I love photographing dancers, so I was really excited when Amanda asked if she could hire me to photograph her daughters, Maddie & Reagan at their dance recital this week. I was so impressed with these dancers. Some of the dances were absolutely adorable, or hilarious and others moved me to tears. I especially loved the last performance set to "Blackbird" that featured the two senior dancers.
Photographing a dance recital is filled with both challenges and opportunities. Lighting is a primary challenge, as it is both dark and very bright from spot lights, and it changes CONSTANTLY. The color is also a big challenge in trying to deal with all the different colored lights and trying to get the white balance right (which I mainly dealt with after the fact in Lightroom). The dancers are moving pretty fast, so a higher shutter speed is required, so I end up shooting at a very high ISO and fairly wide open aperture to make it work without blurring the movement. And another issue is that because you are in a dark theater and don't want to bother other audience members, you can't turn on the screen to view the photos to see how it's going because the LCD screen is too bright.
But the opportunities more than make up for the challenges. The beautiful colors, lines and repeating patters are a dream. The dancers truly turn their bodies into a work of art, and it is so fun to be able to freeze that and capture a moment. I especially love some of the facial expressions captured below.
Once I have edited all the photos from the night (which may take me a little while because i took a ton), I will share the link on my Facebook page and anyone will be able to purchase prints and/or digital downloads of the images. Please feel free to share this blog post, but I ask that you do not screen shot or alter the images in any way, such as cropping out the logo or using any kind of filter. Tagging of my business page is appreciated.
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