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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. 

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 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 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 shoot with Destiny

Destiny represented by B&M Models out of Toronto came to the studio for a dance shoot. Destiny is a very talented dancer and a great model. She was fearless in her posing and a real pleasure to photograph.

Started with a couple pictures of the makeup.

Destiny bending backwards for a pose.

Warming up in her street clothes.

After a long night of dancing.

- 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 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.

Dance Session with Allie

Allie Goodbun came down to the studio from Toronto for a dance photo session. She's a great dance and has a really nice aesthetic for dance photos. I had a really nice time making images with her. She even brought some of her kickboxing equipment for a couple of quick photos.

jumping high into the air

jumping high into the air

- 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.

Dancers in the Mist

I've been working on my dance photography since the beginning of 2018. In conjunction with building up my portfolio I've been doing a series of dance pictures taking in the fog (fog machine in the studio) For this series I am just using rear lights and using the fog as a weak reflector in the front. The setup really shows off bold shapes very well and the variance in the amount of fog means each picture is a little different. So far I've had 4 dancers shoot this with me and I'll probably do one more and then let it rest for a while and try and come up with something new.

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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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Ill at Will in the Studio

I had a couple of members of the Ill at Will B-Boy crew into the studio last night. The crew has been active for the last 10 years. Rob and Jim were on set and really impressed me with their moves, made much more difficult by me asking them to hold the longer for pictures. Both guys were repping their clothing line Stay Hungry, Stay Humble.

Here's a few early edits from the shoot.

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