We laughed, we cried, we ate cake.

When Latesha Lipscomb came to me with the idea for this event I couldn't have imagined it would turn out so perfect. POSH Innovative Event Management brought it to a whole new level. I could have sat with these women all night and didn't want the conversation to end! Latesha DOMINATED the panel discussion with her quick wit and dynamic personality and Mod Bettie Studio was picture perfect in the evening light. Thank you, THANK YOU to all those that poured their heart and souls out and trusted us with their (sometimes) breaking hearts. Your bravery shined through and I haven't stopped thinking about each and every one of you.  

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Thank you, THANK YOU Hayley Sikorsi for the

AMAZING images from the night!

THANK YOU

Grand Rapids first Body Positivity & Empowerment Event!

Hey ladies! Elise here, I want to say a HUGE thank you for all the support and excitement surrounding this event. The outpouring of comments and messages has me all like, "Why the heck didn't we do this sooner!?" Mod Bettie's mission has and always will be,

...to empower women by creating a safe and supportive environment for female self-expression.

And that's exactly what we're doing. Offering a safe space to share your failures and successes, your goals and your game plan. My journey to self acceptance and self love has been a long and messy one but it brought me here, to this place where I can use my tools show women they are confident, beautiful and brave.

LET THEM EAT CAKE

 promises to be a convening of fierce and fabulous #bopobabes across West Michigan. Cupcakes, cocktails and much conversation around adopting a more forgiving and affirmative attitude toward our bodies. Let's help each other better understand how to build self esteem through improving ones self-image.


 Won't you join us?! We will have a ton of surprises and sweet treats to eat and not a single soul will be judging you!

LET THEM EAT CAKE!

Thursday, June 8th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Tickets will sell out so snag them below NOW!

We have some amazing local leading ladies that will share their stories on how self-love can improve your overall health and well being!

THE PANEL

Click on their photo and check out their websites.

Lydia

Creative Team Lead at Meijer and Founder of the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival and The Bandit Zine

Jenna

Owner of Amore Trattoria

Sha

Owner of Fashion Assassins Plustique

Latesha

Owner of I Got Face- Cosmetic Concierge

Paloma

Owner of Pure Vanity Salon

Krystle

Owner of Tailor Made Bridal

Tiffany

Owner of Tiffany Eden Design

Elise

Owner and Photographer at Mod Bettie Portrait Boutique

Elizabeth

Owner of Posh Petals

Sara

Owner of Shefit Apparel

LET THEM EAT CAKE - A BODY POSITIVITY CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN

Photo Journal and Empowerment Event

Thursday, June 8th 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Join us for an evening of cocktails, cupcakes and conversations about Body Positivity. There will be a panel discussion, vendor tables, pop-up shops and special giveaways. 

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We encourage you to arrive picture perfect in a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and empowered.

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Tell a friend to tell a friend...its a gathering for the girl bosses and you all are invited!

Mod Bettie Portrait Studio

1111 Godfrey Ave. SW

4th Floor Suite 440

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

***Panelist Annoucements and vendor info coming soon!

OMG My Mother Was Right About Everything.

Like Mother

Like Daughter.

Join us in the studio for our Mom & Me Mini Bettie ONE day only!

You're NEVER too old to play dress up!

Mom & Daughter.
One day to remember forever.

There’s nothing more soul-satisfying than
a little quality time with mom. It’s all about
showing her how beautiful she is through
your eyes, and having a whole heckuva
lot of fun along the way. If dressing up is
wrong, we never, ever want to be right.

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH

ONLY 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE!

$350 Session Includes:

Two Outfits Each
5 Retouched Digital Images
Professional Hair and Makeup for 2 (Additional little girls are $50 each)
Access to Props and Wardrobe (*Limited sizes and styles available for the girls but PLENTY for mom)
Expert Pose Coaching
20% off printed products

*Additional digital images available at an exclusive discounted rate of $50/each

 

Photography by 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.

Hair and Makeup by 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!

Follow us on Instagram!

Happy Seventeenth Birthday Megan & Alexandra

This one's a special one for me. These are my baby sisters.

Scratch that... were my baby sisters.

Would you believe me if I told you these girls never wear makeup and have never done anything like this before?

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Slow down little ones.

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Bartlett
1st Assistant and Behind the Scenes Video by Hayley Sikorski

Darling Danielle

This Bettie made a whole weekend out of her shoot! Both she and her husband made the drive from Detroit, got a hotel and explored GR. But not before getting GLAMMED!

Danielle was born to be a Bettie. Her pin curls and natural posing show us her outer pinup princess, but her effortless Marilyn laugh and perfect pout show her inner pinup at heart. Classic, cute, and cheeky, Danielle is the full pinup package. 

Eeeeek!

Who let the mouse in the house?

