Category Archives: Dance

Studio Dance | Sophie and George

Wow what a fun session this was with a full time dancer Sophie and her swimming/part-time dancing brother George! Sophie was all in for this shoot. George however needed a bit of convincing but once he realized these weren’t your normal dance photographs he was game!

Dancers: Sophie and George

Choreo/styling: Jaimie Ashworth

Photography: Steve Lowe

Jaimie – Outdoor Dance Test

Shooting dance in the studio is fun and you can do so much when you control the lighting but outdoor is a whole different thing. Jaimie and I have been photographing quite a few dance sessions lately in studio and I thought it was time to get out into nature again.

I saw this location on a friend’s Facebook timeline and asked the location. It took about an hour to scout out the area and find the best spots and times to photograph. A bit of arranging and we headed out to see what would happen. We had another photographer come along who happened to be one of my old students. They had never really photographed anything like this before so why not give someone new an opportunity? Checkout her images on Facebook and the web ~ Daniella Dolmans Photography.

We were hoping that potential clients may want to try something a bit different and do some dance in a location like this but I have to say it was challenging for Jaimie. Slippery and uneven footing mean a lot of ground poses. Jaimie almost took a bath a couple of times! Good thing I have a bunch of other outdoor locations on standby if someone wants some really different dance photos.

Some of the images from our adventure that day.

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Studio Dance Part 2 | Dante

I met Dante through a good friend who set up this session to help him with applications for dance scholarships and contests in the States. She bandied about things such as “too many credentials” and “most talented in his age group to hit the Vancouver scene.” I was contacted because she wanted “that pic” to help put him over the top with his essays for the contests. She then sent me a photo of him doing a crazy overstretched Russian and I was in!!

We coordinated times and I planned and enlisted Jaimie to help with choreography and styling (and to do some photos of her too). The day of the session I found Dante to be one of the most amazing 11 year olds I’ve met. Polite, funny, mature, and most of all coachable. Can’t ask for much more than that. This is what we came up with.IMG_7873IMG_7892-Edit IMG_7903-Edit-Edit IMG_8025-Edit

Studio Dance | Jaimie

Professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and part time student. These are just a few of the words you could use to describe the amazing and talented Jaimie. I’ve known Jaimie since she was 12 years old and even then her drive and talent was very evident.

We had reconnected over the summer and had planned to do a session but weren’t able to get it together until recently. What a great session. Power, control, passion. Loved it!

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Taylor – Urban Dance

It’s funny the way things work and you realize that the world is indeed a very small place especially with the internet.

This is Taylor and she’s an amazing dancer! IMG_3348-EditShe’s also the daughter of friend from high school (it was a long time ago). Taylor also spent a month dancing and training in New York over the summer with Zack, one of my former students. One of her dance teachers Jaimie (one of my all time faves even though we aren’t supposed to have them) was also one of my former students. Not too many degrees of separation here!

Taylor’s Mom, Chris contacted me in late September to do some head shots and action photos. Dance photos? I was in!! I had a location in mind as soon as I heard “dance!” After a bunch of back and forth discussion regarding favourite dance styles and types of styles we set a tentative date of the Thanksgiving long weekend. Everything was weather dependent of course and over the next 2 weeks we watched the weather change from glorious warm fall days to cloudy, dark, rainy days.

The weekend approached and what did we get?

Rain Saturday, rain Sunday, and finally about 3 hours of no rain on Monday but with a heavy rainfall warning. The 8am texts began and we decided to go for it. We photographed for just over 2 hours and came away with some amazing images of some amazing dance. I’m still in awe over the power, flexibility, and grace Taylor demonstrated! Thanks Taylor and Chris for letting me capture these photos!!

The results:

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