Have you ever felt slightly despondent that there was no picture that truly captured the magic of your performance, especially after all the sweat, blood and tears that went into something that was over so quickly? When I used to dance with a troupe, I always longed for a keepsake that would feel like a piece of art that I could hang on my wall as well as keep the memory of all my hard work I put in alive.
As I did all the publicity and marketing materials as well as maintaining the website for the troupe, I started taking photographs so I could get exactly the shot I visualised and wanted. While doing that, I discovered that one of the things I loved the most was seeing a dancer’s joy when they saw their perfect and fleeting ‘moment’ had been captured and not lost forever.
As a former dancer, I can anticipate the shot to take from your music and moves, and I understand how important it is to capture the detail of your costume as well as your expressions. I love all things performance related, and I aim to emphasize the emotion, drama, and the passion in what you do.
In addition to photographing your performance on the night, I can also provide portraits, head shots, staged fairytale and fantasy as well as informal shoots, and help source costumes and props as well as scouting for the perfect location to bring out the best in you and your act. I will work with you, listen to what you want, and work hard to make you feel good during your shoot, as well as making sure you have as much fun as we can!
As well as taking shots of all types of dancers of all ages, from shimmying bellydance to tantalising tango, elegant foxtrotters, glamorous Goths, cheeky Charlestons and swinging lindyhoppers, I also shoot performance artists, acrobats, circus performers, nude, boudoir, burlesque, theatre, as well as festivals and parties.
In addition to shooting digital, I experiment with film, using vintage cameras, and exploring alternative photographic processes such as wet collodion for a really different and unusual portrait. I can also offer post-production and layout services if you need a special effect or flyers or posters.
I’m based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent but subject to availability, I am willing to travel as long as expenses are covered.
Karl Lagerfield once said, ‘What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce’. Let me capture your moment and bring out the ‘diva’, the drama and the glamour that is you, and leave you with lasting memories to treasure.