About Raven

About Raven Gemini


Raven Gemini (that’s me!) is Chicago’s original burlesque-dancing photographer.

My interest in photography started when I was about 10, running around the northern Michigan woods with my Kodak Cameo 110 camera taking out-of-focus photos of bees and wild daisies.  I continued to play with cameras as a hobby until 2012, when a chance trip to Tennessee with Red Hot Annie gave me the opportunity to shoot my first burlesque show.  I had already been performing burlesque for a year, but shooting my first live show was a magical experience.

Copyright 2012 Warren Perlstein Photography LLC

Not an accurate representation of my typical camera gear

Since that first burlesque show, I’ve photographed numerous performances, including the Windy City Burlesque Festival, and I specialize in extraordinary lifestyle portraits and performance photography.

When I’m not photographing showgirls, actors, musicians, or you(!), you can probably find me:

  • At my favorite coffee shop, lingering over a mocha
  • Contributing to my lifestyle/fashion blog, Revisionist Vintage
  • Sewing the next funky contribution to my wardrobe, usually while watching reruns of Match Game ’78
  • Rehearsing and teaching burlesque and fan dancing with Vaudezilla
  • Cuddling my kitty, Sinatra


Seriously, he’s pretty cuddly.

Last but certainly not least, if you’re here and you’ve read this far, thank you!  Maybe you’d like to become a fan or follow me on Instagram for all the backstage, behind-the-scenes madness that accompanies me wherever I go?  I promise I read everything you send my way, and I’ll do my best to respond.  Thanks a bunch, and I’ll see you on the flip side!

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