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.

And that’s why I implore you to take note of the possible challenges. Prepare for them so there’s less apprehension on the day and more passion.

Building Rapport

As a dancer you’re not used to talking to your audience but in a photoshoot it’s essential. Quality communication will help you and the photographer get the best end result:

  • Your photographer wants to understand your needs to get the best—usable—shots
  • If you feel understood you’ll be more at ease and perform better

So be prepared to open up and share your thoughts, discuss your craft and build a trusting relationship with the person behind the lens.

Your Audience Will Be Close

Your photographer is also your audience for the day. He or she will be much closer than the first row you’re used to performing for.

If you realize this on the day it can make you quite tense. Try practicing with people watching close to you so you’re not put off your moves on the day.

Lack of Atmosphere

You probably thrive on the energy from a clapping audience but there won’t be any of that during the shoot. You’ll have your music but your commitment to the project is what will see your through. Perform your best even though there’s no one there because your photographs must impress as much as your live performances do.

Looking After Yourself

You’re a dancer and at all times your body must be your first priority. It’s your instrument you need to protect:

  • If you’re performing in the photographer’s studio ask for the right floor coverings that you’re used to dancing on. You don’t want a sprained ankle.
  • You may stop often to discuss the angles or change camera equipment. Make sure you stay warm during these intervals to prevent injuries.
  • Be honest about how you’re feeling. The photographer needs to know if you need a break so exhaustion doesn’t lead to faults or injuries.

Although an expert photographer will always check on you during the session, it’s your responsibility to look after yourself, not the photographer’s.

A New Director

Yes your photographer will direct you. This may feel awkward if you’re used to someone else in the role or perhaps you always direct your own pieces.

But this is a different type of show so you must allow him or her to be in charge for a while. A small turn of your head could result in the best photograph with just the right amount of light falling on your face.

In this production your photographer is the expert and you can trust the guidance.

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