Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting with Wilhelmina, a young ballet dancer. Her mom assisted as makeup artist, wardrobe stylist and all around photo assistant – Thank you, Cynthia!
The shoot was great fun. We were trying traditional ballet poses, but also some informal, ballerina-at-rest looks, following in the tradition of Degas, as in the image below.
Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director of The American Ballet Theatre, said, “I think most dancers would agree that the art of ballet chooses the dancer, not the other way around.” I can see how ballet chose Wilhelmina. She is totally committed to improving her skills and begins her college level training later this month.
We experimented with a variety of lighting styles. In the image below, I used one fairly harsh direct light. It’s a bit faint in this version for the blog, but I liked the subtle shadow of her arms on the paper behind Wilhelmina.
We took a lot of pictures in this shoot and it was difficult to choose just a few for this blog post. We close with one of my favorites. If you want to see more images from the shoot, here’s the link to my website. Be sure to view these in “slideshow” mode to see the pictures full screen. Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work.