I went back and forth about writing this post because it is COMPLETELY different than Wedding Photography! Which is exactly one of the reasons I should post it because we ALL have a secret passion, something on our bucket list, something that maybe even your closest friends wouldn’t guess you’ve always wanted to do!  Well this is mine, and todays post is all about BURLESQUE!  Carpe Diem!  I’ve been a cheerleader since age 6 all the way through high school and a huge aspect of cheerleading was dance, my favorite part!  I never really knew anything about burlesque besides what you see on the movies, then when Robby and I started dating, I learned that his older sister, Mandy was a burlesque dancer in NYC.  I was SO intrigued!  They are the Pink Chardonnays and I saw photos, videos of performances and then finally got to see a live show at Le Poisson Rouge when we were visiting NYC just this past Christmas.  I was in awe and got to snap some photos of their show, which I would love to share with you 🙂

Mandy says it perfectly when she explains “Burlesque is more than just a dance and striptease, it’s an attitude and confidence that helps you identify with your true beauty and life’s deepest desires.”

I bet many of you think you could never do this, but you’ve always dreamed of it.  It truly is amazing to witness these strong, independent, highly successful and educated women strut their stuff on stage and be completely comfortable doing so! And have SO much fun! I wanted to be up there on stage with them, they were having such a blast.  They are so supportive of each other, some of these women start out never have even danced before, I highly recommend checking out their site Burlesque Bikini Bootcamp, I wanted to sign up so bad last year if it weren’t in the middle of Wedding Season.  Who knows, maybe I’ll be up on stage one day, the Pink Chardonnays are located in NYC, but travel all over performing and I know that Richmond has a huge burlesque scene as well.  I was brainstorming what my name would be, one of the girls came up with ‘Kodak Moment,” HA, I love it!  What would your name be?! And let me know what you’ve always wanted to do but been to afraid?! 2015 is your year to push yourself to do it!

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Tina Tassels

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Dandy Dillinger

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Miss Ivie League

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Kitty Cavalier

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Bombshell Betsy (left) and Candy Applebottom (right)

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The host for the evening, Sweetie



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Scarlett James

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Lastly, another group number to end the night

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A family photo!


Many you are gorgeous and oh so talented!! 🙂


© Desjar Photography 2015 | Wedding and Portrait Photographer | Central VA and Destinations Worldwide

January 22, 2015

Burlesque in NYC | Pink Chardonnays

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