I had the pleasure of photographing Prima Ballerinas,Catherine and Shalynn, in action and in unguarded moments.
Shannon brought this adorable Betsey Johnson dress to her session. When I see a Betsey Johnson dress, I think fun and flirty. I asked Shannon to flip the dress back and forth to fully appreciate the flounce of the skirt. All effects for this image, I created right in camera.
Well, I've finally run into a problem with my home studio. There is not enough space for movement. Even simply going on point and extending was difficult during this shoot.
We worked through the challenges anyway and came away with some beautiful and graceful images.
Cindy is a dance teacher. She plans to open a studio in the middle of this year. I am very excited for her. She has some great ideas and I really appreciate that she wants to bring dance lessons back to being about dance and enjoying the grace, movement, and art.
For lighting, I originally put Cindy on a white backdrop and washed the "stage" with light. I love directional light, but when moving, it's difficult for your subject to stay on the mark. So, this approach worked for when Cindy would spin and twirl across the set.
The problem with the high-key look is that is doesn't look like a stage performance. Also, the vinyl backdrop was a bit slick and I didn't want our dancer to get hurt. So, I switched to more directional lighting, changed the backdrop, and went down to the studio's bare wood floors. Ah...now there's the look I wanted. :-)
I love scarves and nothing shows them off more than movement. In trade for the headshots, I asked Angelica to do a couple looks/concepts for me. The movement with a scarf was one of the looks I've been wanting to try, but needed studio space to do it. Personally, I think dance and movement shots in studio look best in Black and White.
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.