Elite Dance Academy - Recital Costume Portraits

June 04, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Six years ago I was introduced to the amazing Lauren Mangano.  She had recently opened a dance studio in Shrewsbury and was looking for a photographer to take her recital costume pictures.  We met, liked each other and agreed that I'd do her pictures that spring.  I had never done a bulk group of shooting before - at that point my business was still relatively new and I was working out my processing, pricing and fulfillment.  We booked one day of shooting at her studio and 19 students participated. I remember being overwhelmed, scared and exhilarated all at the same time. Although I have daughters, neither of them were involved in dance so I hadn't spent time around a dance studio, let alone know the difference between 2nd and 4th position.  Luckily Lauren did all of the posing and I just clicked like crazy and hoped by brand new lights and backdrop didn't fail me!  I remember missing some of the jumps because my timing was off and a few shots that I forgot to move the lights for the little toddlers so their heads were "very" highlighted:)   

Flash forward (yes photo bun intended:) to this year - 6 days of shooting and 108 children photographed.  Lauren's staff has grown to include interns, choreographers, several instructors, an amazing front desk/business staff and many other behind the scenes people.  She has also moved to a second location with two dance studios.  And me - my processing, fulfillment and pricing are pretty tightened up.  The lights and backdrop are now just another piece of equipment and not a source of stress.  And the dancers - continue to amaze and awe me.  The talent and intensity of the Elite family shows in their dancing and awards. Not to mention they are the nicest and easiest group of families to work with.  Yes, I am gushing.  

Layne is a dancer/intern at the studio and we had some fun one night with her shoot:

 

Yes, she is on point in every shot.  And the "Heat Mizer" image on the bottom right was as she landed a jump so we could get her hair flipped up.  That was about take 4 or 5.

If I could, I'd showcase every child that we photographed in that week. Each one has a special talent, or pose that they bring with them.

And now this year I have a daughter that is taking dance at Elite so I get to see all of these amazingly talented boys and girls during their recital too.


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