Revival Pinups: July 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Real life Barbie....

I had the pleasure of photographing a client who resembles a real life Barbie doll yesterday..... looking forward to working with her again.  She was a hoot!

Hair and makeup by the talented Emily :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Photographing a family member....

I have always wanted to photograph a family member, yet get turned down all the time by my 4 sisters.  My cousin Amanda (14 years my junior) was in town, I showed her the studio and suggested I take pics of her.  She jumped at the chance and we set up the shoot.

Emily came to do her hair and makeup (did another amazing job) and I brought this little black dress of mine for her to wear.  Since Amanda was traveling, she didn't have heels with her.  We made it work.

Looking at her through the lens I kept seeing me, my youngest sister, my Dad and my uncle.  It was an experience to view your own mannerisms and looks through a member of your family.  I loved photographing Amanda and think she did wonderful!  Hopefully now my sisters will let me get them in front of the camera.... hint..... hint!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Meet our Beauty team!

Jen has been working as a part of the Revival Pin-up team since Aug of 2012. She is happy to suggest the best colors and styles to make your Session top notch. She has worked in the the beauty industry for the past 5 years and is a Licensed Cosmetologist. Jen is trained in all types of hair textures and skin completions. When Jen is not working at Revival Pin-ups she keeps busy teaching for Aquage and doing hair and makeup for Commercial Shoots, so she knows just what to do for you to ensure you look amazing in your photos!

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Alyssa’s career in the beauty/fashion industry started back 5 years ago. It was when she was a young girl when she first played with makeup and found her passion. She then progressed into doing her friends hair and makeup for just about every event they attended.  
From there she went on to Pivot Point International Academy and furthered her skills and after onto bigger and better things such as various makeup and styling for shoots including fashion shows, clothing lines, events such as Lollapalooza, and editorial print work. 
In addition to styling Revival Pinups clients, she also works at a salon located in the Wrigley/ Lakeview area for the past four years called Fix Hair Studio.
When Alyssa’s not working she usually can be found with her friends outside enjoying the city, going to shows to see bands play, or out thrifting for jewelry and creating. Alyssa specializes in Hair styling, cutting, coloring, extensions, and a wide range of updos. As for makeup she is able to create anything from natural “barely-there” look to a more classic, sophisticated look as well as glamorous, bold or extravagant.

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Emily was introduced into the world of hair, makeup and fashion as a young girl. Between her makeup artist mother who later became a hair stylist, and her uncle who owned a salon, there was no escaping a future in the beauty industry! Emily has been a traveling regional makeup artist for Stila Cosmetics since 2005, with a brief intermission to attend Chicago’s own Aveda Institute. She knew that in order to be a well-rounded stylist, getting her cosmetology license and a more broad knowledge of hair and beauty was a must.
Emily’s esthetic resonates along the lines of classic beauties such as Grace Kelly, Lucille Ball, and Marilyn Monroe. She also loves current trends and modern looks straight from the runways of fashion week. When not at work, you can find Emily listening to old records, cooking up yummy feasts for her fella and roommates, or painting the town red. Emily always knows just how to make you giggle and feel at home, while creating the perfect look for every day or your special event.

Kate was born in a small suburb of Dallas Texas before her family moved to Southern California when she was 5. Growing up was like an old film from the 50’s,  she was her mother’s living doll, wearing pink sponge rollers in her hair every night and trying out the newest colors and looks.
It wasn’t until she was in college studying for her BFA in Musical Theater at California State University, Fullerton that she discovered her ease with a paint brush and her love for design. After designing the makeup and hair for multiple university productions, and shattering her foot performing in another, she changed her degree to Special Effects Makeup and Hair for Film and Theater. She was in love!
Not long after visiting Chicago for the first time she packed her bags and moved east finding success in print, film, commercials and fashion shows.  She worked as an artist and trainer for companies such as Smashbox, Nars, Vincent Longo and Kevyn Aucoin, learning how to bring out the beauty in every skin type.  A true believer that a great team is where creativity is born she always ensures that the clients needs are her top priority. 

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Revival Pinups also has an handful of talented and accomplished hair and makeup artists we collaborate with.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Models and Muscle Cars...

I've had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Michelle  on several occasions and decided I need to photograph her again.  I am so giddy for Tuesday to arrive.
A friend just acquired a bad ass muscle car from the 60s..... what better long legged model to photograph in it other than Michelle?  I can't wait to share these images.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ashley Salazar

I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley Salazar in St Louis this past February.  I was big, pregnant, tired and clumsy before the shoot began.  Ashley's energy was so infectious, all my troubles melted away.  I have never met a more confident woman who was so aware of every aspect of her body.

I was in awe of her transformation when I lifted my camera to my eye.... a true professional with a heart of gold.
These images helped Ashley with the first ever title of Playboy’s Miss Social of the Year 2013.

The top image is also online on for their 2013 Hometown Hotties contest which is currently underway.

The bottom image was featured on Playboy South Africa's facebook page on Valentine's Day.... was a special honor for us!

I think Ashley is an absolute doll and I can't wait to work with her again!

Hair and makeup by the awesome Valerie Walls.