Pole Divas 2009 Finals in Manchester

It was great to be invited to take official photos at the Pole Divas event in Manchester last week. There were once again some superb performances by all the performers (especially as it was the finals), and once again, lots of images were taken throughout the evening, and around 750 photos from the event can be seen on Flickr.

Here are a few of my highlights though:

This was taken just before Tamar's performance, checking the pole for enough grip. I just really liked the naturalness of her smile in this photo (it was a great performance too!)
This was taken just before Tamar’s performance, checking the pole for enough grip. I just really liked the naturalness of her smile in this photo (it was a great performance too!)
The 'Death Lay' is a move that only last year, was VERY rarely seen in competitions or performances, but was performed by Pantera after the Miss Pole Dance UK Finals in 2008. However, this year, at least 4 performers included the move (to varying levels of success) in their routines! Very impressive.
The ‘Death Lay’ is a move that only last year, was VERY rarely seen in competitions or performances, but was performed by Pantera after the Miss Pole Dance UK Finals in 2008. However, this year, at least 4 performers included the move (to varying levels of success) in their routines! Very impressive.
There were three levels within the competition, and this year the 'professional' section was one by the very lovely Annie Norris. Annie is someone I've been fortunate to work with on a large number of occasions through her support of the X-Pole. I love how really incredibly happy Annie was to have won this event, and how it fortunately showed in many of the photos from the evening.
There were three levels within the competition, and this year the ‘professional’ section was one by the very lovely Annie Norris. Annie is someone I’ve been fortunate to work with on a large number of occasions through her support of the X-Pole. I love how really incredibly happy Annie was to have won this event, and how it fortunately showed in many of the photos from the evening.

If you’d like to check out the larger range of images, please see the full collection on Flickr.

Miss Pole Dance UK Finals 2009

It was a pleasure to be invited back to Miss Pole Dance UK 2009 this year, as an official photographer of the event. Once again, it was held in the great venue of Scala, near Kings Cross.

– See the full collection of images on Flickr

Unfortunately, because of other commitments I was only able to make the final part of the event, however this was certainly very worthwhile attending, with some superb performances from some familiar faces, and some incredible new faces too.

I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
I was very lucky with the lighting on this image of Faye Chatterley, especially with the uplighting on a member of the audience gazing at the performance.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.
In this image, the resulting winner Maxine (Maria Betts) was just completing the final part of a ball drop from the top of the pole. It was great to get the expression of the audience within this one too.
This was taken at the end of a great doubles entry by Deb Riley and Sasha Kavaleva.
This was taken at the end of a great doubles entry by Deb Riley and Sasha Kavaleva.
Alesia Vazmitsel
After the end of the competition, last year’s Miss Pole Dance winner, Alesia Vazmitsel gave another superb performance. This particular move shown above, isn’t normally my preferred body angle for Pole photos, however the incredible strength and flexibility of this move makes it pretty special, and so well worth posting regardless.

If you’d like to see the rest of the images from the evening, a little over 600 images can be viewed through the full collection on Flickr.

If you’d like to purchase any images, please do so via the normal payment page.

Pole Masterclass with Suzie Q 2009-09-06

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I felt privileged to be invited to take photos at the Suzie Q Masterclass in Berkshire on Sunday (and am fortunate to be working with her again later this week).

Suzie Q Masterclass

She’s certainly an amazing pole teacher (and of course a superb performer), whilst at the same time, being a really genuine, and lovely person. It was a pleasure to meet her, and a real bonus that she was so supportive in helping arrange for portraits at the end of the day. My thanks go out to her.

Around 170 photos from the day can now be found on Flikr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonparlour/sets/72157622162566329/
(although unfortunately lighting was a bit of an issue down in the club).

If you’d like to purchase any of these images, for personal use on places like Facebook, etc. I’ve arranged a deal at simple £5 for five images, sent digitally via email to you (without the central ‘copyright’ watermark).

Signed prints by Suzie Q

If you’d like an A4 high quality photographic print, personally signed by Suzie Q this Saturday 12th Sept and then posted out to you the following week (or collected on the night), please arrange for a payment of £10 per image, to me by Friday at 12pm (midday) at the latest, with details of the image numbers you’d like printed (ie ‘IMG_8611’).

If you’d like to pay by PayPal, there will be a slight admin charge because of the costs incurred. Similarly, postage will be at cost if you’d like delivery rather than collection. If you can let me know in advance which images you’d like printed though, you can bring cash to the UKAPP finals in Reading on Saturday.

Larger Prints / Commercial Use

If of course you’d like any of these images blown up to A3 photographic prints (on paper or canvass), or even A2 posters (although there won’t be time to get the anything above A3 signed), please get in contact immediately.

Similarly, if you’d like to use them on your own professional website for publicity purposes, etc. then a reasonable arrangement can be made, so please do get in contact.

UK Amateur Pole Performer 2009-08-08

Lisa, performing at the UKAPP Wokingham heat.
Lisa, performing at the UKAPP Wokingham heat.

A couple of days ago, I was capturing images from the UKAPP event.   The standard of performance by the competitors was superb (with each competitor being only a pole student).

The location was a regular night club in Wokingham, hired out for the day.

You can see the larger collection of images via the link below:

To purchase any of the images, please do so via the regular routes.

Miss Pole Dance 2008 – Official Photographer

Yesterday was certainly an interesting day.

My partner, Jolene, was one of the finalists of Miss Pole Dance UK 2008 and I was the only official photographer. This resulted in full access to all areas: backstage, VIP area, changing rooms, make-up areas, anywhere on stage (within reason), and of course I was there throughout the day.

As it was, I knew in advance around half the finalists from previous ‘Pole Jams’ and other pole events (as you’ll see from some of my collections on Flickr). Despite the usual late organisational challenges in getting everyone together where they should have been by the times required, the evening did prove to be a big success, with around 900 people in the audience, and around 19 performers on stage.

The performers were incredible, so around 2,000 images were taken throughout the evening.

This is Lisa, one of the early competitors of the evening, with the crowd in awe.
This is Lisa, one of the early competitors of the evening, with the crowd in awe.

The collection of the images from the day can be found on the following link:

Of course any press/media enquiries to purchase any of the images, do get in contact.

Pole Dancing Photos

I’ve been getting out and seeing some great friends at a couple of new Fitness Studio launch events recently.

Although the large number of photos haven’t found their way directly onto this website as such, they are currently available on my flickr account here for the Purity Studio, and here for the Vertical Studio

A small selection from the Vertical Studio launch were quickly published here:
http://www.theverticalstudio.com/photo_gallery.htm
(just click on the selection to choose the ‘launch party’, although you’ll see the Gladiators photos were also by myself).

Some of my recent photos are now also appearing on these websites:
www.puritypoledancing.com
and
www.puritystudio.co.uk