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2014 North Shore Photographic Challenge

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“I Feel Like Flying”, was my entry for the 2014 North Shore Photographic Challenge. I have had the winning image at the Challenge 3 times in the past (1998, 2011, & 2013, twice with dance images). While my entry this year received one of the highest scores, it didn’t place in the top three. This year’s Challenge featured work from 300 photographers from BC and the Yukon.
The Challenge is hosted by NSPS (North Shore photographic Society) and sponsored by CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art).

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Dancing in natural setting

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This photo shoot was to help a dancer create new images for her portfolio. We did this shoot out in nature near Squamsh. The concept was to photograph dance poses in a natural setting by a stream and waterfall.

This was the second time I have worked with this dancer. We had preciously collaborated on an urban dance project that we shot in and around the back alleys of Vancouver.

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Blowing in the wind

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This was the second time working with Ashara who attends the National Circus School in Montreal. We shot several concepts near Squamish, including with fabric blowing in the wind.

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Angel - aerial hoop

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This image “angel” is from a photo session with two circus performers who perform on the aerial hoop. The goal was to creature portfolio images for promoting their shows. Their repertoire includes an aerial burlesque show on the hoop.

As a photographer, it is amazing the wide variety of subjects we photograph and talented people we work with. The challenges in this shoot was similar to dance, which is to create a lighting setup in a studio or gym to give the appearance of a performance on stage.

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Award winning dance image

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This was the winning image at the 2013 North Shore Photographic Challenge. The Challenge is a large photo competition sponsored by CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art) and hosted by the North Shore Photographic Society. This year’s Challenge featured the work of 285 photographers from throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. This year marks the third time that one of my images was the winning image judged as “best of show” at the Challenge, and the second time for one of my dance images.

The image is of a dancer from the Goh Ballet in Vancouver and was shot in a photo studio.

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Swan Lake, Ballet Jorgen

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Cristina Graziano, principal dancer in Ballet Jorgen’s upcoming production of Swan Lake, was recently in Vancouver promoting Ballet Jorgen’s tour of 11 communities in British Columbia in February 2013. Cristina had a whirlwind promotional tour of BC and managed to squeeze in a photoshoot early on Sunday morning before having to head back to Toronto.

It was a pleasure to work with Christina at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver where Ballet Jorgen will be performing Swan Lake on February 19. Photos from this photo session will be part of a gallery exhibition from November through February in the lobby of Centennial Theater.

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Dance photography workshop


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Recently I conducted a dance photography workshop, a short 2 hour introduction to dance photography for a group of photographers from Vancouver and the North Shore.

Working with Hiroko, who is a dance instructor and ballet mistress at the Anna Wyman Dance School of the Arts in West Vancouver, we worked through basic lighting set up for dance photography.
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Shalimar Blanchard & HSDA

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Look Studios most recent dance photo shoot was with staff from the Howe Sound Dance Academy.

Shalimar Blanchard, director of Howe Sound Dance Academy, has built a great dance program in Squamish over the past 15 years.

It was a real pleasure to work with Shalimar as she was going for a non-traditional valley look as she was on point and wearing jeans.

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Howe Sound Dance Academy

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Look Studios most recent dance photo shoot was with staff from the Howe Sound Dance Academy.

Shooting dance in a controlled studio environment to capture the dynamic movement of dance is a real challenge. Working in the dance studio with Shalimar and Alicia Kinsman (HSDA jazz dance instructor) was a pleasure.

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contortion artist

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A portfolio photo shoot on location with Circus West contortion artists/performers in a Vancouver Park.

It is always fun to have opportunities to photograph something a bit different. This recent photo shoot was with contortion artists who train at the Circus West training facility in Vancouver. Working with 2 contortion artists in a lovely park on a stunning spring day produced some great images.

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Award winning dance photograph

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This image entitled “a dancer’s dream” was tied for third place at the 2012 North Shore Photographic Challenge. The competition featured images from 280 photographers from throughout British Columbia and the Yukon.

It was an honour and thrill to have another one of my photo entries judged to be one of the top images in the North Shore Challenge. On two previous occasions, my images have been the winning image at the North Shore Challenge and awarded the CAPA gold medal.

The Challenge is hosted by NSPS (North Shore photographic Society) and sponsored by CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art).

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dancers from SFU dance program

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Simon Fraser University (SFU) dance program has moved into its spacious new location in the downtown campus that is part of the Woodwards redevelopment.

This dance shoot was in the large new and spacious Simon Fraser University dance studio featuring Natalie Johannesen and 5 other dancers who are studying contemporary dance at SFU. Dancers are dynamic, creative and fun to work with.


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CAPA gold medal: winning Dance image

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This image, “Take Off” was the winning image at the 2011 North Shore Photographic Challenge. The 2011 North Shore Challenge competition featured work from 270 photographers from throughout British Columbia and the Yukon. This was the second time that one of my images has won the North Shore Challenge and a CAPA gold medal.

It is an honour having my entry judged as “Best of Show” at the North Shore Challenge. The Challenge is hosted by NSPS (North Shore photographic Society) and sponsored by CAPA (Canadian Association for Photographic Art).


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Dancers and dance photography

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Dance is an area of interest in my creative journey through photography. Capturing the beauty and grace of dance is extremely challenging. Recently I had the opportunity to do a dance photo session was with three dance instructors from the Freestyle Dance Center in Abbotsford, BC.

Working with dancers is pleasure. Dancers are very aware of lines of their bodies and take direction well. Dance photography is a wonderfully rewarding creative process when it all comes together in that precise instant. Visit my dance photo gallery to see more dance examples of dance photography.

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dance photography: capturing movement

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Recently I had the opportunity to do 2 days of dance photography with David Cooper working with 8 professional dancers from Ballet BC and the 605 Collective Dance Troupe of Vancouver.

This unique experience provided an amazing opportunity to work with top level professional dancers and one of North America’s top dance photographers. This turned out to be a tremendous learning experience.

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Dancing with Escher

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This was from an urban dance project working with a local dancer to create images for her portfolio.

For this project, we shot a variety of dance images in a number of Vancouver’s back alleys near Gastown.

One of the locations we shot at was in front of this graffiti mural that incorporated a reproduction of the famous self portrait by the artist Escher.

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