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Dance Shoot with Brendan

I had the opportunity to work with dancer, instructor and choreographer Brendan De Santis in the studio. Brendan has a non-stop motor which I proceeded to abuse by asking him to jump continuously for 2 hours. That said we got some great pictures and I’m really happy with how the images turned out. We’re already planing our next shoot together.

Simple jumps make for great images

Playing with colour andmist

Male dancers can deliver the power moves

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Jumping into the ceiling

Brendan giving us a very fierce look.

- 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.

- Brendan De Santis, is an accomplished dancer and award-winning choreographer, and the Associate Artistic Competitive Director at the O’Neill Academy of Dance. 

Brendan has been performing and competing nationally and internationally since 2003 under the direction of Kim O'Neill and has established himself as a professional dancer, adjudicator and choreographer. Brendan has studied various genres of dance, which include, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Partnering.  He was also trained in vocal and professional recording under the director of Kevin Gorman; KG Productions. Brendan attended St Mary Choir and Orchestra Program and Catholic Central High School’s Music Program where he continued to train in both dance and vocal. 

London Dance Photo - Video

Wendy put together this little slideshow for me and my dance photography.

Some of the dance photography I've done under London Dance Photo. www.londondancephoto.com

- 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.

Random Images - Older Shoot / Recent Edits

I ended up getting asked for some additional edits on some shoots from earlier this year. Below are a few samples of the pictures. A random assortment of images.

Pointe Tango - Best in Show at Toronto Fringe

Multiple exposure image with Jiu Jitsu, athletic nude participant Rachel warming up.

Masters Figure Competitor Mindy

Dancer Sam Sendas

- Mark Ruddick Photography - My images are an exploration of the human body under muscle stress — understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Creating these images has given me a better understanding of the human form which has transitioned into my commercial fitness work. 

I am a London, Ontario photographer who specializes in fitness, bodybuilding and fight photography.

I love to tell stories as anyone who's worked with me can attest. That includes visual stories through photographs. Let me tell your story and provide high impact images of you to sponsors, agencies, family or just for yourself.

- 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.

- The Athletic Implied Nudes series is an exploration of the human body under muscle stress— understanding the body’s strength, flexibility, and power. Clean backgrounds, hard lighting, and black & white photography work together to eliminate distractions and highlight the muscle groups and figure of my subjects.

Beginning with Mixed Martial Artists and Boxers, I have developed my technique to capture rapidly firing muscle groups at high speed in front of the lens. The resulting instinct for timing fight photography has lead to an ability to freeze my subjects at the peak of their motion. Discovering a better understanding of the human form with this project has transitioned into my commercial fitness work, maximizing composition and positioning to best showcase the human form.


Dance with Sam Sendas

Sam and I finally got together to do a dance shoot together. We decided to play with lighting and fog for our session. Sam is performing at the London Fringe Festival later this month, go buy tickets.

Thanks to Kara Friedrich for the great makeup.

Preparing for flight

coming to life

coming to life

A happy accident in camera

Grand jete in the fog

Coming out of the fog

- 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 Photoshoot with Ashlyn

Ashlyn got a birthday present from her parent in the form of a photo shoot with me. She’s a talented dancer and a really good kid to work with. She hit her poses beautifully and we had a lot of fun. She even braved the elements to get some pictures in the snow.

Ashlyn and her shadow jumping

Calm and quiet pose

Strength and flexibility

Behind my studio is a nice natural area

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

- 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 Photoshoot with Erika

Erika is a dancer in Toronto, we met on Instagram and decided to setup a shoot. The session was divided between the long exposure work and some dance / creative makeup. Abie supplied the makeup for both looks and it turned out great.

Creative makeup for the second look.

Erika jumping

Long exposure with 2 flashes

Multi dancer

Erika in a power pose

Resting in first position

- 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 Photos with Emma

I got to work with Emma earlier this month. She’s a talented contemporary dance and in her own words “Likes to jump” We did a few different dance sets and got some really solid images. Here are some of my favourites.

Single light with hard shadow.

Jump with no shadow

Last Jump

Showing off her back muscles.

Fierce

- 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 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 with Hannah and Ashlyn

Hannah and Ashlyn came to the studio to play with some lighting so I could show one of my Fanshawe students a long exposure setup. The afternoon went really as both dancers were enthusiastic even though they had come from a 5 hour practice. We got some good images en pointe and had a lot of fun.

Long exposure twirl with fabrics

Starting with a flash

Setup of the above images. - Photo credit Jes Hernandez.

En point with fabrics

Double exposure dancer

- 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 Shoot with Emma

Little Emma Lee came to the studio to show off her dance moves and play. Super cute kid. I love working with kids (former cub leader for 11 years) You give them the stage and let the poses just happen. I’m happy to design shorter sessions for young dancers with lots of pictures to share with family and friends.

You don’t need a lot of moves when you’re this cute.

Big smiles

Modelling is hard work

- 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.

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 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.

Dance Photography with Montana

I hadn't really tested the studio out for dance photography yet other than a few pictures. I asked Montana to come in for some dance photos. I had worked with her before a couple of times and she represented Canada in a dance competition in Spain this summer. Montana as always was super talented, friendly and accepted every motion challenge I put before her.

We played with a few different techniques, long exposure, fabric and mist. They turned out really well and I got a sense of how my studio would work for shooting dance photography. It worked out well. I mean I'd love to have a larger studio, but who wouldn't.

Behind the scenes - shooting from a tripod.

Long exposure technique with a dancer Montana

Jumping with fabric

Jumping in the red fog

- 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.