Frequently Asked Questions




So, I think some of you all were reading my mind, when I was asked to do a FAQ post!  Here are some questions that I have been asked throughout blogging and modeling, and perhaps you have been wondering some of the same things.

If you would like to have your questions answered please feel free to send an email to chroniclesofasweettooth@gmail.com or ask on Facebook or twitter @kattydelux.


**All answers are simply my opinion, and very well good be just a load of crap, but it is how I feel so you can either read it and think "Wow, that is a pretty good idea/thing/comment." or "This girl is totally out there."  **


1) I always wonder this of moderately to heavily inked gals... how long did it take you to acquire all your tattoos and how do you keep them looking their brightest?

I have only one tattoo, and it fades no matter how much sunscreen I use. Also, it was totally expensive, I don't understand how people afford them... and then have them all looking the same level of brightness!  Do they just save up and go on a tattoo rampage?


I have been "collecting" my art for about 6 years.  There have been times when I would go to see my artist once every two weeks to get a piece finished, but there have been times where I haven't seen him for 8-10 months.  If I had a money tree, I would be covered, even more than I am in tattoos.  The Mr and I always give each other a tattoo appt gift for our birthday and for christmas, usually.  So that is an easy way to get more work done.

To answer the second part of the question, it comes down to a few factors.  One factor would be the lightness of your skin.  I am extremely fair skinned.  Like almost translucent, so color really pops against my skin.  Another factor comes down to your tattoo artist.  Scott Shickman at The Mercy Seat, in Kansas City, is known for pumping color into every tattoo he does.  He has a 'heavy hand' but that is what makes his tattoos look amazing.  I have had my chest piece of almost 6 years, and it still looks brand new. Shickman does good color, what can I say?  Lastly, I am a crazy fiend when it comes to making sure I take care of my tattoo investments.  I use a moisturizer on my skin everyday.  I also exfoliate with a sugar or salt scrub to make sure the dead dry skin comes off and the color is popping.  In edition to that, SPF is always on my skin and tattoos. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter.

2)You always have the most beautiful lingerie in your photoshoots. Where do you acquire most of it? I'm tired of comfortable ol' Fuit of the Loom bras. I need a little lace in my life.

Well, thanks for noticing.  For the most part I get my lingerie at a lot of different places.  I am always keeping my eye out for retro inspired lingerie and you would be surprised where you can find it.  I also like to keep myself from breaking the bank, so I try to not go crazy at places like Secrets in Lace, What Katie Did, Girdle Bound etc.  If you are looking for a specialty item, those stores are a great place to start, however some of your local stores carry great vintage styled pieces at a fraction of the price.

I get a lot of stuff at Victoria Secrets.  I usually stock up on pretty bras at their semi-annual sale.  Secondly I scour Amazon.  I have purchased several Rago Garter Belts from amazon for around $30 a piece, and that is a great price.  If you are not familiar with Rago, look it up.  They make great shape wear, and girdles, and are not as pricey as more mainstream lines.  Another great place to look at is, oddly enough, Target.  Especially when they are carrying "designer" brands.  When Target pairs with a well know designer (Dita Von Teese, Calypso of St Barth, The Webster, Missoni, etc) usually that designer makes some lingerie in their Target line.  I have scored some major pieces for shoots from Target!

Next, it seems weird, but some of the best vintage pieces I have, I got at thrift stores or estate sale.  Now, if this freaks you out, I understand, but don't freak out quite yet.  Learn the term DEAD STOCK.  This means that the item was not worn, and still has the tags on it. That means it is 1. Vintage, and  2. You will be the first owner.  The best thing about this is you can dye it any shade with a box of RIT and your washing machine!

Now, get out there and get your lingerie drawer in lacey, fabulous order!

3)May I ask what type of undergarment (corsetry), if any, do you wear under tight fitting clothes?

Oh girl there is always licra on these thighs! I wear spanx or target carries assets brand that is owned by the same company as spanx and is way cheaper! Also maiden form makes a great shape wear called flexees and they have a line by the costume designer for mad men. 

4)I am a interested in becoming a pin up model, like your wonderful self.  Would you please share how you got started or whom I should talk to about this? I would greatly appreciate it! 

The first thing I would do, is research.  Take a look around your area and find the best pinup photographers that are around.  When you find the ones that you would like to work with, that is when you start saving to get a shoot booked with them.

One of my favorite things, that has started happening lately, is bookings with two photographers in one day.  There are a lot of pinup photographers that travel around and will schedule sessions with a local photographer.  You will usually pay a flat fee and get to shoot with two photographers on two different sets, all for one price!  It is a great way to network and get multiple shoots into your portfolio.

It is great to find a photographer that you really mesh well with.  If you are uncomfortable around the photographer it will read that way in print.  Meet up with the person you are shooting with and make sure that you feel comfortable with them.  I will tell you and your first shoot is probably going to be a mixture or nerves and excitement, but if you are working with some one that make you feel comfortable, you will loosen up, have fun, and your photos will turn out great!

Another piece of advice, that is covered below in question 8, is do your research, put in time to find who you want to shoot with, and be ready to put up a little cash to start your portfolio.  The better your portfolio looks, the more photographers will want to shoot with you.


5) I'd like to start my own pin up fan page on facebook but I'm totally at a loss. If you could help me out with some advice or some tips I would really appreciate it. 

I think every girl should have a fan page especially if they have a professional job. I agree, keep the personal page separate from the fan page! Number one, sign up for your fan page. Make sure to change the URL of your Facebook to an easy to find and remember name. EX: Facebook.com/kattydeluxfanpage

Next upload AND credit your favorite images. If you can tag those people too do so! 


