About a week ago I had the pleasure of doing a fire photoshoot at Fight or Flight Academy. Chad let me use the loading area out back to play around for about an hour. We had a blast experimenting different things with the light and I decided to try some high fashion fire in one of my corsets. Between Chad and Jerome taking pictures, I think they have over 500 to go through. At the moment, I have a few teaser images to share. I look forward to getting the rest to share later. Keep reading for a special treat at the end!
During the shoot, Chad was alternating between his camera and his GoPro. I never really knew what he was doing, just that he was always moving. The next night I received a text message from him saying, "I'm working on your new favorite video". I wasn't anticipating getting an edited video out of this, most of the time I just get camera phone video clips and while that's great, it's not usually very good quality. Needless to say, I was pretty excited to see this. Check it out...
For the longest time I've felt like what I do isn't special. I just feel like I'm flailing around and dodging fire. But seeing this video made me realize that in the eyes of the audience, this can be pretty magical. I'm starting to consider what it would take to join a local fire troupe. It might be late in the season this year, but I'll start doing my research for next year, see who is out there and what that process is. I would love to start working with other fire dancers to make what I currently do more polished. I learn faster with other people and it might help me get over this plateau I've been dealing with. Who knows.
Thank you to Chad and Fight or Flight Academy for the amazing space and video. Thank you to Jerome who was the evening's photographer. And an extra big thank you to Chris who was my fire safety, keeping me safe and sound.