This shoot was about creating imagery that really celebrated Jen's passion and spirit as well as showcasing her incredible talent as a dancer.
I was commissioned to create these images for Jen to enable her to chase some of her big dreams this year in the highly competitive world of dance.
I approached the shoot in the same way I always do; with a Discovery Session over a beverage (coffee in this instance.) Our conversation was dense and layered and during it Jen revealed some of her deep-seated hopes and dreams and well as some of the challenges that she has faced on her journey.
Honoured to be trusted me with some of these revelations I set about designing a series of images that I felt would represent and celebrate Jen for the person and artist she as as well as act as agents for her in the exciting adventures that lay ahead of her this year.
The session we had at Rhapsody Studios was a dream. The studio was split into two large areas for dance classes that we turned into a the dream natural light workspace, but still being able to move into a section that we could light with strobe only.
The portrait aspect of our shoot was a conversation in which I felt privileged that Jen trusted me to push her out of her comfort zone to draw out the "juice" of the vibrancy of who she is. Meanwhile, the movement component was a exercise in doing my best to do her talent justice.
Raegan Williams, who I also photographed in this session (coming soon!) was on hand to Creative Direct Jen's movements and finesse all the points and angles that only perfectionist dancers would see. And our collaborative efforts have resulted in a series of images that we are all very proud of!
I delivered the images to her earlier this week after a mammoth retouching session and the very next day I was greeted with this message from her. Its what its all about really!
And a solid testimonial it is!
Enjoy the gallery (click any image for fullscreen) of and let me know how you feel!