Poise & Panache
A Guide for Preparing for Your Photoshoot
I am often asked by dancers “What do I need to do to be prepared for a photo shoot?” There are lots of little things that seriously add up to getting the most out of your time with a photographer!
We will cover all of the following:
- Identifying what you want and NEED from your photo shoot
- Communicating with your photographer
- Planning costuming, props and details
- What you should have with you at a shoot
- What happens at the shoot itself
- Action shots vs. “posed” shots
- Finding the best angles and poses for you and your body
Carrie Meyer, Photographer/The Dancers Eye, has had an interest in cameras and photography from a very young age, when her parents first allowed her to experiment with several of their cameras. She fondly remembers her first Kodak Instamatic, and the variety of fun shots she was able to capture with it.
Carrie began bellydancing in 2001, after losing 100 pounds. She sought to find a workout that would inspire her to keep the weight off, while not being tied to the gym. Little did she know at the time that this was just the beginning of a love affair with dance that has now spanned a decade for her. In this period of time, she has learned traditional Egyptian, ATS and Fusion, and has danced in groups that have featured all these styles. Carrie is currently doing further studies in ATS and Raks Sharki and has actively danced in several St. Louis based performing groups for over a decade.
Regardless of the photographic subject matter, Carrie’s work shares certain commonalities. The clarity of the images represented, thoughtful composition, and the meaning of the moments in time that she captures characterize her work. The foundation of her work builds out from the strength and power of the basic images, and the personality, of her subjects. Having married her love of bellydance with her love of photography, Carrie offers her dancer subjects a unique opportunity to work with an artist who truly understands and loves the dance, and how dancers want themselves to be portrayed.
Carrie's work has been featured on the covers of Shimmy, Fuse, Jareeda and Zagareet and in the pages of Yallah, among other publications.
You can find The Dancers Eye at:
www.thedancerseye.com - Website