Photographing a dancer

January 08, 2013  •  2 Comments

When I met Anna at the fitness club where I work, she made a deep impression on me right away. Though her frame is petite, her smile and personality fill the room. She has been a dancer for fifteen years and she's so fun to watch. Of course the photographer in me was instantly hooked on capturing her grace. Once I got the itch, I didn't stop bugging her for a photo shoot, I think most photographers know what I'm talking about. Finally it all worked out, we holed ourselves up in the studio and I spent two hours clicking away.

The afternoon was sunny which was very important as I don't have fancy gear like external flashes and portable lighting. I rely mainly on natural light. Shooting inside the dance studio with only my camera is challenging and is an educational experience on what my camera can and cannot do. Here, the light hits Anna so beautifully.

Below, Anna is a silhouette and the result shows the beautiful shape of her form and posture. The graininess produced here resembles film and is a look I really like, but is a result of my ISO being higher than my camera can handle.

Gorgeous shot of Anna with my daughter, Ella, watching. One might think the picture is ruined with the clutter in the background but I love the story in this photograph. This turned out to be one of my favorites.

This one is so fun with her beautiful smile, head of curls and the way she's lifting her arms. I added some black around the edges to give the background some depth and lead the attention into the middle of the photograph.

From dancing so hard for me, her feet blistered. She's used to the pain, she says! In these pictures, I can almost feel her soreness.

Thank you Anna! Let's do this again sometime.


Comments

Shenna(non-registered)
Cool, Jess. It's like a journal for you.
Barb(non-registered)
Love the light coming through the windows. Love so many things about these photos. Love Ella in the background. I can just read her mind watching Anna.
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