Hi, since this is the first blog post on my site, I thought I'll tell you a little about myself. My name is Jeff, and I'm a dance photographer in Chicago.
So, why dance photography specifically? It came by accident. I was on a shoot with a model, and noticed the model moving and posing so gracefully and effortlessly. So we got to chit chat a little in between shoots and she mentioned she did ballet for about 12 years.
At that time, I didn't know ballet photography was a thing. It really peaked my interest, and I set out to find a ballet dancer and see what the fuss was about.
And I was hooked!
I was extremely lucky to have Ansley (check out one of my favorite photo of her on my (instagram) as my first dancer for the photo shoot. She was extremely talented, and has a stunning look.
What I really love and respect about dancers...specifically ballet dancers, is the focus on technique. As someone with a martial arts background, technique is extremely important, and it makes shooting dancers that much more challenging...which is something I'm more than happy to tackle head on.
There is a rush from nailing a shot that is both aesthetically AND technically perfect!
Oh and do I even have to mention how the dancers can do absolutely incredible...almost impossible poses, with ease?
Since then, I have done dance shoots internationally, working with ballet dancers from different cultural backgrounds in different countries.
I absolutely love it!
My goal is to learn more about dance, improve my photographic technique, so I can take photographs that capture people's imagination and help dancers create stunning portfolios that will help them land their auditions!