5 Tips for Your First Photo Shoot with a Dancer

by Albert Ayzenberg

Albert Ayzenberg was born in Chernovtsy, Ukraine, and came to the United States as a young child.

As a portrait, documentary, and dance photographer, he has been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s most talented and interesting clients. For him, there is nothing better than capturing that one frame that tells a complete story.

As a portrait and dance photographer, I have been fortunate to work with the best dancers in the world: including principals, soloists, and corps de ballet. In the process, I’ve learned a thing or two about photographing these incredibly talented artists.

Dancers are very critical on themselves, so you have to come with a great game plan. You don’t want to waste any time. Know what you want out of the shoot and go after it.

I like to pick the location first and then build what we want to capture. In many locations you might only have 10 seconds to get a frame before you get kicked out. I love to show movement in the location, but I prefer natural and soft because I want the location to be secondary.

You never know what you will run into during the shoot so be flexible. I have had light’s go down, cards not reading, and police asking for a permit.

Here are a few more tips that will help you make the most of your first shoot with a dancer:...

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