car Show 4 Kids logo)
  3. A free private pin up Calendar Art Photoshoot with Some Like It Shot on a separate day (hair & make-up styling is included). ($800 Value)

MISS HULA HONEY (Winner of our Hula Hoop Contest)

  1. A Sash that says 2016 Miss Hula Honey
  2. A $200 Gift Certificate toward any kind prints or photoshoot with Some Like It Shot

MISS DELECTABLE DELIGHT (Winner of our Dessert Eating Contest)

  1. A Sash that says 2016 Miss Delectable Delight
  2. A $200 Gift Certificate toward any kind prints or photoshoot with Some Like It Shot

MISS CLASSY CHASSIS (Voted favorite by the Pageant Contestants)  

Just before awards, pageant contestants will all vote for their favorite pin up contestant (other than themselves) for a special prize. This cannot be the same person who wins Miss South Sound Suzy – it will be awarded to the next highest vote.

  1. A Sash that says 2016 Miss Classy Chassis
  2. A $200 Gift Certificate toward any kind prints or photoshoot with Some Like It Shot

P.S. If you are a pin up/vintage store, hair stylist or make-up artist and would like to make a donation to the Miss South Sound Suzy pin up pageant we would LOVE that!!


Please complete this request and you will be contacted within 2 business days 9A - 5P with an entry form and more detailed information.

Current 2016 Contestants:

Vannah Von Tessen
01 Tempest LeMans PinUp Pageant Contestant www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
Miss Charlotte SinclairDani Von HellcatPinUp Pageant Contestant www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com
10 red havoc miss south sound suzy pageantLola Liberty



Jupiter Mae


cherry rose lemon blueberry whoopee pies - miss south sound suzy pageant 2016

11 Devi miss south sound suzy pageant 12 Miss Elly miss south sound suzy pageant 13 Devy Doodle
16 Elizabeth Heart miss south sound suzy pageant

Senior Internship 2016-2017

Hey Class of 2017! Want awesome senior photos but don’t have the money? or want to be an intern for a photographer and earn your senior photos at the same time? Then keep reading!!

We have a senior internship program set up with some great incentives for up to 10 seniors in the South King County area (no more than 2 from the same school) looking to help me (Alisha) out.

What we are looking for:

  • Personable students who would represent Some Like It Shot well. You might find yourself helping me with clients at photoshoots or events, which means making them feel comfortable in your presence. Also you have to get along with me and laugh at my corny jokes…you don’t really have to laugh but getting along is important to make this work.
  • Pet friendly seniors get priority; most of our clients are pet friendly and we will be around pets often so if you are comfortable around pets that would be the best…even better if you’re not allergic to them.
  • Seniors who have some spare time; this isn’t probably going to work out well if you are already involved with every sport and club at your school or have a job. We know you have homework, home responsibilities and don’t want to contend with a full schedule. So, if your schedule isn’t already crammed full, if you have spare time on weekends and evenings you might want to consider it.
  • Your parents approve of the idea; we will have a contract and meeting to make sure everything is OK with your parent/guardian – most of you are not 18 so it will be imperative that they support the idea. They can even help you earn incentives.
  • You have a way to get to Kent; We are very close to Kent Station, so as long as you can get there we will be able to transport you to/from photoshoots or events as long as we have your parent’s permission. We can’t be late to events/shoots though so be prepared to arrive early.
  • Only 2 students from the same school – which means yes, you might get to intern with your BFF! We only ask that you keep any school drama at school.
  • Motivation to be photographed; it is a perk if you like having your photo taken. If you’re into photography but don’t like being photographed this isn’t probably a great fit for you because part of the program will be a photoshoot with us. After all it a great way to learn what it feels like to be part of a shoot. We will share your photos online over the summer in hopes of showing the types of senior photoshoots we offer to other seniors in the area.

The Internship:

  • As far as cash in hand goes, this is not a paid internship, but we Do have some great incentives, see below!
  • As an intern you will help us (well, really this will be helping me, Alisha) do things that photography businesses have to do; like assisting at a photoshoot (i.e. holding our lighting, carrying equipment, carrying client wardrobe bags, helping get pets’ attention, etc), help with social media posting, helping at events where we have a booth, preparing mailings, product inventory, organizing wardrobe and props, preparing the consultation room for consultations, etc etc. Your hours will be logged and there are incentives for the hours you help.
  • Don’t worry! We will train you before you do any of those things. You’ll learn about the ins & outs of running a small business and you won’t be alone to do anything, I will be there or near by.
  • We won’t force you to work any specific hours; how it works is when we have a photoshoot booked we will email interns to see if anyone wants to assist, first to respond will get the hours. Depending on the type of photoshoot sometimes 2 assistants work. Most photoshoots will be a total of 2-3 hours (sometimes more depending on the location.) For the in-studio work, we will email available hours for you to choose from every couple weeks. You will be responsible for showing up for the hours you accept. Communication is key.

