Today I had an AMAZING shoot with an AMAZING dancer, Deena Baumgart. I originally had this whole “Ballerina” idea MONTHS ago, but the idea I had in my head was for fall… Well, fall got pretty busy for me and then the holidays hit. SO, I contacted Deena a few weeks ago and asked her if she would still be willing to do a shoot, in the snow.
We started off in my studio, and from Deena’s moves I knew these pictures were going to be awesome.
THEN, we went out to give my original idea a shot. Deena was a CHAMP in the snow. I kept asking her if she was cold and she kept saying “No, I’m ok!” Which I don’t believe at all because I had about 18 layers on and was still freezing, but I definitely appreciated her sticking in it. And holy crap. She ROCKED it!!!
Unfortunately we had to cut the outdoor session a little short and didn’t get in all of the locations / outfits that we wanted because it started snowing SO hard I couldn’t keep my lens dry and my focus was going all boggy because it wanted to focus on the snow instead of Deena. It was so thick you could barely even see her face, and I was literally standing 2 feet in front of her.
This is a shot of Deena and her bff, Vanessa smylie, when we decided to call it quits. Vanessa is also a dancer and came along to help with posing / stylings, and was a HUGE help because I don’t know the first thing about “form” when it comes to dancing.
Although I was kinda disappointed that I didn’t get as many pictures outside as I would have liked, we headed back to the studio and Deena rocked it some more. I actually think the last set may be my favorite pictures of the day.
XoX – Nikki