Do you need dance audition photos? Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming photo shoot? Here are a few tips on what to expect and how to prepare.
1. DO SOME RESEARCH AND TALK WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER IN ADVANCE
Think about the style and colour theme you want for your photographs. Consider if you will keep the same colour scheme throughout the entire series of pictures, or if you will have vastly differing costume choices. Will you require photos for ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, tap, ballroom etc? If you need images for different genres, will they all be displayed on the same website? If so, you need to consider co-ordinating your costumes. Choosing a basic colour family and finding leotards, skirts, tutus etc that all tone with that colour family is a simple solution. You probably already have a favourite colour and own leotards in that colour. Start with what you have. Simple is usually best.
Chat with your photographer when you book the session and discuss your requirements and stylistic preferences.
2. DECIDE ON SOME POSES
Think about what type of poses you will do and practice them at home. You can even have a friend take photos on their phone so you can see how the poses look when frozen. If you like, you can create a mood board or Pinterest board to show your photographer. If you have a list of required poses from a school or summer program, be sure to take the list to the shoot. For some inspiration on dance photography from around the world, check out our Pinterest board HERE.
3. PREPARE CLOTHES, MAKEUP & HAIR
Give yourself plenty of time to prepare your dance clothes, iron anything which may look creased. Cut off stray threads and check for stains and pilling. Cameras capture everything! Have a checklist and every item ready the night before. Transport your items on hangers so they don't get crushed. Practice your makeup before the day of the shoot and allow enough time on the day to do it nicely. Avoid makeup with metallic elements or glitter as these reflect the light and don't look good on camera. Stage makeup is good and false eyelashes look striking. If you are having head shots done at the same time, you will want more natural make up for those pictures. Think about your hair styles. If you plan on having some shots with your hair down, it is often easiest to do them first and then put your hair in a ponytail, then a bun and add spray at the end.
4. ARRIVE WARMED UP
Allow time to warm up before the shoot. You want to be warm and flexible. Plan to do some low key poses at the start of the shoot so you have time to get well warmed up for the jumps or more athletic poses.
5. BE PATIENT ON THE DAY
Understand that still photos are different from video and it will take several attempts for you to achieve a good looking shot for each pose. Be kind to yourself and realise that this is normal. The photographer will want to get the shot from the best possible angle, with all of the elements working perfectly at the same time. That means face, arms, hands, legs, feet, body, lighting etc.
6. LIGHTEN UP AND ENJOY THE RIDE!
Audition photos can feel stressful. If you prepare properly, the shoot will go well. Try not to stress so that you can enjoy the fun of the shoot. I really enjoy working with dancers and every shoot is different and fun. I try to help my clients to feel super special.
Photos - Chantelle Meyers as Esmerelda