Sparkle Academy – Rawtenstall
What a fun shoot! Dancers love to pose and we love to turn their moves and poses into fun images.
Do you attend a dance class in Lancashire or West Yorkshire?? Or maybe your children do. Tell your dance teacher about us – we’d love to come and do a shoot for you. Also, as we give 10% of our profits from the shoot back to the dance group, it’s great fundraiser.
So, 2012 was the year of the Postbox partnership. The year we, as a mother and daughter team (should be daughter and mother really – in terms of importance), took on the nurseries. We love toddlers in the studio but taking them on in their own environment is a different matter. Lights, background, toys all in place but no smiles! This is where the teamwork kicks in.
It’s quite difficult, as a photographer to coax a smile whilst looking through the lens. Here’s when a partner is needed. What child will not giggle when a green fluffy dinosaur decides to eat the photographer. Instant success -photography by Amy, puppetry by yours truly. Judging by the response from parents to our nursery images, we got it right! We like to give people variety so we offered at least 6 images of each child. And we like to keep up our studio standards so what we offer is, not just an ordinary nursery shoot but a mini portrait session.
We’re always looking to get in touch with new nurseries so if your child attends one in our area – Rochdale, Oldham, Bury or even further afield, why not recommend us? We’d be happy to discuss any nursery/school requirements.
Amy posted this photograph on our Facebook page earlier……….
……so I thought I would show you this one
See things don’t change – the camera just got bigger! Oh, and so did Amy!
When Amy was younger she did gymnastics (Sports Acrobatics). Training three times a week, she worked hard and loved every minute of it. At competitions I would take my camera and, because it was really difficult to get good shots of the gymnasts competing, I would stand Amy and her partner against a plain wall (if I could find one) to record the day. Consequently I have lots of great photos of gymnasts doing absolutely nothing.
So we had an idea! We know about gymnastics and dance. Why not try and record some moves in a more dynamic way? Amy had a go and I took up the camera for a change. The ceiling in the studio is low so we found it quite restricting but with some clever lighting and a fair bit of editing we got some good results.
What to do next? Well, we decided to invite some gymnasts and dancers in for a test shoot. Chris Rait came in and jumped so high we were afraid he would go through the ceiling.
Then little Courtney, Harriett and Tracey Ray and her dancers came along. The great thing about it is we could ask them to repeat a move over and over until we’d captured the right shot. And they were happy to oblige, in fact they had a great time at the studio. We then added some graphics to emphasize the movement.
Our problem now was that the studio is a little cramped for this kind of shoot so rather than bringing the dancers/gymnasts to us we have decided to take the studio to them. Tracey Ray was so impressed with her images that we have arranged to go out to one of her classes with our lights and backgrounds etc and photograph all her dancers. We’ve arranged a shoot for the 27th June and can’t wait to see how it works out. I’ll let you know how it goes but if you know any dance or gymnastics teachers in the North West who you think might be interested in something similar let us know and we’ll get in touch.