This year I’ve had the pleasure of photographing two dancers in their own environment: no pressure to have that perfect pose, straightest leg or best ballet bun. I wanted to explore these two wonderful dancers being themselves and to produce some beautiful, natural and timeless portraits that they could treasure. It was important to me on both portrait sessions to work with the elements (and boy did we do that with the first shoot!). The first shoot was with Emily in the snow (remember the horrendous winter of 2017?). If you didn’t manage to see the photos from Emily’s portrait session you can skip onto this link here.
With Maddie, I wanted to explore capturing images in the golden hour. The golden hour, for those that don’t know, is the hour just before the sun sets…so with our glorious long summer nights it was a perfect time to head outside and have FUN. Which we did…lots of it!
Maddie is an incredibly graceful dancer, full of fun and amazingly flexible. I wanted her personality to shine through the photos so I asked her Mum to bring along a variety of dance outfits that she would feel really happy in and more importantly allow some self expression. So donned with three pairs of pointe shoes (red, blue and pink), a blue feather boa, funky skull hat, floaty dresses and scarves we set off on our little adventure. The location is an area that I’d pinpointed over a year ago however I couldn’t reach it due to the snow for Emily’s shoot. It worked our brilliantly though as the light in the golden hour was beautifully diffused by the trees.
I’ve selected some of our favourite images to share and I really hope that you love them as much as we do. Working with the golden hour posed a number of technical difficulties to start with however after a bit of practice and my Canon 5Dmk3 set to manual I soon got the hang of it and managed to capture a few dreamy images.
Thank you for looking through this post. October is a fabulous time of year for family portraits particularly with all the beautiful colours. If you’d like me to capture your memories in a relaxed and fun way then please do get in touch at email@example.com and we can get a date in the diary x