Finally after upload and razzle dazzle invite your friends! I would be happy to promote your new page on my page to up the traffic. Ask other fellow pinup girls that you know to help promote your new page! It never hurts to ask!

The next step is this: Get on pinup post. com and submit all your images. Irish, the guy who runs pinup post, is so nice and it is a great, easy way to get your photos out there.

Next submit your photos to every publication you can think of. The Cat's Meow, Victory Girls, Atomic Bombshells, Retro Lovely, Pinup Perfection, Outlaw Kittens, Bachelor Pad, etc. Even if your photos are not what the current issue is looking for, they are bound to use some of them. A lot of times photographers will submit your photos for you, but that is only a slim chance, as they are usually very busy.

And finally, in the "Industry" act like a disney princess. Be nice, be humble, and treat others the way you want to be treated, cause it is a harsh environment covered in red lipstick


6)I just wanted to say I love your look. You are a doll. I hope I am not being too brazen and I certainly don't mean to offend.    What size do you wear? I ask because you give me hope. I cannot find a way to say it, so... I am always going to be "plus size" but want desperately to unleash the inner pinup/alter ego hiding in me. Not that you are plus size and I am by no means comparing myself to you, that would be insulting. Argghhh... this has gone totally awry.   I'm very new to embracing that part of my personality and have no idea where to begin. I rock a pretty decent retro makeup look and love the fashion, I'm just not sure how to make the leap, ya know. How did you begin or have you always had this style? 

You know, my style has evolved every year I am alive. When I was in high school, I was pretty down to earth, but always was ahead of the fashion curve. once I got out of high school, I let my freak flag fly and was really into the hardcore/punk scene, so black lots of boots and short skirts is what I embraced. I have always had a bit of a retro vain in me, as my makeup has alway been big cat eye and red lips. As my taste started to develop, so did my wardrobe, and now I just rep what I like. Vintage with a flair for the pinup realm. This is how I look everyday, and it is not a costume, as I get asked all the time if I am wearing a costume. I embrace old hollywood glamour because it is timeless and classic and easy to replicate!

You should start branching out! It will make you feel happier and thus make your life more enjoyable! Maybe start simply with wearing retro makeup everyday! Even if you have on jeans and a tshirt. Then after you get comfortable with that start integrating vintage into your wardrobe, and after that....RULE THE WORLD !

Gurl, let your inner pinup out! I bet there are a lot of people that would love to see it as badly as you want to let it out!

7)Hi,i from Italy and i love so much your style.The Pin Up style is fascinating and i want be a Pin Up girl but i fear judgment of people.I love your style and you are so beautiful.

Hi Doll! Don't worry, I don't think you said anything bad at all! You know, my style has evolved every year I am alive. When I was in high school, I was pretty down to earth, but always was ahead of the fashion curve. once I got out of high school, I let my freak flag fly  and was really into the hardcore/punk scene, so black lots of boots and short skirts is what I embraced. I have always had a bit of a retro vain in me, as my makeup has alway been big cat eye and red lips. As my taste started to develop, so did my wardrobe, and now I just rep what I like. Vintage with a flair for the pinup realm. This is how I look everyday, and it is not a costume, as I get asked all the time if I am wearing a costume. I embrace old hollywood glamour because it is timeless and classic and easy to replicate!

You should start branching out! It will make you feel happier and thus make your life more enjoyable! Maybe start simply with wearing retro makeup everyday! Even if you have on jeans and a tshirt. Then after you get comfortable with that start integrating vintage into your wardrobe, and after that....RULE THE WORLD !

Gurl, let your inner pinup out! I bet there are a lot of people that would love to see it as badly as you want to let it out!

PS I am a size 10, 8 on a good day


8) So I was curious how do you decide what photographers to work with, if some are unknown and male do you ever get worried that he could be a creeper? Do you go alone or do you bring someone along?  

This is a great question.  I usually only work with photographer that I have got to know on some level.  If you are approached, by either internet or in person, by a photographer, you can always request a "meeting" with them.  I usually like to meet up with them over coffee, somewhere public, and get a feel for them.  Also, contact some of the people that they have worked with.  If you get a lot of positive responses, chances are they are going to be good to work with.

Something else to keep in mind, if you are just doing this for fun, then really shoot with who you know.  If you are doing this to build a portfolio, then quantity is not always better then quality.  Nothing in this world is free, so go ahead and save up some money and pay for some shoots with the best photographers in your area.  You are guaranteed to get work that is worth your time and worth your portfolio's time.

I don't EVER shoot with anyone I feel uncomfortable with.  I don't take every shoot that I am offered.  I also don't take an escort with me.  If I feel comfortable, then I go with it.  There is something to trusting your instincts.  If you meet or talk with the photographer and get an uneasy feeling, chances are, your feelings are right.  LISTEN TO THEM.

Remember, just because someone has a camera DOES NOT MAKE THEM A PHOTOGRAPHER.  Everyone, in every industry, has to pay their dues, so don't expect fantastic things from something you are getting for free.  If you are asking for free shoots, then you deserve the quality that you get with "free" shoots.

Some people are lucky to get "discovered" by photographers, and yes, they get to shoot for free with them, but trust me, trade is trade.  They will work hard for you and you will work hard for them.  I will tell you, this is few and far between, if it happens.  Don't count it out that is won't happen to you, but don't expect every photographer to want to shoot you for free.  That is a poor attitude to have.


Stay sweet,
Kem

2 comments:

  1. I seriously love your layout! So cute!

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  2. Thank you, Katty. It's nice to get to know you better.
    Molly

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