Come as You Are

What if you could come just to the studio for your session… as you are?amr_3200_bw-5

Sleep in that day. After a long shower, the kind where you just stand there in no particular hurry and let the water just run all over you. Drain the hot water tank until you are in a thick cloud of rolling steam! When you push the curtain to the side, stroll out like a super-star emerging from the fog at a rock concert. Cover your body in your favorite body cream or baby soft powder. Leisurely dress in your soft cotton tank, over-sized sweater and favorite faded jeans. Welcome your curves to spill and remain soft and pliable. Pile a love-worn scarf loosely around your neck and shoulders and slip on leather loafers.amr_3295_hh-9

Go out and start your car well before you intend to leave so it’s too warm when you head out and you have to crack the window as you start down the road. (My favorite scenario is when the heat in the car is unbearably blasting and I open the sun roof when it’s snowing!) Your favorite mug in hand, the one that molds to your hands and warms your heart, you breathe it in deep and turn on music. Drive like a tourist. Notice the interesting architecture and natural landscape of the neighborhood you usually speed through.amr_3196_bw-4

When you arrive in our space, you’ll smell coffee and hear laughter. Your time with us will follow the natural path of self care that you’ve already started.

Your session is just that, yours. You. Not always a dressed up, cinched in and painted version. Rather, soft, natural, relaxed and unfettered. I know this kind of session speaks more to me where I am at this moment in my life. Maybe it speaks to you as well.

I’d love to here your thoughts. Begin Here <3

It’s a Fashion Takeover!

Psst! Hey, you.  Yea, you! Did you hear the latest dish with what’s going on at The Hot Tomato Studio this month?  Ohhhh girlfriend, let me tell you. Have you ever wanted to have your very own personal wardrobe stylist but never thought you could afford something like that? Or HECK, like there would ever be someone like that here in the Mid-Ohio Valley?  Well do we have a treat for you! There IS a personal wardrobe stylist in the area.

This month The Hot Tomato Studio is going to have yours truly, Courtney Smith of Ran.dom.o.si.ty 7.4.0 here teaching you how to purposefully layer your clothing so you can feel like a fashionista and look like a pro.  I’ve taken over the Hot Tomato blog today just so I can deliver this message straight to your inbox! You’ll have the chance to practice what I teach you and be able to ask me anything you want to know about perfecting your style.

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As if it couldn’t get any better, you’ll get to enjoy a social hour where we lavish you with drinks and snacks so you can get to know me, the stylist better and tour the space if you’ve never been there before.  We’ll share laughs and maybe even have a little dance party! Who knows what could happen when you get a group of women in one space together.

During the second half of the workshop you’ll learn how to mix patterns.  Let’s face it, that is a whole art form all on its own and I’m going to give you the best tips and tricks so you’ll possess the “know-how” when it comes to spicing up your style.

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I want to make sure you get as much as you can out of this workshop, so if you want to bring a piece of clothing that you’ve had a hard time figuring out how to wear or what to pair it with, BRING IT!  I’m here to teach you how to feel confident in the clothing that you wear.

We’re booking in advance and this workshop is $30.00 per person.  The workshop is on Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  There are only 10 spots available and we’re already starting to fill up.  Click on this link to sign up.  You can pay with PayPal or send a check to reserve your spot (private message me on the facebook link for my mailing address).  There will be no refunds available but you can transfer your ticket to someone else or wait for the next workshop and it will save your spot for next time.    If you don’t already follow me on social media, I’m on facebook and instagram as randomosity740.  Don’t have social media?  I also have a website where you can learn more about me at www.randomosity740.com.  Hope to see you there and bring your friends!  Can’t wait to meet you :)

~Courtney Smith~

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You and Me, Sister!

Sometimes it’s tough to justify booking a day to pamper yourself. “Oohh, look at me, I went and got all sexified and had a luxurious day to myself!” *Your friends hate you already. Not really. But sorta ;)

HOWEVER, you totally want that for your friends, right? BUT, it’s kinda weird to be like “Here, you go and do this fabulous thing and look all gorgeous and I’ll be over here super happy for you.” Yeah, your heart was in the right place but…Awkward!

