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Oct 27, 2008

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About Me

I am the Owner, webmaster, pinup model, graphic designer, set designer, hair and makeup artist, costumer and photo editor for my site -
"Classic Pinup, Tease and Burlesque with a Modern Twist!"

Owner, writer, recruiter for my other site -
"Keeping Pinup Alive!"

Owner, photographer, set designer, hair and makeup, costuming and photo editor for my new makeover site -
"Classic Hollywood and vintage pinup makeover photoshoots!"

I have worked with several models over the last few years and you may see some of them on my DDs site!

Adelina la Shay #1054483
Amaryllis #781145
Andy Corfield
Anna fur Laxis #722459
Ava Laine
Bella Besame
Bernie Dexter
Cerise la Fleur
Charly C #886161
Cheeky Spoonfull
Coco Malone
Daggar Dames
Deadly Nightshade #751769
Devil Doll
Dixie Martin #170820
Dominic Halpin
Duke Wayward
Em Brulee
Fifi la Frills
Freya Fox
Ginger la Rouge
Glorian Gray
Heather Sweet #1206707
Ivy Wilde
Keeley #789943
Kitten von Mew #49201
Kitty Cointreau
Lana Landis
Lethal Gem #747525
Lexi Sexx #402651
Lola Pops
Lola Valentine
Lolita Laytex
Marina Mae
May Hemm
Miss Cissy P
Miss Dee Lite #1192231
Miss Suzie Sequin #1066480
Mona Von Chrome
Peggy Soo #1280066
Poppy M Cherry
Ruby Rose
Sofire Rosa
Sophie #853071
Starla Haze
Willow Blue

Who –
Kate Donovan - Pinup model and Photographer

Seeks –
Female models with love for the classic pinup style with a modern twist! Photoshoots and videos feature retro clothing and lingerie with the aim to tease. Gleaning from the favorite pinups and actresses from the 20’s to 50’s Kate shoots ‘Retrorotica’ at its finest! Kate is seeking to build her portfolio and yours! Looking for fit teasing, smiling models ready for topless and or nude shots from striping down to dressing up or just changing outfits. When topless and or nude shots are done they will be in the style of the 1950’s Playboy, there will NOT be any gynecological, playing with toys or sex shots under any circumstances. Professional modeling experience requested and you must be photogenic and outgoing with a willingness to learn my style of pinup. Flexibility and general fitness strength helps as does the ability to wear and walk in 4 to 6 inch non-platform high heels. Ages 18 and Up are welcome. Height and weight are not a concern but you must be ready to accentuate your fantabulous Curves! Kate can provide outfits and undergarments for those from dress sizes 8 to 14, bra cup sizes from A to E and shoe sizes from 3 to 7. Any other sizes will need to bring their own items, agreed on with Kate in advance.

Info –
Kate shoots photos and videos in her professional studio located in Didsbury, Manchester. Easily accessible by public and private transport. Providing a comfortable and private environment to work in. All photoshoots are on a TFP (time for pictures) basis to start. Some of the best photos will be featured on Donovan's Darling with the possibility of returning for paid work and further profiting opportunities if the posted photoshoot/s prove to be popular. Photoshoots can take 6+ hours and can include the preparation of your retro hairstyle, classic make-up, retro outfits, props and accessories most of which are provided by Kate and or yourself. Storyboarding for each photoshoot keeps things moving right along nice and easy. "Limited rights to use" contracts are signed upon completing your shoot and a CD of your pictures will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks after your shoot date if not sooner. All pictures on the CD will be with slight adjustment to contrasts and put through a basic skin smoothing program. Should you want some or all of your pictures to be prepared fully for web use or print just ask Kate for details and pricing.

For those of you in the industry (i.e. models, pinups, swing or rockabilly bands or even you burlesque girlies) I often do portfolio photoshoots! The beauty of working with you "pros" as opposed to civilians is you guys can do your own hair, make-up and outfits! All this saves studio time so I can give you a great deal! I work on an hourly rate of £50 in studio. All the pics are put onto CD for you and sent with in 3 weeks, as well as contracts signed so YOU own your pictures! If you want me to do anything with the pics like make them web ready or create graphics or promo posters/fliers I can do that too at £40 an hour plus any printing costs, I have great contacts so I can keep those costs really low. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with me and we'll give your portfolio a boost! ;-)

For you photographers who want to learn more about shooting classic Pinup I also offer 1:1 instruction. I book 2-3 hour classes in which I provide a pinup model or two, my studio including its lighting and my ten year experience and passion for recreating the classic Pinups of the 1940's and 1950's! I have taught many other models my Pinup style modeling secrets in the last 10 years. I've also been instructing photographers for the past three years! I truly love helping others learn how to recreate the classics 'Keeping Pinup Alive'! So if you are interested in setting up a introduction to Pinup, advanced Pinup poses or a Pinup and props workshop just drop me a line and we'll find what is right for you!

