Exotic World - Capturing the Magic: Sam Hernandez (S.H. Photo)

Exotic World – Capturing the Magic: Sam Hernandez (S.H. Photo)

One of the most enjoyable and enduring aspects of the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekends, and indeed many burlesque events, is the array of beautiful photographs that are shared around the world. They can make you feel like you were there, capture affection, innovation, inspiration and celebration, and preserve magical memories for many years to come. The photographers who work at BHoF each year are much loved members of the community, and I asked some of them to share their memories, and some of their favourite shots from over the years. I am so grateful to them for their generosity and enthusiasm.

Sam Hernandez is a fantastic LA photographer, and I use his images a lot. Here are some of his favourite BHoF shots from recent years…

“I enjoy shooting the Burlesque Hall of Fame (and burlesque in general) because it’s fun to see the creativity and beauty of what people are doing. I really appreciate the challenge because it keeps me sharp. It’s a lot like shooting sports – you have to catch the exact moment, that perfect action, or you’ve failed to really get the picture…”

Sam Hernandez (S.H.Photo)

Dixie Evans

Most importantly for me, I love this picture of Dixie Evans. I think it really captured her in that moment, happy to be speaking to and about her people. She looks hopeful... ©S.H. Photo
Most importantly for me, I love this picture of Dixie Evans. I think it really captured her in that moment, happy to be speaking to and about her people. She looks hopeful... ©S.H. Photo

Indigo Blue (2011)

Last year's picture of Reigning Queen Indigo Blue is fun for me because it's different from a lot of the other shots taken of her that night. I was shooting from my seat a few rows back and to the side, so the angle was unique. I think the picture is nice, but what puts it on the list here is that tassel, spinning and shining in the light.  ©S.H. Photo
Last year's picture of Reigning Queen Indigo Blue is fun for me because it's different from a lot of the other shots taken of her that night. I was shooting from my seat a few rows back and to the side, so the angle was unique. I think the picture is nice, but what puts it on the list here is that tassel, spinning and shining in the light. ©S.H. Photo

MsTickle (2010)

MsTickle, competing for, and winning, 'Best Debut' in 2010.  ©S.H. Photo
MsTickle, competing for, and winning, 'Best Debut' in 2010. ©S.H. Photo

Jett Adore (2011)

This picture of Jett Adore is similar in some ways to a classic sculpture or figure drawing - I like the drama of the shapes and shadows. ©S.H. Photo
This picture of Jett Adore is similar in some ways to a classic sculpture or figure drawing - I like the drama of the shapes and shadows. ©S.H. Photo

Melody Mangler (2009)

This shot of Melody Mangler is one of my favourites. It's very surreal and the timing couldn't have been better. Her face is right, the butterflies are in motion. There's a second shot of this act that I use on my website as well, where she's holding the sheer panel. I think this really caught the act, and you can see why she won Best Debut.  ©S.H. Photo
This shot of Melody Mangler is one of my favourites. It's very surreal and the timing couldn't have been better. Her face is right, the butterflies are in motion. There's a second shot of this act that I use on my website as well, where she's holding the sheer panel. I think this really caught the act, and you can see why she won Best Debut. ©S.H. Photo

Hot Toddy (2009)

 Hot Toddy's 'I'm Your Man' was a real pleasure to shoot; there aren't as many men in burlesque so it was different in an objective sense, and it was really powerful to see the strong male sexuality and sensuality. I think this picture freezes that moment in time.  ©S.H. Photo
Hot Toddy

Julie Atlas Muz

These two shots of Julie Atlas Muz are so different and both so great; the stocking over her face was something I hadn’t seen before, and I remember her talking about it at with me and my girlfriend briefly the night before. The sun headdress is just iconic. She looks like a goddess...

Julie Atlas Muz  ©S.H. Photo
Julie Atlas Muz ©S.H. Photo
Julie Atlas Muz ©S.H. Photo
Julie Atlas Muz ©S.H. Photo

Tigger!

Tigger! ©S.H. Photo
Tigger! ©S.H. Photo

Michelle L’amour (2009)

Michelle L'amour, 2009.  ©S.H. Photo
Michelle L'amour, 2009. ©S.H. Photo

Trixie Little (2010)

Trixie Little, 2010.   ©S.H. Photo
Trixie Little, 2010. ©S.H. Photo

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    JULIE DANIEL
    July 22, 2012

    A wonderful display of creativity….exotic design, dance & artistic expression.. Love it… great to see the guys participating…

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