I’m just wondering, is everyone as sick of the same old bachelorette party as I am? I’m tired of the way my Jimmy Choos pinch while I’m parading through a trillion bars with a gal in a veil. My wallet is flatter than ever from all those destination celebrations and I know my tummy is going to rebel if I put it through one more Friday-to-Sunday drink fest. I want something different, something fun and something that won’t break the bank. Here’s an enjoyable and fabulous new idea for your bachelorette party: Chicago’s premier pinup and boudoir photography studio, Vavoom Pinups. You and your gal pals are sure to encourage one another to be fearless femme fatals.
Get over your shyness, sip a little wine, have a few snacks and give your best friends a day of luxury, pampering and empowerment. The Vavoom philosophy is to photograph “real women” in the most flattering way possible. Owner and photographer, Heather Stumpf says, “Photographing women in this way gives them the gift of empowerment. That is the most rewarding part of this happening. Each and every kitten that strolls through our door goes through the same journey, and each of them has something new and unique to offer through their own experience.”
Think you will all be too shy to take these photos? You are sure to feel comfortable with the completely female staff at Vavoom. They will “work with all of you to create a completely relaxed, sexy and seductive atmosphere and make everyone feel like a starlet”. There will be a hairstylist, makeup artist and style coordinator. The photos will be taken by Heather Stumpf herself. If you want, you can bring your own clothing choices, but the girls also have an amusing selection of items. You can bring some of your own pieces and add some new items. If this sort of thing is personal for you, head to UnderThings (804 West Webster Avenue, in Lincoln Park). This kitschy shop has everything from cover-ups to sexy stockings. Anything from this place would be a brilliant choice for your photo shoot. If you are looking for luxury lingerie and stockings for a boudoir photo, look no further then Agent Provocateur , located at 47 East Oak St. Another great stop for pin-up style is http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/. You are sure to discover astonishing outfits and great accessories.
Packages begin at $350 for individual shoots, and group sessions start at $250 and up (depending on size). Included in all prints, products and CDs is expert retouching. The Vavoom staff will, “clean-up unwanted bruises, veins, cellulite and blemishes (all that stuff we don’t want). But they will also add a few artistic tricks to make your sexy curves rock hotter than ever.” Heather, a Vargas expert, will go through poses with you, so no worries if you’re not sure you know those super model moves. Heather’s expert eye also helps with flattering camera angles.
And there is a bonus as well. In addition to a unique bachelorette event, you can take care of another tradition. The night before the wedding the bride and groom each present a gift to one another. While this is a time honored practice, why keep the gift tired and classic (i.e. cuff links)? Really wow your groom with a unique photo album or calendar from Vavoom Pinups.
Megan Taylor of Fig Media actually did a shoot with the Vavoom girls recently and says, “Vavoom Pinups was an awesome experience. At first I was a bit terrified of the thought of getting done up and dressing up as a pinup gal, but the girls were amazing and made me feel so comfortable. They took the time to understand what I liked and didn’t like with the styling, and found outfits that showed off my personality. I am very shy in front of the camera and Heather made me feel so comfortable and sort of drew me out in a very natural way. Her approach to capturing the essence of a woman is very empowering. By the end of the session, I was having a blast having my photo taken. I felt like she captured me in a very genuine and sexy manner. I have recommended and referred Vavoom several times, and I will be back myself.”
Whether you choose Vavoom Pinups for a pleasurable bachelorette party or for your groom’s gift, you will truly walk away with some beautiful photos. The entirely customized experience ensures that the pictures are a true representation of the stunning woman you are!
Photos courtesy of Vavoom Pinups.