Over spring break the weather was crazy… rain/snow/warm/sunny all within a few days. I had scheduled dance photography for a few weeks in advance for this day and lucked out that was the day before a storm was set to arrive. I’ve been wanting to expand my dance photography and was fortunate to have the ability to photograph a larger group of girls together.
There’s a trail around the state park that offers a lot of variety in scenery and textures to work with for backdrops and ground for the girls to be on. Some brought pointe dance shoes so the concrete fishing pier being empty worked perfectly. They climbed up in some trees, went into some cold water and did some amazing jumps!
A little run down of how it went. I created an event on Facebook on my page (www.facebook.com/emilyhansenphotography) and invited some local friends who I know would be great models for me and discussed all the details with the parents. This was the day I could get the most girls so I made sure everyone had a ride (and a seat belt!). Abby drove in from southern Denver, 2 of the girls drove themselves and then my van was packed full of excited dancers. I asked them to bring leotards and any other outfits they’d want to be photographed in.
We started at the beginning of the trail and got some amazing jumping shots!
As we continued our journey through the trail, I noticed the concrete fishing dock they have was completely empty. I pointed it out to the girls and knew this was the place to snap some shots of them on pointe! Abby helped me with names of some of the poses and showing the girls what I was looking for and we spend quite a bit of time here. We did some individual ones here and some great group shots that the girls had some amazing ideas for.
I talked to the girls about the water we had access to towards the end and although a few hesitated about the coldness of the water, they all ended up in there to get some beautiful photos!
We ended our almost 3 hours of photography with some amazing jump shots at a small bridge. I love the framing we can do and how great it pulls your eyes to the dancer.
The original plan was to spend an hour or so at this location and move up into downtown Longmont for some urban photos. However, we ended up spending so much time at each spot that we ran out of time and the girls ended up wrapped in blankets as the temperatures dropped.
I enjoyed this session so much and working with these girls was a pleasure. So mature and polite! The work they’ve done to get to where they are is incredible and I’m excited to watch their growth and how far they go in their dance careers!