Friday, 28 June 2013

Pin Up Protocol for Photo Shoot Perfection!

      The Kennedy Cupcakes have first hand experience of preparing to be photographed and  following on from our Pin Up shoot with Autumn Leaf Studios for our charity postcard collection, we thought we'd share our TOP TIPS for preparing and nailing that Pin Up/Retro Photo shoot!

TOP TIP #1 Lisa says " Do you research!! Look at pin-up images and choose which styles and poses you like. Decide on your outfit and be sure to have tried it on so that you're absolutely comfortable in your choice. Maybe have a backup outfit too and lots of accessories are a must. To get the pin-up look just right, choose flattering garments that suit your shape and that make you feel good! Poodle skirts, wiggle dresses, high-waisted shorts and wrap dresses are all reminiscent of the style of the Golden Era and suit most body types" 

TOP TIP #2 Julieann says " Practice you poses! This is a must prior to the shoot, as you want to feel comfortable in front of the camera and be happy with your final images! Put your outfit on, get in front of a full length mirror and have a go at some of your favorites! Or even ask a mate or loved one to take some snaps on your phone which will allow you to have a peek and decide what you like!
Some will work.....others won't but at least you'll know in advance! If you have a prop you'd like to use, ensure you've also tried posing with that, giving yourself loads of options on the day. Also, think of what you'll do with your face! Smiling, pouting, the pin-up gasp, smizing (smiling with your eyes according to Tyra Banks). You don't want to be a one-trick pony, so test some different facial expressions in the mirror and see what you prefer! You'll feel far more confident if you've practiced!!"

TOP TIP #3 Kelly says " If you're doing your own makeup, be sure to wear a matte foundation! Don't forget your lip liner to avoid your lippy bleeding and for a true pin-up look wear pillar box red lipstick. For vintage hairstyles, go to You Tube and you'll find tonnes of step-by-step tutorials. Again, if you're doing your own hair and make up, practice in advance of the shoot day to ensure you've nailed the style/look you want! There's a retro hairstyle for everyone so just have fun trying out different looks and see what suits you. If you're having it styled by a professional, take along photos of the doos you like so you get exactly what you're looking for"
 TOP TIP #4 Carol says " Make sure you're in top tip condition! Nails painted (toes too), fake tan on (to give you a healthy glow not a 'you've been Tango'ed' look), de-fuzz (everywhere!), fake lashes....everything you'd do before a big event or a summer holiday! Drink plenty of water the week of your shoot for clear skin, eat well and healthily and get a good night's sleep! If you want to look and feel your best on the day then you gotta put in a little prep beforehand!"

TOP TIP #5 Linzi says " Listen to your photographer! They are the experts and will want you to look your best so trust in their advice. They'll help you elongate your neck, get the best pose for your body....accentuate your assests! If they don't think something is working they'll tell you, so if you've done your homework, just give them another pose and before you know it, you'll have aced it!"
TOP TIP #6 Lynne says " Have kirbies, pins, boobie-tape, hairspray, baby oil (for a healthy leg glow) and alike to hand. Buttons may pop, hair may need adjusted and if you've got a little bag of tricks close by it means you won't stress if there's a wardrobe malfunction" 

TOP TIP #7 Emma says "Point your toes and relax your hands! Switch on those abs and drop the shoulders! A lot to think about but worth it, as you'll be perfectly positioned and looking super elongated. It'll all in detail so think like a model and give the camera the best version of you! The camera loves you baby" 

TOP TIP #8 Katrina "Relax! This is supposed to be fun!!! Get a little cheeky in front of the camera-your photographer will love it as it gives them more options to shoot! Pout, wink and turn on your pin-up alter ego! If music helps to relax, ask your photographer to put on the radio"

We LOVED our Pin Up Shoot with Autumn Leaf Studios! Such fun and just look at the images we got! All the tips above were followed by each Cupcake and was definitely worth it, don't you think?!!!  

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Clap Your Hands if You're Dead???!!!

Sincere apologies for the lengthy gap in blog posts recently peeps but it's been a busy few weeks following the launch of our charity pin up postcard collection in collaboration with Autumn Leaf Studios & I just ain't had the time to put pencil to paper (or in this case, index finger to iPhone screen) or to engage the brain to compile something worthy of reading! 

The press coverage of our charitable efforts has been wonderful! The Glaswegian, Evening Times & Real Radio News, to name but a few, have been a great support in getting the word out  about the postcards & it's been fun promoting them here, there & everywhere! 

I took a trip to the Capital a few weeks back to record an interview for BFBS Scotland at Dreghorn Barracks! The lovely Mark McKenzie is always so welcoming & I managed to do the interview without sounding too god-awful . I ain't got a voice for radio (a face maybe, but not a voice!) that's for sure.

 I actually returned to the garrison last week as a guest at the station's official launch party. Becoming a regular up there! Not gonna's always a wee teensy bit scary driving up to the gates to be greeted by a perfectly friendly soldier....wielding a rifle!! Should make you feel safe, I know but I always drive a little slower & stand a little straighter in there. 

Aside from the promotional trail I've been on, The Kennedy Cupcakes' Summer of Fun 2013 has officially begun & we're LOVING the nice weather we've been blessed with at our outdoor gigs thus far!
God must have got the memo on that one! So far we've been living la vida loca at the Glasgow Mela, which was, in all honesty a CRACKER of an event! 1000s packed in to Kelvingrove Park on Sun 16th June to enjoy a plethora of cultural gems-music, food, dance galore! We hit the World Stage at 17.45pm to perform to an eager crowd & they (& we) loved every second! Proud moment indeed! We met the delightful, ├╝ber talented boys of London-based The Dohl Foundation backstage! These guys are world class & have featured on The Royal Variety Performance & The 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremony no less. Awesome how we get to meet such a talented, lovely peeps! 

We also get to meet some, ermm, interesting folks too! On Saturday we were at one of our all time favourite events- The Stirling Military Show!  As Linzi was getting some lunch, minding her own business, a man (refraining from any eye contact) whispered to her
'Clap your hands if you're dead'. She subsequently, didn't (that is, clap her hands) & quickly side stepped, body swerving him big style!  We can only imagine he thought she was actually
from the 1940s, dressed in her Cupcake clobber & thought he was having a 'I see dead people' episode. Mmmmm! 

Soooo this weekend we are Glasgow bound for the city's Armed Forces Day Celebrations in George's Square! Always a lovely event & such a great tribute to our troops. 6 Cupcakes will be lighting up the stage & doing the usual meet & greet stuff throughout the day! Always a giggle & such an honour to be involved!

So as you can see, I've not been sitting about doing in Cupcake Land is super sweet & we're loving every minute....even when creepy dudes think you're dead! 

Lis x