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I had a fabulous time at The Pinup Academy!  🙂 October made me look & feel beautiful – the makeup & hair style were perfect!  🙂 The looks created were such fun  🙂 …a real treat & a wonderful experience!  🙂 …such a friendly & welcoming place where I was made to feel so relaxed & I was given good advice about my poses for the photographs  🙂 Thank you October & Si, I had a wonderful time  <3

Cristina Ferraz-smith

October is an incredibly talented lady who did such an amazing job styling hair for myself and my 6 bridesmaids for my wedding. Everyone looked insanely good (if I do say so myself) and our guests were blown away by the detail and artistry. To top it off, October is a lovely lady too! Thank you so much x

Kelly Percival

I had a lovely day with October Divine at The Pin Up Academy, having opted for the biggest package as the sets looked lots of fun. I talked with her about the kind of images I wanted, and I felt she listened to this and with her guidance and experience I’m really hoping my photos will turn out well! I just felt totally relaxed and really pampered as October is very, very good at making hair so pretty! I told her I wanted my mother to see my hairstyle the next day so she fixed it so that it would survive a night. (All my family loved it, thank you!). I think I have already persuaded my niece to have a photo shoot – there’s a good range of prices – and I hope to come back in the new year to do something a bit different for me as I would be so comfortable with October. She is very professional.The atmosphere of the studio is very positive and friendly and everyone in her local community are so fortunate to have such a wonderful facility and lovely lady there! Well worth a visit wherever you are in the country as very unique. Highly recommended.
Edit: just received my set of photos. I love them. My family says they are the best I have ever done. October captured the moods I wanted, and the sets are so pretty and cute and glamorous I think everyone would be very pleased with their photos. Hoping to book again in a few months�

Alicia Emerson

Had an amazing time yesterday felt very comfortable and felt and looked amazing what a clever lady you are! Can’t wait for my pics, brilliant set up, lots of outfits etc I will definitely be back for more �thank you October divine just a shame I had to take it all off later that night xx

Louise Hughes

I attended the pin up academy for a beauty masterclass with October Divine. The room was all set up with lots of goodies to play with including out very own tool kit to take home so we could recreate the looks we had learned. October was friendly, professional and knowledgeable as well as patient with a group of novices. She talked us through the basics step by step and stepped in to lend a hand when needed. Cups of tea were supplied regularly throughout the day and we were treated to a plentiful lunch. The day ended with a little photo shoot, which I was feeling very nervous about. October was forthcoming with instruction which helped put me at ease. I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished photo! Thank you for a great day pin up academy team! X

Katie Knight

I had such a lovely time with October at my make over and shoot- she’s just lovely and makes you feel so relaxed. The shoot was loads of fun… cannot recommend highly enough.

Danielle Thompson

On my way home from my second Pinup Academy shoot and I’m already ready to go back!!!! Everyone should treat themselves to a pinup makeover…You get to feel a million bucks and any nerves go out the window as Si and October are so professional and amazing at what they do. Such a good day from start to finish…AND THEN YOU GET YOUR IMAGES!!! Need I say more?

Sarah Parry

I had an amazing day at the pinup academy. Si and October were very professional and created a relaxed atmosphere for the photoshoot. My hair and makeup were absolutely stunning. Highly recommended. I can’t wait to see the photos! Thank you for a wonderful time #thepinupacademy

Kirsty Williamson

Lovely, relaxed day at the Pin up Academy!! Can’t wait to see the pics!!

Hannah Dimmock

I had such a good time at my photo shoot with The Pinup Academy. October and Si were so warm and welcoming to both my husband and myself. Nothing was too much trouble for them and I didn’t feel rushed at any point. My hair and make up looked amazing and the shoot itself was great fun! I was put at ease, made to feel comfortable and in turn could really enjoy the experience. Would highly recommend to everyone- whether it’s portfolio images, a pamper day to treat yourself or if you would just like some lovely photos as a keepsake. Extremely professional

Kimberly Wragg

Had a lovely time today with October on my first shoot. She made my hair and makeup look amazing ( got home and the hubby love the look�) felt right at ease and once I relaxed the experience was so much fun. October is so lovely and the studio is fantastic. If you have a inner pin up inside this experience is a most. So my Christmas and birthday list is now vouchers for further visits. Thank you October. X

Zoe Myerscough

I wish I could give the pinup academy more stars than just 5! This was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done and October made me look and feel amazing! She helped me with poses and made sure my hair and makeup was perfect at all times! Her and her partner/photographer, Si were really friendly and professional and made me feel totally at ease and relaxed during my time there! This was booked as a Christmas present and it was the best one yet, and was totally worth every penny my partner spent on it! I just can not wait to go back for another shoot, hopefully soon!

