I got to photograph my cousin, Raven, and her boyfriend the other week and was sooo excited for the shoot. The shoot was another spin-off from my “give me a creative idea and maybe I’ll shoot it” shout-out that I gave on my facebook page a while back. Originally, I was thinking it would be a mock-bridal shoot but decided against that angle for this one. I knew that Raven was a ballerina but the wheels were spinning when she agreed to let me feature that fact in some capacity during our shoot.
I was looking around on the good ol’ interweb trying to see if I could be inspired by how ballet dancers have been featured in other portrait shoots and frankly, ended up making one of those cringe-y/grimace faces a lot of the time. Now I’m not saying ballet dancers haven’t been remarkably captured in photographs (because they have); I was more looking for how they’ve been captured in portrait/engagement/couples/wedding photography-type situations and, although I’m sure it’s been done amazingly well, all of the photos that I happened to see were, well, uh, a little cheesy (did I write that??). I’m also not saying that I did some remarkable job here HOWEVER I was excited at the personal challenge of getting great photos sans the cheese factor. End result? I love the photos and Raven does, too!