In August of 2017, La Photographie celebrated 10 years of being in business! To mark the occasion, our friends at Wasabassco Burlesque helped us throw a little pre-show soiree at City Winery in Nashville. Some of my glamorous clients came to show their support by doing a quick pinup photo shoot with me. What a fun evening this was! Thank you to GiGi, Wasabassco, City Winery, and to each of the ladies who came to show support. I am so lucky to have you all as supporters. Here's to another 10 years!
Possibly the most luxurious of my 10th Anniversary Photo Shoot Specials in Nashville was Sinema. After previously working at Sinema, a gorgeous restaurant in Nashville, with my friends Natalie & Scott, I knew I wanted to do a full day of glamour photography there. I'm in love with the way these photos turned out: so decadent, vintage, and downright fancy! Shana Michelle Taylor did the hair styling and Crystal Brown did the makeup. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen the highlights from this post, but I love seeing them all together in one place. Featuring: Anna Claire, Kim, Lacey, Gidget, and Buffy. Enjoy!
In September 2017, I traveled back to my hometown of Nashville to do a series of 10th Anniversary events and photo shoots. I planned three big themed photo shoot specials, and Tea Party was one of them. Talk about pastel decadence - Tea Party made all of my sugar plum dreams come true! I teamed up with longtime collaborator AmyRose of Hocus Pocus Beauty Boutique in Whites Creek. She not only styled hair for Tea Party, but she also provided the perfect location in her salon and many of the props you see on the set. She has an incredible collection of glass dishes, tea sets, and fabrics that helped make a decadent backdrop for these images. With another longtime collaborator - Alicia Maynard - doing makeup, this photo shoot special became a fun day of playing dress up. Thank you to everyone who participated! Pictured here are: Sylvie (who styled her own hair & makeup), Mel, Marie, Lavender, and Zelda <3
There are many things I love about my job, but one of the things I love most is traveling to other cities and meeting amazing women. In October, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Madison Hurley Photography in charming Hot Springs, Arkansas. We not only got to collaborate on images of the local ladies in Arkansas, but we also traveled together to Dallas (stay tuned for that blog post). Madison was kind enough to loan her photography studio to me so I could take portraits of Hot Springs's local burlesque troupe: Foul Play Cabaret. Here are some of the highlights of my photo shoot with them. Featuring Rosa Lee Bloom, Violet D'vine, Ruby Lead, and Doris Night.
Where to even start with Lola Frost?! If you know her - or know of her - no words are needed. But in case you don't, I'll let you in on a secret: she's goddess in human form. I have been an admirer of Lola for many years; she is a well-known burlesque performer from Vancouver BC. Her success is not only attributed to her incredible stage performances, but also to her kind demeanor and generous nature. She gives of herself freely on the burlesque stage and is even more lovely (if that's possible) when you speak to her in person. Denver was lucky enough to host her last year for a series of workshops and performances. While she was in town, she and I collaborated on an epic photo shoot. I am always pleased to make art with women I respect, and this joint effort is surely one of my best.
Calling all vintage vixens! La Photographie specializes in Hollywood Glamour-style portraits. Inspired by the portraits of George Hurrell taken for MGM in the 1930s and 40s, the Hollywood Glamour portrait is edgy and sexy with gorgeous lighting. Take a look at the ladies I photographed in Nashville earlier this year as part of my Hollywood Glamour photo shoot special. Featuring Brooke, Gogo, Lacey, Lavender, Sassenach, Sheena, and Wendy, with hair styling by Shana Michelle Taylor and makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton.
This is my third photo shoot with the ethereal and eerie Jinx Lovecraft. Every time we shoot together we make beautiful, weird magic. I love these photos of Jinx, taken on the Summer Solstice in Tennessee. Jinx did her own hair, makeup, and wardrobe: she is a multi-talented lady! These creepy images are perfect for showing off at Halloween ;)
This is the second time I've photographed The Bad Ass burlesque dancer Evelyn Vinyl, and I am so pleased at the way these portraits turned out. I love her androgynous style, and photographing her inside her home was a special treat - especially because this gorgeous lady has a colorful decorating style that looks amazing in imagery. Enjoy!
I first met Gabrielle in 2006 in Nashville. When I started doing photography in 2007, I knew I wanted to capture her beauty with my lens. From La Photographie's early days of pin up (2008's Valentine series in a bathtub full of candy hearts!) to this photo shoot last month, I have adored creating with her, and our close friendship is one of the most important in my life.
I like to call this collection of images "Gabrielle at Home."
I've been making pretty pictures with Shan de Leers for many years now. It's no surprise that this dazzling dame wanted to do a 1970s-inspired pinup session in her awesomely-era-specific basement. With wood paneling, unique tile, and a fuzzy rug, we created some images perfect for showcasing Shan's groovy side. Enjoy!
