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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.

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

“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!

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

“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.”

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 is the poetry of the foot. 

-John Dryden

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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.

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

“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.

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

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

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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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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.

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

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

– Author Unknown

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