Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Dance pictures at Karl & DiMarco
This is my second here shooting at Carlin DiMarco. Last year I shot the North studio, this year I'm shooting North and South.
Taking pictures of dancers is different than taking pictures of "ordinary" people. There's not much difference with small children but there's a huge difference with the dancers that are 11 and 12 years old. These are girls who have been in dance for six or seven years and it shows. When they are told to hit a pose they do it perfect just about every time. It's fun to watch and a real joy to photograph.
I shoot dance recital pictures against a white background. I've never been much for elaborate props or painted muslin backgrounds when I'm doing portrait work. I think that too many props take away from the subject and painted backgrounds can be a risk because they will date your photographs. No matter how "cool" the painted background is that you're using for your photographs you can bet that in 5 to 10 years it will be considered antiquated. By shooting against pure white I guarantee that my pictures will never truly be out of style. Another nice side effect is that after a few years of taking pictures in one location I can offer collages to my clients where I combine three or four years worth of images into one print. Imagine how awful this would look if each year I used a different background.
Another advantage of shooting against pure white is that if you hit it with a hot enough light you can get enough reflection back to create a rim light on your subject. If you're shooting with a low ceiling that has white ceiling tiles you can even get a makeshift hair-light. It's a dynamic style of portrait but it works well with dancers who are dynamic by default. :)
I don't know anyone who has the same system that we do when it comes to payment and delivery of this sort of image. Without a doubt, the biggest complaint that I have heard from friends and family who had their pictures taken by other photographers at dance school, Little League, etc... is that the pictures take so long to be delivered. Bobbi and I worked out a system so that we can deliver in two weeks.
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