Tips for Dancers: Shooting on Locations

Audition Photos Series

This is a  post in the series, Everything Dancers Need to Know About Audition Photos. Read the first installment.
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In my Audition Tips Series I have talked about topics like what to wear, how to prepare and what to expect at an audition photo shoot.  Now I am looking at how to choose a location for audition photo shoots that takes advantage of weather, light and the world around you.
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1) Scout your locations ahead of time
Be aware of the background so that it suits your theme/style.  Ask questions like, is it easily accessible; is there a location close by to change or use the restroom if you need (or is it secluded enough that you will feel comfortable doing so?).
2) Find out if you need a permit to use the space, for the number of people you need to have at the shoot.
3) Consider the temperature for the time of day you plan to shoot.
Your photographer might specify their preference for lighting, but be aware of what your body can handle.  First morning light may be beautiful, but can your body move well when it’s 40 degrees? Later in the afternoon might be a better choice if you are a warm blooded dancer!
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4) Plan for the weather.  If you are shooting in less than optimal temperatures, pack accordingly.
In cold weather, bring warm clothes that are easily pulled on or off without inhibiting makeup.  Warm boots that can fit over pointe shoes are a good idea.  Pick up some ‘hot shots.’  They are easy to find in sporting goods stores and will keep hands and toes from turning blue.
If the heat is your culprit, make sure to bring along enough water, a spray bottle and towels. Little powder tissues are great for blotting sweat without messing up your face, or consider a professional application of waterproof airbrushed makeup.
5) Plan your looks as much as possible so you know the clothes, costumes and props to bring and minimize what you need to carry over your shoulder and keep your eye on.
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6) Start shooting some of the more difficult movements about 1/4 of the way through the shoot.
This should give you enough time to warm up and acclimate to your environment but leave you with a good amount of energy to work to your max when you need it.  Consider how hard it is on your body to jump over and over again on concrete or solid earth.  You don’t want to leave that until the end of the shoot.
7) Bring an extra friend if you can for a second pair of hands/eyes/a sheet holder that you can change behind.
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