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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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Amber – Fort Hunt Park

I have posted several ads for dancers to participate in my Poetry of Motion project and Amber responded to one of these ads. She is a dance instructor for a local studio in the DC Metro area, and has quite an impressive dance resume. For her shoot I chose to shoot on location at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria around sunset to take advantage of the gorgeous warm late summer evening light. Fort Hunt also has several preserved coastal battery’s from the early 1900’s, and we used one of these battery’s for her shoot as it is interesting architecturally and texturally as a background. This shoot was very rushed as I was pushing a deadline for another shoot and the park closing at sundown, but we still got some great shots. For Amber’s images I have included a few post processing choices that I wouldn’t normally include in a portrait sitting, but for this art project I think they work quite well.

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“Movement without meaning is just exercise.”
– Marie Brooks

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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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Jimmy and Luz – Georgetown

I had worked with Jimmy and Luz before and when I needed a duo for my Poetry of Motion project Jimmy and Luz were the first couple I thought of. They are both creative and talented dancers and this shoot stands out in my mind as one of the most enjoyable on a creative level.  We started shooting on an early spring morning in Georgetown, Washington DC. We began shooting near the Swedish Embassy as the waterfront was under repair from the spring flooding along the Potomac. Following the Embassy shoot, Jimmy asked if we could do a few shots in the street, I jumped at the chance seeing as the Whitehurst Freeway is an elevated roadway over K St that made for some spectacular Black and White images. We then moved onto the busy main thoroughfare of M St where Jimmy and Luz’s street dancing gathered quite a crowd. I really enjoyed working again with this great couple and look forward to working with them again in the future.

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“In conversation as in dance, each is the mirror of other.”

– Author Unknown

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Sara – Manassas Battlefield

The second shoot for my Poetry of Motion project was again with Sara Gaydash of the Manassas Ballet Theatre. We shot at the Manassas National Battlefield Park and this time I concentrated on mainly black and white images. It was early spring, but unlike the cherry blossoms in Washington DC a few weeks before, the spring buds had not yet appeared at the Stone Bridge. The trees were still bare and the strak barren look of this part of the battlefield that day lent itself to black and white images.

Sara was as usual a great model and we captured some beautiful images for this project. 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 here.

“Dancers are the athletes of God.”

-Albert Einstein

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Sara – Cherry Blossoms

The first shoot for my new Poetry of Motion project was with Sara Gaydash from The Manassas Ballet Theatre. We shot at West Potomac Park in Washington DC in early spring to capture the beauty of the cherry blossoms in bloom and the beauty that Sara brings to ballet. We had quite a few onlookers while we were shooting and I overheard many of those watching the shoot comment on how beautiful the dancer was and the beautiful setting. I knew I was on to something with this new project just from the public’s reaction to this shoot! We hope you enjoy these shoots and please considering supporting this project to bring the beauty of dance to a wider audience by purchasing one of our limited edition prints here.

 “Ballet is a dance executed by the human soul.”

– Alexander Pushkin

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