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

MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY SCHEDULE 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 

WHAT IS THE MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY PAGEANT/PHOTOSHOOT/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 1. COMPLETE THE ENTRY FORM REQUEST AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG PAGE

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

PART 3. ATTEND THE MEETING

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.

PART 4 ATTEND THE SHOW IN STYLE

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)

ALL CONTESTANTS RECEIVE

  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 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

Miss South Sound Suzy PinUp Pageant 2015

Second annual “Miss South Sound Suzy” Pin Up Pageant/Bake Sale at the Car Show 4 Kids in Auburn, WA on July 18th 2015! A benefit for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Miss South Sounds Suzy PinUp Pageant 2015

MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY SCHEDULE:

  • June 1st 2015 Pin Up Pageant Contestant Submissions Closed
  • June 14th 2015 Mandatory Contestant Meeting (Kent, WA)
  • July 18th 2015 Car Show 4 Kids Pin Up Pageant & Bake Sale 

WHAT IS THE MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY PAGEANT/PHOTOSHOOT/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 2015 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 Doughnut 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 1. Read the description and rules. Submit your entry form (scroll to the bottom of this page) and your non-refundable $20 entry fee (you will be emailed once we receive your entry) before June 1st 2015 (ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED). If you decide to not participate or cannot make the mandatory meeting the $20 entry fee is still non-refundable.

PART 2 ENTER WITH YOUR PHOTO/NAME/BAKED GOOD. Your Pin Up NamePhoto and the name of your Baked Good item will be posted online in our 2015 Miss South Sound Suzy Pageant Contestants listed on this web page and our Miss South Sound Suzy Facebook Page (invite friends!) There is no voting online, we just want to let other contestants know they will not be alone, and what delicious baked goods will be available to everyone attending the event. The more contestants the merrier, so please feel free to share this with your friends. We don’t want to double up on baked goods, so sign up early to call dibs on what you will be bringing. When stylists contact us to donate their time and skills, they will be offered to the pin ups in the order of who submitted their pin up entry first. So please sign up early!

PART 3 ATTEND THE MEETING. We have a mandatory meeting for all contestants on June 14th (Sunday) in the afternoon/evening 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. We chose a Sunday evening in hopes that the most amount of you will be able to attend.

PART 4 MAKE A BAKED GOOD. Pageant contestants will make a specific baked good of their choice (such as cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops, etc) Baked goods must be **hand made by contestant** (this might be the tough part for some). Each contestant needs to make 6 (or more) servings of their baked goods (6 cupcakes, 6 pairs of cookies, 6 slices of pie) the more the merrier. We suggest making them the night before, as they need to be ready for sale in the morning. Your baked good is a part of the pageant contest and baked goods will be sold as a fundraiser to those who attend the Car Show 4 Kids100% of funds raised by the Bake Sale will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

PART 4 ATTEND THE SHOW IN STYLE. Pin Up Contestants will attend the Car Show 4 Kids event in Auburn WA, July 18th rain or shine. We ask that you arrive at 8:30A for set-up/registration etc and stay through Awards which start at 3PM ending around 3:30P or so. Contestants are to be styled head to toe as cheese-cake/bubblegum/Suzy homemaker pin ups. Style should include things like knee length cutsie vintage dresses, petticoats, etc. A more rockabilly version & wiggle dresses are welcome but in the attempt to keep this a family-friendly, fair and authentic Suzy-look we are requiring all outfits to be knee length and appropriate for an audience with children. Outfits will need to be pre approved this year. Contestants are to provide their own styling, or can have help with styling by a professional. We can provide some recommendations if you want help with hair & make-up. We also have two helpful links that may help you find something to wear:  wardrobe suggestions and store suggestions

Part 5 HAVE FUN 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 Photography (we are not offering everyone mini photoshoots this year). Contestants are welcome to be photographed by other photographers with cars IF the car owners have given them permission. Contestants are encouraged to meet ‘n greet with car show attendees to encourage baked good sales and votes as long as they are not harassing anyone. Besides the grand prize for the pin up pageant winner we will also have 3 ways in which contestants can earn prizes! Besides  “Miss Classy Chassis”: which is voted on by the pin ups for their favorite contestant other than themselves, this year we will have a Hoola Hoop Contest mid day & a fun doughnut eating contest near the end of the day! Again this is good old fashion fun for all. We personally believe it is a great girls day for friends or family to participate together.

VOTING Throughout the day there will be a ballot for everyone attending the car show to cast a vote on their favorite pin up, located at the Car Show table. Only one vote per person. *Do Not deliver ballots for attendees to the ballot table please. I know it seems convenient and courteous but it also looks very suspicious and we would rather not feel like anyone is cheating.* Ballots will be tallied and “Miss South Sound Suzy 2015″ will be announced with the Car Show Awards at 3P.

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

ALL CONTESTANTS

  1. All contestants will receive 1 edited Group Photo, 8×10″ metallic paper print, mailed to you as a thank you for participating …and some great memories!

2015 MISS SOUTH SOUND SUZY (Voted by the contestants and attendees at the Car Show 4 Kids)

  1. A Sparkly Tiara Miss South Sound Suzy Tiara 2014
  2. A Sash that says 2015 Miss South Sound Susy (& the Car Show 4 Kids logo)
  3. A free private pin up photoshoot package with Some Like It Shot Photography on a separate day, total value of $760 (hair & make-up styling is included, a disc of 15 edited digital images and an 8×10 metallic paper print )
  4. We are hoping to photograph Miss South Sound Suzy with one of the Car Show winners to be used for advertising of the event in 2016.