Hair and Makeup by Jennifer Bartlett
1st Assistant Hayley Sikorski

Laughter and Liz

Liz's high energy during the photoshoot was contagious. Her near-constant laughter made for some amazing photos and memories.

Liz totally rocked it. But, like every other person, she experienced some nerves. "The night before and that morning my brain started overthinking everything. They were pretty irrational things to be nervous about too..." Liz listed a bunch of potential disasters that ran through her mind.  "What if my face freezes and I can’t smile...What if Jen can’t transform me from dumpster homeless to movie star beautiful...What if I see a dog on my way to the studio and have to pet it so then I’m super late? None of these things happened- except petting the dog would have actually been cool."  

Liz totally rocked it. But, like every other person, she experienced some nerves.

"The night before and that morning my brain started overthinking everything. They were pretty irrational things to be nervous about too..." Liz listed a bunch of potential disasters that ran through her mind.  "What if my face freezes and I can’t smile...What if Jen can’t transform me from dumpster homeless to movie star beautiful...What if I see a dog on my way to the studio and have to pet it so then I’m super late? None of these things happened- except petting the dog would have actually been cool."

 

I asked Liz where she felt she felt she shined the most, and her response would make Tyra proud. "How do I say this without bragging? Even though some of the positions may have been uncomfortable (so much sticking my butt out!), it felt natural. I didn’t know this during the shoot but the photos looked like I had been a model my entire life. It was amazing!" - Liz You earned bragging rights, girl.

I asked Liz where she felt she felt she shined the most, and her response would make Tyra proud.

"How do I say this without bragging? Even though some of the positions may have been uncomfortable (so much sticking my butt out!), it felt natural. I didn’t know this during the shoot but the photos looked like I had been a model my entire life. It was amazing!" - Liz

You earned bragging rights, girl.

Despite Liz's sleepy start to the shoot, don't be fooled, she woke up like this. (FLAWLESS) "I was so sleepy in the beginning. Jen was doing my hair and makeup and I could have easily fallen asleep right in the chair. I woke up once the photoshoot actually started but then I was nervous and awkward. I felt like one of those little wooden mannequins that you move the limbs into different poses and no matter what the hand is always backwards. At the end I was also tired but in an “I rule the world and being this awesome is exhausting” way. The nerves broke and I transformed into Beyoncé." - Liz

Despite Liz's sleepy start to the shoot, don't be fooled, she woke up like this. (FLAWLESS)

"I was so sleepy in the beginning. Jen was doing my hair and makeup and I could have easily fallen asleep right in the chair. I woke up once the photoshoot actually started but then I was nervous and awkward. I felt like one of those little wooden mannequins that you move the limbs into different poses and no matter what the hand is always backwards.

At the end I was also tired but in an “I rule the world and being this awesome is exhausting” way. The nerves broke and I transformed into Beyoncé." - Liz

Liz couldn't pick just one thing she loved the most about her day with Mod Bettie. But, in her defense, we couldn't either. "The whole experience was a memory that I will never forget: dressing up, getting my H&MU done, hanging out with the awesome women at the studio, posing in cute and sexy positions, picking out the final images, seeing the edits, and receiving my album! And being the basic girl that I am, the likes and comments on Facebook/Instagram were pretty great too." - Liz

Liz couldn't pick just one thing she loved the most about her day with Mod Bettie. But, in her defense, we couldn't either.

"The whole experience was a memory that I will never forget: dressing up, getting my H&MU done, hanging out with the awesome women at the studio, posing in cute and sexy positions, picking out the final images, seeing the edits, and receiving my album! And being the basic girl that I am, the likes and comments on Facebook/Instagram were pretty great too." - Liz

Having Liz in the studio was the most fun you could possibly have at work, while still actually working. And we got some amazing photos out of what felt like just a laugh-filled girl date. "I was laughing the entire time. It felt like we were all lifelong friends hanging out and messing around. None of my laughs or smiles felt forced- my serious look is another story!" - Liz

Having Liz in the studio was the most fun you could possibly have at work, while still actually working. And we got some amazing photos out of what felt like just a laugh-filled girl date.

"I was laughing the entire time. It felt like we were all lifelong friends hanging out and messing around. None of my laughs or smiles felt forced- my serious look is another story!" - Liz

"I wish I could share the entire experience with every female! A photoshoot like that is a must on every woman’s bucket list. I don’t know how to thank Elise, Jen, and Hayley enough! <3" - Liz You heard her, ladies!         

"I wish I could share the entire experience with every female! A photoshoot like that is a must on every woman’s bucket list. I don’t know how to thank Elise, Jen, and Hayley enough! <3" - Liz

You heard her, ladies! 

