Continuing my photography essay of Seattle’s theatre scene, I have been honored with having access to the private lives of some of the most talented and beautiful people who spend their lives studying art in all forms.

Jesse and I were introduced via email and we quickly set a date for her shoot. Keeping with the theme in my current “Working Artists of Theatre” project, I explained that with the series of 5 burlesque dancers: Fuchsia FoXXX, Diva le Déviant, herself, Lyla la Coeur and Cherry Manhattan (coming soon!), I wanted to be able to document the real woman in her every day life. I asked her to choose a location where she would feel the most comfortable being her true self. The goal of the previsualization, was to guide the viewer to the conception of how she would want her true self shown off-stage.

The location Jesse chose was our gorgeous Seattle Public Library downtown. With is modern architectural design and collection of fine books, it was a place where a wealth of knowledge is stored in a piece of art.

Jesse Belle-Jones is THE “Modern Sexual Intellectual.” [details to her upcoming shows below]

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

 

 

My Mona Lisa:

Jesse Belle-Jones by LaRae Lobdell | PhotoSister.com

 

 
See Jesse Belle-Jones in “The Beyond Real Human Female!”
Catch her in “The Beyond Real Human Female!” at The Solo Performance Festival (SPF) at the Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle, April 21st and 28th, 2012 at 9:30pm.

Buy tickets HERE: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/242144

Navigating a female body through academia and the world at large, Jesse Belle-Jones is one bluestocking bettie whose edgy antics and sultry grace will leave audiences scratching their heads and panting for more. With her strong dance background and academic approach, her stunning concepts and choreography both challenge and captivate. Jesse’s acts are packed with tantalizing food for thought served up in a sharp, scintillating style that is guaranteed to keep her on your mind.

Photography details



Camera Settings:
Awesome architectural shots:
Lens: Nikon 12-24mm f/4.0
Aperture: f/4.5 – Shutter: 1/30 – ISO: 400
Close-up beauty shots in architectural setting:
Lens: Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8
Aperture: f/5.0 – Shutter: 1/30 – ISO: 400
Red hallway:
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5
Aperture: f/3.5 – Shutter: 1/30 – ISO: 400

Bookshelf with flash:
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5
Aperture: f/3.8 – Shutter: 1/125 – ISO: 200

Bookshelf without flash:
Lens: Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8
Aperture: f/3.2 – Shutter: 1/60 – ISO: 400

Lighting:
Bookshelf with flash:
ONE Nikon SB-800 flash with the Micro Apollo light modifier from Westcott off camera to my left (half way between me and Jesse), manual setting 1/1.

Red hallway:
Ambient light

All other shots:
All natural light

Gear: Kit:
RS-W1 women’s sling strap
Think Tank Photo Pro Speed Belt
Westcott Micro Apollo