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Dancers are some of my favorite photographic subjects.  Having attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, I gained an appreciation for dancers early in life.  You could always tell the dancers in school by the way they carried themselves when they walked into a room.  

I recently had the privilege of photographing Jewellianna.  She needed some images for an upcoming audition, so I set up an impromptu studio space in my family room using a large roll of grey seamless paper.  


Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

I used a 2400 Watt/second Speedotron pack and two heads.  I set one up in a 5' octobank softbox with a grid camera left to serve as the main light.  On the other head I used a small 7" reflector and a narrow grid placed camera right, behind the subject, to serve as an edge light (notice the side of her head and neck).  I also used a Nikon SB-600 speedlight, camera right, near the camera to serve as fill.  Both the Nikon Speedlight and the Speedotron pack were triggered wirelessly via PocketWizards.  

See other images of dancers on this blog.



Alexandra Gándara

I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Alexandra Gándara for a few minutes last week on a breezy hilltop near the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.  Alexandra is a dancer who moves quite gracefully.  We plan to shoot together again in the near future.  
Strobist info: 
• Flash with CTO gel on white shoot-through umbrella, camera left for the first two images, camera right for the third.
• Bare flash with CTO gel behind subject used as rim/accent light on right side of subject.
• Both flashes trigged via PocketWizards.
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
I desaturated the background (and the dress a bit) in the next image to separate Alexandra from the environment.  I was a bit reluctant to share this image in the same post as it will invite comparison when I feel the image should stand alone, but here you have it anyway.  
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
I'm not pleased with the light and the crop of this third image, but I'm sharing it with you because I loved the pose.  This was one of the first shots I took of Alexandra at this location and it was before we moved the key light around to the other side.  Moving the light solved the problem of the shadow of her nose being cast across her right eye.  The crop is too tight for my taste as I would like a bit more space to either side.  One of the reasons I plan to shoot with her again is that, even with bad lighting, Alexandra proves that it is difficult to take an unflattering shot of her.  
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Thanks again to my friend Steve for finding Alexandra and inviting me along to shoot with them. We always have fun assisting each other as we take turns shooting. 

Victoria Leaps

Here the energetic Victoria is about to land at the end of a graceful dance leap.  I shot this in front of a white wall and cropped out the floor, making her appear to be floating in space.  This was shot with a single large softbox up and camera left.  

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.