 

 

 

 

The Lovely Ana

Ana is a two-time Bettie! Her first time taking the leap showed her a new-found inner confidence and a love for self-love, and she came back for another go! After Ana's second time around with Mod Bettie I got to ask her a few questions about the day and she filled me in on her take on the experience. Here's what she had to say!

Ana spoke on her thoughts before her first shoot, saying she had no idea what to expect.  "My biggest struggle I had to overcome was I had to believe in myself. I had very little self-confidence coming into the studio, and that’s what I feel I gained after leaving." - Ana

Ana spoke on her thoughts before her first shoot, saying she had no idea what to expect. 

"My biggest struggle I had to overcome was I had to believe in myself. I had very little self-confidence coming into the studio, and that’s what I feel I gained after leaving." - Ana

Nerves fly out the window when our girl squad starts doing their thing.  "Jennifer playing dress up in the background and Elise’s enthusiasm with my shoot definitely made me giggle at times."  - Ana

Nerves fly out the window when our girl squad starts doing their thing. 

"Jennifer playing dress up in the background and Elise’s enthusiasm with my shoot definitely made me giggle at times."  - Ana

Mod Bettie has a way of helping every girl realize just how gorgeous she is and feel comfortable in her own unique skin. Ana was no exception. "I remember trying to feel and look sexy and confident, and it really showed when Elise reveled my pictures to me. I’ll never forget how I felt when she first showed them to me. I couldn’t even believe it was myself that I was looking at."  - Ana

Mod Bettie has a way of helping every girl realize just how gorgeous she is and feel comfortable in her own unique skin. Ana was no exception.

"I remember trying to feel and look sexy and confident, and it really showed when Elise reveled my pictures to me. I’ll never forget how I felt when she first showed them to me. I couldn’t even believe it was myself that I was looking at."  - Ana

When I asked Ana where she felt she shined most, she said exactly what we were all thinking. " I love playing dress up, so I felt good in everything we decided I would wear. I feel like I rocked the outfits." - Ana

When I asked Ana where she felt she shined most, she said exactly what we were all thinking.

" I love playing dress up, so I felt good in everything we decided I would wear. I feel like I rocked the outfits." - Ana

Ana took a leap putting herself out there with Mod Bettie, but it was one she'll forever be glad she took. "I was beyond nervous when I first started my shoot! By the end I was super glad I took the chance and pushed myself to do something I never imagined even doing." - Ana

Ana took a leap putting herself out there with Mod Bettie, but it was one she'll forever be glad she took.

"I was beyond nervous when I first started my shoot! By the end I was super glad I took the chance and pushed myself to do something I never imagined even doing." - Ana

Ana was a pleasure to work with, and we're so glad we got to do so TWICE! Ana owns the room and can't help but draw admiration from everyone around. It's safe to say she's something of a muse for us at Mod Bettie. Thanks for gracing us with your presence, Ana! "Elise, Jennifer, and Hayley made me feel beautiful and confident. I really feel like doing these shoots have helped me love life as well as open up more. I never ever thought I'd do something like this until I drank a bit of wine and stumbled upon the Mod Bettie site and decided to email Elise (haha). I'm glad I did. My first shoot was so awesome I decided to go back a second time!" - Ana

Ana was a pleasure to work with, and we're so glad we got to do so TWICE! Ana owns the room and can't help but draw admiration from everyone around. It's safe to say she's something of a muse for us at Mod Bettie. Thanks for gracing us with your presence, Ana!

"Elise, Jennifer, and Hayley made me feel beautiful and confident. I really feel like doing these shoots have helped me love life as well as open up more. I never ever thought I'd do something like this until I drank a bit of wine and stumbled upon the Mod Bettie site and decided to email Elise (haha). I'm glad I did. My first shoot was so awesome I decided to go back a second time!" - Ana

Classic Pin Up

Thought I should share this gem that our very own Hair and Makeup artist Jennifer Bartlet cooked up for you before the Pin Up show tomorrow night!

Pin-Ups on Tour: Operation Grand Rapids
Thursday, June 30, 2016
HOME at the BOB
Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm

More info, Ticket information & full list of tour dates at www.pinupsontour.com

Happy Mother's Day!

Oh hello, darling.

I'm Elise!

I am a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago 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. 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. Join me in a movement to #existinphotos.

This is Victoria and her two loves. A fellow mompreneur and the fierce talent behind the fabulous tulle skirts that we just love styling in our shoots!

Meadow.

Winner of her school spelling bee, this fifth grader placed 6th at the Grand Rapids regionals competing against middle-schoolers! She's incredibly smart and beautiful both inside and out.

Alivia.

This sassy third grader might just say see ya fourth grade and go right on to fifth! No seriously, skip that grade! She will also be joining her sister in their very first 5k at Girls on the Run in a couple weeks. 

Hair and Makeup byJennifer Bartlett.

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