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?


Mz. Mister Junior

Vaudezilla Burlesque 1.23

Can you believe it’s been almost a year since I updated my portfolio?

I’ve still been shooting, of course, but I haven’t had internet access in my house since February, so I got quite lax in updating my blogs.  The last shoot I documented was a party at the I/O Godfrey Hotel, so I’ll be hanging out trying to catch you up on what I did in 2016.

Hot Lunch and Red Hot Annie

Hard to believe, but this was our improv show last JANUARY.  Vaudezilla is on break for the holidays, but will be coming back to Stage773 in a month with this very same theme.

Zara Estelle

Shirley Blazen

Trixie Sparx

Vallery Dolls

Andrea Varela

So many things have changed with the troupe since I shot these images.  And so many performers have grown and developed.  And I’ve grown and developed as a photographer right along side them.  But I’m sure we’ll see all of that as we move through the next several posts.


Chicago burlesque performer Vayda Rhynstone

Vayda Rhynstone

Previously, I posted about a job I did for fellow local Chicago burlesque performer Vayda Rhynstone when she put together a pin-up tea party at The Allis Chicago.  While I still had access to the rented studio equipment that I used for Vaudezilla’s promotional headshots, I also set up a few private shoots, and Vayda was the first to sign up!

Chicago burlesque performer Vayda Rhynstone Vayda was a student of Studio L’Amour, and you can tell by the way she innately knows how to pose.  Studio L’Amour focuses their classes on knowing the right shapes and movements to flatter and accentuate each performer’s individual assets.

Also of note:  I initially thought, when she came in with this lace ensemble, that the bottom was pants.  It’s definitely a mermaid-cut skirt, but wouldn’t lace bellbottomed pants be amazing?  Or is that just me?


Chicago burlesque performer Vayda Rhynstone

 I love shooting with burlesque performers!  We always bring the best props!

Chicago burlesque performer Vayda Rhynstone

 I don’t post many pastie shots, but this one was too good to pass up.

I’m so pleased with how these turned out.  I haven’t had regular access to studio lighting equipment since I started shooting almost three years ago (but that’s changing soon! Shh!).  It’s always made me feel a little iffy about my worth, so knowing that I can walk into a studio and shoot images like these really bolsters my confidence.

#Me by Singing Raven Photography

Vaudezilla’s Ms. Mister Junior and Mia D. Vine

It’s alive!

I’m going to start this here blog (aside from my “welcome to my blog” post… I guess.) by working through the massive backlog of work that I have saved in wholesale jerseys my life.  See, I had a blog over on my old website, but, like that iteration of the site, the blog was… bad.  I always felt like I sounded like an idiot, which made no sense because I spend FAR too much time writing things for cheap NFL jerseys the internet to sound like an idiot talking to the internet.

#Me by Singing Raven Photography

The first shoot I’m choosing to share with you all here is one I did for Mia D. Vine and Ms. Mister Junior, who, at the time, were both members of the Chicago burlesque troupe Vaudezilla.  Mia is now an independent performer and model.  This shoot happened in the spring of 2014, a year in which I made very little work, due to my decision to commit My to doing one thing extremely well before adding other things back into my life.

#Me by Singing Raven Photography

In any case, we shot on what was maybe the las first warm day of spring, a sun-drenched day in April, on the balcony of a downtown high-rise.  It was the apartment of a friend of Mia’s, one of the first times I was given a location to work with that was neither Vaudezilla’s wholesale NFL jerseys studio space (a venue with which you will quickly become Rollenb?cke familiar.) nor a random street that to I had scouted myself.

#Me by Singing Raven Photography

The photos came from the midwest, but, like Mia, felt like the West Coast personified, with wholesale NBA jerseys golden sunlight and endless blue skies.  Not bad work for an April Gaziantep day and a balcony that was maybe 2 and a half feet wide by six feet long.  #Me by Singing Raven Photography

#Me by Singing Raven Photography

Both of these two are phenomenal models to work with, inventive, dynamic, and self-sufficient.  It’s no wonder I’m using them as the face of my site, right?

Mia D. Vine and Ms. Mister Junior (C) 2014 Singing Raven Photography

Welcome to my new website!

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the new Singing Raven Photography!  It’s been a bit of a hike getting Longue to this point, what with the numerous computer and internet issues that have been cheap jerseys plaguing me lately, but I think I’m finally nearly finished formatting in everything and getting the hang of cheap nba jerseys WordPress.  (maybe.  we’ll see.)


For the sake of wholesale jerseys China having some content here, I’d like to recap one of my absolute favorite shoots.  In the spring of 2014, I got to do a wonderful shoot with Mia D. Vine and Mister Junior in a beautiful downtown Chicago location.  The shoot was a concept shoot for their burlesque duet, #ME, and I love the sun-drenched summery quality to the final images. 


The shoot could have happened in sunny southern California instead cheap mlb jerseys of April in Chicago.  I didn’t accomplish much, photographically speaking, in 2014.  I shot a lot of live performances, but very little else.  Yet this session was a very powerful wholesale jerseys reminder of the kind of images I like to produce, the kind of images Hard I want to produce.  Dynamic, stylish, stylized.


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