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

OoLaLa Boudoir January 2015

OoLaLa Boudoir with tophat Jan 2015 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

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)

Military/Warbird PinUp Day July 27th

July 27th Warbird Photo Day

July 27th Warbird Photo Day

  • When: Sunday, July 27th 2014
  • Where: Everett, WA (TBD)
  • What: Our stylist will transform you into a WWII Bombshell PinUp for a day of military themed fun. Some Like It Shot photographers will photograph you in 2 different outfits for a total of 1.5 hours with a WWII Warbird plane. You will have an online gallery for 6 months to order images. Includes 1 8×10 Metallic Paper Print.
  • No experience necessary, we will help you the entire way.
  • Cost: $200 + Cost of Images  (click HERE for image prices)
  • Must be 18+ and signing a Model Release is required to participate in this fun event, don’t worry we will only show appropriate edited images.


The confirmed Warbird Plane for July 27th is a T6 just like our samples below.

Enjoy Some Samples from our last Warbird Day (CA)

To My Heart, My Soul, My Strength

To My Heart, My Soul, My Strength;

Words cannot express the magnitude of love and appreciation I have for everything you are and everything you do.

Army american flag military pinup with truck in rain and lingerie by

I will never forget the day you told me you wanted to enlist in the Army.

salute with 1950's Chevy military pinup with truck in rain and lingerie by

I had just found the other half to my heart and now I’d have to wait months without seeing you, months of worrying about you. Most couples get married and start their honeymoon.

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No I’m not talking about the actual honeymoon, going somewhere fancy, but the months after marriage where you get butterflies every time you say your “husband” or your “wife” to someone else because you still can’t believe you actually get to be happy for the rest of your life. When you get excited about seeing them first thing in the morning because there’s just something different about knowing that your relationship is the most official it can be.

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We spent those months not only apart but unable to even pick up the phone and call. I love that I have letters to go back on and man was that time tough!

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They say the first year of marriage is the hardest, well I think we soared through it with flying colors! We spent over half the year apart!

1950's Army Chevy military pinup with truck in rain and lingerie by

Finally this year we will hit the day where we have spent more time together in our marriage than apart and I can’t wait for that day! I’m so excited for you to come home. I am ready for the nights where I don’t wake up with my heart pounding from the dogs barking, praying that there is no one knocking on my door with bad news. I just want you in my arms safe and I won’t be able to breathe properly till that day is here.

rat rod pin up in pink lingerie with a truck in the shop Issaquah Seattle photographer

When you spend a significant amount of time away from your soul mate you have to be creative in the ways you keep the relationship alive! I hope these photos find you well.

thigh highs rat rod pin up in pink lingerie with a truck in the shop Issaquah Seattle photographer

I know how much you miss every aspect of us, as do I. Please stay strong my love. We are almost there! Soon you will be home with the boys and I, watching them grow in person instead of via photos and Skype!

I love you so incredibly much,

Your Loving Wife, Erma I. McCandy

•Special thanks to our first guest blogger and her wonderful husband – we remember those military days apart ourselves…you are an amazing couple and we hope to see you together soon.

•Thank you Gary Estes for your time and fabulous trucks.

•Thank you Nina Young for your gorgeous styling talent as always!

~ Alisha & Holland, Some Like It Shot Photography