Portrait of a Dancer – Personal photo project
I’ve always been fascinated by dancers and their art. The passion, the expressiveness and the skill of a dancer is truly inspiring. I’ve often wondered what it’s like to be a dancer and use dance as a means to express yourself.
‘Portrait of a Dancer’ is a personal photo project and will run over the course of the next few months. Each week I will be working with a different dancer on a photo shoot focused around their dance. My aim as a portrait photographer will be to capture a piece of their personality and a glimpse of who they are. I have to admit I’m very excited about this project, as it’ll allow me to indulge in my two passions: photography and dance (although I don’t dance myself).
So without further ado I’d like to introduce Karen, a very talented ballerina and the first dancer to feature in ‘The Portrait of a Dancer’ series. An accomplished dancer, Karen is also a very popular dance teacher with Dancity school of dance in Lucan. She was a true professional to work with and was willing to ‘suffer for the art’ during our shoot.
It was one of those ‘four seasons in one day’ Sundays. Sun, rain and snow were all on the cards (although we didn’t know about the snow at the time). The original plan (A) was to have an outdoors shoot with balloons along the banks of Grand Canal. Plan B was to do the shoot indoors. As the rain kept pouring while Karen was getting her hair and makeup done, Plan A was looking less and less likely. As soon as we were ready to leave, surprisingly, the rain had temporarily ceased and we decided to take the chance and try the outdoors. So ran outside we did ready for the challenge.
As it was freezing, we acted fast and were very focused. Zuzana (our hair and makeup specialist) was a wonderful assistant to have during the shoot, while Karen’s execution was quick and effortless. The shoot came to an end in a rather dramatic fashion when we were caught out by the snow storm… and a heavy one too… in March.
The shoot lasted exactly 24 minutes (based on time between first and last shot taken), which under normal circumstances is only a warm-up. I’m so delighted that we managed to achieve such great results in such a short time. Team effort is the word.
Please check the blog over the coming weeks, as I’ll be sharing more examples from ‘Portrait of a Dancer’ series. And if you’re interested in a portrait shoot, you know where to find me.