Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Choke Holds and Hair Spray

I think I've found my new favorite thing to photograph. I thought shooting drag shows, porn conventions, muscle competitions and beauty pageants was fun, but that was before I discovered Women of Wrestling at the Eastside Cannery last month. Las Vegas Sun reporter and journalistic kindred spirit Andrea Domanick agreed. I think we stayed for almost four hours, hanging out backstage with the ladies as they prepared their hair, makeup, costumes and various persona for the ring. I took portraits and Andrea interviewed them, in character and out. These ladies are not only beautiful, they are amazing athletes with unbelievable commitment, drive and raw talent.

Here's the Las Vegas Weekly story and more photos of beautiful lady wrestlers.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chippendales World Tour Auditions

I don't think this blog post needs any text accompaniment. The pictures are worth at least few thousand words.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Live Cosmetic Surgery

Roughly one quarter of the portrait subjects I photograph often joke with me,"So you can Photoshop my lines away, right??" They are usually only half joking, and for good reason. The camera can sometimes be a cruel mirror. Watching live cosmetic surgery is kind of like watching live Photoshopping. Patty, Karen and Elaine were volunteer patients for a live demonstration of dermal filler and neurotoxin use at the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery's annual scientific meeting in Las Vegas in mid-January. They allowed me to photograph the morning session, and although it was slightly grotesque, watching someone's lines get magically Photoshopped away was also very soothing and reassuring, like a real life clone tool.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Shoes of Porn III

It has now become a tradition for me to photograph shoes at the Adult Entertainment Expo. It's not easy covering a porn convention for a family newspaper without showing too much skin, so this was our clever idea a few years back to show things without showing too much. Please enjoy the third annual Shoes of Porn!