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Updated: Jan 8, 2022

Wow, wow, wow. This session was a dream! Aurora has been wanting a series of images showcasing her athletic abilities for a long time so her family gifted her with an early Christmas present. She was such a joy to work with and I'm so thrilled with how this set turned out!

For wardrobe, Aurora wanted a mix of dancewear and cute, casual streetwear for variety. I had so much fun helping her narrow down her options and think that our final choices were such a perfect fit. My favorite part about wardrobe on location shoots is finding backgrounds that compliment the outfit. I do my best to find both colors and lighting situations to best fit each look.

For makeup, we went with fluffy brows, a lightly defined eye, and ultra-flawless skin. Aurora has very sensitive skin so we used Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre for skin prep (as always) and RCMA (a vegetable wax based cream) for her complexion. We used latex-free eyelash glue on the few singles that I added to the outer corners of her eyes to avoid any irritation. She wanted smooth and straight hair so we simply gave it a good flat iron and ran some serum through it to tame any flyaways.

On the day of the session, we woke up bright and early to start hair and makeup at 5:30 AM. Early mornings can be tough but it usually means that we have the location more or less to ourselves. It was a cloudy morning which gave us a little less light overall but far more flexibility with our window of time. I love how moody some of the images turned out and I love the few times the sun came out to play. All in all, it was a beautiful end of summer morning for Seattle and I'm already missing the mild weather 🌤

I've worked with Aurora many times before as her dance instructor so shooting with her was easy breezy. She has worked so incredibly hard the last few years to be the best dancer she could possibly be and I'm so glad I was able to capture the results of her determination.

The knowledge that I bring from being a dance instructor to sessions like this is invaluable as a photographer. Dance photography isn't just about knowing when to click, it's about knowing when you need to try again because a foot was sickled or a leg wasn't as turned out as it could've been. I love working with dancers to get a set of final imagery that showcases them at their best!

This session was shot on a Canon 5dmkiii and a Canon 50mm 1.4f lens. The images were then edited in Lightroom and retouched in Photoshop. Check out these before and afters:

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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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