Vertical Freedom is a dance studio located in South Plainfield, New Jersey and offers classes in pole fitness, aerial yoga, yoga, kids aerial yoga, adult ballet, vertical barre, pole-ates and cardio & core.
We got some excellent shots of the classes in action using a 24mm tilt-shift and 15mm lenses in combination with MagMod lighting that I hung from the ceiling with blue gels.
Take a look at some of the highlights and remember to visit their web site to get more information and sign-up for classes.
There was one day I got to work with an amazing crew and talented dancer in a blowout extravaganza not only filming a dance video, but also doing a photo shoot on that very same day. We filmed the video with playback of Tate McRae’s original song “Hung Up On You” and choreography she came up with from scratch.
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!
Last week Nadira was in from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Toward the end of the photoshoot, two mutual friends showed up and did a great job as lighting assistants. Most of the photos were taken against a black backdrop. This particular photo was also taken against black. However, I thought it would look a lot more interesting with a dramatic sky. Thankfully I’ve been gathering quite a few interesting sunsets and found one that fit the bill.