Dancers Make Beautiful Subjects To Photograph

Unexpected curve balls are just part and parcel of the greatest game of all – life – but sometimes they can be ridiculously fantastic because they are so unexpected. Here I am blogging about a shoot that I never expected to be doing, but because of a welcomed miscommunication, I had the chance to shoot someone I probably would never have thought of shooting.

A few months ago, The Echo teamed up with myself and Karen Deol (a makeup artist here in Kamloops) and we ran a contest for one lucky lady. The dealio was for hair and makeup and a Boudoir session. They had a ton of entries and I was eagerly anticipating the outcome when I received a call from Cristina, my friend who works at the Echo. “Uhm,” she laughed, “We have a slight glitch in the contest!” It turns out that the brother of our winner saw the entry boxes when he was downtown and, on a whim and because he loves her, he entered his sister’s name and she won!!!! This was fantastic, except she was only 16 and I could not very well do a Boudoir shoot with a 16 year old. It was a slight oversight on all of our parts to not add an age limit on the contest, but we decided I would do the shoot for her anyway. This was also before I began offering Contemporary Portraits for women, so, at first, I was a bit at a loss as to what we could do in our shoot.

However, the wheels in my head started spinning away at break neck speed when Cristina let me know that our winner, Marina, was a dancer. I don’t think there was ever any doubt that we would do a shoot with her dancing and when we finally hooked up for the session, I was amazed and awed by this young lady’s talent. Not only that, but she was so genuine, modest, funny, strong and just so easy to hang out with that I was a bit sad when our session ended and I had to let her go home!

I was also fortunate enough to have my brother Ian, who is my regular second shooter, up from Vancouver to come along on the shoot and my assistant, Grace, as well. This time, instead of Grace assisting me by carrying all of my gear and holding up reflectors, etc., we all busted out our cameras and just went with 100% natural light. It was nice to be able to relax and experiment and bounce ideas off each other – something Ian and Grace don’t get to do much because I’m usually directing them.

This morning, I had about 20 minutes to whip through all of the pics that I took and grab a few of the ones that stood out to me right away, but before I show them to you, I want to thank The Echo for making this possible, Karen for doing such a fantastic job on Marina’s makeup, Ian and Grace for coming along on your own time, just to learn and have fun, and Bob (Marina’s dad) for being so helpful by carrying her clothes and being my assistant every now and then!

Here are a few pics from the session.

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Have a great Monday my friends. I wish you all enough…

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