Amy Carter

What an absolutely bang on experience. Everyone of theses reviews is right, you couldn’t ask for a better couple to make the day that good. October and Si are perfection.

Just wish I’d saved a bit more and bought the next package up!
Next time….

Sam Purnell

I booked a make over ..i had such an amazing day October is just as beautiful on the inside , so warm and welcoming , she made me look amazing ready for the photo shoot si and October worked as a team to get the best pictures both so proffecinal and si was just as nice ..highly recommend 🙂.

Lisa Cook Fisher

I had a wonderful vintage experience at the pin up academy October and Si are so friendly will make you feel very welcome. They took time and do amazing work so creative and professional, amazing photo sets to choose from, highly recommended

Michelle Carroll

The dynamic duo, professional,fun,tons of experience, fantastic sets to get those authentic pin up shots! Great for building your professional portfolio or for a treat.
October and Si are such sweeties, they really look after you and make you feel welcome.absolutely loved my shoot.
Thanks guys xx

Lisa Cullen

October and Si are AWESOME! Definitely recommend 

Natalie MacDonald

So … Yesterday I had a pinup makeover & photoshoot … AMAZING, legendary October Divine & Si are so down to earth, it was relaxed, friendly, great fun and also really helpful to me as a model. Great tips on hair, make up, poses and outfits … Go book yourself a fantastic pin up experience. I highly recommend it to anyone, models or anyone who just wants to have a true pinup experience.

Karen Krankies McKay

I had an amazing time shooting with The Pinup Academy yesterday!!!!!

It was so much fun, They are a so so friendly and welcoming!  October Divine is a goddess at doing hair and makeup and really made me look fantastic! I wish she could style me everyday, I don’t think my eyebrows will ever look as good as good again!!!!
The studio is just amazing So retro and versatile I couldn’t wait to shoot in the amazing kitchen!

October and Si made me feel really comfortable and got me doing some great poses which really showed off my shape and the styling! I just absolutely loved shooting with these guy’s!!!  And most of all I loved there friendly little doggies Boo and Bella omg they are sooo cute and pretty I want them!! hehe 

Thanks again I can’t wait to see my images and hope to work with the Pinup Academy again! I highly recommend that ladies treat themselves to a shoot with The Pinup Academy it is a great experience 


Ami Mitchell

I am over the moon with the photos that The Pinup Academy have done for my business, My Retro Closet. It was my first time paying for a professional product shoot and the images have surpassed all my expectations. Great communication throughout, a stunning model & styling, perfect editing & a quick turn around. and You’ve made my garments look a million bucks! Can’t wait to arrange my next shoot! 

Abi Dyson - My Retro Closet

Was feeling very apprehensive about my make over, but October and Si made us feel very welcome and I soon relaxed, they are lovely people and I had a fab time! October was on hand all the time to help with poses which was invaluable, it is definitely harder than it looks! Above all I loved my transformation I couldn’t believe I could look like that! Thankyou both so much , Deb and Paul xx

Debbie Chestney

Had a great time yesterday with Simon and October. The make over was amazing ! I didn’t recognize myself !!
And the photoshoot was easy going and a lot of fun
Would recommend it to every pin up wannabe!

Alison Wallace

I had a shoot with the pinup academy on Saturday and I absolutely enjoyed it. My make up and hair by October was outstanding and after the shoot I got tons of compliments from people on the street. Si and October are the perfect team behind the camera, they gave perfect directions on how to pose me to make the photos look their best, and they made me feel super comfortable. If I had more time in the U.K I would definitely continue to go to them.

Brandi Smithwick

Cannot stress how lovely and welcoming the team at Pin Up Academy are. Professional but warm and fun!
Hair and make up were spectacular- thanks October!
Si and Sin were great fun and helped my to tackle my nerves as much as possible.

