I've done many photoshoots with the Stygian Sisters, and each time I do, I become even more amazed with their dark beauty and strength. For this year's photoshoot, we enjoyed the ambiance of an abandoned grain elevator, which provided the perfect backdrop for the session. These ladies are amazing, and you should definitely check out their next show--they perform all around Illinois!
It's been an absolute pleasure to watch the Stygian Sisters Belly Dance troupe grow and develop over the past three years, and I'm so lucky that Shyama has worked with me to take photos of the group since their inception! The troupe recently expanded, so I met with the gals on a lovely summer evening to take some group and individual photos out at Kaufman Park in Champaign. The graffiti provided great backgrounds for these metalheads, who brought their talent, creativity, and beauty to the session like they do to each of their performances.
I had the pleasure of photographing the lovely ladies from Trikhala Belly Dance last spring at the Illini Union on campus. After having such a great time, they contacted me again this spring for photos, this time outside while the flowers were blooming. We met out at the University of Illinois Japan House and got right to it, taking group shots and individual photos. The ladies brought creativity (and flexibility) to the session and through their poses, and I was delighted that we got fantastic photos for all of them to remember their time in the troupe.