Burlesque Me, Baby!
Lauren Oppelt and Blair Hopkins—the owners of Burlesque Me, Baby!—could have a whole business catering to the stars. In fact, Lauren has served as a stylist for Saturday Night Live and worked with celebrities such as Russell Brand and Tim Curry, and Blair's photographs have appeared in newspapers in multiple major cities. Yet the duo's passions lie beyond star-studded magazines, and instead they focus their collective talents on creating seductive, beautiful portraits of regular women, capturing their innate personality, confidence, and physical beauty.
Traveling directly to client's homes—and sometimes on tour overseas—Lauren and Blair photograph clients in two distinct "looks" inspired by burlesque and pin-up themes. During any given session, Lauren first works with the client's hair, makeup, and wardrobe to develop a smoldering ensemble. Blair then has ladies pose for her camera, directing them so that they feel at once comfortable and sassy. The two work with women of all ages and sizes, and always maintain a body-positive atmosphere. They also retouch the shoot's resulting photos, though they don't tamper with anyone's overall appearance beyond subtracting blemishes, stretch marks, and scandalous thought bubbles.