About Us

 
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Alloy Images is a creative partnership between Iris and Joe, two Southern California pole/aerial dancers and photographers. We provide live event coverage, editorial photography, marketing images and studio shoots across the US. Our assistants are Elric, a New York-based photographer and former work-study at Body & Pole, and Cameron, an LA-based photographer involved in the circus and festival community.

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Why you’ll love working with us: 

  • The images are striking. Our style is clean, elegant and dramatic. We emphasize the dancer’s personal style and natural movement, illuminated by lighting that is flattering but never dull. We love interesting shadows; we hate boring paper backdrops. For both studio shoots and live performance, we deliver compelling images for dancers at all levels. 
  • We are aerial dancers. Even our assistants are dancers. We can give clear directions to any model to help create the most beautiful lines. As an advanced-level instructor, Iris can demonstrate a move or provide safe spotting for difficult maneuvers, making the model feel and look more relaxed on camera. We understand “pole lingo.” We can translate phrases like “that crazy thing Oona does, with an elbow grip, kind of like a cross between a jade and an allegra, but from a scorpio?” We can capture the image while our model is in motion, not just trying to hold a static pose forever.
  • Our team can provide multiple camera coverage for both photo and video. With two photographers, plus our assisting crew, we can handle anything from raw, intimate studio portraits to the complex and experimental. Outdoor shoots, crazy props, multiple models, or delicate costumes aren’t a problem. We have the experience to ensure your shoot flows seamlessly from concept to image creation. 
  • Pole and aerial photography is our full-time job. We are dedicated to this community. Our branding is classy and unobtrusive. We do our best to be fun, friendly and always professional. 
     
  • We fully support and in fact, love, working with the LGBTQAI community. We work hard to make sure our studio and the spaces we book for shoots are safe spaces for all genders, sexualities and identities.

We look forward to working with you!

Iris & Joe

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meet The Alloy Team

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JOE WOODS

Joe is a co-founder of Alloy Images, and came to pole from the hyper-macho world of car and motorcycle advertising photography. When Iris started taking classes, her love of the art form and Joe’s in-studio photo experience led them to offer their first open pole shoot. After that success, and shooting a few live pole performances, Joe fell in love with the community’s welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and creativity. When The Vertitude opened its doors, Joe began taking pole and lyra classes. In addition to being half of the creative engine of Alloy and a ferocious defender of pole in the outside world, Joe is also Master of Scheduling.


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IRIS SMOOT

Iris is a co-founder of Alloy Images, and began her adventures in the pole world in 2009. Working as a news photographer but enchanted with the world of Jenyne Butterfly and Felix Cane through YouTube, she began going to pole classes in the evenings. Iris and Sergia Louise Anderson formed a fast friendship while taking classes together, and when Sergia opened The Vertitude, Iris was thrilled when she was asked to become the first staff instructor. Currently Iris performs lyra with Sheroes Entertainment, and is an XPERT trained advanced pole instructor at The Vertitude in Los Angeles. She has also performed with Girl Next Door: A Pole Dance Soiree.


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ELRIC TAURMAN

Elric joined the Alloy team in early 2012, coming with a high recommendation from one of our former photography professors. After a stellar showing on the job, assisting us at the 2012 Pacific Pole Championships, we brought him on for the rest of the PSO season, as well as many local Los Angeles pole shows and competitions. Once Elric got a taste of the amazing world of aerial, he dove in headfirst began taking classes at The Vertitude in pole and silks. After only a few months of classes he performed his first piece on silks and has become quite the circus gypsy. Currently Elric is currently living in New York, following the conclusion of his 2014 workstudy program at Body & Pole. 


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CAMERON KOLKEY

Cameron joined the Alloy team in mid-2012, second assisting for a student showcase at The Vertitude. His background in experimental photography and experience with circus (working with Burning Man since 2011, stage managing with Vau de Viere Society and other festivals) helped him fit right in to our community. Cameron works with us at the larger Pole Sport Organization competitions and local showcases, and works as a rigging assistant locally.