SHOWSTOPPERS PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS
29th June 2014
It's been a while since I blogged anything on here, largely as it's been a while since I've had much to blog about or the time to do so. (I don't think I actually have the time now either but hey ho)
Photography for me is strictly part time and fits around my work in cycle training and promotion, sometimes I even manage to marry those two passions. When it comes to photography though my favourite work always comes from photographing performance artists, regardless of their particular discipline, age or level of professionalism.
Over the last few weeks I've had that very pleasure working with Cramlington based Michaela Percival School of Dance as they prepare for and perform in their latest stage show.
MPSoD may seem, at the outset, to be the typical dance school catering for children from an early age right up to the point where they may move on in life or consider dancing not to be as important as it may have been during childhood. What makes the school so special though are the people: the teachers, students, parents and helpers. In fact some of the teaching staff started out as young students and, as they've grown, have created demand for a variety of dance styles from the traditional ballet, tap and ballroom to disco, contemporary, street dance and more.
Once again they've proved how great they are by planning, choreographing and staging a fantastic show. I've been a part of that from the studio costume shoot back in May where we produced some images for the programme, through the dress rehearsals where I have my best opportunity to capture stage action to the final weekend where I top up those stage shots and add some backstage candids. During this weekend I've witnessed the excitement, anticipation and emotion. I've seen dancers running off stage for a frantic costume change, helpers running around like lunatics getting the dancers to and from their dressing rooms, helping with costume and makeup and during all this I've ran around myself capturing the action. I even found myself shooting right into the after show party, amazed that some of the dancers still had stacks of energy.
My work isn't finished though as I have images in the thousands to cut down, process and edit ready for sale. It also seems the shooting isn't finished either as difficulties in costume supply meant that not all group shots were completed. I've also had requests to try and capture particular parts of the performance but, not always able to get the angle I needed during the shows, not al those requests have been catered for.
For now back to the editing and I hope to have the first images on this site within the next week as order envelopes are distributed during the final classes of the summer term.
By Lauren: I love this !