I recently attended a Dance Photography Workshop, organised by Nina Mace Photography and Gary Hill. It was a fantastic day and everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves. Anyone who knows me will be familiar with my life long love of ballet, so combining my passions for dance and photography should be lots of fun!.
The dancers, from local dance schools in Hertfordshire and Surrey were professional and a pleasure to work with. Back in my dancing days of festivals and competitions, the opportunity to be photographed against a backdrop by a professional photographer was similar to the school photograph experience. Event based, studio portraits of dancers are brilliant for capturing costume details and key poses, although the photographer and dancer are usually both restricted by the space they are given on the day and also by how many other dancers are in line waiting.
What I love about this style of shoot however, is that the dancer has room to move and inhabit the space, with the prowess and grace they are trained to do. There is depth to their environment creating a visual conversation and sense of drama.
I very much hope to continue taking portraits of dancers and dance photography in the future. Here are a few from our time at the beautiful Elvetham Hotel. A black and white series of images, emphasising the dancer's quality of line.
Beautiful keepsakes for the dancers. A record of their dance achievements and journey so far...
Thank you and best wishes to all those involved.