Desert Genies

Desert Genies
Ballerinas in the desert sand

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

From my shoot a few weeks ago with Katie. As you can see Katie is a beautiful dancer.
This is an alley in downtown Boise and the building in the background was built in 1870. Love these old brick walls, they make excellent backgrounds for outdoor portraits.

Natural light with the Nikon D3 and the 70-200 lens.

We had a fairly nice day for a change, as it has been very windy and cold this spring in Boise.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Photo shoot with Ann in downtown Boise. Very cold spring day, rain showers and very windy. We moved around downtown and eventually came upon this old stone wall with some iron work on it. The bricks and iron work looked good with Ann's dark hair and outfit so we did quite a few shots here, until she was just to cold. 
There was a lot of pedestrian traffic going by here so several stopped to watch...seems pretty ballerinas are not a common sight on the streets of downtown Boise.
This was our last location of the day and it was a very productive shoot for images....will post more from the day later.
D3 and the 70-200, natural light.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This is a photo of Nell on a bridge over the Boise river. This is a nice outdoor ballerina portrait...but the rest of the story is that it is 38 degrees outside.
We did a lot of running back to the car heater this day, but Nell was a trooper. Once she was warm we would head right back out.
We were rewarded with a surprising number of keepers especially considering the conditions.

Natural light with the Nikon D3 and the 85 1.4 lens.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I normally don't shoot in full sun but this day it just worked out that way. This is Caitlin, she is a principal dancer at one of the ballet companies in Boise. We were doing a walkabout downtown when we came across this large mural of a woman in chains.

Well this seemed a perfect photo op for my Freestyle gallery. The dichotomy between the bondage of the lady in the mural and the freedom of the dancer makes for an interesting image.

We took 6 or 7 shots here. Caitlin was having fun with this one.

This is from a shoot Katie and I did together last week. Katie is a very dynamic and creative dancer. We have been out shooting 5 times now and every time we go out we get some good stuff.

In this shot I have my back up against a building using a 35mm lens due to not much room to work with.
I asked her not to do anything to crazy cause I didn't have a lot of frame to work with.

She threw this jump and I was so happy I did not clip her toes. We did two takes of this and this was the first shot.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Katie on the bridge.

This is an old bridge over the Boise river built in the 1800's I believe. I asked Katie to stand in the middle and do whatever she wanted. We shot a few jumps and poses and then she turned around and hit this shot. I know it was a good one when I took it and I walked over and showed it to her.
The light from a perfect cloudy day and Katies athleticism are what made this possible.
One of my favorites.

Monday, April 1, 2013


We were shooting next to the outside wall of an old prison in Boise, we call it the Old Pen. The evening sun shines down this small area between the wall and another building creating a bit of a light tunnel.
Taylor did two takes of this jump, I think this was the first one.

Katie and I have shot together a few times. She is a ballet instructor at the local university and very active in the local dance scene. She doesn't have the typical ballet dancers build because she also does a lot of aerial silks which requires a lot of strength.
This day we were shooting next to a 5' concrete wall that I have walked by 20 times and never saw it as a photo op. This day Katie went over to the wall sat down and hit this pose. One of my favorites from our shoot together this day.
This is natural light.