STRUT INTO OUR OFFICE
You can find our studio just south of downtown, in an old furniture factory at the corner of Hall & Godfrey. Want a behind-the-scenes tour?
WALK THROUGH OUR CLOSET
Our props and wardrobe closet is best summed up with one word: outrageous. From lingerie to tulle, and flappers to rockabilly, we have sizes 0-28 at the ready. Need a leather whip made famous by the mistress dominatrix Bettie Page? We’ve got you covered. Lusting after that vintage dressing gown trimmed with plush marabou? We’ve got it. With our endless closet comes endless possibilities.
Meet Squad Bettie
Owner/Photographer Elise Kutt
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I spent much of my 20’s in a frantic search for adventure as a Chicago location scout and producer for advertising, catalog and film shoots. I've ridden a camel across the Sahara, swam in a cage surrounded by sharks, and scouted for the perfect hot tub to fill with hot chocolate and marshmallows. I’m addicted to green juice, dying my hair, everything vintage, and the smell of new school supplies. I've spent years studying posing specific to the female body of every shape and size. I will coach you through every pose and movement like a boss and never leave you hanging!
In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, my mission is to create a safe and
supportive environment for female self expression. Empowering ALL women through photography is why what I do is so unique and special. It’s about so much more than a simple portrait, it’s about self-awareness and self-love. Join me in a movement to #existinphotos.
Event Coordinator/ #Squadbettie Admin Nicholette Driggs
With a background in early childhood and family studies from WMU, Nicholette’s driven by empowering women and body positivity. Her personal journey began with Mod B in 2015 when she answered a model call and was thrust directly into the path of becoming a pin-up model. She has been published internationally, placed in numerous pin-up contests and currently models for various clothing companies and fashion shows. Nicholette is also a performer, slingin’ glitter and singing with her vaudeville troupe, Frivolous Follies.
Her love for modern pin-up and vintage style is for its ability to embrace women of all ages, sizes, abilities, ethnicities and styles. Nicholette wants to help encourage all women to love and embrace themselves, exactly as they are.
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Troupe website: www.FrivolousFollies.com
Hair and Makeup Artist Jennifer Bartlett
Hair and Makeup Artist Izabella VanRyn
A Grand Rapids native, Izzy graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids in 2010. She has 8 years of experience in the beauty industry and works out of a salon downtown. One of her earliest experiences with makeup, one that has always stuck out in her mind, was her mother dressing her up as the iconic Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra for Halloween of 1995. (You NEED to see that photo! Check out her Insta) She took out one, velvety, olive-green, and one starry-blue eye shadow. She was mesmerized. After raiding the makeup drawer, her Grandmother gave Izzy her first lipstick, a cheerful coral in a small embroidered box.
Makeup became something truly magical. Izzy would carefully watch her mother in the bathroom mirror getting ready for the evening, in awe of the perfect charcoal lines she would draw around her eyes—a mysterious and captivating ritual. Later in life, her own image would become another medium for self-expression. She also became involved with theater, wanting to perform. However, she often found herself behind the scenes designing for characters and applying makeup. Her interest in pursuing a career in Cosmetology was sparked by a love of cinema and theater, the fierceness it gave the women in her life, and the way incandescent chameleons like David Bowie could create a hurricane of presence with a look. But nothing moves her more in what she does than helping other women see the beauty that has always been there. She hopes she can inspire a little magic for them, too.
Naughty Bettie Associate Camerin Munce
Business Manager Christine Gribble
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An exclusive online community for women supporting women.
Vodka welcome. Vulnerability encouraged. You've probably seen posts, read the comments and heard statements like, "Selfies are so vain," "Why does she take so many pictures of herself?" "Who does she think she is?" *THIS IS WHERE WE WAVE A GIANT RED FLAG IN THE AIR AND SAY, UH-UH, SISTER. NOT HAPPENING ON MY WATCH.* In a society that puts a camera in every hand but is quick to shame the selfie, our mission is to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression. So help me vodka. Fact. (<-- Said in the voice of Dwight from The Office) A Squad is a collective whose parts make a whole, complicated, dimensional, and beautiful. Raise yo' hand if you've ever been steamrolled by that nasty little two-headed shit-monster, JUDGEMENT. *wipes sweat from your brow* *prepares you to go back in the ring* Yea us too. All of the sudden all the amazing parts that make you whole are dissected and judged leaving a big gaping whole in your soul. But the thing is you aren’t parts. You are a totally BETTIE. The whole package. A real fucking human being. And we need you. Because although we are occasionally outspoken and often brave, sometimes we need the stiff hand of a righteous Bettie to pull us through our self-sabotaging shit. *Quietly raises hand* We are perfectly flawed and have created this community for our friends, acquaintances and companions. For love, because always for love. This is a place for women to discuss, and find support, re body positivity and female empowerment. Please feel free to share resources, get support, post something you’ve found inspirational, or just chat with someone who understands what you’re going through. SquadBettie stands for Fempowerment, true acceptance, and building a supportive community. A true Bettie builds women up instead of bringing them down.