Portrait photo shoot with Lorretta leBonke

A couple of weeks ago I had a really fun portrait session with burlesque artist Loretta LeBonk. The session started with a relaxed drink in Home Coffee on Southsea's Albert road along with my partner, Wendy. Even though Wendy had met Loretta before I hadn't so this was a nice way to get to know her and get more of an idea of her expectations for the shoot in a less formal environment than a photography studio. 

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The Alternative Cabaret - low light fun and games!

I recently had the opportunity to take photos at the Alternative Cabaret hosted by the popular burlesque troop Rock With the Foxes at the Bucklands community center. 

I love shoots like this, I'm constantly thinking about how to capture the performers at their best and show them in their best light. I get a huge buzz from it, it's hard work but very rewarding. However,shoots like this present a few challenges photographically speaking - low light, fast movement and changing light conditions.

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Burlesque, Bands and Volkswagens

One of the things I love about photography is the places it will take you if you let it. I had the opportunity to attend a festival called "Dubs of Anarchy" this weekend and it was great. In my younger day's I used to own a Volkswagen camper (a 1978 type 2 called Myrtle if you're interested) and always loved the VW scene. So when I was asked if I wanted to spend the weekend at a VW festival and take photos of a burlesque show, I gave it maybe 2 or 3 nanoseconds before agreeing.

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