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.

 

Vaudezilla studios burlesque students

Vaudezilla Student promo

Recently, I returned to Vaudezilla’s studio to shoot a promo for their December student showcase.  (I say recently, but this was basically before Thanksgiving.  Winter is, far and away, the busiest time of year for me, with photoshoots, performances, and, this year, nightly rehearsals for a holiday play and a number of costume commissions on my docket!)  I had the chance to bust out my new lighting equipment, but I discovered a few things.

A) I was only sent one power cord!

B) The fine folks at Calumet had literally no idea what I was talking about when I asked them about compatible radio triggers for these lights.  I’ve inherited a pair of Calumet Genesis 400 strobes, but Calumet seemed to think I was talking about some kind of speedlight, so I wasn’t about to commit to buying an expensive piece of equipment that I couldn’t end up using.

The end result of this little adventure was that I ended up using Vaudezilla’s two modeling lights and the modeling light on one of my strobes (turned up to full power) to light this shoot.  Not the most convenient lighting setup (nor remotely enough light), but I’m doing my best to embrace the 70’s glamour style of this particular shoot, and telling myself that if Halston could sell thousand-dollar gowns with images like this, I can’t complain.

The goal for this shoot was to get several group shots that didn’t necessarily show faces (so they could be used regardless of which students were participating in which student showcase), which resulted in this glorious tower of butts above.  (Not shown, the fact that the gal with the top butt is standing on two chairs.  Whee, camera magic!)  But I also got to shoot individual promo shots for the gals involved, as a thank you for participating!

Pin-up perfection!

This should be a Christmas card!

Barb Wire, one of my favorite subjects.

This shot was the one that inspired me to call the entire set 70’s Glamour.  I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this in an old ad campaign somewhere.

All in all, it was a challenging morning, but I’m still pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?

Other Vaudezilla photoshoots:

Vaudezilla troupe headshots

Willy LaQueue

Ms. Mister Junior (and Mia D. Vine)

 

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

Willy LaQueue’s Art Deco photoshoot

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.

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

 

Chicago Burlesque performer Willy LaQueue

 

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.

 

Vaudezilla promo for MsMrJr

Vaudezilla promotional photos

Holy procrastination, batman!

I shot promotional photos for Chicago burlesque troupe Vaudezilla in September, but I’m just now getting around to putting them up here.  Every year we get new headshots, but this was the first year I’ve been comfortable shooting them myself.

Vaudezilla promo for Willy LaQueue

 

Vaudezilla promo for Mama Disco

 

Vaudezilla promo for Vanna Tease

 

Vaudezilla promo for Titty Perkins

One of the fun bonus images I was asked to shoot, in addition to headshots, was one of our gals popping out of the giant cake prop we sometimes take to gigs.  Titty Perkins was perfect for this task!

 

Vaudezilla promo for Raven Gemini

This one’s kind of a cheater image.  While it was definitely shot, art-directed, and edited by “Singing Raven Photography”, it was actually physically shot by my second shooter, i.e. my long-suffering boyfriend, Kenneth.  I don’t have the patience to set up self-portraits, but fortunately for me, Kenneth is a comfortable photographer, and happy to let me art-direct when it comes to images of myself.

We only covered about half the troupe in this particular shoot, and I expect to be back at it in November for a second session to finish up the rest of the troupe!

 

#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.)

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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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