The Charlotte Honey Bees have the hottest dance team in the NBA and every year, I get to shoot them at the PRO Convention in Atlanta. Their director is one of the people who put on the convention and their squad is usually selected immediately prior to the event, so I get to see all the new, bright shiny faces that made the squad.
As I was saying, the Honey Bees usually bring a hot squad to Atlanta and in 2012, this young lady caught my eye. She was one of many beautiful and talented dancers at the convention, but she really struck my fancy.
This is a scanned image of a negative back when digital cameras didn’t exist. Don’t let the copyright date fool you, this is a photograph taken in the late 1990’s if I recall correctly, perhaps the early 2000’s.
Anyway, Brooke had the distinction of being both a Laker Girl and a Charger Girl and she was beloved by fans of both teams. She was also Briefcase Model #15 on NBC’s Deal or No Deal and she was also one of the Ironette dancers in the movie Iron Man 2.
Its not often that I get out and go on road trips to visit football teams and their cheerleading squads, but when the opportunity to presents itself…I’m all in. And this past weekend, I was able hit the road to check out the 2017 Arizona Cardinals…or more properly, the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders.
I rolled into Phoenix for a quick trip and I met my buddy Max and his friend Carlos at my hotel three hours before kick off. Max had pulled an all-niter photographing the Big 10 Championship game in Indianapolis, then caught an early morning flight from Chicago to Phoenix to catch this game.
I looked forward to this road trip because it was a chance to reconnect with friends and it was my first chance to see the 2017 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders on game day. A few months prior, I had covered their auditions and I was looking forward to seeing the squad in action. I knew that the Arizona Cardinals had a great squad because they attracted some very beautiful and talented dancers at their auditions and I really looked forward to photographing them on the sidelines.
Let’s take a look at what I got.
More photos after the break.
I have been covering the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders auditions since 2009 and I have seen many beautiful and talented girls at their tryouts. They have what I call the Arizona Girl look, a outdoorsy, girl next door hotness. Its a unique look and one that fits quite nicely with the girls that are selected for the squad.
Our next Flashback Friday honoree is one of those Arizona girl next door types and I was amazed at the sheer number of high caliber girls that tried out that year. However, she was the one that stood out to me.
I think she kind of reminds me a little of Amber Heard in this photo.
I have been going to Charger games since 1996 and I have been a season ticket holder since 1999. Over that time, I have seen many gorgeous Charger Girls come and go, but there are a few girls that stand out as truly being exceptional. Exceptionally beautiful. Exceptionally talented. And perhaps most of all, exceptionally photogenic.
In this edition of A Charger Girl Tribute, we feature one of my all time favorite Charger Girls…Shelbi Buccholz.
Shelbi is a wonderfully talented dancer and she is as beautiful as they come with her flowing blonde hair and her engaging smile. But what I like about her the most is that she is super-photogenic and can look like a flirty, super vamp at one moment and then look like the sweet girl next door the next. Either way, she looks amazing in front of the camera and I thoroughly enjoyed photographing her. She has that special quality that makes her stand out among a bevy of beautiful Charger Girls.
So let’s take a look a some of my favorite photographs of this very special Charger Girl.
What you don’t see in this photo is the throng of guys with camera phones standing behind me as I was setting up this shot…hence her cheesy smile. I was barely able to get the shot off before the hordes of horny males swarmed her. But that’s the thing about Shelbi…she attracted a lot of attention.
I am still lamenting the loss of the Ladies of Ontario Fury dance team. I have enjoyed photographing Lynae de Leon’s girls for the past several years because they have great personalities and were fun to work with. You really could get to know them a little bit because its a more intimate environment with minor league sports.
And for those who may not know it, the precursor organization to the Ontario Fury was the Anaheim Bolts, whose dance team was led by Lynae de Leon as well. She has a well deserved reputation for developing dance talent that goes on to major league dance teams.
In 2012, I found myself covering the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team auditions for UltimateCheerleaders.com and there were many beautiful and talented girls trying out for this minor league soccer franchise’s dance team. Southern California is a hot bed of dance talent, so it can as no surprise that the auditions attracted many qualified candidates. But there was one girl that caught my eye…her name was Michelle Cirrito, a fresh faced beauty with lots of charisma and dance moves. And as luck would have it, she made the team.
Michelle was one of a number of gifted dancers who made the Anaheim Bolts Dance Team and if my memory serves correct, six of those girls in attendance would go on an make major league professional dance teams. Three girls made it to the Charger Girls (Alex, Jessica, and Angela…who happens to be the first NFL cheerleader from the UK), one made the Clippers Spirit (Veronica), two made the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleaders (Veronica and Stephanie), one made the Golden State Warrior Girls (Kaylee), and Michelle…well she made the Lakers Girls.
Here’s a bonus pic that should get your heart pounding.
Sometimes our favorite cheerleaders are on a squad for many years or they may move from one professional dance team to another. We expect to see them year in and year out…and every season, they always delight our senses.
But some others are only on a squad for a year and these one season wonders are quickly gone from our collective memory. So we have to enjoy these beauties while they are here and in the now. Our next Flashback Friday honoree is one of these one season wonders. Her name is Lindsay and she was on the Charger Girls, if memory serves correctly, for one year…2008. I always thought she was unique for her exotic good looks and vivacious spirit…she was our little Latina firecracker and she stood out.