Kirsty Lewis

I can not recommend the pinup academy enough i had a great day and so much fun. If you have not shot with them you must. They are so professional and amazing. At what they do. And are so friendsly and easy going i felt so comfortable and empowered by the team. October did an amazing job of my hair and makeup, and si is such an amazing photographer to work with. The sets are so well thought out and impressive. Thanks again elle xx

Elle Harris

Possibly the best experience I’ve ever had whilst modelling, pin up academy are welcoming,fun and the whole experience is just wonderful! 100% recommend and 100% be going back!!

Beth Armstead

We had a Studio Lighting Day at The Pinup Academy today … Excellent day nice steady paced very detailed with full explanations and trying to learn the rules and break them !!! laid back but professional approach with lots of information on every angle and how to manipulate the light to capture the perfect shot. Si & October made us feel very welcome and relaxed that the day flew by. coming out full of confidence & fresh ideas boosting our knowledge & skills to show in our own work.
Thanks again
Nicola & Glen Cole
Ellenbrook Fine Art

Nicola Anderton Cole

Had hair and makeup done for my Christmas do yesterday
October was great, super friendly and helpful, great sense of humour and hair and makeup was fab. My main concern was my hair staying up from 2pm to 2am as it often drops but it stayed up all night
Definitely going back for a shoot soon 

Faye Wilcox

If you need a model this is the place to go … beautiful and fun loving women… perfect for any shoot!!

John Budish

First time I had ever stepped into a photographic studio and as a complete novice was guided brilliantly by Si in the use of the lighting rigs , light meters etc and how to set them up .. the models who were all well known published pinup’s were brilliant who were also giving guidance to up and coming models and we’re a great laugh to in the process definitely would go back later in the year for another workshop ..

Rick Goodwill

What an absolutely bang on experience. Everyone of theses reviews is right, you couldn’t ask for a better couple to make the day that good. October and Si are perfection.

Just wish I’d saved a bit more and bought the next package up!
Next time….

Sam Purnell

I would recommend The Pinup Academy to anyone and everyone! With their combined experience, retro studio and fab makeovers you’re guaranteed an amazing photo-shoot!

Heather Valentine

Not only are Si and October amazingly talented at what they do, they are also so warm, friendly and professional. Their studio is incredible.

Haili Hughes

As a hair stylist & owner of Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos I’ve had the chance to work with both October Divine and the fab Pinup Academy on several occasions now. I would highly recommend them as a wonderfully professional team who really are a pleasure to work with and create some fantastic images that I’m thrilled to have in my portfolio!

Sarah Dunn

Had the absolute best time with the Pinup Academy. Amazing set, amazing photographer! Si and October are so welcoming and have the best prop ever, I miss BOO! Highly recommended! i can’t wait to go back!

Lola Diamond

I had the best time with October and Si Pinup Pictures at The Pinup Academy, I felt so welcome from when I first arrived and felt at home right away. I was well catered for (they make great tea!!) and we had a proper laugh, Si is a fantastic photographer to work with and I would highly recommend him – especially to any ladies who haven’t worked with a male photographer before. Take my word for it, The Pinup Academy is superb!!

Jessica Hardie

The Pinup Academy is fantastic. I had so much fun working with them at The National Hot Rod, Custom and American Car Show – they really are lovely, and talented and a lot of fun! Their workshop the other week was fantastic! I’d definitely recommend it! I picked up some top tips and I’m really pleased with the first photo from the workshop shoot – can’t wait to see the rest! Hope to work with you guys again soon!

Lillian Love

I had a brilliant time at The Pinup Academy, the sets are breathtaking and I was really pleased with my hair and makeup by October Divine – I asked for Dita Von Teese style hair and she nailed it! I was able to be really creative with the shots and ideas that I had in mind and felt really comfortable in doing so. I had such a hard time choosing from the brilliant photos that were taken for me and would love to work with Si and October again in the future!

Jennifer Alexandra Donkin

The most amazing fun people and so professional would definitely recommend x

Nikita Dakin

I travelled from Scotland to have my pictures done and it was worth every mile travelled, what you can learn in one day is amazing, a fantastic experience, lovely people, great direction, lovely hospitality, look forward to shooting here again. RavennRocc.

Ravenn Rocc

The shots that I got at the Pin-Up Academy day are among the most commented on in my portfolio. The girls are both incredibly lovely to work with and very professional. I have already been singing their praises to many other photographers, but if you do get an chance to work with them, take it! You won’t be disapointed…

Neil Shearer

I am totally made up with images that Si and October created for me to help push my business forward. They are both incredibly professional and friendly and captured my product perfectly . I would highly recommend The Pin Up Academy…a great service all round . Already planning to use again for more images xx

Niki Murphy

What a fabulous day today has been, I had so much fun and learnt so much! I will definitely be going back and would definitely recommend to EVERYONE! Loved it!

