FAQ’sThe Pinup Academy

blonde pinup in lingerieFrequently Asked Questions

We’ve listed below the answers to our most frequently asked questions however, if you can’t find what you’re looking for please email us on info@thepinupacademy.co.uk



Booking Your Makeover & Photoshoot Package

We have an online booking form which lets you check our availability and book online, this is the easiest way to make a booking and is available 24/7 however, if you prefer you can also call us on 01543 220498 or email info@thepinupacademy.co.uk

You can view our packages & pricing by clicking here.

This really does depend, as our business can be seasonal resulting in extremely busy periods, if you're looking to book a special date we would suggest booking as early as possible! We work on a first person booking policy and are unable to re-arrange other clients booking dates once confirmed.

You can check our current availability online and secure your booking by clicking on the main menu above titled "BOOK".

In order to confirm your makeover & photoshoot booking you will need to pay a deposit at the time of booking via our online booking system, deposits are non-refundable and payable online via Paypal, the deposit amount varies by package type.

The balance can be paid by Bank Transfer prior to the morning of your shoot day, or alternatively in cash, as we are unable to accept card payments.

Yes, there is a beautiful friendly family run village pub called "The Olde Peculiar" literally 2 minutes walk from us, they have converted their coach house into beautiful bedrooms with everything you need and they serve the best food around, this is a quaint, friendly country pub and not your typical B&B!

Alternatively, if you prefer a standard hotel then you can book The Premier Inn Lichfield or Rugeley and there’s a Holiday Inn Express on the outskirts out of Lichfield.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Pinup Academy.

There’s no such thing!! We shoot ladies of all shapes, sizes and ages. This is one of the fantastic things about the vintage pinup style….. It suits everyone!!

Our pinup makeover & photoshoot packages are available to anyone over the age of 16, 18 if you wish to be photographed in lingerie.

Any persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, you maybe requested to provide ID to validate your age.

Vintage shoots for families and children are available upon request, please contact us for details.

How do I prepare for my photoshoot?

No, you can choose on the day. Feel free to browse our online galleries to view examples of our studio sets however, please note we change our themed studio sets regularly to keep them fresh and us inspired!

Each Pinup Doll package comes with a set number of looks. We recommend you bring more outfits than you need to your shoot and October will happily help you choose on the day, if you want more outfit changes than specified under you package then we would need to upgrade you to a bigger Pinup Doll package, if time permits.

If you are shooting lingerie then make sure you remember to bring a whole set that matches including stockings, and if you are just shooting clothing then remember to wear a good fitting bra that doesn’t show through your dress (preferably nude and with multi way straps) and high heels!

Our Partner page has links to various reproduction vintage clothing and lingerie if you are struggling to find the perfect traditional vintage piece for your shoot.

If you are here for a full day we recommend you eat before you arrive and bring snacks for the rest of the day if you wish…. We have plenty of tea, coffee, cold drinks and biscuits at the studio.

If you want / need to wear specific head pieces, hair extensions or special makeup for your shoot please remember to bring them with you, please let us know beforehand if you have any allergies to certain makeup products or overly sensitive skin.

We recommend ladies arrive in clothes that don’t leave marks, so something loose fitting would be perfect and also something that has buttons or a zip on your top half so it’s easy to remove your clothing upon completion of your makeup and hair.

Please make sure you wash your hair the night before or if you have greasy hair the morning of your shoot…. Hair must be dry when you arrive.

Come with a makeup free face and moisturise well the night before, if you want to wear makeup to travel to your shoot we can remove it when you arrive.

Hand and toe nails are to be freshly painted and body de fuzzed everywhere please.

Each package has a set number of looks allocated. You are welcome to bring more than required and October Divine can help you choose, if you like. If you want more outfit changes then we can always look at upgrading you to a bigger package, time permitting.

Not at all, our makeover & photo-shoot experiences are designed for every day ladies, October Divine is on hand to help you with styling and posing throughout your shoot.

Only a small percentage of ladies who shoot here at The Pinup Academy’s studios are actually models or have modelled before; most ladies are normal everyday girls looking for an amazing pinup experience.

Due to hygiene and sizing reasons we are unable to offer outfits, we do have a small selection of lingerie (excluding pants and stockings due to hygiene reasons) and dresses from some of our partners which you are welcome to use however, sizing is limited.

It's important to us to be able to guarantee your happiness, unfortunately, there is no way anyone can guarantee to stock items that you'll (a) like and (b) fit you correctly, the only way to ensure you love your outfits and they fit you perfectly is for you to bring your own items with you. Plus this way they're yours to keep along with the amazing memories of your pinup experience.

If you're stuck for ideas of what to wear we've created a list of reputable suppliers.

No, you can pay the balance on the day however, we can only accept cash payments, alternatively you can pay leading up to the shoot via bank transfer.

Please wash you hair the night before your appointment time, please DO NOT wash your hair on the day (unless greasy) as it can make it difficult to style if freshly washed.

