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Caroline Grace – Asaph Dance Ensemble

Our last shoot for 2012 was with a talented young dancer who we have shot before, Caroline Grace! I wanted to do some formal studio shots in black and white or at least more mono-chromatic images. Grace and the Owner of her studio, The Asaph Dance Ensemble in Manassas Va., both graciously agreed to help. It was a rainy day and I had my nephew along to learn studio lighting techniques and to carry the heavy equipment! I love these images and hope you do as well!

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

“Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”

~Psalm 149:3

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Caroline Grace – Nelson Park, Manassas

Following the shoot with Angelina I thought I would contact a young woman that I had worked with previously to showcase another young and talented dancer. Grace’s Mother Dana, commissioned my studio last year to shoot Grace’s Senior Ballet Solo Recital and I thought she would make a wonderful addition to my Poetry of Motion project. Grace is a beautiful young woman and a very talented and graceful dancer, she performs with the Asaph Dance Ensemble and is a student of  The Northern Virginia Dance Academy. For her shoot I chose Nelson Park in Manassas, Virginia, I shot a wedding at this park 15 years ago at the beginning of my professional career, and love the gazebo and the fountain at this beautifully quaint little park right outside of Old Town. Grace was a pleasure to work with and we shot some fantastic additions to the 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 at our website: www.bpaydenphotography.com/store

“Whosoever knoweth the power of the dance, dwelleth in God.”
Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi

 

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Angelina – Old Town Manassas

I was contacted in the summer of 2011 by my friend Lisa and asked if I had considered using any children in my Poetry of Motion project, and honestly I had not. Her daughter is a dancer and was interested in participating in the project, my studio has done work for Lisa and I knew her daughter and have shot her on several occasions so I thought she would make a wonderful addition to my project. I contacted Sara Gaydash and asked if she would help with the ballet posing as I am still learning names and proper technique from the dancers at The Manassas Ballet Theatre. We met in Old Town Manassas on an early summers morning to take advantage of the soft warm lighting early in the morning and with Sara’s help we gt some beautiful shots of Angelina. Lisa also took advantage of the opportunity to snap a couple of quick pics of me showing Angelina and Sara the ballet pose I wanted, and they are out there on the internet, but of course I’m not going to tell where you can find them! 🙂

This was a great shoot and I love the images of Angelina on the church steps, Thanks to Lisa for broadening my vision of this project to include children as well!

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

“Let us first teach little children to breathe, to vibrate, to feel, and to become one

with the general harmony and movement of nature.

Let us first produce a beautiful human being, a dancing child.”

– Isadora Duncan

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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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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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