It has been a long time since I last took the stage as a dancer. Or even took a class. But I remember it like it was yesterday. I grew up at Janet Gray Dance Studios, and spent countless hours perfecting my art as a ballerina, tap dancer, jazz dancer, and even folk dancer, collecting costumes and blisters like you wouldn’t believe. Although I bet some of you can imagine it just fine (dancers and your moms, you know who you are). I had my favorite spot on the barre. My favorite place to stand for center work. My favorite turns, jumps, and routines. I can still complete the entire tap warmup titled BS1 and BS2, and often break it out in the kitchen while my boys hide their faces in embarrassment. Who exactly are they afraid will see me doing this?? Anyway, on top of the countless hours spent in class and on the stage, I realize now what a huge sacrifice my parents went to to ensure that I could do all of that. And I am so eternally grateful for every dollar, every drive to the studio, every new pair of pointe shoes, because I loved it.
As I graduated from college however, I left that world behind. I married, had four boys (I was sure I could pass this love of dance on to a daughter, but not so!!), and became a photographer. It was my new outlet for the arts, and I was hooked from my first print floating in a darkroom developer bath. And for the most part, I have never really looked back. But I do miss the freedom dance gives you. The power to tell a story with motion. To evoke emotions of every kind with movement.
This little hole in my heart started to grow as I saw more and more dance photography pop up in my feed. I realized, to my dismay, that I had never had professional photos taken of me as a dancer. Not once in 18+ years! I don’t think it was even a thing at the time. Kind of like newborn photography wasn’t really a thing when my boys were born. Sorry guys! But what an incredible thing that has become, and for very good reason! I love working with those amazing miniature people, documenting a moment that is so fleeting that by the time they come in for their viewing appointment, only two weeks later, they have already changed. Never to be a newborn again. And so it is with dance, but it is the culmination of years of work, instead of just the beginning.
All of this is leading up to my big announcement for 2017. I am doing something new. I’m going back to what I have always loved, and will always have a special place in my heart. And hopefully will lead to some beautiful dancers having something I never got. Heirloom quality proof of all that hard work and dedication. . . .
Want to get involved? Become an EDP Dance Ambassador! Let’s celebrate dance in all it’s glory together. I’ve got a camera. You’ve got the skills!
Do you have what it takes?
*Are you currently dancing for a studio or team?
*Are you passionate about dancing?
*Do you have an outgoing personality?
*Would you like a little more confidence?
*Would you like beautiful prints and images of yourself doing what you love, and to be able to see them every day?
*Would you enjoy working with new people?
*Do you enjoy choreographing, or do you follow choreographer’s directions well?
If you have answered yes! to most or all of these questions, please reach out to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first shoot will be early February, so don’t wait!