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.
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. 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. 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
meet The Alloy Team
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.
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 teaches at The Vertitude in Los Angeles as an XPERT-trained pole instructor, offers pole exotic workshops across the country. She has also performed with Girl Next Door: A Pole Dance Soiree.
Jill McNutt is best known for her discovery of the North Pole. Following a stint as a pulley-driven elevator operator, she decided to make the switch to Alloy Images as part of an elaborate failed plot to steal one of Iris’ Miatas. She owns a polecat named Paul, named as the result of an internet poll, though the weasel was close to being named Catty McCatface.
But really, Jill joined Alloy as the email avalanche rescue coordinator in 2017, and now serves as the best Jill-of-all-trades ever. You'll find Jill managing the emails, coordinating shoots, answering messages and generally keeping the entire business afloat.
Initially attracted to the sport of pole dancing as a way to get in touch with her Polish roots, Symphony joined the Alloy team in 2017 as an assistant photographer, videographer and retoucher. After learning that her grandmother lied about her ancestry to get free pierogis from a local restaurateur, she stayed for the the vibrant, feminist community. Symphony also photographs rock shows in Los Angeles, as well as fashion and beauty. Symphony moonlights as the originator of the sci-fi fantasy biography writing genre.
When she’s not photographing live concerts or the adorable animals of Seattle, Sunny Martini is also a talented graphic designer with a passion for typography. She can usually be found rocking a uniform of black band t-shirts and hoodies, listening to her favorite band, Third Eye Blind, with a gigantic cup of coffee in hand. Sunny likes to keep on her photography toes by working with a wide range of clients and loves the artistic and athletic challenge she's found with Pole Sport and Alloy Images! Sunny joined Alloy in 2018 as an assistant photographer and videographer.
Elric joined the Alloy team in early 2012, as a fellow Moorpark College Pink Flamingo alum. He began assisting at the 2012 Pacific Pole Championships, and continued with local and regional showcases. 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. Currently Elric is currently living in New York, following the conclusion of his 2014 workstudy program at Body & Pole.
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.