Vida Ambrose and Kitty La Royal

Beauty Parlor Chicago 3.16

This post requires a tiny bit of explanation.  I was *supposed* to partner with Beauty Parlor Chicago to shoot on Valentine’s Day.  And then I ended up deathly ill and didn’t get out of bed the week of Valentine’s Day.  So we rescheduled.  We ended up hosting “Gal-entine’s Day” in March instead!

Vida Ambrose

 

Vida Ambrose

 

Kitty La Royal

 

Kitty La Royal

 

Rosie Quartz

 

Rosie Quartz

Miss Vida Ambrose, Kitty la Royal, and Rosie Quartz came down to have their hair and makeup done by the Beauty Parlor, and then get a mini pin up photoshoot from yours truly.  Revisiting these images, I have mixed feelings about them.  Some of them aren’t up to my standards now, but this was also one of the earliest shoots that I used more extensive photoshop editing techniques for.

Beauty Parlor Chicago holds events of this nature periodically through the year, where you can get pampered with hair and makeup styling, and also have a fun photoshoot!  Contact Beauty Parlor Chicago for booking.

 

Chicago burlesque performer Shimmy LaRoux

Shimmy LaRoux

The second part of my “I had an extra day with my studio lighting” series.

As I previously mentioned, the weekend I shot Vaudezilla‘s promotional headshots just happened to be Labor Day weekend.  As such, I had an extra (free!) day with my rented studio equipment.  I previously posted photos from my shoot with Vayda Rhynstone, but I also shot with Shimmy LaRoux that day!

Chicago burlesque performer Shimmy LaRoux Shimmy, Vayda and I met at BurlyCon, the burlesque educational convention in Seattle.  Since then, I’ve also roomed with Shimmy at the Great Burlesque Exposition in Cambridge, MA.  She’s a very driven performer with a wonderful, effervescent personality, and a no-nonsense approach to the business of burlesque.  I tried to capture all of these aspects of her in our shoot together.

 

Chicago burlesque performer Shimmy LaRoux

 

Chicago Burlesque Performer Shimmy LaRoux

What did I say about burlesque performers and props?

I hope you like these images as much as I do!