Lately you have been seeing a lot of dance work that I’ve been involved with. Since the beginning of 2015 I have been doing a lot of work with Capezio. That has inspired me to do dance shoots on my own to build up my own take on the artform. We’ve done two shoots recently. One at the studio and one at a nearby park. The snow isn’t very forgiving for dance, but it looks so great in the final shots. The lake was frozen and made for a serene backdrop. For the stair shot I faked sunset by putting an orange gel on a flash and having it low to the ground. Zooming out the flash all the way helps give the effect of pure sunlight.
If you have children interested in dance near East Windsor, NJ I would recommend signing them up with Miss Melanie. I’ve done two shoots with her and Tanner and it’s obvious how great the teacher/student relationship is.
Models: Tanner Hutchinson and Melanie Jones
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Andrea has done shoots with me in the past and really helped pull this shoot together. I’ve been in between several projects, so a big high five for her efforts in getting dancers committed. To the photo project, not committed as in institutionalized. As a former dance team member, she was able to ask some of the current members to head over to First Position School of Dance in Milltown, NJ.
My goal with this series of photos was to get down to basics. Strip away all the color and go for striking, heavy dark shadows. I did a few color shots, but the main focus was boiling it down to b&w.
It’s extremely important for me to ask each dancer questions before composing their shot, especially if it’s multi-flash and they will be moving across the frame. Know how to count. The dancers appreciate it and it will make getting THE shot a lot easier.