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 n a style that has the dancer interacting with whatever outdoor location we choose, whether we’re at a forest preserve, next to a river, or at a local downtown spot. We also do these these shoots 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. These 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. Take a look at our blog on the Urban Portrait Series.
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, IL. 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.
Ron is the official photographer for Ballet Chicago and is often hired by dance companies for a variety of reasons. He can photograph their dance performances, costume portraits, audition shots, or provide marketing photos for the studio. We were especially thrilled when Houston Ballet asked us to go to Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA, 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, Summers Academy of Dance in Crystal Lake, Dynamic Perception Dance Company in Westmont, Dance and All That Jazz in Prospect Heights, the DePaul University Dance and Cheer Teams, Ballet Box in Algonquin, Center Stage in Huntley, Algonquin Academy of Dance, Artistry Dance Company in Carpentersville, and the American Dance Center. I also photograph many high school dance teams.
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. Here are some of my favorites taken at Ballet Chicago.
I've also enjoyed taking marketing and brochure shots for Ballet Chicago using my marley flooring and backdrops at their studio. We take the time to get the lighting just right for any given shot, and the dance studio’s director oversees the poses as we collaborate to create the perfect dance images.