Mary Susan Sinclair Kuenning joined me for a photo shoot and we had a great time getting comfortable and creative to give her the shots she needs for auditions and marketing.
After the photo shoot, Mary Susan and I talked about the difference between preparing for a photo shoot and an audition or performance, what surprised her about the experience and some of the great, new work she is doing on her own and with her dance company, Mosaic Dance Theater.
As a dancer, how do you prepare for a photo shoot? In what ways is it similar to/different from preparing for an audition?
A photo shoot is a very different process for me than preparing for class or for an audition. I always make sure I have a healthy breakfast, a green juice with protein added, or a banana with green tea, I love matcha for that extra kick! Then I usually grab everything I can think of in my closet a d drawers. You never know what will look good in a photograph! Before I leave I do a full warm up and stretch, so I am ready for the shoot and I don’t have to warm up too long there. Then I grab a Clif bar, drag many bags to the studio, and off we go!
Before shooting, what were your expectations for the experience?
I had no idea what to expect! I knew from your photos that you work with amazing dancers, and know how to really show the PERSON in the photo, in the moment you capture. I was nervous, even though I have I known you a bit through Village Gyrotonic and a mutual friend. I expected the session to be intense, but really the more relaxed I became, the more enjoyable the shoot was.