We have never shot together before, aside from when I would steal her pixels on-stage during her high-energy, provocative burlesque performances.
I did not hesitate. As a matter of fact, I jumped.
I jumped so fast at the opportunity that as a way of saying thank you I insisted that we take advantage of the Full Harvest Moon that would be shining brightly (fingers crossed) on her upcoming Birthday.
To you, Natalie, I thank you. I thank you for your Passion, your Artistry, and your Friendship all these years. I hope the portraits we created on that dark, magical, Harvest Moon night, as well as that chilly afternoon, make Maila Nurmi herself honored that you have so beautifully picked up the Vampira mantle.
OK, seriously. If you haven’t been to downtown Detroit, or any of the other midwest cities with a vibrant and exciting Burlesque scene yet, get off your ass and get out there! My images here should speak to exactly what I am talking about.
For an inside view of the shenanigans, click HERE.
The 4th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival is an exotic, erotic, classy and sexy celebration of all things burlesque. Having only caught the 2nd night of this weekend festival, I was still able to capture the true essence of the performers. Thank you to the following performers for sharing your artistic visions with all of us:
Ginger Rockwood, Leena Allure, Boobs Radley, Ed Venture/Fae La Flame, Lottie Ellington, Honey La Fae, Mister Twister, Shrimp Cocktail, Chaz Boudoir, Josephine Rebellious, Satori Circus, Lolo Lombard, Eliza Sidecar, Dahlia Deluxe, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Lily Rascal, Holly Hock, Scarlette McBain, Nada Von Daring, Nakita Kat, Gin Fizz, Kevlar Lighting, Ray Gun and Dangrr Doll
It is my heartfelt opinion, and recommendation, that you never pass up an opportunity to see a Burlesque show in Detroit. The local talent is exceptional, and the national talent that visits is equally entertaining.
These images were captured on April 29th 2016 at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, MI at the 2016 Burlypicks Competition – Michigan Regionals event. Hosted by last years winner, Magenta Demure, the winner of specific categories would go on to the Burlypicks Finals in Pittsburgh in September.