Burlesque not only lives, it thrives. Burlesque shows are sprouting around the UK, and of course further afield in Europe, Australia and America. Aside from shows, the art of burlesque is also mainstream, being taught the length and breadth of the UK. The courses are very popular, attracting girls from all walks of life, and all sizes – it is incredibly empowering for the girls, even if the goal is not to develop a stage act, but simply social, to meet other girls, and enjoy a little exercise and fun at the same time.
Retro Photostudio has photographed countless professional burlesque artists. Yet not everyone with a feather boa who visits the studio is a professional burlesque artist. The studio also photographs an equal number of girls who have no intention of performing their own act, but merely wish to capture the fun and excitement that their hobby gives them.
A number of burlesque workshops send their ‘graduates’ to the studio to enjoy a girly burlesque shoot day – after pampering by the professional make-up artist and hair stylist, they enjoy a few hours in the studio under expert direction to produce a series of photographs to show off to friends and family.
Once bitten by the burlesque bug, some girls are keen to perform in front of an enthusiastic audience, and even compete to be able to measure their skills against others. One of the best stepping stones for this, allowing girls to progress from keen amateur to fully-fledged performer is the annual Burlesque Idol Competition, which Retro Photostudio has been proud to be associated with as a sponsor since its launch three years ago. The winner of each heat qualifies for a free shoot at the studio.
This year’s final takes place on 30th November at Madam Jojo’s.
The most recent finalist to visit the studio was Violet Blaze – a very enthusiastic young lady!
I asked her how she found her shoot…and she emailed me the following description of her experience…
So if you love burlesque, and regardless of whether you’ve never been on a stage before, or are a full-time pro, feel free to contact the studio and I will be happy to discuss your own tailor-made photoshoot.