Our trusty mermaid hairdresser Mairead Kelly was on hand to attend to crimping my mass of hair, help direct the photography (and as a student of mine, part of me suspects she was having a great time putting me in awkward poses on purpose as revenge for all that plank and squats we do in Level 3!) and take pics for Twitter and Instagram: You can follow her (she loves posting about all the mermaid shenanigans we get up to) here.
I'm not really keen on photoshoots, I feel pretty awkward in front of cameras. My eyebrow go higher and higher and I look less and less impressed with every shot. It's just how it goes. So left to my own devices, I will always put off organising a photoshoot for myself, no matter how much I need one. I'd be a rubbish movie star for that reason.
I work with a performance agency called WildFire Productions, and they invited me to participate in a performer photoshoot over the bank holiday weekend. Woohoo! I really needed some tribal shots, as bar some dodgy flash-heavy pasty performance shots, I am tribal photo free. I feel a bit silly being a Tribal Fusion dancer and running Tribal Fusion classes and having not one tribal photo of myself on my website. I am a Tribal Fusion dancer, honest!
The photoshoot was with Amelia Aventine, a great Cambridge based photographer, at her home studio. We did some cool egyptian-costume-with-veil shots and some awesome tribal ones. Even more awesome were the other performers being photographed - the Incredible Bendini, a contact juggler and contortionist who dresses like a victorian gentleman and introduced me to sock suspenders, and Frankie Dubery, stilt walker, trapeze artist and the founder of WildFire who owns the highest, glitteriest, greenest shoes known to humankind. Shoes, I Covet Thee. And of course my boyfriend Guy, the fire-spinning ninja, was mooching around too, eating cheesecake and choosing photos for me, as I tend to look at my own and go Blech! so obviously I am not a sensible judge of my photos.
I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the photos we took, and looking at more work by Amelia. She has this beautiful picture of a girl in a flock of origami cranes on her website. Could I link that with belly dance somehow, so I can have one? Is there a way? Please?