Dance Photography | Dance Pictures & Ballet Photos

If you are a dancer then you know that you express yourself through dance. The language of dance. The way you move your body, the way you hold your head, the positions of your arms and legs - all of these are part of your language and your language is unique to you.

As the leading dance photographer in Austin, Doc List has photographed hundreds of dancers and learned how to bring out the best in them. Whether in his Dance Experience session in which you choose music and dance or in a simpler posed session, the images you receive will combine your artistry with Doc's.

It's time you experienced dance photography in Austin as it should be!

Doc is so lovely to work with! Every time we work together, I leave with extraordinary shots that I can use for my personal marketing. A pleasure as always! - Meggara

Capture the power of dance...

About Your Dance Photoshoot

On this page, you'll find information about our dance photography sessions, including images from previous sessions and resources to help you prepare for your photoshoot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!


Our Dance Photoshoot Process



We begin with a consultation in which we learn a bit about the dancer(s). It's important for us to know whether you are a ballerina, contemporary dancer, specialize in some regional or ethnic style, or something else. We factor that into our plan for the session.

Photo Session


While we do capture some poses, we are most interested in having our dancers dance. We ask that you create a Spotify playlist and share that with us. When we begin the session we put on your chosen music and you dance. The session is collaborative and co-creative. 

Image Selection


You - the dancer - will choose the images. Because of the nature of this work there are typically hundreds of images for you to review. 

This was my first dance photoshoot experience, and even though I was nervous, he put me at ease and was able to take great headshots and action photos. - Catherine
Doc does so well at capturing his models at their best! It was a joy to work with him and a pleasure to see the images of myself in a way I haven't seen before! I'm grateful for this experience and I hope to work with him again! - Sasha


We guarantee that you will be satisfied. No... not just satisfied but DELIGHTED! If you are not, for any reason, we will refund your session fee and replace your art.


Ballet & Dance Pictures



Complementary Digital Images

Everything you buy in print you will also get as a social media digital.

Painted Portraits

In addition to prints of various sizes and types, custom framing, digital products, and other physical products, we also offer digitally painted portraits. This process, done on the computer, takes your photographs and turns them into portraits that look like they were hand-painted. We only provide this option for prints and canvases that are 20" x 24" and larger.


Keepsakes & Wall Art


Prints might be something to put on your coffee table or hang on your wall. When we talk about prints we include photographic prints on professional photographic paper or specialty surface (wood, metal, acrylic, for instance).


Canvas includes two categories: mounted canvas prints framed or suitable for framing, and gallery wrap canvas. Gallery wraps are canvas on a stretcher with hanging hardware on the back. No frame, no stand, just the canvas to be hung on the wall.

Laser-Etched Acrylic, Glass, or Crystal

Current technology allows for images to be etched into the material (acrylic, glass, or crystal). These are suitable for putting on desks, display shelves, or around the house.

Books & Albums

Books are intended to have some text/content in them, along with your beautiful images. Albums are intended to be mostly - or all - images. The quality of the materials and production is similar in both, although books are intended to look more like... well... books.

Frequently Asked Questions


Because dance is so expressive of the individual we ask that you bring 3 - 6 outfits that you feel comfortable in and/or you feel represent you and your style. This might include anything from a simple leotard and tights to an elaborate costume to streetwear. We ask that ballerinas who dance en pointe bring their pointe shoes and a tutu or skirt.

You will receive up to 20 social media images of your choice. Each image will be processed to create the best overall look and impression.

Yes and yes. Additional images are available for purchase. Any physical products you're interested in are probably available.

Yes, we will. We're proud of the work we do and love to celebrate it. If for any reason you do not wish us to post the images, though, we always respect our clients' wishes.

Your Viewing & Ordering Appointment


Because each person has different goals, we don't package products. Rather we get together with you after the session and after we've had a chance to go through the images. At that viewing session, you will decide what images you want and what products.

Always love my time with Doc, his talent is like no other. - Amanda

Dance Photography Resources

The Challenges You’ll Face in Your Dance Photography Session

This could be the best day of your life or you could start dreading every time it’s time to get your photos taken. Dance photography sessions are vital to your career whether it’s for a private portfolio or for your show’s upcoming marketing. I promise the shots will be exponentially better if you enjoy yourself. …

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5 Characteristics of the Ultimate Dance Photo Shoot—And How to Get it

You know how much effort you put into creating the perfect choreography. And let’s not get started on the hours of practice until it all becomes muscle memory. So when it’s time to capture it all on film it had better be of the same quality, right? Firstly this is the reason you pick a …

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How to Pick the Perfect Music for Your Dance Photo Session

No, you’ll not be standing still during your dance photo session. So have you picked your music yet? You may think I need a stationary subject, but to snap an epic picture of you, I need you moving. You must be in your element so it transcends to the photographs. Whether you’re doing this for …

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Directions to the Studio

8711 Burnet Road is the North Austin Business Center. Building B is not directly on Burnet Road or Polaris Avenue.

Take Burnet Road to Polaris Avenue. Polaris Avenue is only on the east side of Burnet Road and is the first left south of Research Blvd/183. It is across the street from U-Haul and there's a sign for Buddy's Place on the corner of Burnet & Polaris.

Turn onto Polaris and drive past the island in the middle of the street. Take an immediate left into the complex and you will be facing Building D. Take an immediate left and an immediate right and you will be in the parking area between Buildings C & D and looking straight at Building B. Park anywhere in this lot. Walk to the walkway in front of Building B and turn right. The studio is the last door on the left and the signs above the door and on the window say Doc List Photography.

If the lot between buildings C & D is full go around Building D to the lot between Buildings D & E (you'll see the roll-up garage doors on the backs of the businesses in Building D). Go to the walkway on your left between Buildings D & B. The studio is the first door on your right.


About Doc List Photography

Doc List is an award-winning Austin photographer specializing in headshots, portraits and dance photography.

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