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Ballet Zaida igers March 5th 2016

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

Today I want to feature three of my recent favorite shots I found on the #BalletZaidaigers Instagram hashtag.

First up, photographer @Nicole_Marcelli 's photo of ballerina @JennaCarara

Great composition from Nicole & a lovely line from Jenna. 

Next up is @Nenetoile

I enjoy the colors, the movement in the hair, & also the leg position. 

& last for today we have dancer @jadyn_taylor99 with photography from @brittnischroederphoto

Great lighting from Brittni & a nice pose & expression from Jadyn. 

Keep the photos coming & I'll feature my favorites here on the blog! Use the hashtag #BalletZaidaigers

Until next time,


Long Exposures

Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone,

Today I want to share some photos from a recent shoot I did using a long exposure concept.

A long exposure is generally when you leave the shutter open on the camera for several seconds, which lets light be captured for an extended period of time, & can create a transparent looking image.

The dancers featured in this series are Andie Bartol & Affinity Morgan Quinn. 

Andie Bartol.

Andie Bartol.

Morgan Quinn.

Andie Bartol.

I've experimented with the long exposure concept before, but never with just the feet in pointe shoes, on a backdrop like this. 

To achieve this, I had a flash positioned to the dancer's left, which went off at the start of the photo process. The dancer would then move for 8 seconds as we "painted" the feet with a laser light I had placed to the dancer's right.

I wasn't sure how this concept would turn out, but I think the results are interesting & I hope you do too. I'll definitely be  experimenting more with this approach in the future. 


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Oliver Endahl

Hey everyone, today's post is for the dancers who follow Ballet Zaida. 

If you follow Ballet Zaida on social media, you'll see some of the same poses pop up from time to time. One of the things I find most interesting about dance is that you can do the same pose, but every dancer does it a little differently, & every location changes the dynamic of it. 

Let's use this move. I like to call it the "falling" pose. (It's a turned in 6th position falling over the boxes of your shoes, with your arms behind you) 

Here's a photo of dancer Emily Cairns on the cover of the 2016 Ballet Zaida Calendar. 

& here's that same pose featured in 3 other Ballet Zaida photos.

Dancer - Lacey Escabar. 

Dancer - Andie Bartol. Mural - Retna. 

Dancer - Precious Gilbert. Wearing - The Dancewear Project leotard.

Ballet is a language. It has a vocabulary of moves that define it. It's interesting to see how everyone makes each pose their own, & also how the pose changes depending on the environment it's done in. 

I want to see your take on this pose. Take a photo of yourself in this "falling" pose, post it on Instagram & use the hashtag #BalletZaidaigers

(Be sure to be careful. This pose can be done in pointe shoes, flat shoes, or even barefoot. Don't do more than you're ready for.) 

I'll personally look through all the photos & feature my favorites on the blog either next week, or the week after. 

I'm looking forward to seeing your photos!