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Contact us to start planning your creative session!

• consultation either in person or via video conference to plan the details of your session (30 minutes)
• the actual session (4-6 hours); unlimited outfits 
• an ordering appointment to assist you with your selections and products via video conference or in person (2 hours)


 I’ve always been drawn to the beauty of dance.  The images I create reflect the hard work, dedication, and technique that dancers devote their lives to.  My clients will walk away with images that showcase their perfection, creativity, beauty, and soul. I have studied and specialize in the art of photographing dancers, knowing the best lighting techniques and poses to show movement, strength and technique, and to define muscles. In partnership with the dancer, I allow both space and time to guide the shoot. The images created in my photo shoots encompass the excellence and hard work of the dancer, but also the feeling of empowerment that can only come from truly expressing what lies in their soul. My images convey not only beauty but feelings, not only stationary poses but movement, not only the person but what lies beneath.

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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” – Martha Graham

Sophia (Dancer/Senior)

I have absolutely loved working with Amy! She has photographed me and my family for over 10 years so I was super excited to have the opportunity to take my senior photos with her. During our shoot I always felt comfortable and had a ton of fun--she always knew how to make me feel and look my best! I was especially excited that I could do a dance segment since it is such a large part of my life. Amy had no problem capturing my personality through all the photos and I loved how they all turned out. I am so grateful for all that Amy has done for me and I will be sure to recommend her to all my friends!

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We offer combination Audition/Creative shoots as well - please inquire!

Do you have an upcoming audition?  Schedule your audition session so you can go in with confidence!

• 2.5 hour session
• three fully edited image files
• the time spent planning the detail of your session either in person, by phone or video conference (30 minutes)
• unlimited outfit changes 

audition sessions include the following:

Walk into your auditions feeling confident! You’ve worked hard for years and years, perfecting your art. Now is the time to shine! We are here to provide you with a set of audition images that will show off the beautiful lines and technique you’ve attained. We understand that auditions can be nerve-wracking! Let’s take away some of that anxiety and start you off with a photo session that is not rushed. We shoot until you feel good about what you are seeing. Amy has been trained to translate the training you’ve had in the dance studio into images that reflect perfect technique in a two dimensional image. Additionally, we add a good dose of your personality and style to reflect YOU! Whether you are looking for the classic three shots: headshot, arabesque and tendu or need other required poses, we’ve got you covered.

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How do I prepare for my session?

Every session, like every client, is unique. They’re also a lot of fun! Prior to your session, we’ll have an over the phone or in-person consultation to discuss clothing, props, hair and make-up, and other ideas you might have for your session. We will make an effort to get to know you so that we can capture and highlight your personality as best possible.  During your session, I'll make you look beautiful and feel comfortable in front of the camera. So, you don’t know how to pose? No worries - I’ll give you plenty of guidance. I tend to steer away from stiff poses and formal backgrounds, so I’ll most likely situate you in such a way that natural expressions and positions are likely to occur. The end result is an amazing set of images that you'll be proud to share with friends and family. 

What should I wear?

We suggest you bring a wide assortment of leos, skirts, costumes, booty shorts, etc. We will provide you with a leo guide to help you choose the best leo for your body type. We also have a wardrobe closet at the studio full of colorful skirts, layering items and fabrics. Don’t forget moveable streetwear as it is a fun alternative to dance wear. Tights are not needed unless you are doing audition shots. Feel free to send us images of your clothing prior to your session and we’ll help you choose! With regard to pointe shoes, please take the time to make sure your shoes fit you properly and don’t restrict you from fully stretching your feet! We have seen many dancers who have beautiful feet hidden by improper pointe shoes.

What is a typical session like?

Your session will be hard work, but FUN. Do not stress ahead of time - we will be your guide. RELAX - these are no rush sessions. During your actual session, we take the time to work through a flow so that we can make sure you come away with images that show off your technique, strength and beauty. We take the time to fine tune your technique and add energy and expression as the icing on the cake. The end result is an amazing set of images that you’ll be proud to share with friends and family.

How long before I see my images?

At the time of your session, we will schedule an ordering appointment for about 2-3 weeks after your session. Creative session orders will take place in person at the studio or via a video chat so we can discuss crops, retouching, and other details that we find easier to move through in person. At the ordering appointment, we will sit down and view a slideshow of your images set to music. We will then revisit your favorite images and see how each would appear in various crops, layouts, etc. If you are doing an audition session, we will provide you with an online gallery to view and select your images. 

Can I have digital files of all of my images?

If you are doing a creative session, we offer a set of image files as one of our collections. Also, if you purchase a portfolio album or box, please note you will receive several web-ready image files with our watermark. The audition session creation investment includes three fully edited image files.

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