MISS HULA HONEY (Winner of our Hula Hoop Contest)

  1. A Sash that says 2015 Miss Hula Honey
  2. A free private pin up photoshoot with Some Like It Shot Photography on a separate day, total value of $400 (hair & make-up styling is included) Images are a separate purchase.

MISS DELECTABLE DELIGHT (Winner of our Doughnut Eating Contest)

  1. A Sash that says 2015 Miss Delectable Delight
  2. A $200 Gift Certificate toward any kind of photoshoot with Some Like It Shot Photography.

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 2015 Miss Classy Chassis
  2. A $200 Gift Certificate toward any kind of photoshoot with Some Like It Shot Photography.

Rules for Pin Up Contestants:

  • 18 years and older
  • Photos submitted for online entry must not be provocative or nude in any way – by entering the competition and submitting your image you are agreeing that you have rights and permission from the photographer for use of their image in the contest. We will give them credit, please let us know their name.
  • Must attend the contestant meeting June 14th 2015 in person in Kent WA.
  • Contestants must dress up head to toe and attend the car show all day in a pin up 40s/50s knee length dress/skirt/ pin up look July 18th 2015
  • Must provide home baked goods for the bake sale, baked by the contestant
  • Must sign a model release for photos taken by Some Like It Shot & for the Car Show 4 Kids
  • Must be available in the South Puget Sound area for a photoshoot if they win Miss South Sound Suzy 2015
  • Must attend the 2016 Car Show in Tiara & Sash.
  • Contestants May Not Win The Miss South Sound Suzy Pageant more than once.

Rules for Photographers attending:

  • Yes we would LOVE other photographers taking photos. Amateurs and professionals trying to build their portfolio etc are welcome if you follow the set photography guidelines:
  • You must provide at least 1 image (digital or print – with or without your logo) for each pin up you photograph as a thank you for their time and effort getting ready and posing for photos. This rule is so that nobody is getting taken advantage of at a charity event.
  • You must ask permission from the pin ups to photograph them (there will be a photo request card for you to give them your contact information)
  • We request that you only photograph the pin ups who were kind enough to participate in our pin up pageant. They’ve earned your camera love by donating their time and baking talents for the cause that this event is based on. I am sure there will be other ladies there, but out of respect for the ones who participated please focus on the ladies involved in the bake sale & pin up pageant they will have contestant name tags.
  • You must get a model release signed if you plan on selling the image or submitting the image of the pin up for publication/s. (standard photographer stuff)
  • You must ask permission from the car prior to photographing them too and get a release from the owner for selling images or submitting them to publications (standard for car shows – some will say, yes some will say no, some will have extra rules if they say yes… all of them feel sad when their car is photographed and they never see a photo, so please share your photo with them too.)
  • No shooting of another photographers pose and/or car set up without prior permission (aka no shooting over the shoulder of another photographer). Be friendly, be respectful, and make new photographer friends instead of photographer rivals.
  • No pin up hoarding; if there are plenty of photographers the girls should be rotated so everyone gets photos from a variety of photographers with a variety of models.

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!! Here are some options:

  • 1. You can make a raffle prize that will be raffled at the Car Show 4 Kids.
  • 2. You can give us a small gift for each pin up contestant
  • 3. Many contestants may not have the outfit, accessories, hair or make-up styling skills for the event. MANY would like some help!! Please email us at info@somelikeitshotphotography.com to connect you with a participant so you can style her the morning of the Car Show Photoshoot.

2015 PIN UP PAGEANT CONTESTANTS:

OoLaLa Boudoir January 2015

OoLaLa Boudoir with tophat Jan 2015 www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

The entire month of January 2015 we are offering Vintage 1920s Style boudoir photoshoots at our Kent, WA location. These are perfect timing for Valentine’s Day gifts and are at a special discounted rate all month, $200 + cost of images (that is a $100 savings). We will pamper you on your photo day with 1920s style hair and make-up before photographing with our vintage sofa, chair, and end with a claw foot bubble bath.

How it works?

  1. Please read the entire blog
  2. Once you’re ready to book a date, complete the form below.
  3. We will email back with some dates available for your consultation and a $100 paypal invoice to book the January date you are hoping for…the remaining $100 will be due the day of your photoshoot.
  4. Consultations take place at our Kent, WA location. We will go over wardrobe, styling options and ordering options. We suggest the earlier the better, this way you have time to prepare for your photoshoot without feeling rushed.
  5. Your Oo La La Boudoir photoshoot includes hair & make-up styling. It will take approximately 5 hours total for styling and photos at our Kent, WA location. Because we are indoors the photoshoots can take place any time of day. You will need to select an AVAILABLE Jan 2015 date from Our Calendar
  6. Approx. 2 weeks after your photoshoot you will receive an online ordering gallery with 50-100 images. This gallery will be available for 6 months. You can purchase any of the items from our Boutique – click on an item to see the price/details.
  7. Once an image is ordered we will give it the lovely Some Like It Shot editing, enhancing the features you love and editing the things you don’t.
  8. Ready to OoLaLa Boudoir? Please complete this form & we will be in touch (please make sure to check your spam folder! sometimes our emails automatically go there)


OoLaLa Boudoir Vintage Valentines Day photoshoots Kent Seattle Tacoma WA www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

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, © www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com 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 www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

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, © www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com 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, © www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Seattle Tacoma WA

I’m positive he liked the photos!

Sassy Celeste pinUp sepia with Ford Galaxy, stylist nina young, © www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com 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, © www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com, 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)