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Windy City Burlesque Festival Thursday night show

We’ve made it to June!  And June means only one thing: The Windy City Burlesque Festival.  Full disclosure:  I’m on the production team for WCBF.  I coordinate all the volunteers, including the photography and videography staff.  That doesn’t stop me from deciding, last-minute, in addition to all the other things I’m doing the week of the festival, to jump in and also shoot the Thursday night show.

The festival typically runs Wednesday through Saturday, which means that my schedule looked a little bit like:

Wednesday: Assist Trixie Sparx with her act.


Friday: Shoot the 8pm show, appear in Vallery Dolls’ act in the 10pm show.

Saturday: Perform my solo (and the V! group act) in the 8pm show, shoot the 10pm show.

And yet, somehow, I decided that I just couldn’t do nothing on Thursday.  So here we are.


Auralie Wilde at WCBF 2016We already had a photographer for this particular show (in fact, we had two) so I forewent sitting in the house and climbed up to the balconies overlooking the sides of the stage.  Auralie Wilde, from Iowa, is a stunning aerialist and all-around bendy, wonderful human.


Marie Curieosity at WCBF 2016Marie Curieosity is a Chicago-based performer, specializing in Nerdlesque.  She was one of our featured performers for the night.


Titty Perkins at WCBF 2016I’m sure you recognize Titty Perkins from my past posts by now…


Dahlia D'Luxe at WCBF 2016I got to see Dahlia D’Luxe perform this act at the Michigan Burlesque festival in 2015.  It always helps to have seen an act before I photograph it, but most of the time, I don’t have that luxury, particularly in festivals when most performers are from out of town.

 Audrey Deluxe at WCBF 2016

Last but not least, Audrey Deluxe, our headliner from New Orleans, closed out the  show with her beautiful floral gown.

Stay tuned for WCBF Friday and Saturday night, coming soon!




Poppy Le'Pousse and her flamingoes

Chicago burlesque performer Poppy Le’Pousse

We’re starting to catch up here.  Slowly.  This shoot with Chicago Burlesque performer and Vaudezilla student Poppy Le’Pousse happened in May of 2016.  (When I started trying to play catch up, I was a full year behind!)  Poppy Le'Pousse and her flamingoesPoppy, Titty Perkins, and Shimmy LaRoux joined me on an afternoon in May for one of my infamous studio days.  It’s not often that I get to rent studio lights, so when I get them, I make the most of the time I have.  Lucky for me, Poppy had made this costume for Ms. Mister Junior’s 4.20 “Green Queen” burlesque show, and it was too beautiful not to photograph.  She surprised me with the flamingos, which added just the right amount of whimsy.


Poppy Le'Pousse and her flamingoes


Poppy Le'Pousse and her flamingoes


Poppy Le'Pousse and her flamingoesFor this shoot, Poppy’s hair and makeup were done by Alexandra O’Neal with Fix Hair Chicago.





California burlesque performer Starryola

Next up in my “woefully behind” series, Santa Cruz, California-based burlesque performer Starryola.

StarryolaIt’s been so long since we shot these images, Starryola still lived in Chicago when we did.  If I recall correctly, this was the first model shoot she did.  If you check out her Facebook Page, you’ll see that she’s got some really fantastic newer work there too!


StarryolaThe aesthetic we were working with in this shoot was sort of a punk-pinup fusion.  She wanted to acknowledge her rougher, rock-n-roll side, while still getting images that were dynamic and beautiful.




StarryolaI think this one looks like the cover of an album, don’t you?


Titty Perkins in Taissa Lada cocktail hat.

Taissa Lada hat shoot

Continuing the theme of being terribly behind on updating this blog… this week, we have a VERY overdue selection of images from a shoot for Taissa Lada Designs.

Titty Perkins in Taissa Lada hatThe model for this shoot is Vaudezilla’s Titty Perkins.  She is sponsored by Taissa Lada, and gets all kinds of beautiful new headpieces and cocktail hats for her modeling and performances, in exchange for images like these.


Titty Perkins in Taissa Lada cocktail hat.Fun fact: You may be wondering “what IS that background?”  It’s the back of the large mylar mirrors at Vaudezilla’s studio space.  Shortly before this shoot, the supports for my seamless backdrop broke, so we had to get a bit inventive with what we used as a background.  I wanted something that was somewhat unobtrusive, without resorting to using the studio’s own purple walls.  They look a little industrial, and I like that!


Titty Perkins in Taissa Lada cocktail hat.