Amy Noblett

I attended the Photographers day at the flash centre yesterday and cannot recommend it enough… The equipment available is unbelievable, amazing lights, stands and accessories, the number and like of which are a rare find…… As for October and SINderella, extremely helpful and as you would expect professional and seem less posing one shot to the next. We tried a variety of poses and lighting…

Jimmy Deas

I had an amazing day. Had so much fun. Can’t wait to do more. Xxx

Fionnoula Rose

My daughter had a photoshoot done and it was a brilliant experience, from the friendliness to the absolutely beautiful make up and hair she got, how she was made at ease by Octover Divine to get the best of her, as this is the first time she has done this, and the beautiful photos to show for it, i would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a fun and special experience.

Claire Nealon Aublé

These people are just fantastic will defo be using them again they are all brilliant people and are just so good at there job we are so thrilled with the results of the photos xx

Tiffany Cox

Absolutely loved working with the pinup academy at their workshop, I was so happy with the results. Everyone is really nice and so much fun, and I really learnt a lot 🙂 x

Dani Mai

The Pinup Academy did a great job at the hotrod super nats with my hotrod this summer just had my photo blown up and it’s every thing that Si said it would be, I am so pleased with it!Thanks a lot Bry

Bryan Marshall

Most amazing experience in my life, felt so comfortable and it is lots of fun, definitely recommend!See you guys again in Feb 🙂 xx

Maria Kirby

My wife had a shoot here last week, she was treated like a star and is still floating on air now, Si and October are amazing people and were very welcoming, great coffee too! I was also made to feel very welcome. We WILL be back for more. Thank you guys for making my wife sooooo happy!

Harlstequin Diesel

I had my first shoot at The PinUp Academy and i have to say it was amazing! Si and October Divine are both so friendly, down to earth and professional!!! October worked her magic in the make over part and was an amazing mentor with help on poses, and Si made me feel so at ease and confident all through the shoot. All details were discussed before hand, so I knew exactly what to expect before during and after the shoot! Needless to say the 1st chance I get I will be back and will recommend them to every1 😀 !!! Thanks guys xxx

Kassy Smith

I had my first shoot at the pin up academy today! And to sum it up in one word! (Amazing!) Si & October were awesome to work with so relaxed and friendly :)if your looking for somewhere to feel the retro theme look no further apart from there amazing sets I also had my hair and makeup done by October and it look perfect! So looking forward to seeing the images Si took And hope to have the opportunity to work with them again x

Kitty Rockabilly

Wow you guys are truly the A team fabulous company made me feel really at ease were very welcoming it was a little dream of mine to do some model shots especially 50s retro glam thank u from the bottom off my heart ur very talented and I’ll be back I would 200% recommend the pinup academy for that special person in ur life truly magical keep sake fotos thank u again

Claire Louise Catherine Young

Amazing! Thank you! Very pleased with my recent purchase of a signed photo of my favourite Pin-Up October Divine! Arrived quickly and safely with no problems. Will be purchasing more in the future! Lots of love and hugs xxxx

Caroline Harrop

They are an amazing company. I have enjoyed all the photos that I’ve puchased of the models. They are high quality and truly amazing. Seeing the quality that they produce I would recommend them to anyone who desires to do a photo shoot.

Peter Mazzie

October is a fantastic model and mentor. I was a little nervous before i arrived at the pin up academy, however October and Si made me feel so comfortable and I had an awesome shoot! Would definitely go back and will be recommending to all of my friends.

Naomi Eldon

I was really worried about going , I have no idea Why October divine & and si are the most beautiful people ever. I had the best time ever never knew I could look pretty can’t put into words how I felt as I have not felt that before , and I can’t forget the precocious BOO. X made me feel at ease so relaxed would highly recommend you do this WOW thank you to you both for making my 40th an birthday I will never for get ( thank you hubby) ❤

Chrisy Clifton

Always top notch! Communication is excellent! Product is stellar!

Shawn Wenzel

The photos of October Divine are gorgeous! Print quality is excellent, delivered securely and quickly. Really happy with my purchase AAA+

Sadie Walker

Excellent service awesome prints of an extremely stunning woman.

Marc Witten