Burlesque performer Chere Noble In New York

burlesque performer in Times Square

Give us a traveling showgirl, a cold winter night and bright city lights and we are truly happy photographers.  We first met burlesque performer Chére Noble ( aka The Atomic Bombshell)  in New Orleans for an artistic shoot in an abandoned nursing home.  She was perfect, s a true professional in every sense of the word.  She’s always on time, gives a hundred percent and does a stunning job with her hair, makeup and wardrobe. She’s a dream to photograph, and a true collaborator.

Over the past year, burlesque performer Chére Noble has been traveling the country, working in the most exclusive venues in Texas, Chicago and New York City.  We couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, so we were thrilled to meet her in New York for a chilly winter shoot.  We chose two locations, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square.  It was freezing, and Chére Noble slayed once again, under super tough conditions.  We are truly fortunate to know this fabulous dancer, model and artist.   She’s a delight to be with and we’re proud to have been able to create art with her.   I’m already hoping we get a chance to do it again.

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I think I need to start saving the messages we get from models wanting to shoot.  One that we’d been talking about doing for a while was a request from Anna Frangiosa, known in the burlesque world as Annie A-Bomb.  A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology as well as Temple University, Anna is remarkably talented costume designer and seamstress, as well as the being the artistic director of The Cabaret Administration, an incredibly smart and sexy theater company/burlesque troupe that “focuses on entertainment which is satirical, sensual, and visually stunning”, often based on the classics, such as The Nutcracker, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, and The Wizard of Oz.  A dedicated political activist, burlesque performer, writer, director, and avid bike rider, it’s a minor miracle that she found time for a quick afternoon photo shoot.

Anna is passionate about her main means of transportation, her bike.  She wanted a sexy bike shoot, which was completely puzzling to me.  Sexy bike shoot?  I really couldn’t imagine anything less sexy than a bicycle.  I should have known better.  In the back seat of our truck (which has seen more half naked models that a Victoria Secret catalog), she deftly changed into an edgy black strappy number that she made.  We found some perfect late summer golden light, and she literally stopped traffic.

I’m not sure which was my favorite moment of the shoot.  When we had to postpone it due to Anna’s sudden booking as the cook on a ship, or the woman who yelled at us from her car window as we shot on a bridge “HEY!!!  DOES THAT OUTFIT COME IN AN EXTRA LARGE?”  Priceless Philly afternoon…made.

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