Creating Your PinUp Name

How To Choose A PinUp Name

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Some like rhyme

Some like reason

Some Like It Shot

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!!

Current 2016 Contestants:

Vannah Von Tessen
01 Tempest LeMans PinUp Pageant Contestant
Miss Charlotte SinclairDani Von HellcatPinUp Pageant Contestant
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

Sizzling Sassy Celeste PinUp

Washington summers have always been beautiful with the shimmer off of the green trees and flowers all around. In more recent years I feel like it has been getting sizzlin’ hot too and Sassy Celeste proclaimed summer pinups are no longer just for CA girls!

Sassy Celeste pinup in Hood Canal Puget Sound, blue skies, Wa, stylist Nina Young, © western washington

It all started out sweet and innocent, posing with the shiny red Chevy truck in a knee length yellow dress, we took photos in the trailer it was pulling as well.

Sassy Celeste PinUp with Ford Truck Kent WA

The sweet and innocent look didn’t last long though, after all these were a surprise for her husband over seas and we were pretty sure he would be interested in some sassy photos.

Sassy Celeste PinUp, stylist Nina Young, © Seattle, Kent, Tacoma WA

Once the pencil skirt and convertibles were ready it was the true Sassy Celeste style.

Sassy Celeste with Chevelle cooling off, stylist Nina Young, © Seattle Tacoma WA

I’m positive he liked the photos!

Sassy Celeste pinUp sepia with Ford Galaxy, stylist nina young, © Puget Sound WA

It was an All American pinup summer day in Hood Canal with Sassy Celeste!

All American Ford Pin Up Sassy Celeste with the Galaxy, flag and reflection, ©, Western WA

Some like it summers at the beach

Some like cruising in convertibles

Some Like It Shot

(Special Thanks to Truck & Galaxy Owner Mike Anderson, and Chevelle Owner Danielle Anderson, and stylist Nina Young)

Vivian Love’s Birthday Pin Up Photos

It was the beginning of summer and the boys were away.

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What was a Vivian Love to do on her special birthday!?

Viv Love victory rolls by Nina pin up photos by

She decided to surprise her sailor and have photos with Some Like It Shot.


Celebrating her birthday and sending the pin ups to that big Navy yacht.

VW bug convertible picnic pin up photos by

We took photos with her cake to start the day off right.

Happy Birthday viv love vintage pin up by

Then the truck and trailer were such a beautiful sight.

classic red ford truck pin up photos by

It wasn’t long before some sassy poses came out.

sassy poses in the shed pin up photos by viv love and the ford galaxy pin up photos by

He’d like these cars and poses without a doubt.

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Her friends came along for photos, a picnic and ride,

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Then some in the freezing cold water of the Hood Canal tide.

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It was a great birthday adventure with Some Like It Shot

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and from what we heard, He liked them a lot!

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(Special thanks to Mike Anderson for loaning us your gorgeous cars & property, and to Nina Young for your amazing hair & make-up styling).

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Spring is here in Seattle finally! Flowers are blooming, trees have blossoms, and birds are chirping. If we’re lucky the sun even peaks out to say hello. This week the sun has decided to give us a few days of dry beauty, and I had the best intention to go up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival today and play amongst the tulips and daffodils. The best part about ‘today’ specifically is Mt Vernon’s ‘worlds largest garage & antique sale’!


This morning I woke up, and wish I was as excited to go up north as I was yesterday. Essentially my body convinced my mind to take a day to myself and let Holland go alone. I stayed home with our dogs and here I am sharing photos from last year – because that is how far behind I am with processing personal photos (am I the only photographer who has this problem?).


Incase you’ve never been, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival happens in April each year in Mt. Vernon WA. There is a street fair, parade, giant garage sale, and flower gurus from around the world come to basque in the view of rows upon rows of tulips.


What you may not realize is that there are a lot of tulip farms that do not allow photography of any sort of their flowers. :/ Sad reality when you’ve driven up that far for photos of the beauty.


We did find a couple farms that welcome photographers if you bring their preprinted photography release. Our favorite flower farm is Roozengaarde which is where all these photos were taken.  They allow preregistered photographers to take photos; however, you still have to follow their guest rules (understandable); you have to stay on the path, not allowed to walk or stand in the rows, no picking flowers (that seems like a given but I supposed people do) … and to clarify we bought a flower in the garden store to take photos with.


Every year the Tulip Festival has a photo contest from guests photos taken of the tulips, which I find to be a little funny since no photos are allowed at many farms but Roozengaarde provides amazing views, as does the surrounding mountains and sky.



The adventure we went on last year included our friend Jessie. We each had high aspirations to buy and grow our own tulip but neither of us are flower growers and neither of our flowers/bulbs survived the first month. I will just stick with my vegetable garden from now on.



Don’t be fooled by the photos, I didn’t really wear heels in the mud the entire time. The area had so much rainfall the week before that the ground was mushy mud. The heels only came out for photos and even standing in one space with them was difficult.


I have my own Pacific Northwest Bucket List and this was a nice adventure to complete our first year back in WA State. I liked the idea of doing pin ups here and would love to convince a farm to let us have a pin up photo day amongst the flowers sometime. Until then I get to admire the photos taken in the mud on our Tulip Festival Adventure.


Some like muddy fun


Some like colorful flowers


Some Like It Shot


Thank you Roozengaarde for allowing photographers to capture the beauty you work so hard to grow!

UPDATE! We made a huge detour after a photoshoot later in the month and so I DID get to see the tulips this year. :)

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sunset at Roozengaarde Tulips Festival 2014 by