Sara – Front Royal

It was a beautiful fall day in The Shenandoah Valley when I shot Sara for her last shoot with Poetry of Motion of 2011. The light was beautiful, the  temperature was perfect and it was a wonderfully warm autumn day in the valley. There were a few technical difficulties with equipment at the beginning of our shoot but Sara was patient while I corrected the problems and I believe the images captured are some of the best from her shoots.

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

“Dancing with the feet is one thing,
but dancing with the heart is another.”
-Anonymous

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Katie – Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

On a breezy October Day I met Katie and her Mother in Baltimore for this beautiful shoot. Katie is a beautiful young dancer and model who was truly a pleasure to work with. Her Mother saw my ad for dancers to be featured in this Poetry of Motion project and contacted me about her interest. Upon viewing her headshot I thought Katie would bring a fresh young perspective to this project and was of course very interested in working with her. It was a gorgeous late fall day in Baltimore when our busy schedules allowed us to work together, there was a nice breeze which in several of the images really impart a sense of movement to Katie’s posing. She was a true professional and we wish Katie all the best in her future endeavors and I’m sure we will work together again in this business!

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“Master technique

and then forget about it and be natural.”

– Anna Pavlova

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Kinikia – Nottoway Park-Vienna, VA

In the late fall of 2011 I was contacted by Kinikia of DC Hippodrome for Tropical Shows, to participate in my Poetry of Motion Art Project. She is a Polynesian and fire dancer and of course I was excited to add a different flair to this dance project. I really wanted to do a fire dance shoot with this talented performer but due to permitting and availability we were unable to schedule but we set up a Polynesian shoot at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia. I love the rich vibrant colors of her costumes and enjoyed shooting these uniquely beautiful dance portraits to share with you.

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“Dance is the song of the body.”
-Martha Graham

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Sara – Old Town Fredericksburg

Followers of this blog and art project will no doubt recognize Sara as a frequent participant in this project, Sara has been an enthusiastic model as well as a source of encouragement and inspiration! For this latest shoot with Sara I envisioned a vintage look which was accomplished both in post production and choosing to shoot in old town Fredericksburg to utilize the warm inviting architecture as well as shooting at sunset to maximize the golden light at the end of the day. Sara is featured in one more shoot in the 2011 shooting season for this project, keep an eye out for her beautiful fall mountain images!

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“It takes an athlete to dance, but an artist to be a dancer.”
– Shanna LaFleur

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Kelsey – Walney Pond – Ellanor C. Lawrence Park

I shot these wonderful images of a very talented young woman from the Academy of Russian Ballet in Manassas, Va. These images were shot at Walney Pond a part of Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Fairfax, Va. It was a beautiful warm late summer afternoon and it was a pleasure working with this talented dancer. Kelsey is a freshman in college and we wish her all the best in her future and thank her for her participation in our art project, “Poetry of Motion.”

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Dancing is the poetry of the foot. 

-John Dryden

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Erin – Brookside Gardens – Wheaton, MD

I really enjoyed this shoot with Erin at Brookside Gardens. We met for this shoot a few hours before sunset and captured some marvelous images that I believe capture Erin’s wonderfully positive energy as well as the beauty of dance  and motion that I strive to capture in these shoots. Erin needed almost no direction in posing as she was constantly in motion, dancing and posing as we explored these beautiful gardens in the gorgeous warm evening lighting. She deserves all the credit for these wonderfully artistic images, we have plans to shoot together again in the spring of 2012 and I look forward to working with this wonderful model and dancer again!

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”If we seek the real source of the dance, if we go to nature,

we find that the dance of the future is the dance of the past,

the dance of eternity,

and has been and always will be the same…

The movement of waves, of winds, of the earth

is ever the same lasting harmony.”

– Isadora Duncan

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Denis – City Dock Park – Fredericksburg, VA.

For this shoot, I was contacted by a friend Denis and asked if I had considered any male dancers for my Poetry of Motion project. I had been in contact with several male dancers but conflicts of one kind or another always made the shoots impossible to schedule. Denis and I put this shoot together in Fredericksburg in 1 day and shot it the next as Denis was leaving town to dance for another ballet theater. Denis was instrumental in the posing and action shots for this shoot and I love the way we were able to capture his graceful leaps that portray perfectly the theme of this project, The Poetry of Motion.

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“Dance is a little insanity that does us all a lot of good.”

-Edward Demby

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