Ballet and Street Dancer photo shoot
I’m extremely excited to be sharing the results of my latest photo shoot with professional dancers, as part of my ‘Portrait of a Dancer’ series (You can read more about this project here). Veronika and Ernest are a real-life couple and were an absolute joy to work with: energetic, passionate and so tuned in to each other. I love the juxtaposition of the two dancers’ styles – classic ballet and street dance – so different yet so fitting. I think the combination works very well and highlights the classical grace in Veronika and the urban edge in Ernest.
Location shoots are very weather dependent, and because the day of the shoot was a very windy one, I changed the originally planned location to a more sheltered Grand Canal Docks. The location suited the theme of the shoot to a tee. It’s urban, it’s edgy, and it doesn’t take away from the dancers.
I tend to worry about my models: will they be cold, will it be too windy and try to prepare for all eventualities. Having now worked with a couple of ballerinas as part of this project, I came to realise just how tough these incredibly graceful dancers are. I suppose the discomfort of the cold and wind is nothing compared to years of gruelling exercise, strict discipline, broken toes, sweat and tears.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with such incredible dancers as Veronika and Ernest. Not only did I get to see the dancers in action, but also learned about different street dance styles, such as popping, krumping, hip hop, and breakdance.
Please check the blog over the coming weeks as I will be posting more examples from my ‘Portrait of a Dancer’ series. There’re a few interesting themes and ideas in the works as I type this.
Credits: MUA: Rachael Dempsey; Lighting Assistant: Suolas Photography