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Phi Voba

Updated: Jan 8, 2022

One of my favorite parts of my running my photography business is having the opportunity to work with dancers. Dance has been in my life for just about as long as photography and I love when my two worlds have a chance to meet.

I met Phi Voba at Premiere Dance Center where we both instruct an amazing group of kiddos (albeit in different disciplines) and I was thrilled when he reached out for a photoshoot! He needed high quality images that showcased his dancing as well as a headshot to promote himself as a professional dancer and choreographer.

We shot this session closer to midday which can make finding flattering lighting challenging. When shooting at this time, I do my best to look for lightly shaded areas that will reduce harsh shadows. Because we shot in in the cityscape of downtown Seattle, I also looked for adjacent buildings that could act as natural reflectors. Using these techniques, I was able to find some really flattering lighting for Phi’s session.

When posing dancers for photoshoots, I often have them start by improvising a few phrases. This gives me a better understanding of their preferred type of movement so we can create poses that suite their abilities and personalities. Phi has such an incredible energy when he improvs and has such a unique movement quality. I’m really happy with how these images turned out and think we were able to perfectly capture his energy!

This session was shot on a Canon R5 using a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and a Canon 24-70mm f.2.8 lens using natural light and a reflector when needed for fill. All images were processed in Adobe Lightroom and retouched in Adobe Photoshop using a Wacom tablet.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


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