Divine Dance Studio…

  Here locally we are lucky to have such a talented group of teachers and dancers located at the studio over on Brambleton Ave. at Divine Dance Studio.  Amazing, amazing dancers who work hard, have a lot of heart and are great kids!

  This year Riley contacted us to shoot the studio portraits of all of their groups (48 that we photographed) as well as individuals for those who scheduled a time during the week leading up to Recital.  We met with Riley and discussed how everything should work, how to make it flow better and when everything would take place.

  We got everything setup and waited for our first dancer to arrive, we joke around some with them to loosen up a little and then get down to helping find a few poses that worked out well for them in that particular costume and the magic started happening.  A collaboration between dancer and photographer took place that showed off their capabilities and beauty in a still image…


Ballet…IMG_0015 Christina rocked her sessions!IMG_0019 Little bears!IMG_0027 Dancers from all time periods!IMG_0072 Adorable little kitties!IMG_0083 IMG_0087 IMG_0094 IMG_0107 IMG_0108 IMG_0123 IMG_0127

Attitude, they has it!IMG_0023 Sisters!

IMG_0195IMG_0027 Dorothy showed up!IMG_0048 Attitude, oh yeah!IMG_0087 See, I told you!IMG_0121 So graceful…IMG_0142 Talented…IMG_0185 you remember Jessi right?IMG_0195 IMG_0197 Starr was able to hold some amazing poses way longer than should be humanly possible!IMG_0208

Someone mentioned working with little ones was like herding cats, well here is a well-behaved bunch of kittens!IMG_0038 Divine + Attitude = Hip-Hop!IMG_0054-Edit  Annie!  Broadway here they come!IMG_0068

IMG_0011 IMG_0019 Rodeo!  A big group that would NOT fit on the backdrop!IMG_0030 An amazing dance, beautiful but sad…IMG_0081 The Wizard of Oz, so cute!IMG_0096 Coffee Break!IMG_0108 I’m totally not a tap dance fan, but when the kids performed this routine to the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army I got a little emotional…IMG_0112  IMG_0130 IMG_0141 Awesome routine, great make-up!IMG_0149

The staff at Divine (from left to right) Elyse, Riley, Sammi, and Tamarah!IMG_0135

Thanks for having me!!


Here was the setup!  AB800 in a 30×60 softbox for main,  AB800 with a grid for hair, and ABR800 with umbrella for fill! IMG_0177

Prom 2010

  Our Godson Erin and his friends were headed to prom and gave us a call to ask if we could do a few pictures for him and a few friends before they headed out to dinner.  We gathered up some gear from the office and looked around outside and settled on a corner of our neighbors backyard…

Erin played the guinea pig for me with a test shot, and obviously he approves!  😉IMG_0004

Jackie stepped in for some cute images of the two of them…IMG_0010

Very Mr. and Mrs. Smithe hereIMG_0014

Stunning, great smile, beautiful girl…IMG_0017 Jackie tellin’ Erin like it is!!IMG_0020 A dashing young man…IMG_0022 Adorable…IMG_0026 Cute smile, confident…IMG_0030 A quite handsome fella…IMG_0034 A little fun…IMG_0042 The whole gang, this one’s for the parents…IMG_0046 And these two are for the kids, very rockstar don’t you think?IMG_0052 Working it, the coolest kids at prom!IMG_0054_1

Thanks for having some fun with this guys, we had a blast!

Kara (boudoir, fashion bridals…)

  Kara replied to a casting call that I posted on a modeling site regarding boudoir images…

  We have found that every woman we have ever photographed (brides, maternity, seniors, family portraits, etc.) is VERY self-critical before and during the beginning of the shoot, but by the end of the shoot they always feel better about themselves, seeing themselves in a new light (no pun intended!), to see this transformation is amazing, the posture is a little better when they leave, a little smile stays on their lips, an air of confidence surrounds them.

  We are adding boudoir sessions because we feel it will be a great gift for brides to give to their fiancé as a pre-wedding gift the day of the wedding, or for an anniversary, birthday, and so on.  Imagine the look on his face when he sees these tasteful images of you, a very special gift for him merely hours before he takes your hand in marriage.  Now imagine how good you’ll feel having been posed professionally and images captured with dramatic lighting that feel like they could be an ad in Vogue or Elle…

  We met Kara and discussed what we would like to get for our portfolio and she for hers, where the locations were, what clothing to bring etc.  This pre-meeting also gave us a chance to get to know each other a little bit, joke around, and loosen up a week or so before the shoot.  To make things a little smoother we started the shoot with a sun-dress outdoors downtown…


Kara braved the bugs and heat with us to capture some fun images…


Now, a little more sultry, turn up the heat a little…

IMG_0052Pow!  There we go, that all comes together for a pretty smashing series!

  Next we wanted some images in a wedding dress that we picked up a while back.  To shoot some Trash the Dress Fashion Bridal images, so we stayed downtown, reset lights while Kara changed (in our pop-up changing booth) and she helped us create these images…

This one was just begging for some sepia… IMG_0067-2

Flirty fun in front of the municipal building…IMG_0069

Ummm…  WOW!  Kara pulled all the stops for this sultry look…IMG_0073   IMG_0084

So, these are NOT your mother’s bridal are they?  We thought not!  The dress is barely dirty but you get some great images in it that you probably won’t get on your wedding day…IMG_0089

I love the blue sky in these as well as Kara’s beauty…IMG_0094

This has a bit of a grungy dirty feel to it…IMG_0099

After that great warm-up we headed to some space that I have available to shoot the boudoir images.  I had previously set everything up to save time and get right down to shooting…

     A simple white shirt, some great lighting, we’re off to a great start…IMG_0125 Some bedroom eyes, a black and white treatment, wouldn’t your man love to have images like this of you?..IMG_0126 …shirt off the shoulder, flirty smile, direct eye contact…IMG_0128 did she catch the scent of your cologne on the shirt to trigger memories?IMG_0130  More direct, fun, sassy…IMG_0134 Wow!  Well Hello, Kara!  A very simple yet high impact pose here…IMG_0138 Kara had asked if we could get some shots that showcased her tattoo (that she designed) so we started with an image that shows off the design but also has a soft feel to it…IMG_0144  Then we got a little more dramatic with the lighting and brought out the tattoo more…IMG_0156 and finally a less direct gaze and a wonderful set of images!IMG_0161


Thanks Kara!  We still plan on a trip to see you and shoot some more soon!

What do you say Ladies?  Are you ready to feel great about yourself?  Celebrate your upcoming wedding?  Your anniversary?  Give your man the perfect gift?  Want to celebrate a milestone in your life?  Let us know, we can meet and discuss your session!

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