The Incentives:

  • If you are selected as one of the SLIS interns you will receive a senior photoshoot at 50% off and free hair & make-up styling (if you want it). That means your photoshoot will be $150 instead of $300 (well, $400 normally with styling)…and we don’t expect you to pay the $150 in cash, you’ll earn it with your logged Intern Hours. *Keep In Mind All Images Are Sold Separately*
  • Each logged Internship Hour counts as $10.00 in Incentives.
  • Our meeting with your parent will not count toward your Incentive hours. Your senior photoshoot will not count toward hours. Travel to/from our studio from your home will not count toward hours. We will count training time, and travel with us to/from photoshoots and events and of course the time it takes to do tasks while you are here.
  • Once you’ve worked your first 15 Internship hours we will set up your personal senior photoshoot. This will be treated like any other private photoshoot, a photoshoot that is all about you and what you want. We’re confident that we will like the style you choose to do, enough to share it for others to see our work. As you can see we’ve done a lot of different styles from outdoorsy to urban to beachy and of course including your pet in a few photos is encouraged. We love pets.
  • A couple weeks after your senior photoshoot we will have an order meeting with you and your parent/s to discuss which images you would like and what you would like to order. Again, we don’t expect you to pay with cash, we would love your help and you can use Incentive hours to earn your order instead. Take a look at our Boutique to get a feel for our pricing before.
  • For students  entering the world of work and adulting after graduation, if we work at least 15 hours together I would be happy to share our experience together for your applications as a reference.
  • Another way to earn Incentives besides Intern Hours is Intern Referrals. This is where your parents are welcome to help, any photoshoot booked & completed (besides our charity mini pet photoshoots) are worth $20 in Incentives. After your photoshoot you will get some wallets to pass out to friends and family with your photos and our website on them to show what our photos are like.

If this all sounds good, complete this application (all fields are required) and we will get back to you within 2 business days M-F 9A-5P.

Class of 2017 Senior Intern Application

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High School Senior Photos by www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

CA Photo Tour 2016

Our annual trip to CA this year will be a little different than those of the past, I (Alisha) will be coming by plane instead of the big road trip we usually enjoy. I’d love to photograph our favorite people in SoCal before the wedding we have booked; however, I’ll need you to come to me this year. I’ll be staying in Long Beach, CA and photoshoots will be in Long Beach (I might be able to go a little bit away if you drive depending on my photoshoot schedule.)

We officially book photoshoots based on who gives us their deposit 1st…Space Is Limited!

Tuesday, March 22nd – Long Beach Portrait Photoshoots  (1 morning, 1 afternoon, 1 sunset) It can be for families, pinups, individual or high school seniors etc. There is a dog beach area near by so we can definitely include dog friendly dogs. CONTACT US FOR FULL DETAILS & TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Wednesday, March 23rd – Long Beach Portrait Photoshoots  (1 morning, 1 afternoon, 1 sunset (booked)) It can be for families, pinups, individual or high school seniors etc. There is a dog beach area near by so we can definitely include dog friendly dogs. CONTACT US FOR FULL DETAILS & TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

Thursday, March 24th – PinUp Artwork With Pets (4 spots 2 Spots Left) $400 *Quiet pets are welcome to stay with us in the room during styling. If you have a high energy or vocal pet it is best if you can have a friend take care of your pet and come back for photo time after your hair & make-up is complete. Two Options: You can either have 3 Calendar Art Style images (a different outfit for each, a different phrase for each, a different solid colored background for each). -OR- 1 full scene digital artwork image. CONTACT US FOR FULL DETAILS & TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT


Hope to hear from you!! Here is an artwork image artist Paul Roman Martinez made for us to commemorate all of the fun trips to CA we’ve made in our car with our dogs. Enjoy :)

Hearst Castle California By Car of McGraw Family Art By Paul Roman Martinez for Some Like It Shot