Not So Suite

The Ballet of the Dolls previewed the Nutcracker (not so) Suite at the Ritz Theater last night and I did my best to keep up with the fast-paced show. I was confined to one side of the dark theater because there was an audience, so I shot entirely with my 70-200. Bracing myself against a door frame helped steady the lens but I still ended up trashing about 30% of my shoot due to excessive motion blur.





Backstage

After shooting Pas de Quatre in October, the Ritz Theater hired me to keep their website updated with photos (and video?) at least once a week to reflect the current shows. The past few weeks have been slow, in preparation for the opening of the Nutcracker (not so) Suite. Here are a few snaps from a rehearsal last week and I’ll put up some more after the dress rehearsal tonight.

I have to find a better way to shoot in the dim studio, I need to freeze action but can’t blind the dancers with my flash… Anyone want to loan me a 5D mk II?




Ballet of the Dolls

Pas de Quatre, the Ballet of the Dolls’ fall show, opened today at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. I went to shoot the dress rehearsal as a “trial” photographer and hopefully impressed the powers that be enough to hire me back. Really a fun shoot, and of course the dancers/costumes are what really show through here.

These four images are from the second ballet in the show, the “Firebird.”

UPDATE: The STrib picked up one of my photos to accompany the performance review.




Misc. Portland

Days 23-29

I am SO grateful to everyone I met who made my visit in Portland incredible. I feel like I got to see a lot of the city’s highlights as well as experience a slice of everyday life. Jen, Al, Danielle, Brittney, Chelsea, Nate, Julie, Emee, Ben and Betsy… I miss you guys already. This is a diverse collection of images across seven days. Caption-type info below.










-Ballerinas with the Oregon Ballet Theater prepare to go one stage during a free dance show along Belmont Street.
-Walkway under the Morrison Bridge, over the riverside jogging path.
-Jen brings out the cake for Emerson’s birthday.
-Playing with bubbles at Laurelhust park.
-Touring 3-on-3 arena soccer tournament downtown.
-Brittany Smith uses her yoga-muscles to balance on a block of ice as she rides it down a hill at Laurelhurst park.
-A plethora of fresh produce on Jen’s table in the morning light.
-Danielle and I wait for the #15 bus toward downtown to get dinner and visit Deschutes brewery.
-Traffic lights blur over the Burnside Bridge in front of the White Stag sign in Old Town.