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.

 

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