What happens if…

You let loose a bunch of girls and make up, a killer corseteer, and Persons Of Interest in The Orpheum Annex? The Harlequin Hypnosis Show photoshoot, that’s what!

Music: Persons Of Interest. Video: Sum Luk, of Parafauna.

“You’ll never fit in THAT!”

“Yes, I will.”

“Pull the laces a little tighter!”

“I swear this thing was never meant for a man!”

In this video you can see Alona Kuzyk and Zoe Savage working on makeup and hair for Damara Kiceniuk, Natalia Filonenko, Sharlene Canning and Anne Moonan-Woods. Jennifer Bond is squeezing the girls expertly into the amazing corsets they are wearing. Sharleen is also directing a lot of the photoshoot, and demonstrating her on stage commanding presence in making sure everything rolls along smoothly.

The music in this video is Persons Of Interest, who are also in the shoot. The singer is the beautiful Anne Moonan-Woods, and fits perfectly the video which Sam Luk shot. If you’re interested in hiring either Persons of Interest or Sam Luk feel free to contact us at info@HarlequinHypnosisShow.com – we’re always happy to put you in touch with our people.

We used four different photographers on this shoot, including Alexander Velásquez García, Jarret McKenna and Lukas Maier and myself, all working together and collaborating to get some amazing results. As ever had great collaboration from our friends at The Orpheum Annex, particularly Levi Pease on stage lighting.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for either October 2nd or 3rd, 2015. They’re sure to sell out, so get them here and get them soon!





Getting ready for our October 2nd/3rd show.



Pic by Lukas Maier.
We recently did a photoshoot at The Orpheum Annex with some of the team getting ready for The Harlequin Hypnosis Show, 2015. When we do a shoot like this we pull together a great deal of resources, including hair and makeup skills, corsetry, video and photography.There’s quite a lot to putting on a show like Harlequin. Sharlene and I are central to it, but as the crew in this image shows, and keep in mind this is not the whole team by any means, there are a lot of people involved. We’re working with a live band this year, Persons Of Interest, who are turning out to be a great bunch of characters to tie up with. This shoot does not include the dance team.As can be seen from the images that will start to come out over the coming weeks Jennifer Bond’s magnificent corsets add a great deal to these shoots. Jennifer has been a great help, and is an absolute professional in all she does. She personally works with each subject and ensures they are well presented and can wear the garment to good effect.

Damara – HHS/RH

We used four different photographers on this shoot, including Alexander Velásquez García, Jarret McKenna and Lukas Maier and myself, all working together and collaborating to get some amazing results. In this case we used a combination of stage lighting and a large white LCD flat light, which pushed out a tremendous amount of filling light. While stage lighting is great for performance, it can leave a heavier shadow than we’d like in this type of shoot, so punching in a little targeted fill is very useful. Sam Luk also worked on video and is putting together some great documentary material. Sam and Jarrett are Harlequin veterans, and both have very strong backgrounds in technical aspects of film, video and animation. One of the wonderful things about working in Vancouver is the availability of people who are multi-talented and very well trained in these fields.

Alona Kuzyk and Zoe Savage did a great job on makeup and hair for our ladies. On a project like this there will typically be about 3 hours of preparation and about 30 or 40 minutes of shooting. For those that are interested, we also have a small amount of time spent on Photoshop after the shoot. This is done in Ottawa, by Queena Li, and just adds a finishing touch.

When we do a shoot like this the primary outlet is Facebook and a few other online destinations. It’s to garner interest in the show and let people know what we’re up to. We have a great time with our photoshoots and the team at The Orpheum Annex have been very helpful to us. Peter Kendall and his staff always provide us with great support.

We’re always interested in talking to photographers and models about working with our team. We often invite photographers to our show, as we know the value of the visuals that result. If you are interested in being invited to either one of the shoots or the show, let me know and I’ll see if there’s anything that we can do. Should you be interested in working with any of the subjects, makeup and hair team, photographers or costume team, contact me at info@harlequinhypnosisshow.com and I will do what I can to organise it.

Rob Hadley