This year I have been all about the personal projects! At the end of 2017 I wrote a list of types of sessions I'd like to photograph in 2018. Pole Dancing was on that list!
I've always had an interest with pole dancing. The grace and strength that women use while pole dancing is amazing! I came across Knockout Bodies Pole Dance Fitness studio in 2014 when I was looking for something different to do for my bachelorette party, other than bar hopping. They offered private parties! Perfect! So August 2014 we loaded up a van and drove to the cities! They have a private room where we did gifts and had lunch and then we got to learn different moves and work on putting together a little routine. We definitely ended up with more bruises than grace! But what a fun experience!!
When I first wrote this list I wasn't sure how I was going to accomplish each, and it took a bit for me to think of Knockout Bodies. Once I did, I reached out to Andrea, the new owner, and she was so awesome about my request! After having to reschedule a couple times we found a Saturday that worked for both of us and a couple of her instructors.
I set up my gear and for an hour these three ladies took turns impressing me with their pole tricks! They even did a doubles routine with two of them coordinating moves on a single pole at the same time. Even more exciting for me was that they loved the photos and Andrea asked if I'd come back a few weeks later and photograph their student showcase, where their students present what they've learned to their friends, significant others and family, one girl's mom was there!
Pole dancing isn't all about strip clubs and getting naked in front of people. It's an amazing exercise, it's an opportunity for you to try something new, get to know yourself, get in touch with your femininity, and yes feel sexy! Because there is nothing wrong with feeling good about, and loving yourself!
I hope as you look through these images you take time to appreciate the muscles, training and skill these women have put into something they enjoy! Maybe you even want to give it a try yourself! Make sure to check out Knockout Bodies if you're looking for something new and fun!
And if there's anyone who's interested in helping me establish a pole dance studio locally I'm totally in! :D <3