Incorporating Dance and Movement in Photography

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In this video, Sarah Silver goes in-depth about the similarities between dance photography and fashion photography, and how upon transitioning from one to the other, she found that there was little to no difference between the two.

She also imparts valuable insights, along with several useful tips to help you create dynamic photographs filled with movement and energy:

Some Key Takeaways:

  1. You do not need a fancy studio to shoot.
  2. You do not need fancy equipment.
  3. Don’t shoot the head if there’s no hair or makeup.
  4. Fashion designers love to see the fabric come to life.
  5. If you are not giving energy out, don’t expect it to come back.
  6. Don’t be afraid of black and white.
  7. There’s nothing that is more fun than a well-placed fan.
  8. If she really can’t move, make the shoot be all about her static moment. Make it about her awkward hand.
  9. A quiet studio is a depressed studio.
  10. Don’t shoot unless you mean it.
  11. Sometimes you have to spend your own money to learn.
  12. You have to do a lot of work yourself even if you have a team behind you.
  13. Everyone you work with is part of your team.

photo by sarah silver

Sarah Silver stresses the importance of doing what you love, especially if you plan to stick to it for a long period of time. In her case, being a terrible dancer never hindered her from pursuing her interests and incorporating it into her line of work.

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Learning to bridge the gap between her passion and her craft helped her become the massive success she is today. From a makeshift setup in her living room, to the magazine covers she has shot today, Sarah truly is an inspiration to all of us.

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