Pole Photographers of Our Industry
There are several pole photographers in our industry now. We felt it important to tell you about some that are new, some that have been around and others that you may not have heard of yet. You will find only a few here, but there are definitely more out there. We would love to hear from you, your thoughts on the ones listed here and even add information on others that you know of. You can either comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and other photographers will be added to this. It’s important to document our journey in life and in pole, and these photographers do that for so many of you. They capture you in some your greatest moments. Ones that you can look back on someday and be proud to be who you are. Read what these amazing artists have to say about their work. We asked each of these people the same questions and got very different answers. Each photographer has something unique to bring to the table. See who speaks to you and your needs as an artist.
Finding Subjects: “If we’re just talking about my pole photography, when I hear about a famous dancer coming on tour to the UK, I’ll send them a little message asking if they want to come and have a shoot. My goal is to eventually print a big hard back book full of all my pole dancer pics!” Millie’s Style: “I guess the one thing that could be said about my work is that it’s colorful. I LOVE COLOUR! My style… I don’t really know to be honest because I try my best to do different stuff with my pole pics. Every time I get to photograph a pole star I always make it my mission to do something different with them.”
Average Turn Around Time:
Millie says she gives herself 10 weeks of turn around time. Sometimes it the editing and retouching can be done faster than that. But to be safe, 10 weeks is what she tells her subjects. She also has an editing team.
£275.00 for an hour and including 15 retouched images.
“All over really! I would say bright colours get my brain ticking foremost. Then I guess if I’m looking for ideas I might watch old films, look at old fashion photography books, go to an art gallery, etc… If someone wants to shoot in a certain costume, I get them to show me it and then I’ll get ideas of how to shoot them from seeing the costume.”
Review on Millie’s Work: “I worked with Millie during the fall of 2013, when I had a few extra days in London. Millie was inspired by this really cool 1960s-‘Swinging London’-era fashion photo that featured a model framed by colorful transparent panels. I loved her idea and her previous work, so I agreed to meet her at her home photo studio to make some magic! That afternoon, we spent several hours experimenting with movement and how it would be framed against the colored panels, which she hung around the pole. She’s fun to work with (and funny!) and her meticulous attention to detail was obvious once I arrived, as she’d planned an entire wardrobe that complimented each panel’s color scheme. She had a clear vision from the start, which I love in a photographer. Her ‘Rainbow’ image of me is now a permanent part of my branding, I love it so much!” ~ Natasha Wang How to find Millie: Website: http://www.millierobson.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PoleDancePhotographyByMillieRobson?fref=ts
“As the co-founder and creative director of Vertical Art & Fitness Magazine, I have been a position, which gives me access to so many incredible athletes. Our mission at the magazine was to become a voice in the promotion of competitive pole dancing, and to help remove the taboos that have surrounded this sport for so long.” D’Angelo’s Style: “Currently my work includes heavy compositing and illustrative work, but I go through phases. I have always allowed myself to explore whatever I am feeling at the moment. It helps to keep me sane. I’ve never understood the idea of being a ‘creative’, only to do the same thing over and over again.” Average Turn Around Time: “I started Pole Dance Excellence, as a part of the calendar project, with my fiancé and business partner Snow Holland. It wasn’t until we began promoting the calendar, that we ever considered the idea of doing photo shoots with pole studio dancers. We were at Fawnia Dietrich’s event, Pole Expo, in Las Vegas. We realized that poler’s, from around the world, were aware of our work. We received requests from so many people interested in booking shoots. We didn’t know what to say, because we hadn’t anticipated that aspect of the business. Soon after the show, we followed up with these requests. That’s how we started doing the Pole Dance Excellence studio shoots. Quite honestly, I quickly fell behind on our delivery time. My work is extremely time consuming in postproduction, and I simply was not prepared for the demand and such a high volume workflow. As a new venture, I was so excited by everyone’s enthusiasm that I overbooked myself. We had a lot of frustrated poler’s out there waiting way too long for images. I took this situation seriously, and halted all of my bookings so we could catch up. When we start up again in late June, I we will be booking on a very limited basis. Studio shoots will only be a small portion of the work we do, and we’ll have guaranteed delivery times moving forward. Everyone loves the images we are creating once they get them in their hands. Our new program starting in June will eliminate the delays and will keep everyone happy by delivering on time.” Average Price: “We do not charge for our personal work and special projects. When we are working with celebrities like Zoraya Judd, Karol Helms, LoLo Hilsum, Bendy Kate, Felix Cane, Steven Retchless, and others in such elite circles, our work is a collaboration between the athlete and our studio. When we book studio shoots, our fees are nominal and only cover a portion