As most photographers, I began taking photos as a hobby. It was simply something I enjoyed doing. It was never anything more than that until the summer of 2010 when my then fiancée decided to make her childhood dream a reality by opening her own dance studio here in Little Rock, AR.
Out of necessity and lack of budget, I was asked to create the initial marketing images for the studio's website and promotional materials. I had never photographed dancers before that point but I found that I enjoyed it. I clearly wasn't very good at it, but I enjoyed it. As I did it more I began to understand how to capture this amazing art and I got better each time. Clients of my wife began asking me to photograph their dancers and thus my foray into taking my photography more seriously began.
My career as a photographer has evolved into primarily commercial and editorial portraiture assignments over the last four years but I am always thrilled when I get an opportunity to return to my roots and work with dancers.
I recently had just such an opportunity when I was commissioned to create promotional images for nationally recognized dancers Ali and Mary Margaret McClellan (who incidentally were the first two young dancers I ever photographed as promotional models for my wife's studio, Rock City Dance Center.)
We chose to shoot at the historic Dreamland Ballroom in downtown Little Rock. With the help of a fog machine and some pink and blue cinema gels we were able to create some really dynamic images that showcase these two young dancers' amazing talent.