more about heather's photography:
"I don't find my dance work traditional. I don't shoot in a photography studio, or on the street, generally. I take my camera to a theatre to utilize the stage lights and to create an amazing contrast. On the other hand, I also like shoot in natural light industrial spaces. It allows me to create something visually clean and simple."
"It's been a long and bittersweet journey, which has taken me from ballet to modern to ballroom, from baby classes to university, and from health to injury and back again," Amy said. "Recently, I've come back to ballet as a dancer after a long hiatus. It's still the hardest, yet easiest thing I've ever done."
Q: What makes your dance photography unique?
A: My superpower as a lifelong ballerina/photographer is directing and capturing dancers on camera. I speak dance, and with me, your TECHNIQUE comes first. My job is to create photos of you at your best ability--and if you tend to sickle, be off your box, or just feel tense during a shoot, I'll coach and guide you until those little issues are resolved.
My approach, always, is: Dancer First. Not the location, not the outfit, and especially not my ego. The setting and styling should serve the dancer, and I work carefully to balance all those elements within a composition. Because the setting around you may be impressive, but if you don't look good in your technique, then what good does that do? My job is to help YOU get the job. Having more than 25 years experience in photography and dance (ballet, contemporary, and ballroom) makes me uniquely qualified to understand and capture the emotional nuances and technical virtuosity of each dancer.
Q: What do you love about dance photography?
A: When I'm photographing a dancer, I feel the rosin-y grind of my pointe shoes against the floor. I feel the triumph of a near-perfect fouette. I'm right there with her, in the spotlight. And although I'm no longer an elite-level athlete, I've found another way to be in the world of movement, and help others with their own dreams. What lights me up now is helping movers achieve their goals, whether it's on stage or in the studio. Serious dancers deserve a photographer who truly understands what's at stake, what their goals are, and how to help them get there. If I can be the one to do that, I'll consider my job done.