My session with Kate, took place on a gorgeous evening... finally. We had to reschedule twice due to weather, but this session was worth the wait! As you will see!
I'd love to take an opportunity to talk a little bit about how my dance sessions work. Dance sessions are very unique in that there are two artists involved. I may have a creative vision for the session, but it's also very important to me that the dancer makes the session her/his own. So how does that all work?
Below, I've listed some steps that I take and tips to make sure that our two art forms come together to create beautiful images that are a reflection of who you are as a dancer.
1. The Session Guide ~
When you inquire about a dance session, I will send you a session guide that will detail what to expect. Preparation is huge when it comes to dance sessions. In the guide, we discuss what to wear, hair and makeup, what to bring with you and basically what to expect from the process.
2. Do Your Homework ~
I ask that every dancer provide me with some images of dancers that speak to them. It helps me when choosing a location and looking for a certain aesthetic for individual dancers. I want your personality and artistry to shine through in the images that we create together. It's also vitally important to remember your individual strengths and style. Whether it's flexibility, expression, line, strength, etc. we want your unique gifts to come through as well. A word about safety! Safety is always my number one priority. There are many images out there in the dance world that aren't necessarily safe for a dancers body. If there is a pose that you see and I feel that it isn't safe, I will ask you to choose another pose or modify it so that it is age and ability appropriate.
3. Communication ~
When you arrive for your session I will ask you to stretch and warm up your muscles. While doing that I will communicate with you how the session will go. I always have a flow to my sessions and a plan. My sessions are planned in such a way that will allow your body to warm up as we go. We start with simple poses and as the session progresses we move into more difficult poses and jumps. Dancers work in 3 dimensional world and photographers work with 2 dimensional images. I am always communicating to you what looks best when translating your movement to a 2 dimensional still image. I will also tell you if you need to turn out more, stretch your knees, relax your expression, soften your hands etc.
4. Make it Your Own ~
Do you like classical images? Do you prefer something a little more contemporary? These are questions that I will ask you during your session as we create poses together. We will always begin with a pose in mind and then I will ask you to add your style. For example: I might ask you to do a classical fourth position and then show me arm positions that are classical, contemporary, modern etc. depending on what look you are going for. The best part about dance sessions is when we bring our two art forms together, we can create beautiful imagery that speaks to your unique artistry as a dancer!
As you can see, Kate's session was a complete success! I truly enjoyed working together to create these images. Dancers work hard at their craft and they always show up prepared to give 110% to their sessions. That isn't to say that these sessions aren't also fun. We have a ton of fun together... there are bloopers, jokes and laughter! It's truly just as much fun for me as it is for you!!! : )
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