I received both Silver and Bronze in the Sports category in One Eyeland’s Black and White awards.  

I ranked #5 in the US – that’s pretty cool.  

 

The winning images were from my Ballet work En Pointe.

Robert Houser's award winning photograph of a ballet dancer en pointe photographed from below.

En Pointe

 

Check out all the winning images [here

Volleyball jump serve

I’ve been photographing dancers for about a year now as a study of movement and form.  This past week we applied that work to my fitness portfolio with a shoot of volleyball serves.  Which do you prefer?

Volleyball jump serve

Volleyball jump serve : 1

Volleyball jump serve

Volleyball jump serve – 2

Volleyball jump serve

Volleyball jump serve : 3

Volleyball jump serve

Volleyball jump serve : 4

Test shoot - Dance - Natalie

Early this week we brought back a hip hop dancer that we have photographed in the past.  Staying in the outdoor studio and keeping the huge silks for our lighting, we moved around to get a more natural blue sky background.  A little less studio feel, a little more natural – while still using beautiful big light sources.

Bob and I got to talking yesterday about this work – why dancers, why flying?  It seems like he is drawn to this as a more pure form of the motion portraits he sees us doing in our fitness work.  The dance images are still about photographing people, still a portrait, and the motion is still fitness.  But working with these dancers, the project feels more like a study of form and movement.

This Oakland based dance teacher is great to work with and we hope to collaborate with her more.  Using the blue sky felt more authentic and true to her as a performer.  Here are a few from the shoot.  We will keep putting these on Instagram and Twitter, so please check our feeds.

Enjoy.  – Kala

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