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Ballet BFFs – Northern Virginia Dance Photographer

Remember when I mentioned that the Universe started sending me work that I was asking for? Well, here’s another one. I have lists and scrap papers and notes asking for specific types of photo sessions and a session with dancers was on those lists. I love movement, not only from the actual dance move or pose, but from the lines created in those movements and poses. Then put that with lines in your scene and background and there’s all kinds of fun happening.

Now, all this said, I have never photographed dancers before. I wasn’t sure which lens to use, what settings I would need, should I use the flash and umbrella. So not only was I getting something I asked for BUT I had to step outside of my comfort zone to actually do it. I’ve been doing a lot of stepping out of the comfort zone lately.

And just like all first times of doing something new, you learn things. Like if I want to do ballet dancers again, which I really, really, really want to, I need to learn some of the dance moves they do, so I can give them some direction and know in my head what the image will look like. Among other things!

Many thanks to these Ballet BFFs for letting me photograph them. We wanted to go for some urban ballet shots, so we hit the graffiti wall (I’ll be coming back here for sessions!) at Theodore Roosevelt Island, the Wilkes Tunnel in Old Town and then some neighborhood streets in Old Town. I hope the girls had as much fun as I did!



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