Here is what some of our past Hot Tomatoes have to say about their experience with us:
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. –Franci
It started as a gift for him, and ended up being one of the best experiences of my life! I never felt more beautiful, sexy or confident than when I put myself in these amazing women’s very capable hands! I was on cloud nine for months, and after I got my pictures I was amazed that THAT was me! Trust me….you deserve this! – Raquel
I didn’t think it would change me… And it did. The experience itself was great… Being pampered and dressed and loved and viewed in a new way. ..Then a bit later I went to go look at the proofs. Jesse and I gabbed and then she brought out that little black box… You know the one. It was full of me. I mean, yes it was pictures of me.. but the pictures captured an essence of me that normally is not captured. There’s a picture of me with my eyes closed… Head tilted just so… I know exactly what I’m thinking and when I showed him the picture he knew too. I love how I look in the pictures.. but even more I love how I feel in the pictures. The ladies have a way of bringing out the heart of you, that’s for sure. – Deb
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. –Jenna
Oh yeah baby – best day — ever!!!! Most empowering thing I have ever done! Puts bungee jumping lower on the list of fantastic things I have done!!! –Amy
No amount of thanks can ever truly express how I feel about what’s been given to me by the experiences with Jesse Hyde and Andi Roberts with the Hot Tomato Pinup Academy. For years I have struggled with my self image, I have always felt outcast, too fat, not pretty enough, too “out there.” The first time I went for a photo session I was met with a wonderful environment, and inspirational conversation. I felt empowered while Valerie expertly applied my make up. I thought “this isn’t so bad”. When it was time for me to dress for the photos, I was a little nervous to don the corset and skirts and fishnets, but you only live once. As I took that fist step out of the dressing room, I was met with silence. Then, the fury of flashes began and soon I was sinking into a world of pinup vowels and poses.
A few months later I saw the opportunity to go for another shoot. This time I wanted to recreate a more iconic scene. Never have I been more pleased with a photo, and total strangers have complimented the artistic talents of these women. Rosie the Riveted now adorns the wall.
Most recently I went back a third time. I wanted to show another part of me that loves leopard print and big hair. I stepped out of the dressing room again to sheer silence. I won’t lie, the skirt was form fitting, and I prepared myself to hear the familiar chants of being fat, ugly, and questioned what was I thinking. Instead, squeals of joy roared, I was told I looked beautiful, and when the pictures came back, they were right. I am beautiful, I’m not too fat, and rather than being an out cast, I’m casting out all doubt. I openly encourage all women to take a lesson from the Hot Tomato Pinup Academy. – Rachel H.
I highly recommend the Hot Tomato Pin Up Academy to ALL my friends! ~Amy