Burlesque is without doubt one of the hardest things out there to shoot in a live setting. The lighting setups are unforgiving, the energy is always up and all the different performances have different pacing which come with their own set of challenges. Challenges can be frustrating especially when it comes to photography but if you don’t push yourself you can never see yourself grow and if shooting burlesque has done anything is allow to grow as a photographer. That being said it is incredibly rewarding. Despite the over loaded SD Cards, Drained Batteries and the time spent culling all the images down in post you don’t get to test your skills as a photographer more than you will at a burlesque show.
So why shoot this burlesque show if it is so difficult? Well besides being a fun challenge and a buffet of aesthetic stimulation this performance had that added layer of being a Cosplay related event which many of you may know is actually where I got my start in Photography. These Burlesque (or Nerdlesque) acts were a mix of creative imagery from the media that I have been consuming my entire life made for a very festive event that included some wonderful moments throughout (and of course attractive confident people taking their clothes off.)