Lights! Fog! Dance!

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. 

On hand to document the shoot was my friend and filmmaker, Lukas Deem of Retrocat Media. You can view a BTS video and his full blog post here

 

Mary Margaret McClellan by JDP

Mary Margaret McClellan by JDP

 

Ali McClellan by JDP

Ali McClellan by JDP

Mary Margaret McClellan by JDP

Mary Margaret McClellan by JDP

Ali McClellan by JDP

Ali McClellan by JDP