Rock It in Red Charity Fundraiser at Neighbours Underground. My first time photographing a drag king, Mr. Ceasar Hart. Also picture are Sharon Huzbenz, Blue Bear, Justin Mueller (who put on the event), and Inga Ingenue of The Atomic Bombshells.
The first round of Pride Idol at Neighbours, Seattle Out & Proud's weekly Sunday evening contest. Gaysha Starr was hostess - it was only my second time photographing her, which is crazy to think about. In the second photo is one of the contestants, Mr. Donta Rogers, who passed away a little over two years later from cancer. His smile was contagious! And, in the last photo, George gives me his thumbs up pose.
My first batch of prints, done for my Photo Design course with Mr. Jeff Parks. Printed at the corner shop that doesn't exist anymore for about $1.89 each. I think probably five of these have survived. Jeff has the go-go dancer shot.
Tempting Tarts Burlesque Presents: Cosmic Comics at Jewelbox Theater.
Mitsy's Ditzy Glitzy Variety Show at Open Circle Theatre.
Mom Finley, Ursula Major, and DonnaTella Howe perform at Lashes Cabaret at R Place.
Art + Action = Awareness at R Place, hosted by Hard Times Press and the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit. Really good evening for pictures - I've included a couple of these in my ongoing black-and-white series "The Gayborhood". And so many faces I know and love.
Cocktail mixing contest hosted at The Lobby Bar (now closed) by a giant queen and one lucky winner of a trip to Palm Springs, Anthony Greer. But that photo of owner Curtis Bigelow dropping his lemon drop!
The girl I was seeing at the time was really into doing those runs you sign up for and get a free T-shirt. I really wish I'd gotten into the routine of running with her, but I guess I still can't get my head wrapped around the idea of paying to run. Anyway, tagged along to Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Dash at Seattle Center and played around with panning.
Picket line downtown on my walk home from class. Put my photojournalist cap on!
Winged last-minute, after dark shoot around the hill with my bud Jacob McIntyre for a homework assignment. They got that lo-fi pop flash look!
I remember this being a tough day for photos. Did a portrait shoot for Melinda's class, and my model Christine Maga never got to see the photos they were so bad. She was great, but it was my first attempted portrait shoot and I just didn't know how to go about it. I wasn't much of a director and was unable to visualize the possibilities. Basically, I didn't know what I was after and the shoot went downhill from there. Later that evening, I trekked down to Trinity Nightclub in Pioneer Square for a Mardi Gras party. Was excited when I got there because a fire dancer and a stilt walker were performing outside. But that was the end of the fun for me - for the first time, my external flash wouldn't work correctly (the venue was too dim and I was too inexperienced to not use flash). Guess I could've resorted to the pop-up on-camera flash, but I was too preoccupied with the fact that my brand new strobe wasn't working. It didn't help that a half dozen other photogs were milling around, which I wasn't used to, and that I barely knew anyone at the club. Anyway, didn't figure out the problem until I was already feeling self-conscious and defeated. Here I was surrounded by pretty women flashing their chests, a welcome change of pace from the go-go boy dancers I was getting used to seeing at events, and I still felt so frustrated I couldn't make photos that it made me completely miserable.
Walked over to Olympic Sculpture Park with my Intro to Photography class with Melinda Hurst Frye. Really happy with the trippy reflections shots - I totally miss that raindrops mural, which was replaced a couple years back. In the evening I photographed Ben DeLaCreme's movie night at The Triple Door. Ben's done big things since, including being named Miss Congeniality on the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Also snagged my first picture of Ricki Mason (at bottom), otherwise known as Lou Henry Hoover and whose wedding to Susanna Welbourne (Kitten LaRue) I'd photograph in the summer of 2013. The couple are both well known and admired performers in Seattle.
Hit up the 2nd Annual Nubian Pride Pageant at Neighbours. Everyone's energy was so high, and the show ended up being one of my three favorites of the year. It was my first time photographing La Saveona Hunt (pics 1 and 8). One year later I was hired to photograph and she was hired to host R Place's new night, Thirsty Thursday, which just celebrated its three-year anniversary today. Amazing we've been working with each other for so long.
Spent another day at Emerald City Comicon again and then a Mardi Gras Benefit Ball: "Starstruck! A Night at the Movies", hosted by Les Faeries Vertes. Got some keepers!
Was asked last minute if I could shoot the 2011 Gothic Pride Seattle Pageant at The Mercury. Met a lot of great people, including Lazarus R. Darkwinter (top two images), who shared his story with me of why he goes by the name Lazarus. I won't get into it here, but it was pretty remarkable. The bottom photo is a snap from the 2011 Emerald City Comicon, where I'd spent the afternoon.
"Live the Pink Life Off the Hill" at PNK UltraLounge was kind of an odd event - they were trying to pull in a gay crowd but the programming didn't seem very gay. Except that DJ Skiddle was working!
Tempting Tarts Burlesque Presents: The Lonely Tarts Club at the Jeweelbox Theater in Belltown was my first ever burlesque show. This top photo of Sailor St. Claire would be published two and a half years later in the October 2013 issue of Penthouse Magazine for an article by The Lady Aye titled: "Show Us Your Books! Inside the Smart and Sexy World of Nerdlesque". The third image down is host Dickie Gazoonie, who was very welcoming as long as the drinks kept flowing, and below him is LuLu Bell. I loved it all, and continued making it to the Tarts' monthly shows, using them as fun opportunities to practice shooting movement in low-light.