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.

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 Shoot with Angela Joyce

Angela is an insanely talented dancer and creator with Fem Forward. She came down from Toronto was a suitcase of outfits and ideas to match. My lighting assistant Dave Hale got pulled in for a few shots as well. The results were outstanding and we got a huge amount of different looks in a very short time.

Well played with the pose to simulate falling for this picture.

My assistant for the day @shutter905 getting into the picture

As soon as she saw the swords she wanted to use them in dance.

- 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.

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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.

- 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.

Duo Dancers Tia & Amelia

A few of the duo images we shot when dancers Tia and Amelia were in studio.

- 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 Amelia

I had a great dance photo shoot with Amelia. She really hit her moves beautifully. She even teamed up with Tia for some duo images.

- 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 Shoot with Tia

I did a shoot with Tia, a very powerful and graceful dancer. She is able to jump very well. I had a blast working with her and we made some striking images.

- 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.

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.

- 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.

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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- 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.