ANNA - Teaching me something new

Challenge yourself, you will be surprised how scary and rewarding it can be.

Let me tell you my story .....I met Anna at a workshop where she and her dance partner were performing various dance moves for a group of photographers. Although I attended without my camera, I was inspired by how effortlessly they moved and how gracefully they performed their dance moves. I immediately knew I had to try something like this.


We set up a time to meet and discuss a possible shoot date. At our meeting we discovered 2 things,

1) I had never done a shoot like this before and

2) neither had Anna. A perfect combination to experiment.

My first thought was not to do the traditional dance shoot where everything is perfect and on point, but to make the shoot much more relaxed and fun. I wanted the shoot to be more about Anna and how dancing makes her feel. Fortunately she was on board and was very excited to give it a go.


We decided to just have fun, mix and experiment with different styles and looks. Basically a combination of my style of shooting with some of her awesome dance moves.

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Sometimes we forget that there are some great shots before the shoot even starts. While I was setting up my camera, I took the opportunity to photograph Anna getting ready. It's these behind the scenes we never see. All the preparation that is required before you can start, whether it's dancing or photography, the prep always goes unnoticed. Take your time, there are some great images to be had.

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As always, the first set we keep simple and easy. This allows Anna to lose some of the nerves and get used to the way I shoot and communicate with her. This is a crucial part of the shoot which few photographers pay attention to. The more you and your model can get into a rhythm, the better the images will be. The first 15 minutes can either make or break the session.

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Moving on, the most used piece of clothing in my studio are the ripped denim jeans and Anna was keen to try them. As you know these are a far cry from the beautiful ballet costumes she would wear on stage as well as the clothing she would wear to train in. We both thought it would bring a nice contrast to the shoot. As you can see, we are still using the natural light that comes flooding into the studio in the mornings.

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Back to some more traditional dance wear so that Anna could be a little more flexible and a lot more comfortable performing some of her beautiful moves.


We also lost the sun, so it was time to move to the strobes. I set up my GODOX AD300 and used the AD-R12 reflector (my favorite at the moment) so we could capture some movement and of course ..... the shadows.

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Finally we got to shoot some of these amazing aerial acrobatics using a small trampoline to get some height. This was by far the most fun. Tiring, not for me :)., but in the end we got some really good shots.

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We both had such a great time doing this. I learnt a great deal from this and I applaud those photographers who do mostly dance photography. It is a huge challenge to capture that perfect shot as well as to understand the amount of effort it takes to get the move perfect.


This shoot wasn't about that, it was a time for us to just have fun.


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