It was such a fun project to photograph Rebecca, a 14-year-old ballerina. I had never had a chance to photograph a dancer before, and as a big fan of dance, I loved this photo shoot. Becca is a beautiful dancer with a lifelong passion and dedication to ballet. This summer she will begin her studies at a dance academy on a well-earned scholarship. Congratulations, Rebecca!
This photo shoot had its challenges, because we were granted access to the dance studio in the evening just as the sun was going down. I used the remaining window light for most of the pictures, and relied on my camera’s beautiful image quality at high ISO. For this photo, I placed Rebecca by a window as the main light, and I opened the two windows behind her to give a soft vignette and hair light. I exposed for her face, and let the background go dark. I encourage people to try window light before turning on a flash, because the results are soft and dimensional.