The night I photographed Andrea, Emily and Tara was a big ole experiment. There is no creative growth in my book without throwing everything out the window for something new. I shot everything using a lens I would normally never use being so close to the subject. I used off camera flash in a way I never did before. My favorite images taken that evening were shot against a dark background. If I had to describe the look it would be a fluid series of motions captured in one single exposure. This gives the performer something they probably don’t have in their portfolio of images. Something different that stands out and gets a “WOW!”
Style is always evolving. Never be completely content in the work you are creating because there’s always another way to push or pull the methods. Using this method of photographing dancers should encourage anyone that performs dance, or knows someone that dances, to look into booking a shoot with me. We will create amazing images together using this technique.
Who is ready to bust out some sweet dance moves on the beach? You are? Are your sure about that? Can you bust out dance moves without fracturing your entire spinal column?
Andrea and I continued our shooting partnership by venturing down to sunny Asbury Park, NJ for some photos along the beach. The breakers near Convention Hall were particularly dry that day and made for a nice flat surface to photograph some sweet dance moves.
I shot in black and white to keep the focus on form and movement. Most of the shots were taken in the direct sun because the light was extraordinary. The thing I love about working with Andrea is she is a relentless perfectionist. We review shots on the spot to make sure everything is the way it should be. Take note, dancers! That’s the way it’s done to get results like this.
Special thanks to Lew Monty for running around like a maniac bringing me lenses and batteries as per usual. If you don’t have a Lew Monty…well, that’s too damn bad because he’s on Team TW!
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.
If one lesson was learned during this shoot, it’s that the rain clouds had our number. Each time I set up for a shot involving more than one light…RAIN! You have to know we kept trying though and came away with some great running shots. We photographed around Spring Lake, New Jersey swapping outfits and getting excellent lifestyle shots for Andrea’s agent.
This year I am taking a break from monsters for the annual Halloween themed shoot. But I guess the 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback (same year as Steve McQueen’s in “Bullitt”) could be considered a monster. Lauri Scott was kind enough to let us borrow her baby for an hour after work. Andrea Hoch was the female model and Lew Montalvo was the male model and assisted. You may remember Andrea from the vampire shoot we did at the old Michelin tire factory in Milltown, NJ back in 2012.
The sky looked pissed off the entire time so we worked quickly but efficiently. Four off camera speedlites gave me a nice arena to give the environment some color instead of a drab grey palette.
Great photo shoot to celebrate Halloween and my love for horror movies. There have been great vampire movies and there have been vampire movies that depict the undead nightcrawlers as the most pitiful characters in the movie. Stake through the heart. Garlic. Seeing if they have a reflection. Sparkling in the daylight. If you are a believer in the last one, you may stop reading and proceed to never read anything I post here ever again.
Models: Andrea Hoch & Vincent Meli
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole
Hair: Jessica Cleaver