This is the second time I've had the pleasure of creating with Gwen, and we always make magic together. I loved the ideas she had for this session, including the witchy props, her beautiful wardrobe items, and the jewel-tone fabrics used to create our sets. Plus her tiny black kitten made an appearance! Hair & makeup was done by the amazing Katie-Laine Thornton.
Returning to Nashville to do photo shoots is always such a treat, and with a location like this one, there wasn't a bad photo to be had! Inside a private home in historic East Nashville, we held a day-long Photo Shoot Special with hair by Shana Michelle Taylor and makeup by Katie-Laine Thornton. Every lady brought her own style, so each image is completely unique! Featuring images of Autumn, GiGi, Vivien, Lavender, Vivi, and Gidget. Wanna book your session? Contact me today to start the conversation!
I love doing photo shoots in the style of 1920s portrait master Alfred Cheney Johnston. Johnstson photographed the Ziegfeld Follies in NYC throughout the twenties and his beautiful work lives on in the book Jazz Age Beauties. I decided to offer a day of speakeasy glamour at Delinquent Debutantes in Nashville earlier this year. With hair styling offered by AmyRose Wendell and makeup by Alicia Maynard, our beautiful clients totally nailed the flapper look. Pictured below are Sylvie, Gidget, Jenyfer, Tosha, Buffy, Dress & Vivien, Christy, Mel, Leigh, Vivi, Lara, and Betsey.
Working with epic cosplayer Gogo Incognito is such a pleasure! Last year we did a Deluxe photo shoot where she posed as a Rebel Alliance pinup and as a grown up Little Mermaid (you can see those photos here), and another session as the classic Harley Quinn. This time around, Gogo wanted to do a high glamour boudoir session as one of her signature characters: Lady Loki. With a long green sequin gown and the Loki horns, Gogo pulled out all the stops.
You may have seen that I recently did a pinup photo shoot with baby ducks (if not, you should check it out!). Well, I've always dreamed of doing something similar with baby goats, and Barnyard Buddies in Loveland, CO made my dreams come true! My friend and assistant Billee contacted the wonderful people at Barnyard Buddies and they agreed to let us pinup girls invade their farm for a couple of hours. Pictured here is Tatianna, Ariella, and Lady Lavender. Everyone is so happy because the goats were so adorable and sweet. The white one definitely ended up with red lipstick on his white fur ;)
You may have noticed, but since I moved to Denver in 2015, the Clocktower Cabaret has quickly become one of my favorite places. I did a Photo Shoot Special there in 2016, and then my second special there earlier this year. The women who signed up for this special were all burlesque dancers, but anyone can come and do a photo shoot with me inside the Clocktower Cabaret! Message me to learn more about how you can come play dress up.
Pictured here: Champagne Shuga Nova, Laika Fox, Tatianna Tata, Shotza Ouzo, Prudence Devilliere, and Holly Rebelle with her Piano Man.
La Photographie specializes in custom, private boudoir photography sessions, so when Kristi scheduled her Deluxe session, we were thrilled to learn about her ideas and help create her vision. With hair stylist Shana Michelle Taylor and makeup artist Crystal Brown of Nashville Glamour, Kristi's beautiful vision was brought to life: first as a beautiful flower hippie mama, then as a classic pinup bombshell. Two completely different looks! If you're interested in booking your private boudoir photo shoot in Nashville, Denver, or wherever you live, be sure to contact me to start the conversation!
I love traveling to do photo shoots with amazing women, and I got the chance to visit Atlanta earlier this year to do just that! I was hosted by the gorgeous Metropolitan Studios and I had so much fun creating with the women there. Pictured here are Ursula, Taloollah, Audrey, and Celestine. Want me to come to your city? Send me an email and let's get the conversation started!
AmyRose has been doing hair styling for La Photographie for many years at her salon Hocus Pocus Beauty Boutique. This was our second private session together, and I was so excited to do a simple, beautiful "between the sheets" style photo shoot with her just outside of Nashville. Her makeup is by Katie-Laine Thornton. Simplicity & beauty - one of my favorite combinations.
Last week, I was thrilled to photograph The Art of the Teese, an incredible burlesque show featuring the legendary glamour girl herself: Dita Von Teese. I have been a fan of Dita since before I started my photography business, and her book "Burlesque and the Art of the Teese" has been an immeasurable influence on my art and my career. What a treat to not only photograph her, but also her amazing cast, including Dirty Martini, Violet Chachki, Ginger Valentine, Zelia Rose, Jett Adore, and Jonny McGovern. From glittering rhinestones to confetti cannons, from high glam costuming to stunning near-nudity, this show really delivered! Take a peek at some of the images I captured of Dita and her cast performing at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO.