The last of the Peekaboo

When I originally went in to shoot portraits for Peekaboo, a Halloween burlesque show in Chicago, they were short one cast member.  So I got called back in tonight to complete the "set" as it were.

So all the portraits were shot in and around the Greenhouse Theater, the venue of the show.  We went for a strong B&W look that was A) A strong headshot and B) Had a hint of Halloween.  I shot them all with my 24-70mm lens and 580 Flash.  That gave me a nice strong light source that really allowed my subject to pop, while casting some light on the surronding props and background.

Here's one more shot I really liked.

This one really reads Halloween to me.  One of the cool things shooting for this show was coming up with these scenarios.  I would get with the model and ask "What props interest you?" or I'd grab something and we'd start workin' it.  I give a lot of credit to the cast for really playing around, inspiring me and challenging me to get really great photos.

Peekaboo Portraits

So I got called in this week by my good friend Chris Biddle to take pictures of his new burlesque show Peekaboo.  Thursday evening was their last dress rehearsal before the show and he really needed to get portraits of 4 cast members who did not have a good Halloween headshot.

So here are those 4 shots in no particular order...



















It's awesome to get asked to do black and white.  I learned photography on black and white film, and most of my favorite images are black and white (I know its cliche, but works from Weegee, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier Bresson).  When I'd work in the dark room I used to love the photos that had true blacks and true white, grays are important but I really like to emphasize the extremes.

This show looks great, I hope you get a chance to see it.  I'll post some show pics soon after the show opens and is into it's run.