Back in March I had the oportunity to photograph beautiful ballerina Claire Beauchamp at her ballet studio in Toronto.
I arranged the photography session with Claire as a self directed portfolio piece – I had been doing a lot of industrial and medical photography at the time and needed a break to photograph something a bit more elegant and dynamic – hence a beautiful ballet dancer.
The ballet studio had the typical wall of mirrors, a fairly light wood floor, white ceilings and light blue walls. Going in, I was planning on shooting a high-key series by overexposing the background to white. I brought some random black backdrops with me to flag off the mirrors – one of which was a black on black damask pattern Bad Sass Backdrop.
The high key setup was working OK – but the photographs just didn’t have the punch and drama that I had in mind.
So we went with Plan B – the black on back damask Bad Sass Backdrop. Problem was, the backdrop was only five feet wide, so we had to improvise a little.
I had always planned on putting the fabric portions of the photograph together as a composite, so I ended up building the entire backdrop as a composite photograph as well.
Here is a little video that shows all of the layers of the finished image in Photoshop – it was a little tedious to align the damask pattern – a lot like doing wallpaper!
Any questions about the setup, lighting or post-production editing – hit me in the comments. Cheers!
Toronto Dance Photographer
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
905 818 5711