If you’ve been to a Burlesque show in Seattle recently, you’ve probably seen The Academy of Burlesque’s current Photographer-in-Residence, Max Shaw.  Max’s stunning images of the current Reigning Queen of Burlesque and Academy Lead Instructor INGA have garnered him national attention.

Max specializes in performer headshots, glamour and boudoir shoots, and live event photography.  He also does family photos, weddings, corporate headshots, troupe photos, and even pets!

Max’s sensitive and collaborative approach to capturing the essence of individuals and groups is at the heart of his evocative images.  He naturally creates a safe, comfortable, fun, and experimental environment for his subjects, and easily draws out both the vulnerable and powerful moments.

We are delighted to have Max at STUDIOBlue, and honored to have him as our Recital/Show Photographer, as well as snapping in-class and behind-the-scenes images of the Academy of Burlesque. Grab a chance to shoot with Max at STUDIOBlue this August during the Academy of Burlesque’s summer break!

In Max’s own words:

My biggest inspirations right now are Alfred Cheney Johnson and Neil Kendall.  Annie Liebovitz, too!

Our Queen INGA has become such an inspiration for me and I feel so lucky that I get to create with her often. She’s definitely one of my muses!

It’s an honor to be in Seattle right now – and it’s my hope to capture even just a piece of this queer moment. 

One of my goals for the upcoming year is to travel and photograph a show out of town. I’d love to make it to BHOF 2019 and a couple of festivals along the way!”

Max is much more than just a talented eye behind the lens.  Find out more on this podcast featuring Max, and another Seattle photographer Dylan M Austin.  Dive into Max’s personal story, and his philosophy on photography and queerness.

Check out even more of Max Shaw’s amazing work on his brand new website (where you can also make booking inquiries!) and follow him on Instagram.

Curious about studio rental? Check out STUDIOblue for more information!