For those ladies who are not performers and just fancy finding their inner goddess, I do full vintage style makeover photography from classic Hollywood, retro pinup to saucy boudoir! To learn more visit my site at

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"Being more or less a modelling novice, with only one photo shoot under my belt and not confident in my ability, meeting Kate was the best thing to happen to me.
She instantly put me at ease in the unfamiliar surroundings of a studio, coaxing the best out of me as she could see the potential. Not only did she teach me how to pose and get the best out of myself, she taught me how important staging and lighting was in the process.
Two years down the line and many a photo shoot later I can honestly say if it wasn't for Kate I wouldn't have the presence I do in front of the camera, which in turn has helped me on the stage, and I certainly wouldn't have the many wonderful photos of myself and the skills I need to bring out the essence of classic cheesecake pin-up that all girls have inside of them. I can't recommend Kate enough!" - Ivy Wilde, Pin-Up Model & Burlesque Performer, Manchester

"I took part in 2 of Kate's instruction sessions and love every minute. As a model, I learnt just as much as the photographers she was teaching. Kate taught us all the best pin-up poses in order to enphasise our every curve and make us look gorgeous in the images. She is a lovely bubbly teacher and makes everyone feel at ease. I would thoroughly recommend anyone to try one of her sessions!" - Cat aka Kitten Smitten

"Kate's passion for pin-up is enough to bring a tear to the eye.
Over the years she has honed her craft with such dedication and love both infront & behind of the camera so that every photograph sings of pure sexy pin-up magic and fun. She is a figurehead in the British pin-up scene not only as a respected artist but also as a tutor, sharing her tricks of the trade & her wisdom. She assures that her models are the happiest and most comfortable they can be, & makes sure when they go out to work for other shoots they know how to stay safe and protected from any situations that may arise with photographers who don't come up to scratch. Kate is truly a blessing to pin up. And even the shyest of women smile bigger and brighter on camera simply by hearing her laugh.x" - Heather Sweet

"I was instantly put right at ease and felt very welcome. The dressing area was lovely and very glam. After i got into my dress and sorted out my hair and makeup we headed into the studio section.
Kate was very helpful and informative and made me feel very well looked after, she had books for reference which i had a flick through, i was able to choose poses and general styles/looks that i wanted to try.
Next came the posing, which though rather daunting at first, became alot of fun, kate is very passionate about pin up and you feel safe as she guides you on where to point your toes, how to position your hands and which facial expressions to pull.
I can say i honestly learned alot about pin up, and i had so much fun doing it, i would highly recommend popping along to one of the workshops, especially if pin up and the whole style surrounding it is a passion and something that interests you. You wil be shocked at what you learn." - Duckie AlternativeModel Hartley

"Kate is a Wonderful teacher, she is very patient with an eye for all poses pin up style. She explained everything from how to sit and stand to working with Props.Nothing was too much trouble for her. She does work both sides of the Camera so understands both Models and Photographers. i Learned so much from my Experience with Kate and would Highly recommend it to anyone considering pin up modelling or Photography." - Isabel Wilkie

"Holly Wood's expertise means she doesn't just help the photographer get the best out of the model but also helps the model get the best out of herself.
All shapes and sizes can be models in Holly's intimate studio, where each individual can learn the poses, angles and lighting which are the most flattering!! These techniques can then be transferred to other photo shoots, stage performances or even just to give you that bit more confidence being snapped on a night out with your mates!!
Holly is professional, discreet, tactful and very well as being an absolute babe!!" - Brazen Charade

"Worked with Kate at Acacia Studio, a day filled with laughter, she is true joy to work with, absolutely passionate about what she is doing, Her skills and talent shine through on set, not only is she a talented photographer, but is skilled in the art of makeup, hair, set dressing, editing and has a great deal of knowledge when it comes to the world of vintage modeling, I hope to work with her again the future and look forward to seeing her work go from strength to strength, I highly recommend Kate and wish her all the luck in the world with her career." - Lethal Gem