The great Romantic painters had the same goal–to craft an image so beautiful that it would come to life and marry them. Increase your chances of turning images into love using the modern version of painting, photography, with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a vintage pin up photo shoot and prints at Portland Pin-Ups, a $400 value. This deal includes a complimentary pre-shoot consultation, photo shoot ($150), an 8X10” ($30) and a 5X7” ($25) print, a 600X900 pixel digital Facebook-ready image ($150), and a private slideshow of the best portraits ($45).
With over 15 years of professional photography experience, England native, Mike Long, incorporates the sultriness of 1950’s pin ups in his modern day marvels. During the pre-shoot consultation, you and the photographer will discuss and plan out the types of photographs you would like to produce and cover any unanswered questions, such as what type of clothing to bring to the session or if the camera will be watching. Feel free to bring along props, like a multi colored lollipop, glasses, or pet parakeet, to add a unique or personal element to the photos. On the day of the shoot, you may choose to have your makeup applied for an extra fee or prepare your pin up look yourself before Long and his professional staff guide you through a fun and comfortable photo session accompanied by a soundtrack of mood-inspiring music. After the shoot, Long will put his 20 years of professional retouching to use as he infuses each photo with his artistic expertise, digitally adding in backdrops like a vintage boudoir or library locale. Come in after the shoot for a private viewing and select which shots you would like to print and eventually hang above your antique Pokémon card display case.
Mike Long travels to cities throughout the country, even going overseas, to give workshops on his pin up photography styles and unleash his shutter bug secrets. Check out the online gallery to view some of his work and peruse the frequently asked questions for more information.
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When not re-creating classic poses, Portland Pin-Ups's owner and resident photographer Mike Long travels the world, but it's no vacation: he spends his international journeys teaching other up-and-coming shooters the photography techniques that have come to define his career. His experience now stretches more than 20 years and began with retouching other photographers' work—some clients include Apple and Adidas—long before the invention of Photoshop or smiling. It was a serendipitous learning experience for Mike, who took to heart the many ways mistakes could be avoided during shooting, leading him to discover his own passion for photography.
Mike's career continues to prosper with every shoot at his intimate Portland Pin-Ups studio. Here, he helps customers select poses that flatter their figures, then accents images with vintage patinas and backgrounds such as a beach, a World War II airplane, or a train station. Subjects can also choose to amp up their looks with help from resident stylist and makeup artist Hollie Olsen, who draws from her performance-art background to help bring a photo session's story to life.
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