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Dance Photoshoot with Nicolette and Claire

Dancers Nicolette and Claire came to the studio to help me test out some new lighting. I was playing around with the strobe setting on my speedlights to capture multiple images on the same exposure. The ladies were talented dancers and provided some great poses for testing. I was pretty pleased with the test, but I definitely have some work to do. Afterwards we shot a few poses with more conventional lighting. Thanks to my Fanshawe work placement student, Clayton Durrell, for assisting during the shoot and for acting as a manual rear curtain flash on the one image.

2 dancers, 8 flashes

Strobe with rear-curtain flash

A simple skirt drop makes this lovely image.

Simple stretch en pointe.

I like how quiet this image is.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.


Pointe Tango in the Studio

Alex and Erin from Pointe Tango dropped by the studio a couple of weeks ago to play around with a few concepts. (Thanks guys) They are outstanding professional dancers who travel the world. I can’t wait to see their new show in 2019.

We started off with photographing Erin in her pointe & tango shoes.

Many shoes and many different poses.

Erin had a million different poses for these pictures.

Next we moved into some motion lifts. Alex is catching Erin in full jump.

Alex showing off all of his gym work with a one arm press of Erin.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

- Pointe Tango - is a new dance company directed by Alexander Richardson and features dancers Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson.  This contemporary company uses elements of Argentine Tango and Classical Ballet to explore a new dance vocabulary based on connection, improvisation and intention.

Dance Session with Aaron

Dancer Aaron Lemay was brought into the studio to test some lighting schemes with jumps. He performed great and I got the images I was looking for.

Leaping away from the light.

Making shapes in the air.

Strength and grace

Russian jump

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

Dance Session with Bram

Dancer Bram from London Dance Ensemble came into the studio for some pictures. I had a couple of concepts in mind for the shoot.

First I wanted some big jumps isolating the dancer on black. I wanted to introduce some hard shadows into the images for a more dramatic effect as Bram was in very good shape.

The second was a hard single point of light to accentuate the dancer’s shadow on the studio wall. I played around with my modifiers until I got a hard shadow line like I was looking for. Once that was set we got big leaps and great shadows of the dancer.

Bram jumping with his shadow

Male dancer jumping

Floating

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.

Dance Images with Sarah

Sarah is a dancer with London Dance Ensemble. She came into the studio to get some portfolio images.

Makeup: Melissa O Make-up

En point in black and white

Head shot - Make-up by Melissa O Makeup

Showing off the leg line, down through the toes.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion in an artistic way.

Let me capture the photos that move you.


Dance Photography with Maddie

Maddie came to the studio for some dance images.She represented Canada in a dance competition in Spain this summer and came away with 2 silvers and 1 gold medal. Maddie trains out of the O'Neill Academy of Dance and is fearless as a dancer and we got some great images.

I wanted to show off Maddie's strength and flexibility with some different lighting techniques. I was very happy with the results. Melissa O Makeup did Maddie's makeup and it was really bold and dramatic and beautiful.

Beautiful form and muscle definition

Showing off her flexiility

Dancing with fabric

Close-up of the makeup.

- London Dance Photo - I am Mark Ruddick, an experienced photographer working in London, ON. I enjoy photographing dancers and really appreciate the athleticism and artistry involved. Coming from a fight photography background, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly moving subjects at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to capture my subjects at the peak of their motion.
 

Let me capture the photos that move you.

Pointe Tango - Promotional Shoot

Talented dancers Erin and Alex from the Pointe Tango Dance Company came into the studio for a picture to promote their new show Para Dos, debuting at the London Fringe Festival in June.

We played with a few poses before deciding on this pose and then we fired up the fog machine to get a nice background.

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- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography

Ballet in the Fog with Nicolette

I did a ballet photo shoot with Nicolette out of Step Above Dance. Nicolette was referred to me by a mutual model friend of ours. Nicolette came in and really killed it. We setup the fog machine to do a series of backlit shapes, jumps and poses. Here are a few of the best ones.

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Group Dance Shoot - Sneak Peek

I had a group of six dancers in the studio on Sunday. We had pizza, took some pictures and at one point had an impromptu musical break out. It was a whirlwind 4 hour shoot that got so many good images. Thanks to my assistant for the day Wendy Blang. Here's a sneak peek at some of the pictures.

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Athletic Nudes with Dancer Kaitlin

Dancer / model Kaitlin Chapple came into the studio to shoot my athletic nude series with me. Dance is an extremely athletic activity and ballet is a so beautiful to photograph. Kaitlin hit all of her poses with grace and power. It is always great to work with such an accomplished model.

She had an incredible range of motion. 

We worked on dynamic poses with a lot of tension. 

Strength, balance and flexibility

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography

Athletic Nudes with Ballerina Annelie (NSFW)

A dancer contacted me on Facebook about modeling for my athletic nude series. I had never photographed dance before but sometimes you just go for it. Annelie is a travelling ballerina with the Canada's Ballet Jorgen based in Toronto. She had just finished up a nation-wide tour and was heading back to Europe the next week. The photo shoot came together super quick and we only had a narrow window to work together at the studio due to her travel schedule. In the 90 minutes we did have, dozens of beautiful images were made. Her grace, power and athleticism were apparent in her warm up. She did insane stretches seemingly without effort. For me it was like photographing poetry. I would love to work with her again when she returns.

If there are any other dancers out there (male or female) that would like to participate in the project, please contact me.

- Mark Ruddick Photography is a full service London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, boxing and mma photography