Next up in my “woefully behind” series, Santa Cruz, California-based burlesque performer Starryola.
It’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!
The 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.
I think this one looks like the cover of an album, don’t you?
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!
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.
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Right about now, you’re probably starting to get the impression that the only people I ever shoot with are glamorous showgirls. And, well, for the most part, at this juncture, you wouldn’t be wrong. The vast majority of folks I’ve been working with in the past year *have* been sparkly showpeople! But I do occasionally get the opportunity to do some other neat things.
Case in point: This is the second year I’ve gotten to shoot Halloween portfolio shots for The Beauty Parlor Chicago!
The Halloween setup, at Vaudezilla’s studio space.
Awesome demon makeup, courtesy of Mr. Krist Neumann
Another fab makeup job by Mr. Krist, Hair by Ashley of The Beauty Parlor
Yet another makeup job by Mr. Krist!
Captain Jack Sparrow makeup by Ashley of The Beauty Parlor Chicago
…And this was *my* Halloween look. I have a genderbent Benjamin Linus cosplay that was just low-maintenance enough for me to spend 10ish hours in. Apropos of nothing, this is also how I test my lighting setups. With awkward selfies.
Part three of my “I had an extra day with my studio equipment!” series.
You’ve previously read about my adventures shooting Vaudezilla, Vayda Rhynstone, and Shimmy LaRoux over the Labor Day weekend. Well, I’m not done yet! I did one more shoot that weekend, and it was with Willy LaQueue.
I had promised Willy all up and down that we would make a photoshoot happen for, oh, about a year now. But since I do literally everything all the time, and he had a bunch of scheduling mishaps of his own, we didn’t get to it until we got to it, if that makes sense. Willy is a performer with a really fantastic aesthetic. One part German Expressionism, one part Art Deco, one part The Addams Family. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
I love doing conceptual shoots like this. It gives me a chance to play with unique edits, fun lighting setups, and generally break out of the box of everything you’re taught that you *should* be doing with your photo equipment. While we started with a balanced, two-light setup, after a few shots, I killed my fill light and amped up the single main light to get an old-timey feel, like something you might find on a cabinet card. Overall, I was really happy with the way these images turned out.
One of my goals for the next year is getting my images published, and I think, if I can collaborate with my models on more shoots like this, I shouldn’t have any problems accomplishing it.
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!
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.
What did I say about burlesque performers and props?
I hope you like these images as much as I do!
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!
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?
I love shooting with burlesque performers! We always bring the best props!
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.
Early in the summer, I had the opportunity to photograph Marisa, a friend of mine, and one of the numerous, lovely stage assistants Vaudezilla refers to as “vixens”. She was looking to get some more time in front of a camera, since those of us who are habitually onstage and in the public eye kind of need to get used to it, sooner or later. I, of course, was thrilled to oblige. We bundled ourselves into the car (probably too early for anyone’s liking), and drove down to Hyde Park, because the lakefront is beautiful down there, and it’s quite literally built on the bones of old Chicago. (Seriously. The Lake Michigan breakwater is built out of the stone blocks of long-demolished Chicago buildings, like the original Chicago Board of Trade building.)
This shoot was an especially good exercise for me, as I tend to work more with established performers/artists/models who don’t necessarily need my direction. Growing up as a super-shy and awkward human being, sometimes giving direction doesn’t come the most natually to me, so I love having friends to practice on!
Tell me those aren’t the best socks ever. Constellations!
The lakefront has plenty of strange outcroppings and weird architectural features to play on. If you’d like to join me sometime for a photographic frolic (or maybe, you know, to commemorate an important life event like an engagement or couples session?), you can book me here!
Ok, ok. I’ve given y’all some content, so you all know I can photograph. But we ALL know posts sound way more fresh and interesting when we’re writing about the things we just finished and are still super excited about. So I’m going to tell you all about my latest shoot.
On August 14th, I was en invited to make my first trip to Uptown Underground to wholesale jerseys photograph the Better Boobie Bureau’s Burlesque County Fair. First of Ms. all, this show was FAR more hilarious than it had any right to be. Secondly, it ended with broasted chicken, which is pretty much the best thing ever. So it was a win wholesale jerseys any way you slice it.
The night featured performances from some of my favorite members of the Chicago burlesque (and vaudeville!) community, including Boobs Radley, Lady Ali cheap jerseys Mode, Phaedra Black, and, of course, Plucky Rosenthal.
How adorable is Lady Ali Mode’s cherry hat?
Closing the show was none other than my friend Marci Vousplait. Marci and wholesale nba jerseys I took several of our first burlesque classes together (although she debuted création several months new before I did.) I’ll admit, the last time I saw this particular act was years ago when she was still workshopping it, and to see the finished product blew me away.
Though I periodically shoot for Vaudezilla when I’m not performing, the Better Boobie Bureau’s Burlesque County Fair is only the second non-Vaudezilla show Modelle I’ve shot in the last few years. I love getting the chance to head out into the community at large, and I get to catch up with some performers I haven’t gotten to Tea see in a while. If you’ve got a show (burlesque, theatre, dance, whatever!) that needs archival photography, you can contact me about Kung booking availability and rates here!
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Early this past spring, I to was asked cheap jerseys by a friend of mine to document a vintage-themed tea party downtown. She’s a burlesque-performer and Vine floral/event designer. I’m a burlesque-performer and photographer. We met at BurlyCon last October, and cheap nba jerseys the event was a natural fit.
We met for tea at The Allis, a beautiful, sunlit space in the West Loop. The spread was luxurious, but, being spring in the cheap nfl jerseys city, the sun sets at about 4pm, vaters so we were fighting 200 the oncoming twilight. Still, I think I was the able to capture some good shots.
What do you think?
We e-Petition even got some posed shots in our vintage finest! (Though it was SUPER dark by then. Oops!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?