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!