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
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.
Meet Hair and Makeup Artist Jennifer Bartlett
With music and fashion the pinnacle of Jennifer's inspiration, her art in makeup and hair continuously evolves with time. Ranging from cutting edge, modern styles to the classic vision of true femininity, she aspires to reach every dynamic possible to offer a vision unique to each look.
It all began in middle school when Jennifer’s desire to stand out from the crowd drove her to find her creativity in the world of beauty. Amongst her time on stage and behind the camera from childhood and through college, she developed her craft in makeup and hairstyling and received her cosmetology license in 2009. These days, she spends her time not only in the salon but also traveling around the state to enhance the beauty of her clients. She has a feverish desire to share her passion of music with her band and in her spare time, you can usually find her drooling over popcorn and puppies or writing music with her husband.
Jennifer loves social media! Feel free to follow along and send her some love!
Videographer/ Blogger/ Photographer
Meet Hayley Sikorski
Hayley is a photography graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design. Drawing most of her inspiration from fashion and cinema (especially retro) she pays close attention to detail, narrative, and authenticity in her work. That goes for the selfies she takes with her cats, too. And when she’s not holding a camera or a cat, she’s probably binge-watching some cheesy-yet-addictive TV show. Her talents include: marginally cool tricks using a hula hoop, memorizing movie monologues (and never failing to recite them at parties) and ALWAYS winning a game of Six Degrees of Separation… (also mostly at parties. Sorry, not sorry.)
At a young age, Hayley was exposed to the great pin-up artists like Gil Elvgren and Peter Driben, and also to some of her very first role models, Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe. It started with collages of ripped out pages from pin-up magazines and books, taped on her bedroom wall, each piece picked and placed carefully. And now, Hayley works at Mod Bettie, a portrait boutique specializing in pin-up, and always channeling that passion she had putting those collages together a decade before, carefully picking and placing still, but now with real-life amazing, beautiful, inspiring women. Finding Mod Bettie felt like more than a dream come true for Hayley. It felt like destiny.
Event Coordinator/ #Squadbettie Admin
Meet 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 pinup 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 pinup 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.
Troupe website: www.FrivolousFollies.com
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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.