Wouldn’t it be swell if you both got to do something glamorous AND and do a little good in your community? Read on. We have a solution!

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The Guide to Getting Over It and Booking Your Hot Tomato Portrait Session

We totally get it! For some women it is hard to take the leap to do a Hot Tomato Session. Most women feel nervous, don’t have a clue what to wear or are concerned about spending the money. Here is a definitive guide to getting over it and getting your session on the books!

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I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO POSE! – Neither did most of our other clients. No one walks in the door a pro – we coach you the entire way through your session from your face all the way down to your toes. 

I AM NOT PHOTOGENIC –Our photographers have spent hours studying peoples faces, learning about lighting and shooting other women who said they were not photogenic. You are in good hands. We guarantee you will love your portraits. 

I WOULD BE TOO NERVOUS – Girlllllllll! Most women are nervous before their session. If you are so inclined we will serve you a lovely beverage – then we will plop you down in hair and make-up in the very capable hands of only the best make-up artists in the area. These gals are super sweet and have a tendency to really put women at ease. For those of you that are super nervous – your jitters will be no match for AWESOME ROBERTS – our photographer has a super power – instant relaxation. I am not kidding. Her dad was that guy who could pick up a crying baby and it would instantly stop – she inherited a mutated gene and her calming ability works on nervous/half naked women. 

I CANNOT DO MY HAIR OR MAKE-UP TO SAVE MY LIFE – We only work with the areas best hair and make-up artists. They know all the ins and outs so you don’t have too. Rosacea? No problem. Acne or scaring – they have you covered. They can do a super natural look or transform you into a glam version of you. You know, you, only with smokey eyes and dramatic lashes!

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I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR OR NO CLUE WHAT TO WEAR – We start talking about what to wear right away! At your consultation. you can try on items in our wardrobe to supplement yours. We help you get the perfect fit and perfect look. We even offer personal shopping. That’s right – too busy to shop? We have you covered!

I AM NOT REALLY A LINGERIE GAL – That is ok! There are a lot of  different directions you can go! Maybe you don’t want boudoir -maybe you just want some great portraits celebrating you! Or maybe you look adorable in boy shorts and a tank top? Maybe your favorite t-shirt, your glasses and some knee socks. Maybe bare feet, favorite dress and loads of fresh flowers! You don’t have to get half nekkid or wear clothes that don’t feel authentic to have an amazing portrait session.

MY IDEA OF SEXY IS A LITTLE OFF THE WALLYeah, mine too! Read this. Also – we love that about you! If you can tell us a little bit what titillates you we can make a session happen. Is sleeping in your lovers hoodie what really does it for you? Maybe you feel sexiest in your riding clothes. Maybe your idea of sexy is dark and quiet or your sweetie really loves your knees!  Tell us a bit about it – we will create a portrait experience that will make you and your honey weak in the knees!

“I love that these women helped me to embrace what I am, and did not try to make me into what others may think that I “should” be. Nerdiness, stretch marks, insecurities, playfulness, sexiness, intelligence… I see all of me in my Hot Tomato photos, and I love her.” -FB

I AM PRETTY MODEST, I LOVE THE IDEA OF BEING PAMPERED AND HAVING A PORTRAIT SESSION CELEBRATING ME DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT? We definitely do. We call it our “Pamper Session”. Imagine you, your best dress or three and an afternoon of pampering and being catered to. Champagne, the areas best hair and make-up artists, expert posing and tons of laughs! This is the perfect session to book with a best friend, mom, sister or all of the above! Your portraits make the perfect heirloom, gift or memento of that time you totally took amazing care of your self and scheduled a Hot Tomato Portrait Session. 

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I AM SINGLE OR DON’T HAVE ANYONE TO GIFT PORTRAITS TO: I am going to tell you a secret – women often book with us because they want to give their sweetie a thoughtful gift – those very same women will tell you that their portrait session ended up being more of a gift to themselves. True story. You deserve this. 

I AM REALLY PRIVATE AND DON’T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW I AM BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY HOT TOMATO OR SEE MY PHOTOS – What happens at the studio, stays at the studio. We are really protective of our clients privacy. We don’t reveal who we have worked with unless we have permission. We NEVER share your images with anyone. Ever. Our building is discreet and there are other businesses in there that you COULD be visiting. No one has to know unless you tell them.

