Hot Tomato Portraits has been planning a dark, witchy collaboration with our pals at local bad-girl salon Yahss Claws and Cuts for almost a year! We planned outfits, propping and mood – all leaning a bit to the wicked side. We knew we wanted fall colors – and I don’t like to “do it in Read More
The photo above is me with my gals (minus Jesse Hyde), my crew, my Hot Tomato tribe at Sparkly Ladies Night 2019. You may not understand how remarkable this photo is without understanding where I come from. So let me give you my “why”. My high school years were a bit miserable. I had fallen Read More
Today is another lesson on what to wear for your Hot Tomato Portraits Session. We get so many questions about clothing from our clients and rightly so – it can so confusing and overwhelming to choose just the right outfit! This is a case of “Less is More”. Ms. M had the most gorgeous, auburn curls Read More
“But I am not a lingerie kind girl. What do I wear?” At Hot Tomato we hear some variation of that statement pretty regularly. Turns out, tons of women are not “lingerie kinda gals”, me included. Here’s the thing, that is totally ok. We don’t want you to be someone you aren’t for your session Read More
A portrait session with Hot Tomato is an investment in you and we want you to make the most of the time you spend with us. You invest your time finding just the right outfits for your session, AND you invest your time in talking to us and meeting with us to plan your session Read More
This post is an old one I started but never shared on the blog. I need you all to know more about my why, what makes me tick and my path to being a woman that works to empower other women. xoxoxo Andi I ordered a couple of bikini’s from Forever21 Plus last week. I Read More
Sometimes the most interesting women walk into my world and my Marietta, Ohio boudoir studio. This session was one of those days. This was less of a boudoir session and more of a personal branding session or as we like to call it – A Black Label Session. Early this Spring we invited several local Read More
There’s no better backdrop than swaying trees and wild flowers and no better lighting than the setting sunshine. Hot Tomato is offering another small handful of these private, woodland boudoir sessions. This private property offers scenery such as deep forest, pond, open field, cast iron tub and cabin front. We will have a full team on Read More
“Stella, I’m 37. What a completely lame age to be.” I said out loud to my golden retriever this morning as I slurped shrimp-flavored ramen for breakfast at 11:15am.
I stayed up really late last night migrating images from my personal Instagram with the business name to a business Instagram with the business name per the instruction of my cousin slash best friend slash marketing consultant, Rachel Hyde. She thinks my personal life is too tied up in the business and it’s difficult for first-time clients to navigate the social media platforms. She’s right.
So, to completely defy all reason, I have decided to use this particular platform to … tell a completely hypothetical story about something that could happen to anyone (it’s totally about me.)
A stand-out, sure fire way to tell that you’re plummeting into the depths of mid-life crisis is looking in the mirror to find that the head of hair that frames your face is grey. NOT the natural kind that you get from living a pure and decent life but a grey that started out grey but was covered up with brown followed by a more striking black, stripped down to a ginger color, tortured into an ashish blond, covered in royal purple, faded to a yellowish lavender, bleached of all remaining dignity and strength, tapped, foiled and woven into a frenzy, coaxed back into a periwinkle color and finally DYED grey for the low, low price of roughly $1,300. THAT is when you re-evaluate your beauty standards. And your life. Read More
It’s only a matter of time. I actually fear it. The day that I walk into a room and no one takes notice. I am a woman who doesn’t mind being looked at. I wear my emotions, ideals, convictions and intentions on my tattooed sleeves…and statement necklaces, ripped jeans, scarves, dangly earrings, big hats and Read More