If you have sensitive skin, or your skin reacts to certain cosmetic foundations, please inform your make-up artist on the day and to be safe bring your preferred make-up with you.

Please bring a variety of outfits with you; you can never have too many choices, if you want to bring lingerie thats fine providing you are over 18 years of age. Your package includes time for the number of outfit changes specified, so you can change outfits for different studio sets.

This is your experience and we want you to be happy in what you’re wearing; being photographed in lingerie is a personal choice and one only you should make.

Please remember to bring your own shoes!

Makeover & Photoshoot Gift Vouchers

Yes, we provide a range of Gift Vouchers for each of our pinup makeover & photoshoot packages, plus there is an option to create a custom gift voucher and enter your own amount between £25 - £1,000

Each gift voucher contains a unique number, this works the same as a discount code or coupon.

You can book your appointment using our online booking system as normal, when you get to the "Coupon" field enter your vGift oucher code and click apply. Your order value will be reduced by the value of the Gift Voucher.

Yes, you can upgrade your gift voucher to any of our other makeover or model portfolio packages, just pay the difference on your shoot day.

Our Makeover & Photoshoot Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase however, you can book your pinup makeover & photoshoot package via our online booking system and then select a date up to 12 months in advance.

This effectively means you could have a period of up to 2 years period from the date of purchasing your voucher to the date you attend your makeover appointment, obviously, we'd like to see you a lot sooner!

Our custom Gift Vouchers; where you add a value between £25 - £1,000 have no expiry date. The value of the card is redeemable against our makeover & portfolio package prices applicable at the time of booking your appointment date.

What happens on the day?

Our studio is based in a small village just outside of Lichfield in Staffordshire. If you drive we have free off road parking or if you are travelling by train the nearest stations are Rugeley Trent Valley (RGL) or Lichfield Trent Valley (LTV).

Yes, we have free off road parking and there's also free parking on the road outside.

October Divine will do your hair and makeup before you go into the studio for your shoot, this can take between 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours.

Each package has a set number of looks allocated. You are welcome to bring more than you need and we can chose together. If you want more outfit changes then we can always upgrade you to a bigger package.

We recommend ladies arrive in clothes that don’t leave marks, so something loose fitting would be perfect and also something that has buttons or a zip on your top half so it’s easy to remove your clothing after completion of your makeup and hair.

Please make sure you wash your hair the night before or if you have greasy hair the morning of your shoot…. Hair must be dry when you arrive.

Come with a makeup free face and moisturise well the night before, if you want to wear makeup to travel to your shoot we can remove it when you arrive.

Hand and toe nails are to be freshly painted and body de fuzzed everywhere please.

Absolutely, you are more than welcome to bring someone with you, we'll make sure the kettle's on.

The balance can be paid by Bank Transfer prior to the morning of your shoot day, or alternatively in cash on the day, as we are unable to accept card payments.

Make Up & Hair

We advise you wash your hair the night before or if you have greasy hair the morning of your shoot…. Hair must be dry when you arrive.

Come with a makeup free face and moisturise well the night before, if you want to wear makeup to travel to your shoot we can remove it when you arrive.

If you have sensitive skin, or your skin reacts to certain cosmetic foundations, please inform your make-up artist before your appointment date and to be safe bring your preferred make-up with you.

If you want / need to wear specific head pieces, hair extensions or special makeup for your shoot please remember to bring them with you.

High Quality Hi-Resolution Images

Each of our makeover packages includes a specified number of images professionally edited to publication standards, the quantity included is dependent on your package.

Your images will be delivered electronically for you to download within 21 days of your makeover day.

Yes, you can purchase prints from us however, you are also permitted to organise your own prints from wherever you choose. We provide your edited images in hi-resolution electronic format for you to download so you can print as many copies as you like.

Yes, if you wish as this is entirely up to you, if you want the images to be kept private for your viewing only then that’s totally fine, we always seek permission from the client in advance before using or sharing their pictures on our website or social media sites.

Our photographer’s style of editing lends itself to the traditional look of the 1950’s pinup girl. All images are professionally edited to a very high standard, our style of editing takes a little longer but is worth the extra effort, we DON’T use filters and blurs designed to speed up the editing process, which results in the image looking artificial and overly airbrushed.

We will remove any scars, moles, skin blemishes and spots unless you state otherwise and you’ll be nipped and tucked to perfection but in a way that still looks like you at your best.

Yes, of course! We will provide you with a proof sheet containing all the un-edited images suitable for editing for you to peruse and select additional edits if desired.

What happens after my photoshoot?

We only use images with the express permission from our clients, so if you want to keep your images private for your enjoyment, that's fine they're your images.

We only post images on social media sites with prior permission from our clients, so if you want to keep your images private for your enjoyment, that's fine they're your images.

Yes, we will provide you with a proof sheet containing the un-edited images from your shoot day suitable for editing. Check your package details for the cost of additional edits.