When I was in my prime dance training years, dance photoshoots were starting to be more of a thing. Social Media was brand new. There was no Instagram but Facebook was on and popping. I’m fortunate that I was able to work with some legendary dance photographers that were beginning to dabble in social media. I’ve learned A LOT about making people look their best in front of the camera since then.
Here’s some things that I think will make your photos go from good to GREAT… (anyone can do them).
- YOUR FACE IS IN THE PICTURE
After everyone gets over what your body is doing in the picture, the very next place that they’re going to look is at your face. What human expression is it giving? What energy does it add to make the photo special? Make sure that you relax and don’t look like you’re working hard (even though you’re working hard). Bonus points for making an expression like excited, confused, bored, inspired. Remember, simple and calm is more rare than overdramatic when it comes to photos!
- BE CREATIVE WITH HOW YOU USE YOUR TOES
Your feet are a big part of your dance picture. Everyone’s feet do different things, so learn what makes your feet look the best. If you’re pointing your feet, point as hard as you can through your toes when photographing. Maybe you’re giving pointed ankle/flexed toe. Sickled front foot on the metatarsal is a classic. Get used to what looks great on your body and lean into that!
- YOUR GAZE GIVES PURPOSE
Where you look and how you look makes your picture. Cast your gaze out far and with purpose. One of my favorite things is to pretend like you’re looking at something specific. Pretend like you’re people watching on the street and no one can see you. Pretend like you’re staring at a human sized bowl of cookie dough ice cream (or whatever does it for you… or doesn’t).
These are simple and can make any dance photoshoot great. Anyone can apply them immediately. Whenever you schedule your shoot, I hope it goes great!