Oh my how gorgeous. Lorraine Bennett of Classical Ballet Centre Canberra has a thriving business teaching ballet to children. Recently we updated her professional portraits. Then, during my May visit in Canberra we captured her ballet school in action. This was a successful exercise in collaboration – we spoke on the phone initially, then met in person by which time Lorraine had sourced exactly the sorts of images she was after. She wanted to capture the lines and form that she teaches, but to also balance that with the fun and enjoyment that her class gives the children. This step was invaluable, so I could be as prepared as possible on the day.
We covered off what we came for with three sets of children at different ages, then we changed room and had some fun with the older girls. I would so love to do more dance photography. It’s challenging because movement requires lots of anticipation and many frame-captures to get the right one.
Thank you so much to all the supportive parents who ‘gave’ their children to us on a random Saturday afternoon. We are very appreciative and your children were amazing!
We captured 700 frames on the day.
I edited down to a manageable quantity for Lorraine to see.
She was looking for specific lines, so I did not edit too heavily.
Together we reached this final collection.
Lorraine’s image tool box will serve her very well, for all sorts of purposes including her website, promotional material, etc.
The happy faces.
In post production the images have a very clean, light and bright feel.
This matches with the feel of ballet, and tones in well with Lorraine’s website branding.
I love the hair buns and pink tights!
How gorgeous is this little poppet?!
For the older girls we took a more structured approach.
And then for fun we captured a piece they had already worked on as a group.
It was beautiful, a small sample here.
I’d love to shoot in properly on stage at dress rehearsal.
And Lorraine – professional portraits that speak to her audience.
Thanks again everyone and especially to Lorraine. Every time I shoot I something new happens. I’ve definitely come out knowing more about ballet than I knew going in, so thank you!!