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. :-)