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Updated: Jan 8, 2022

If you follow my work at all, you've seen Anthea before. She was one of my first dance instructors when I was just starting out and choreographed my very first contemporary solo. Having a great teacher isn't something to ever be underestimated and I'm so grateful that I've been able to stay in touch with her over the years.

Anthea is a professional dancer based in Los Angeles and has booked jobs that have taken her all over the world (Follow her on Instagram and check out all the cool adventures she's had!). My trips to Lala land are always too short and insanely busy so I was really excited to discover that Anthea was in town and that our schedules allowed us to meet up for a couple of hours.

We got up bright and early to go shoot at the Griffith Observatory. The crack of dawn is really the only time to shoot (or go) there because it gets so unbelievably busy but if you've been there, you'll immediately know why. The Observatory itself is regally impressive and boasts a view you'll want to write home about but the real beauty is in the surrounding trails. Griffith Park is massive and filled with trails that wind up and down the mountainous landscape.

It's rarely cloudy in Los Angeles so this shoot was a unique opportunity. Most of the views of the city have been completely lost in the clouds but I kind of like that it looks like she's floating in the clouds. The weather also made for a much cooler (bluer) color palette than I usually get when I shoot there. I really like how this set of images turned out and I love that I got such a new feeling from a location I know and love.

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Seattle portrait & dance photographer and makeup artist Dakota Elizabeth is a visual storyteller committed to quality imagery that withstands the tests of time.

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