One of the main reasons to consider Ron as your dance photographer is that he is primarily a dance photographer. Our 3,250 square foot studio has two permanent dance floors with marley flooring. No other photographer in the Chicago area is crazy enough to dedicate that much space to dance. He has done portrait sessions with principal dancers with professional companies such as the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and the Houston Ballet. And he works just as seamlessly with a three-year-old little girl getting her first dance shots and being a little scared being in the spotlight. Ron handles both situations equally well. Although he was never a dancer (professionally, or any other category for that matter), he is quite knowledgeable in working with dancers and posing them, guiding their leaps, making those subtle adjustments that make all the difference in a photograph, and he’s also a master of lighting. And he’s fun. If he can’t crack you up, he’ll dance for you, and then you’ll be cracking up for sure.
Ron’s dance photography has taken him to many cities and given him the opportunity to work with local dance studios, major professional dance companies, and dancers at all levels. We provide professional and pre-professional dancers with audition position and headshots as well as on-location photos. Look here for our audition head and position shots.
One of our favorite photo sessions is to photograph dancers interacting with whatever outdoor location we choose. We have taken dance portraits at well-known landmarks including the Boston Harbor, Discovery Gardens in Houston, the front steps of the Chicago Art Institute and the bean at Millennium Park in Chicago. Every day locations like the lakefront, a local park, the side door of a theater, or the downtown of your suburb also make great places to take posed portraits.
You can see the gallery of Urban Portrait Series images (outdoor dance shots on location).
Outdoor dance sessions are two hours long, and you can choose to do a JPG or print package, or simply pay for the session ($125 in nearby locations, $200 in downtown Chicago) and choose your prints or JPGs later (with a minimum $300 purchase required). Dancers often bring several different outfits to change into for these shoots. For more information or to schedule a session, call at 815-893-6822.
We also offer dance sessions in our studio using our 17-foot-wide white Marley flooring and white backdrop, and also a 17-foot-wide black Marley flooring and black backdrop, that are always set up in our 3,215 square foot studio in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
These sessions are $100 for a 1-hour session, or $125 for two hours. We offer both print and JPG packages. Be sure to see the artistic, edgy lighting we use in our studio dance sessions. You can see the studio dance gallery here.
I’m often asked if younger dancers can do a photo shoot. Of course, they can! They may not be able to show off some of the technique that older, more experienced dancers can do, but a young dancer doing just a simple pose in one of my images just looks amazing. Take a look at my Tiny Dancers gallery of pre-teen dancers.
Ron is the official photographer for Ballet Chicago and is often hired by dance companies for dance performances, costume portraits, audition shots, or marketing photos.
We were especially thrilled when Houston Ballet asked us to go to Jacob’s Pillow to document Houston Ballet’s Artistic Director Stanton Welch as he choreographed a dance there for the annual festival. It was especially fun since the Pittsburgh Ballet’s Dennis Marshall was also there.
Our dance clients include Ballet Chicago, Dynamic Perception Dance Company in Westmont, Arlington Heights Park District Dance, Dance and All That Jazz in Prospect Heights, the DePaul University Dance and Cheer Teams, the Pizzazz Dance Company in Lake in the Hills, the Elite Academy of Dance in Elgin, the Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance and Engage Academy of Crystal Lake, Algonquin Academy of Dance, and the Ballet Box in Algonquin, Center Stage in Huntley, Artistry Dance Company, Abandon Dance Company, and the American Dance Center. I also photograph many high school dance teams, including Huntley High School, Dundee-Crown High School, Jacobs High School, Prairie Ridge High School, Crystal Lake Central, Providence Catholic High School, Downers Grove North High School, Minooka High School, Hampshire High School Orchesis, Lake Zurich High School Cheer, and Huntley High School Orchesis.
I am sometimes asked to come in to get more candid shots of a dance company’s auditions or classes. I have done this for the Houston Ballet, Ballet Chicago and a number of other dance companies.