of our expenses. Being that my artwork is ‘conceptual photo illustration’, each image requires several hours of postproduction. In some cases, an image can take a couple of days to create. Obviously we cannot charge the general public enough to make a profit, but everything I do in the pole world is a part of my personal artwork. I make my living from commercial photography and brand consulting in fashion, music, and other creative pursuits.” Inspiration: “My background is in Fashion, so I my work in dance much the same way I approach fashion and glamour photography. Both stylistically and in the way I work with a team to create art. I consider everything I do to be collaborative. I work with the dancers to create something we are both excited about. This is one aspect that is pretty unique to our process. With our Pole Dance Excellence studio shoots, we discuss with each dancer, what type of look and style excites them. After the shoot, we involve them in the process with concept proofs, and together we discuss treatment options so we are both excited about what we are working on. The end result is something that they can take pride in, because they are a part of the artistic process. And the end result is magazine quality images that they can reproduce as a print or a poster. We also offer canvas printing and we do them ourselves to assure high quality. We are emphasizing the collaborative aspect even more, once we start up again in June. Collaboration to me is a very rewarding aspect creativity and I work the same way with clients on the commercial side.” Review on D’Angelo’s Work: “I was honored to be a part of dangelos subjects. I felt he tapped into the essence of femininity with a a soft ethereal twist. When he was a part of vertical, each magazine was so visually stimulating and a wonderful gallery to peruse. It far exceeded other pole magazines in that regard up to date.” ~ Flying Laura Martin How to Find D’Angelo: Website: http://www.poleartwork.com Facebook:
Cecilia De Bucourt
Finding Subjects: “I am particularly interested in shooting dancers, acrobats, contortionists and people that express movement with their bodies. Two years ago, I started taking pole dance classes at B&P in NYC. I fell in love with this art form and started a pole dancers photography project about a year ago with dancers I met while taking classes. Over time, I got chances to photograph international pole stars.” Cecilia’s Style: “I like photos that are organic, simple and strong. I create images that transmit emotions, that have movement within the stillness of that second captured. I was a model for 14 years, and became a fashion designer after I stopped modeling. Fashion has been part of my life since I was was very young. Even though I like my subjects most of the times wearing nothing or very little clothes, I think that my background in fashion influences my style as a photographer.” Average Turn Around Time: “It varies. Sometimes I would work overnight to get something ready. And sometimes I take my time, days, weeks. I shoot fast. But I do like to take my time in post production. Sometimes I stare at a photo for hours…literally, before I start retouching or deciding if that image is “the one” or not. My editing process is quite strict and very selective. I choose only a few images of each shoot that I will publish. I do believe that less is more when it comes to editing.” Average Price: “At the moment, I am only working on my personal project with dancers so I made a conscious decision to only shoot for this objective. I am somehow afraid to loose my focus on what I am doing for my project. However, I do plan maybe at the end of this year, to start accepting bookings for shoots. I am looking forward to this experience and provide tasteful, artistic photos to pole dancers that want their photos taken.” Inspiration: “My inspiration comes mainly from how I see my model/subject. When I watch someone dance and I love her or his moves…I imagine that person in one of my photos and ideas start flowing. I can give you a few examples. When I saw Marion Crampe’s showcase and competition videos, I could only imagine shooting her on the beach, as a mermaid, with a lot of movement, wind, air. I see her as an ocean fairy. Sasja Lee: I saw her 2014 National Aerial Pole Art winning competition performance I thought immediately of her as an Amazon, and imagined her with horses…wild and free. Sometimes, it is collaboration between me and the dancer to get inspiration. As an example, Seanmichael Rau. When we decided to shoot together, was after I saw him winning the U.S national championship with his piece “the dark passenger”. I was blown away and HAD to photograph him. We spoke about ideas and he mentioned soil. He built a character for his performance that was perfect for a dirt/soil shoot. Danielle Romano is another example. She has built several caracters during these years as a performer so we decided to shoot an “Alter Ego” story. She transformed herself in 5 very different people. It was truly an incredible experience to watch her become all these people. She acted the parts even with her voice. Once I get my inspiration and ideas flowing, I sketch the shoot, scene by scene. As if it were for a movie. I like to be organized in my ideas as much as I can. However, I do not necessarily follow my story boards piece by piece as the shoot happens. I am always open to magic created in the moment. Sometimes, accidents or mistakes create the most beautiful unexpected shot. It is important to me to start with an idea, and let things unfold.” Review on Cecilia’s Work: ” I met a genius… of photography…of Life. Last summer, I got the opportunity to collaborate with The Cecilia de Bucourt. Till the D day arrived I got really excited just thinking about it and from all the ideas she had for this session. Our theme was “The Pole Mermaid”. On the top of this incredible experience, w got the help of 2 of my very best friends( in and out of Pole) Josh Taylor and Sam Star. We made a first part of the shooting in Cecilia’s Studio and second half outdoor on the coast. All day long, I could understand and enjoy more and more the magic of Cecilia talent. She understands Body, Spirit and Soul of the artist she is working with. I felt like she could read on me. It was a real exchange with and without words. I definitely keep a mesmerizing thought of that day. I discover in Cecilia not only a truly incredible and unique artist…I found a Friend. I feel so blessed and honored to have been part of her ” Pole Dancers Project. Cecilia, eres genia. Yo te quiero. Avec Passion Marion” ~ Marion Crampe How to Find Cecilia: Website: Www.ceciphoto.