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 projects is an ongoing series of dancers on location In the Urban Portrait Series, dancers are photographed in a style that has the dancer interacting with whatever scene we happen to be at, 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. Dancers often bring several different outfits to change into for these shoots. Take a look at our blog on the Urban Portrait Series.
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.
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.