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
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!
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! She’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!!
One of the reasons you never ask a child to smile is most kids really don’t know how to smile nicely. When taking photos of kids more often than not, you need to be a bit silly, or a lot silly, to get them laughing a bit and eventually the smiles will come naturally. Sometimes it’s funny noise or someone putting a pine cone on your head will be what it takes to get that genuine smile. Give it a try!
When I photograph kids and adults for that matter, I like them to see the photos on the back of the camera as we take them. Kids LOVE to see themselves on the camera and it’s an easy way to keep them interested for the next shot. It gets them comfortable in front of the lens and if they are meeting me for the first time, with me too! This all leads to natural genuine photos.
Anyway…. This is what you hope happens when you ask a child to smile. Well frame 4 anyhow!
Two of 80+ individual photos from the Raincity Volleyball sessions. Smiles this time! We were saving the attitude for the team shots. A three light setup set up in the main gym. I used the net to give a bit of perspective after deciding against using plain seamless paper.
Here are two of my faves! Again I coached them since they/are 11-12 years old and I’m proud to see them progress, get better coaching, and thrive. The fact that they’re sisters and I’ve taught them both is even cooler.
I had the opportunity to do team and individual photographs of 81 young ladies from ages 13-18 and most of them taller than me! Raincity Volleyball Club is based out of Cloverdale B.C. and completely volunteer run. I’m so happy this club came into existence in Cloverdale as many of my former students that I coached in volleyball had a chance to keep playing and really excel! The sessions were even more fun because I got to see some great past students.
Thanks to Jeni for having me do these!!
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One team photo for now (4 of my past students in this photo. It was good year for players!). Click to enlarge.