How to prepare for a dance photo shoot
- Preparation before the photo shoot:
I would strongly advise you to think about the poses you want to capture. You need to know what is your strong suit. Are you flexible or great at high kicks or jumping. Practice you ideas before the photo shoot to get the best possible outcome in front of a mirror. Some movements might be cool or feel great while dancing but they might not translate to a great looking two dimensional image. Look online (web, Instagram Pinterest) or in dance magazine for inspiration. You are welcome to bring them in order to show exactly what you like. Think about several options as some of them may not work. Did I mention practice? Practice your ideas before the shoot as the shoot is for creating.
- Choose an experienced photographer:
While they are some general photographers who will do anything from architecture to weddings, it is always best to choose a photographer who is an expert in his field. This will ensure you get the best out of the photo shoot. In the field of performing arts, a photographer who know when to press the trigger, can recommend the best pose or point out technical issues could make the difference between an average photograph and a great one.
The most important point is to wear clothes you are confortable with. Of course it needs to suit the look you are after but there are no rules set in stone: you could wear traditional clothes or costumes that are particular to each dance style but you can wear a ballet outfit for a hip-hop move and vice-versa if that is what you want.
If you are doing a studio photo shoot, think about the backdrop colour you will choose as an outfit with dark tones or black could get lost with a black backdrop and conversely a white dress would not stand out when photographed against a white backdrop. If you are going for an outdoor photo shoot in an urban environment stronger colours will make you stand-out more while if you are in a green environment darker tones would be more suitable. Discuss this before hand with your photographer. In general, it is a good idea to bring several outfits with different colours and tones, some very bright and some more neutral.
Another element to be aware of, is how are your clothes going to look like in the pose you are attempting. Some poses might not be very complimentary with short dresses for example or if you going for an action photo the clothes might not flow as you imagined. The best way to find out is to practice before the shoot in front of a mirror or with an experienced teacher.
Do you like your hair tied or free flowing? Do you mind if your hair covers your face while upside down or while jumping. Bring lots hair ties, clips, gel, hair spray…whatever you might need.
Entirely up to you and to what you are used to, but some with you in case you need a touch-up.
Whatever works for you and the effect you are after.
Wet wipes can come in handy.
- Warm up:
It is very important that you warm up before the photo shoot, firstly so that you are not going to injure yourself but also because you will create much better photos if you do.