I NEED TO LOSE (INSERT RANDOM NUMBER HERE) POUNDS – We firmly believe that sexy has nothing to with a number on the scale. We photograph women of all shapes and sizes. We are trained to accentuate the parts of your body you love and to minimize the parts of your body you have yet to embrace. That being said, if you aren’t ready, you aren’t ready. But if you can’t love yourself at the weight you are at now, you won’t love yourself when you weigh less. 

“The girls at Hot Tomato made me feel absolutely gorgeous when I was at a very low spot in my life. They pointed out so many positive things about my body when I was stuck focusing on the things I didn’t like about myself. They accepted every inch of me and made me feel amazing!! Every one of them has a heart of gold—and a passion for what they do.” -JM

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I AM NOT SURE I CAN SWING THE COST: We totally get it – and we know our sessions seem expensive – but trust us – our clients think they are priceless. We want every single woman on the planet to be able to celebrate themselves with a Hot Tomato Portrait Session so we have a payment plan that seriously can fit any budget. We go over this at your consultation – but basically it works like a lay away and there is no finance charge. Once your session is paid off – you get your products. 

We’ve answered all your questions. Your next step?  Fill out the form below. There is no obligation, no pressure, just information and probably a new group of friends. Even if you aren’t ready to book your shoot today, we would love to get to know you. Fill out this form

Sparkly Ladies Night

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It is almost that time! Sparkly Ladies Night! And this year the sparkly torch is being passed from the amazing Nikki Butler to Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy! You heard that right! With the help of Nikki, Hot Tomato is transitioning to hosting one of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s best kept secrets,  Sparkly Ladies Night!

We have been planning since July and are super excited to welcome the women of Marietta and Parkersburg to our annual event! What exactly is a Sparkly Ladies Party? According to Nikki Butler, our founder, “It is an excuse to don our sparkliest apparel and accessories, sip signature cocktails, nibble great food, dance and mingle with our fabulous lady friends—all while touting the talents of our region.”

The Sparkly Ladies Night party started as a party that Nikki threw for her closest friends, and over the years it has grown into one Marietta’s biggest events no one has ever heard of! We think it is the perfect way to kick off party season and celebrate our closest gals.

This year we will be changing locations to better accommodate our crowd as this party has steadily grown and last year was a touch crowded! The River Town Grille located at 10 Tiber Way in Marietta is beyond excited to be our hosts this year and ladies, we are taking over the entire place, Speakeasy style! We will be channeling our inner flapper girls and the era of prohibition. Don’t worry we will share the “password” for entry with you when you receive your ticket!

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No special dress (beyond Sparkles) is required but if you feel inspired by the fashions of the roaring 20’s prohibition era we won’t complain! Think flapper girl, Great Gatsby or the tail end of Downton Abbey! Check out this post for more info on choosing 1920’s inspired fashions, make-up and hair.

As usual there will be hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, sweets, fun prizes and every attendee receives a swag bag full of goodies!

Check out and share the event on facebook!

Last year, we welcomed DJ Courtney Alden from Boogie Shoes Productions and she will be back by popular demand, so bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets are now on sale! Early Bird pricing is $35 until November 21st. There will only be 100 tickets sold and when they are gone, they are gone! You must be 21 to attend.

We sold out last year and expect to sell out again this year so purchase your tickets early!
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We have many lovely event sponsors who make this event amazing – and we will be adding more sponsors as we hear back from previous years sponsors. We are still accepting sponsors who would like to donate a prize, sponsor a station or add some sparkle in another way, just drop us a line and will give you the details!

Here is a listing of current sponsors:

Nikki Butler Design

Signality

Teri Ann’s

Jewelry Buyers of Vienna

Heirloom Finds

Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy

Roberts Family Photography

Little Black Dress Events

Courtney Smith – Randomosity 740

Copper Leaf

Baker and Baker Jewelers

Lauren Elaine Make-up

Great Face Artistry

Jessica Kufel Make-up

The Hair Hippie