Laura’s Dance Boudoir -Maryland Boudoir Photographer

I am so excited to be posting Laura’s dance/ boudoir photos on the blog today! I had so much fun working with Leah and Laura. I took the photos of Leah and Laura at the same time and we had a blast in the studio! Although the theme was similar I tried to get different photographs of each of them to make their photographs reflect their style and individual personalities. Here are some of my personal faves! I wish that I could jump like that! To get this coloring I gelled the strobes with a purple gel and I got this awesome black light effect:These ghostly images are among my personal favorites: 

Laura is graduating college with me this coming weekend. This photo shoot was such a fun way for the both of us to unwind from the stress of senior project and our finals. Congrats, Laura! I also owe Leah and Laura a big thank you for trusting me in the studio with all of the crazy lighting I set up as well as the flour adventure we had. Honestly, they were both amazing and let me try every idea that came to mind, no matter how long it took. I could not have gotten all of these fun images with out their patience and willingness for adventure.

Beauty and Boudoir -Maryland Boudoir Photographer

    Last week I had the privilege to do two studio boudoir/ dance photo shoots at once. Leah and Laura are sisters and we had quite a party in the studio last Sunday. Both Leah and Laura are dancers so I had the amazing opportunity of photographing them as they danced (and pulled off incredible jumps!) aside from taking boudoir photos. The photo shoot turned into more than a boudoir session. These are some of my favorite photographs of Leah from last week. How amazing are her eyes?!Incredible!All colored effects are from using tinted light gels over the studio strobes. For this one I covered a spot light and aimed it at Leah while I had two soft boxes set up to blow out the back ground. Now for the fun part. I have always wanted to do something a little messy in the studio (lots of people have done glitter so I wanted to avoid the shiny substance. Plus, it sticks to the studio surfaces for months) so I opted for flour. I know that it is a little cliche, but I had to give it a chance. It ended up being a lot of fun!This fun little behind the scenes out take was too cute to leave out of this post!This photograph reminds me of star dust. At the beginning of next week I will be posting Laura’s photos. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. This was the first time I have done a conceptual shoot in a long time. I would love to hear your advice! 

Lovely Lens Photography Theater Dance

I’m sure many of you have been wondering where I have been lately. My blog posts have been few and far between over the past few weeks. Things have been hectic with my senior thesis project and gallery opening coming up (plus my thesis defense!) so I have been a little tied up. The good news is that my gallery exhibit, “Anachronism” opens this coming Monday at 4 pm.

For those of you in Cazenovia, New York or nearby, the exhibit is at the Gallery at Reisman Hall at Cazenovia College. It consists of nearly 2,000 2″x2″ photographs from the past 110 years from my family archives. The exhibit illustrates the uses of personal photography and how technological advances, such as roll-film and digital photography, have impacted the way that people take and use personal photographs. In many cases, photographs are the only biographical material people leave behind after they pass on. “Anachronism” creates a timeline to demonstrate these concepts using my family ancestry as well as images from my own life.

Now for some fun news: On March 27th Lois Greenfield, a famous dance photographer, was in Syracuse to teach a workshop at Syracuse University. While I was unable to attend that workshop, I did have the honor to meet her at the Manlius Pebble High School where she was conducting a lecture and lighting workshop. (If you are unfamiliar with her work, please google her photography and prepare to be amazed! Ms. Greenfield also only photographs in film! I was so impressed.)

Four dancers form the school; Trevin, Rachel, Greg, and Emma, improvised dance routines as we photographed them under various theater lighting set ups. All I can say is WOW! They are amazing! Take a peek at my photographs to see what they can do. The dancers warming up:Emma and Greg:Trevin and Rachel: I later found out that this workshop was actually an audition for Trevin. Rachel and Trevin worked so well together and made up this incredible dance routine on the spot. They looked so connected when they danced. Trevin is a self-taught dancer who has only been dancing for one year! I love the motion blur here:Reminds me of Michael Angelo’s painting The Creation of Adam. The lighting was very difficult, but I am proud of some of the shots I was able to manage.You know how when people start to take photographs they often over shoot to get a good photograph? I believe that we are all guilty of this at some point or another. Lois Greenfield stated that we should “desensitize our eyes in order to capture the moment you want to take.” What she was saying was that we need to pay close attention to capture the moment rather than taking a ton of photographs hoping to capture something. Sometimes photo bursts work, but we need to train ourselves to capture a greater vision. 

This workshop inspired me. I think I would like to work on dance portfolios as a side to wedding photography. What do you think?