This photograph was taken in Old Town Erie, CO as a promo for an idea I had to hold outdoor portrait sessions for young dancers. The dance studio had their own portrait photographer who came in every year to photograph all the dancers, and they did a great job. But, lets face it, all the pictures were pretty much the same – especially when the girls had been dancing for years. This was the perfect opportunity for me to provide parents with portraits of their dancers that were unique, powerful, moody, and dramatic – all the things I love to see in a portrait.
The sun had just gone down behind the church and it made a beautiful silhouette, perfect to get that powerful, moody portrait that I was looking for – sometimes things just work out. All I needed to do was to pump enough light into the scene to give the image an emotional, yet elegant feel. All that being said, the thing I love most about this shot is that the Little Dancer is also my little girl. She’s standing tall, looking proud, and full of confidence doing what she loved to do back then. This photo was taken back in 2011, and although she doesn’t take dance classes anymore I will always think of her as my little ballerina.