Checking In: February Frenzy to March Madness

Hey all! February always seems to spiral out of control. We lose track of new year’s resolutions, schedules kick back into gear after being holiday mode for so long, and with audition season in full swing, a sense of stability gets lost in the shuffle. But this time of year is when I get to … Read more

Prepare Yourself for Tax Season

Spring is slowly (very slowly) approaching, but one of the dreaded moments for all of us is that little pain in our butts called tax season. Doing your taxes is tedious, confusing, and can vary wildly depending on if you are dancing on contract, freelancing, teaching. Once you get to that point in your career … Read more

Working With Props

So. Props. The added element that can add a lot or totally distract from a great shot. I’m frequently asked how we manage to not only make the dancers look their best but also effectively use props. I’m in creative mode at the moment, so this is something that I am currently playing around with. Since … Read more

Photographer Etiquette: Working with and for the dancer

Hooray! It’s the time of year again when I get to work toward new portfolio images and be creative! It’s a chance for me to get inspired and do some new things. I also have time to think and address some of the questions or issues photographers and dancers run into when it comes to … Read more

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Audition season is upon us! And we all know how it feels to step into a room and feel wholly out of your element. Whether it be the technique, the repertoire, or the style of dance, there are so many ways a new environment, like an audition, can throw you for a loop. But while … Read more

Consistency in Your Shots

How do you consistently, over time, always get the shots you need?  This is a question I’m asked all the time. I love shooting.  I love teaching.  I love helping and being of service to others.  So when I kept getting asked about my methods and approach to my work, I knew I had to … Read more

Find Your Support

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Creating, identifying and maintaining a support system is so valuable for dancers. We spend so much time internalizing the emotional burden of the profession and too little on finding healthy outlets and stability in our daily routines. I am certain it is not lost on you that balance is important, dancer or not. Finding balance … Read more

Retrospection and the Year Ahead

I’ve just come through a really heavy shooting season, and like any business owner, I don’t take downtime but turn my attention to post game analysis. What could we have done better? What things need to be put in place to make systems run more smoothly next year? Is there an area of my work … Read more

It’s All About Your Attitude

How we present ourselves in body language, personal appearance, and overall attitude is a quiet yet key player in the audition process. Having a good attitude and exercising basic etiquette with your fellow dancers, choreographers, directors, and yes, photographers, is a sign of respect and is beneficial to your career and how you approach your … Read more

Broadening Your Horizons

Auditions are stressful enough as it is. But adding in the prospect of putting ourselves out there overseas is even more daunting. We are very fortunate in the States to have the dance scene that we do. But it can be easy to get stuck in the bubble and neglect the possibilities abroad, especially in … Read more