Burlesque Portrait Gallery
What began as a photojournalism assignment in 2008 rapidly turned into one of the great loves of my life. Over the last few years, I have gotten to be friends with many of the local Austin performers, and I have a lot of love and respect for their artistic and creative abilities. Many of the performers live dual lives, spending the day working as accountants, waitresses, moms, professors and executives. Then they come home, spend hours and hours of time putting together outfits and choreographing routines.
For this portfolio, I wanted to showcase these performers in their onstage personas. Each costume is individually customized by the performer to match the routine. I chose a different lighting style to show off their unique personalities. I started with local troupe The Jigglewatts, whose performers are consistently rated in the top 10 in the world. This portfolio is my love letter to them and the many hundreds of performers who have made this project as beautiful as it is fun.
Images from this portfolio won the 2011 Precision Photographic Excellence Award for Best Portfolio and Best Overall Portfolio.