I’ve always dreamed of doing a shoot with some sort of dance incorporated into it. I have thought of numerous genres of dance, but I was totally inspired to photograph Jen when I saw her dance during a competition this year. I had this vision in my mind about taking her on to the streets of our intriguing city in your Championship Dress fully made up as if she was off to one of her competitions.
There is total juxtaposition with the beautiful colours in Jen’s dress combined with the urban feel of the Maboneng Precinct. A wonderful little refurbished area within our beautiful World Class African City. I love the way we could incorporate the mural of Jan Van Riebeeck within the first frame as he is part of our history.
I also recently attended the renowned ‘on-location lighting workshop’ with DPC. One of my favourite photographers, Trompie Van Den Berg, is a tutor at DPC and he took us through our paces as we learnt more about the various options for lighting our subjects on location. More of his work can be viewed here: http://www.trompievanderberg.co.za/. By doing this shoot I was able to practice my lighting techniques while shooting this beautiful concept in Johannesburg.
Earlier this year I also attended Natalie Field’s ‘Conceptual Masterclass’. I have blogged my one conceptual portrait that I created on the day, earlier. Together with the thinking of Natalie’s workshop (http://nataliefield.photography/workshops/masterclass-reinterpreted/) as well as the technical skills attained from Trompie’s workshop, I was able to develop this concept of ‘Dance in the Streets’. This is the first time this concept of Irish Dance has been captured here in South Africa, and I’m proud to be able to debut the images below.
I would love to hear from you if you would like to book me for your Conceptual Dance Portraits.
Nikon D750 coupled with Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art Series and Tameraon 85mm f1.8
Photon Mobile Lighting Kit