One of the exciting events I have been itching to tell you about was a gift from my sister. She bought me a voucher for a Pin Up photo shoot! I was so excited as I’d seen companies offering similar things, but had never really had a reason to do it and felt a bit self conscious about it!

Hamilton Studios ( are based in Fareham in Hampshire – a mere 15 minutes away from where I live in Southampton. They are husband and wife team Michelle and Clive and they work from a studio in their back garden.


When we arrived Michelle got to work straight away on my hair and make up. She put me at my ease, chatting away and I had the feeling I was in safe hands. The make up did seem quite heavy but she explained that that was of course because of lighting in the studio and – as you can see from the photos – it looks very natural in the images.


My hair has been described as unruly by several stylists in the last 12 months! It’s something of a relief to know it’s not just me being useless at making it do things but it’s a bit daunting. Michelle tried to put some curls into the back but the hot sticks couldn’t seem to curl my unwilling tresses so we gave up and left the back straight. I love the high rolls – I think it was a great choice for me.


I had taken along a choice of dresses: my Collectif polka dot dress, Frilly Chantilly Garden Party dress and a fruity dress from Wallis. I took a petticoat and stockings and two pairs of Irregular Choice shoes! Michelle and Clive loved my outfits and helped me choose backdrops that would work with each of them.


I had great fun once it came time to change and begin the shoot. Clive was clear with his ideas for each scene and directed me very thoroughly when it came to poses etc. Luckily he managed to photograph me with my specs on! The reflection can be an issue, but he seemed to get round it. I do love my Peggy specs from Retro Peepers and I really wanted them on – plus I am soooo short sighted I’d have probably started tripping over things!


I was impressed by the range of props, furniture and backdrops that the Hamilton’s provided – it really allowed for lots of fun scenes and poses. Each item was simple and yet perfect.

I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and seeing the images after the shoot with Michelle was brilliant. Clive had taken over 70 and it was really hard to whittle our selection down to 6. I was amazed at how glam I looked and how well I’d come over in the shots. I did find the photo packages quite pricey but we were in the studio for about 2 and a half hours, so for the make over, shoot, 6 prints and a disc of the images I can see it is a fair price. I am very happy with the images and I know I’ll use them a lot.


It is with a glimpse of stockinged thigh I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

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