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Cherries von Pinn

clock November 26, 2010 17:45 by author Amber

Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.comLast weekend was SteamCon 2, a gathering of steampunk affectionados who on the whole are a lovely collections of nerds, geeks, and other assorted cool people. Really, this is genre in fandom with a flair for Science! (Note the capital S and the exclamation point.) While steampunks come in many different shapes, sizes, and ages--my youngest counts herself amongst their numbers--they all share the same sense of the visually amazing. Let me show you one such cool person.

She goes by the moniker Cherries Jubilee amongst the local Steamrats and even does dance classes with a distinctly steampunk flare to it. What's not to like? Perhaps if you're Agatha Heterodyne and you're trying to stay out of the way of Madame von Pinn you may not care for her. Now when Cherries came to me asked for a quick photoshoot to capture the von Pinn inspired costume how could I say no? Besides, silly ideas to present themselves from time to time. What could be sillier than a construct like von Pinn contemplating the day with a glass of wine? [more]

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Dread Effect

clock November 26, 2010 16:37 by author Amber

Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion Photography. www.stopped-motion.comOn October 9th, I had the pleasure of hanging out with the guys from Dread Effect, a progressive hard rock band from the Seattle area, listen to some awesome music, and take some photos down at Studio 7 in the SODO district. [more]

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All of the photos can viewed in the Print Shop for the show.

And the Fashion Show photos from SteamCon 2 are done!

clock November 23, 2010 16:49 by author Amber

Photos from the Fashion Show are finished! Last year, it took me a couple of weeks to get through. Understandably, I'm rather happy about this. I shot close to 350 and photos 226 photos made it into the final gallery.

The SteamCon Fashion Show

clock November 21, 2010 21:35 by author Amber

I just finished up a weekend at the 2nd Annual SteamCon, a steampunk exposition of the amazing! Amazing was a good word for it. For the most part, I spent my time in the photo salon photographing dashing men, beautiful heroines, innocent babess, and a fantastic mechanical universal tracker! M.U.T. was very impressive!

I had the oppurtunity to shoot the fashion show for SteamCon again and this year, I was able to make some additions to lighting arrangements. I am very pleased with the results, but don't take my word for it. Here are a few images from the hundreds I shot.


Keep an eye out on the gallery for all of the photos as they come online.

Over the Edge: Held Breath

clock November 15, 2010 20:33 by author Amber

"Held Breath" for Seanan McGuire's Sparrow Hill Road story "Faithfully" appearing in the Edge of Propinquity.
Model: Torrey Stenmark

Over the Edge: Steps Behind

clock November 15, 2010 20:19 by author Amber

For the story "The Gad Dam Ghost" by Harvey Roberts for the Edge of Propinquity.

Markings: Tayissa Blue

clock November 8, 2010 22:45 by author Amber

Tayissa Blue has been belly dancing for over a decade, getting her start in the Society for Creative Anachronism and progressing through her journey to American Tribal Style and Tribal Fusion. Her desire for a tattoo began at an early age, long before began belly dancing, and acquired her first one when she turned eighteen. As she explored the dance, its influence informed her decisions about new tattoos.

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When I was twenty-five, I got my eyeliner tattooed," she tells me. "That was a reflection of my performing and dancing; deciding to leave standardized culture and get the classic eyeliner of a belly dancer tattooed."

The rest of the posted photos from Jessica's shoot are over on the Kickstarter project for backers of the project.

Please support Tribal Markings on

clock November 3, 2010 06:32 by author Amber

Why this project?

Tribal Markings is a photo project and book, show casing belly dancers and their backgrounds while exploring the relationship they have with their tattoos. I want to meet with at least 100 or more belly dancers from across the country, from all walks of life and dance styles, to find the commonalities of experience and the unique perspectives that each provides. The end result will be book filled with the wild beauty and touching stories from the women of the dance.

Tribal Markings. Copyright 2010, Stopped Motion PhotographyBelly dancers decorate their bodies not only with costumes and jewelry, but also with ink. Each adornment is a piece of history; a story to be told and a gem of art.

"She created the fan so I was always kind of hidden behind it and it became a protection for me. With that, it allowed for me to go ahead wear a belly dance costume that exposed the area that was, in my mind, the least pleasant to be seen." -- Nancy "Icy" Brown

Each belly dancer is interviewed and engaged in the conversation of their tattoos and the journey they are on. Questions asked and stories told become quotations in the margins. Anecdotes get fleshed out.

If you back Tribal Markings at the $50 level, you receive a copy of the book as my thanks. Or to look at it in a different light, you will have pre-ordered a copy of the book.

Why $15,000 and how will the money be used?

When I posted a call for dancers for this project to a local Yahoo! Group for the belly dancing community, something I didn't expect to happen occurred. The e-mail was forwarded to people outside of the Puget Sound and there was interest. I posted the call to a couple other forums to see what the response would be. It was incredible.

The project resonated for belly dancers with backgrounds in tribal, cabaret, folkloric, and more from one end of the continent to the other. Travelling to these cities and renting space for taking the photographs will cost from $600 to almost $1000 with air fare being the biggest cost. Money will also be used to for production and design costs around the book and other costs around the shoots themselves.

Why back Tribal Markings?

  • You want to learn about these very real people and connect with them.
  • You want to see pretty pictures of beautiful works of art on amazing people.
  • Be a part of the project from the ground up.
  • You want to receive cool rewards.
  • Strong women should be showcased more often than they are.
  • You want a copy of the book.

Please support Tribal Markings and watch something beautifully amazing unfold.

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Markings: Jessica Sokol

clock November 1, 2010 00:36 by author Amber

Jessical Sokol has been belly dance for about 13 years, starting her journey with cabaret style belly dance before finding her footing with American Tribal Style belly dance and settling into tribal fusion. Six tattoos that she designed line the column of her spine like a monochromatic totem pole, filled with markers of who she is, what she believes, and, to an extent, what she's done. Unlike a lot of dancer that I've spoken with, she hasn't changed, regretted, or really outgrown any of them.

The rest of the posted photos from Jessica's shoot are over on the Kickstarter project for backers of the project.

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