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/cecidebucourt/?hl=en
Finding Subjects: “It’s a combination of people finding me because they’ve heard of my work, or I’ll have an idea and ask someone if they would like to collaborate.” Kyle’s Style: “My main focus when conceiving, shooting and editing is to create something new, something I’ve never seen before. I don’t want to contribute to the visual pollution. We are surrounded by images and most of them mean nothing to us. We click, swipe and pass by this moving wallpaper. My main goal is to not become part of the moving wallpaper.” Average Turn Around Time: “Usually I can turn something around in a couple of weeks, but that can vary depending on the project.” Inspiration: “I pace around my apartment with my little dog Star while my wife sleeps. We go on netflix binges and down web rabbit holes, drink a little too much and then wake up with a few good ideas scribbled down and a disturbing search history.” Review on Kyle’s Work: “After working with Kyle on many shows as the artistic director of AERA, I already know that he has his own clear artistic vision, with a strong voice and preference in what he creates…so I had an idea of what to expect as I walked in for our photo/videoshoot. As usual, Kyle was full of ideas, of energy, of excitement. He curated the ambiance to dictate the mood for the shoot and made me feel perfectly at ease. You could feel his excitement throughout the process, in making his vision come to life. As an artist, I felt it was easy to get pulled into his passion and truly become a part of creation–I was able to move like me, he did his magic behind the camera, and together we created something really spectacular. The best part about Kyle is that you know he creates art because he loves to create art. He is a visionary and an artist, and has the palate and skill to bring to life whatever he imagines. His work often has a message, a bit of irony, or juxtaposition that makes you see or think in a new way. Because of that, his taste may not always be for everyone…but the second best part about Kyle is that, he doesn’t give a f#%<! Art is the goal, and that is exactly what he creates. Kyle is a joy to work with and becoming a part of his process and vision is always an honor and a pleasure. If you get the opportunity, take it!!” ~ Allison Wardwell How to Find Kyle: Website: http://sumseen.com/ YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/SumSeen1/feed
“Since we’ve been working in this community for a while now, our subjects frequently approach us these days, which is exciting because they often have creative ideas for the shoot so it becomes a true collaboration. We also meet new dancers through our open studio shoots, where the participants are usually local students or instructors.”
“Our style is about movement, drama, and authenticity. The look is always changing, because we tailor every shoot to the artist or studio we’re working with. But we love strong, dramatic lighting, clean shots that put the focus on the dancer, and we’d rather capture the look in-camera than work with Photoshop. When we work outdoors, we want to make our artists look as epic as the landscape around them.”
Average Turn Around Time:
“Our standard delivery time is 30-45 days, although we provide proof galleries within two weeks. We do all our own editing.”
“While the cost depends on the location, number of images and time involved,we keep prices for our open shoots between $100-200. Affordability is important to us, since we want new dancers to celebrate their progress with us just as much as we want to work with professional polers.”
“Our inspiration is the movement itself. A particular dancer might inspire us to design a whole shoot and lighting setup just to showcase that style. One moment, when a performer moves through a beam of light onstage, can be the seed for a whole new look.”
Review on Alloy’s Work:
“Having had pictures taken by a number of photographers who are saturated in pole dance, I discovered that it was Alloy Images who consistently got the best candid photographs of me during live performance. So naturally when I am needing to hire photographers for a studio shoot the Alloy team is my preference by a lot. They know the best angle of every pose and have no trouble finding it. They know what looks good and what does not, and give clear direction to help me get the best pictures I can possibly take. I also find when shooting with Alloy Images that it is unnecessary to execute the same pose countless times and hold the poses for seemingly inhuman amounts of time. While I’m sure that there are other photographers and teams in existence who are adequate for pole dancing, I’m reluctant to spend money on any other photography service because I am consistently impressed with how good Alloy Images is able to make me look every time.” ~ David C. Owen
How to Find Alloy:
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