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Maggie – Academy of Russian Ballet – Maggie

Earlier in the year I shot two very talented young dancers at the Academy of Russian Ballet in Manassas, Va. I was very pleased with the first shoot and made arrangements to shoot another one of their wonderful dancers, I was not disappointed. The fine art image below is from that shoot and is one of my favorite from this current Art-Dance project.

I shot the base image for this art print after a two day Christmas Portrait Sitting for the Academy’s dancers. Maggie was lit with two studio lights from the sitting and worked with me for 45 minutes to capture several shots I had in mind for an eventual art print. Back in the studio, this image jumped off the screen at me, I isolated the image and replaced the background in Photoshop and this image was born! This print is for sale in our online store and has been a very popular item!

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoying sharing them with you and we hope you consider supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints at our website: www.bpaydenphotography.com/store

Maggie - Clouds

Maggie – Clouds

“Think of the magic of that foot

upon which your whole weight rests.

It’s a miracle and the dance

is a celebration of that miracle.”

– Martha Graham

 

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Academy of Russian Ballet

I already had several location dance shoots under my belt for Poetry of Motion, for this shoot I contacted the Academy of Russian Ballet in Manassas, Virgina and the owners Jasmine and Yuri Nikitenko were most gracious with access to their studio and their dancers. I wanted to shoot a bit more formal dance portraiture versus the candid dance images from the previous shoots, so I set up my studio lighting and a white as well as Chromakey backdrop. The two dancers Larissa and Madeline were very accommodating and very easy to work with, I have at least one more shoot with an Academy of Russian Ballet dancer scheduled for the winter of 2011, check back for images of another talented young dancer.

We hope you enjoy these images as much as we enjoying sharing them with you and we hope you consider supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints at our website: www.bpaydenphotography.com/store

 

“Ballet class is like Life Lessons 101.

You learn some of life’s most important lessons here

that you will carry with you forever.”

– Joanne H. Morscher

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