I love dance photography. I have been a dancer, a teacher, and then a dance photographer for most of my life. I grew up watching for the next cover of Dance Magazine. I stared at the pictures in the programs of the companies I longed to dance for. The shapes and emotions always connected my soul … Read more
Happy New Year! Anthony Savoy, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Ashely Mayeux, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Thank you so much to all of our readers, clients and supporters. Anthony Savoy, Dance Theatre of Harlem 2014 has been a year full of exciting moments and great work and I have all of you to thank for it. Whether … Read more
Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and it got me thinking about how much I love photographing amazing dance performances. This week and next, I am sharing some of my favorite shots from performances last year. Consider it my Valentine to you- and to all of the dancers and companies I have the pleasure of meeting and shooting.
I’ve had the honor to shoot DTH II a few times over the last 2 years, in addition to a couple of the dancers individually. And so it gave me such pleasure to have been at The Joyce Theatre yesterday to shoot the newest addition to the rep: Donald Byrd’s Contested Space in preparation for the opening night of their New York run.
The company is full of such hard working staff, dancers and volunteers, they are wonderful to shoot, and just as lovely to get to know personally.
I had such fun sinking my teeth into Mr. Byrd’s newest piece: so many great moments to capture, great lines, movements, and patterning that lead to some fun shots. Of course, as I say time and again (or think, if I don’t say it out loud), dance photographers are only as good as the dancers they shoot. And here, I like to think DTH made me look good.
I’ve been working on an exciting project lately; shooting dancers with a 3D stills camera! Just the phrase alone – 3D – is almost common now; with so many movies being produced with that effect these days, new gadgets on the rise etc etc… But it never fails; we show an individual one of our 3D shots through the viewer and the reaction is always the same: ‘WOW!!’ or a variation of that ‘OH WOW!!’ and repeat repeat repeat. How does this work??
I was having a great chat a few days ago with Da’Von Doane, (dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem) on Facebook. We were talking about, well, of course our selves, but touching on the broader context of dancers and artists having trouble marketing themselves.
With so many dancers in this country put on hiatis and potentially unemployment over the summer months, pick-up jobs are an important way to keep going. But of course to get those jobs you have to let directors, choreographers, etc. know that you are available and, well, available!
Marketing is key to anyone working in the business and commercial world, so much so that companies have whole departments devoted to it. So why do we as artists let that fall so low on our priority lists? I know that I’m just as guilty: I forget about marketing until I find myself in a slow spell.