As photographers, one of our main goals is to find a story to tell each time a child, dancer, or dog steps in front of us. At times, this can be challenging, (especially when you have a dog that would much prefer cuddling than to having his picture taken).
But sometimes, things fall into place quickly. For the past four years, I have had the honor of photographing and designing the Bettendorf Family Museum Dance poster.
I’ve always enjoyed this particular assignment and each year, I push myself to step outside of my comfort zone to create something fun and unique for the dance instructors and their dancers.
This year, the task was to design a poster for Thumbelina and Snow White. I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you how the poster came together.
When I met with the dance teachers, they had their ideas in mind and we sat at the computer and browsed through their ideas. Once I knew what they wanted, we then planned which dancers were needed to complete the project and set a date to shoot.
On a Saturday morning, I met three of the dancers at the dance studios with my lights and assistant. While the dancer teachers helped with form and technique, I photographed them in various poses. I went into this with three ideas and I wanted to shoot for all three.
When I returned home, I set out photograph the other elements that were needed for the poster. I picked up Gerber Daisy’s from Hyvee. The sky and clouds were taken on a family vacation to South Dakota two years ago.
Once the images were captured, I sat down at my computer and worked in Photoshop to extract the images from their original backgrounds and design the poster. A few hours later, the final product art piece was completed.
Using some of the same elements, I also designed art products for the individual dancers. What a blast!
In fact, I had so much fun with this project that I am now developing new ideas and projects for the studio.
To view more dance portraits and posters, check out the Life is a Stage gallery at our website.
What stories and ideas do you have?