I have been doing event/concert photography for about 5 years now and there are certain tours that I look forward to covering every year they come through town. Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque would be one of them. This was my second time covering one of these shows and I was lucky enough to fill in as house photographer for Pop’s this year. For the obvious reasons I’m sure you can guess why I love attending this event, but aside from the fact that I get to photograph scantly clad ladies who are beautifully tattooed it is also a time for me to strengthen some specific skills necessary for every photographer to have.
These ladies are talented and put on quite a show for the audience. Photographing burlesque shows in general require the photographer to take in account many factors from low lighting, to correct shutter speeds, to knowing when to click the shutter to capture the performer in the most appealing moment of their number. When photographing any live performer that is moving you have to pay attention to their facial expressions and with burlesque especially you have to snap the shot when the subjects body is held in it’s most attractive instance. No unsightly wrinkles or no wardrobe malfunctions should be noticeable and I suggest using the performers eyes to gauge their level of engagement with the audience. All these things is what makes these types of shoots exciting for me. I crawled around on Pop’s granite tile floor, was bent resting on my knees most of the night, and was running back and fourth behind the seated crowd throughout the whole performance. The next day I was so sore that I felt 20 years older than I am, but it made me feel like I did my job well that night.
I hope you enjoy the pics and go see Blackheart Burlesque, you will love every minute of it!