Ever since my studio dancer portraits session from this Spring, I have been itching to take this concept outdoors for an urban ballerina project shoot. With the aid of my friend and fellow photographer, Enid, we headed down to the city for a hot Friday evening of shooting fun. We had two wonderful ballerinas from Ellens School of Dance, for whom the shoot would be.
Having lived in Boston’s North End, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot and where we would get quiet alleys and roads.
When shooting in urban locations, it’s a good idea to keep things fluid. Unless you are shooting at sunrise when there is no one around the city, there are always going to be fun people and items to incorporate. This excellent saxophone player, J.C. Young, was thrilled to work with us not only for our shots. He also provided some great background music for our work.
Likewise, when this bulldog’s owner was nearby, a quick chat secured a cool and out-of-the-box feature.
For those who follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook Page, you will have seen some of my sneak peeks from these sessions. The water fountain series were some of my favorite images from this evening. This ballerina agreed with me and purchased the above water fountain image in a 5×7 acrylic block. It looks fantastic!
I love the series of shots from this arbor in Christopher Columbus Park at the Boston Waterfront. Great leading lines and perspective!
There are so many great urban items to incorporate. As you can see from this trio above – ballerinas and hardscape – the soft and the hard – all make for great artistic contrast.
How amazing is Cecilia in this standing split? Yes, I wish I could do this, but sadly my standing split days are well over. I’ll leave that to the teens to whom I teach ballet instead.
As you can see from these featured images, I made sure that detail shots were also captured. I love this retirer derriere en pointe on the edge of the stone wall. Don’t fear mom, no ballerinas were harmed during this photo shoot.
Enid not only was a fantastic photographer assistant, she also took some cool behind the scenes shots. I always think these are fun to see and share.
Ok Ok! It’s not easy to do a first arabesque en l’air with a heavy camera and skinny jeans. Just trust me on that one!
We closed the evening and this outing of the Boston Ballerina Project in front of the Boston Old State House. This is iconic Boston with a new adornment. I’m sure you will agree this is an improvement to an already impressive facade.
Laura is lifestyle and portrait photographer, based in Londonderry, NH. She specializes in dancers, maternity, newborn, children, families and seniors. Shooting throughout Northern MA and Southern NH, including Burlington, Billerica, Chelmsford, Windham, Nashua and Groton. Laura also teaches ballet at Ellens School of Dance, Billerica, MA. Boston Ballerina Project is a dance series by Fleur Foto Photography.