Oh, Ms. Alexandra, you are a pretty little thing. I was so excited when Alex’s mom called me for a session, because she wanted to capture this beautiful time in Alex’s life when it’s all about being a ballerina. I was thrilled to be able to photograph a dancer. I always say that dancers are the easiest women to photograph because they understand how their bodies move and asking them to get into positions that don’t feel natural seem very easy to them. They are probably used to contorting their bodies. But more importantly dancers connect with their bodies in ways that non-dancers do not. There is fluidity and gracefulness in their movements.
There is a wonderful dance studio in town called The Station. They have all sorts of dance classes there. But they also rent out the studio space to photographers. It was perfect for us! You can find them on Facebook HERE. Next time you go there, tell them you saw this post about being there! This shot took such a long time to perfect. She probably isn’t technically correct, ballet wise, but it looks lovely, doesn’t it? So delicate and feminine. I love this one:
Then we stepped outside for just one second, right in front of the building. I love how the light looks so beautiful in this image. It’s golden and magic. Light makes everything lovely. After our dance portion, Alex changed into regular clothes and we walked around downtown just a little bit. What I found for this portion was that Alex could pose herself. That is so rare! ALERT: This is one of my all-time FAVORITE images. To other photographers out there, I sharped this, but did NOTHING ELSE in photoshop. This is basically straight out of my camera. The sun flare is real. The exposure is perfect. And Alex is so gorgeous. LOVE this image!
At one point in the session I thought she looked like Kate Hudson, and in the picture below I thought she looked like Taylor Swift. It doesn’t really matter which celebrity she looks like, I think what does matter is that she photographs like a celebrity.