The photos from the 2019 Spring Freestyles are expiring soon! While I know the Fall Freestyles is just around the corner, we need to make server room. In the light of a busy summer, we really appreciate all the traffic to the website. Likewise we are thankful for the photo purchases that keep us going. While they are still up, they will be available here:
As can be seen from the posted photos, we had seven awesome shows to finish this event. Of course not everyone likes the same dance. In that case, this was a nice mix for the final show. Because all of these were all couples with no group formations, there was more for students to learn for their dancing. Without a doubt, they took some of what they saw to their next lesson at the studio. Undoubtedly I have some photos for posters for next time! Check out the Facebook page for that contest soon.
Last weekend’s 2019 Summer Showcase photos are ready to view! We came back to the Hilton McLean for another DC Area Arthur Murray event. As can be seen in the photos, we had a ‘Hollywood’ theme for the day. The 10,000+ photos are sorted by studio and posted here:
In contrast to the last Showcase, I photographed in both rooms. By comparison, the smooth room was setup very differently. On this occasion, they setup a black backdrop with large HOLLYWOOD letters. Up against this background, I worried about black and white costumes. In reality, it was not too bad when reviewing the photos. With this in mind, please send me some feedback on how these look. It is a departure from their regular setup!
This time, I had a turn in the rhythm room. As has been noted, this is a more intimate space. Being that the floor is smaller, and the audience is right next to the floor, you are really front and center! I love the energy that floods the room. It really comes off in the images!
Dancers are my favorite subjects, so I was excited to make some Arthur Murray CC Portraits at their studio. At this time, Jen at the Chevy Chase studio wanted to give some opportunity for staff and students to get some nice portraits in their gowns. Seeing that this would be a great time to update the photos for their website, I brought my lighting and background and set up in one of their practice rooms. Although it was smaller than a full ballroom space, it was perfect to get couples in dance poses.
At first, some of the students that came in for lessons that Saturday got some photos with their teachers. Having a shoot in a dance studio was indeed helpful since they have mirrors everywhere! They can line up and practice just prior to facing the camera, making the hit rate much better.
When the staff came to get some photos, it was a nice collaboration with their studio, and the dress designer. Artistry in Motion by Julia Gorchakova supplies many of the dresses worn at the Freestyles and Showcases. Having the lighting setup, and the dancers willing to pose at just the right line was awesome. So many photos that I get at the events could be perfect if I had just a bit of control and this session had everything locked down. Thanks to Jen, Miguel, and Emily for working on these with me – I hope they work out well for you too!