Navigating Your Needs in a Summer Shoot

With competitions over and spring performances winding down, we all turn our thoughts to summer! I hope you have a chance to relax for a couple of weeks before your summer season/intensive starts!

We are busy getting ready for our summer season here at the studio as well; ordering in new props, coming up with new ideas and sourcing new locations. New York City is a hot bed for dance activity, so if you’re interested in a shoot, book now. Spots are going quickly, and I want to make sure you aren’t left out of the fun.

Dancer: Georgia Brinkman

If you have been following me for awhile you know I’m all about you guys looking good in your shots. Never underestimate the power of a great photograph to not not only boost your confidence and self esteem but to get you noticed. This is how careers move forward. To that end, I wanted to share my top 5 tips to getting better pictures when you are working with your photographer.

1) Communication is key! Consider the questions to ask your photographer. Be clear about what you envision and what you need more information on.

2) Preparation…I cannot stress this enough! Make sure to have the right stuff: leo’s, shoes, something to change into, etc. Pay attention to temperature and environment. Really think your shoot through to know what you need.

3) Know your body and what it needs to perform. Consider the day before, the day of, and prepare your warm up. Go slow in the shoot at the beginning and get your sea legs going before working on the harder things. For example, don’t start with a jump. That, just like in class or rehearsal, takes time to warm up and build up to.

4) Know how to work in front of the camera.

Dance Photography Posing

 We have a video series that helps guide you through this process. To check out what the series offers, click here.

5) Bring a friend. If you don’t work with a photographer who used to dance, you’ll want backup to eyeball your technique.

We are happy to answer any questions you have so drop us a line or check out all the resources at

Robyn Jutsum

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