Dawson Dance Portraits

So it’s been a while since I’d say I had an opportunity to do a photo session I would consider “fun” for me. Not to say I don’t enjoy what I do when I’m shooting weddings, but what got me started in photography in the first place was actually just taking pictures of landscapes. Me with a beautiful sunset, a tripod and my camera. Ahhhh, so relaxing and peaceful. The images I got were just whatever I wanted them to be and if I messed something up, it didn’t matter because I wasn’t delivering them under the stakes of a high paying client—particularly something like a wedding which cannot be reenacted.

Ok I digress. The point is, sometimes in the photography world if you do the same thing long enough the reality is your artwork can start to go from a feeling of passion, to a feeling of labor. Yes it is still VERY rewarding to get a very dynamic wedding photo and when the bride and groom see it their eyes light up in excitement, but since that had started to become a fairly common photography experience for me the last several years, it had a lost a bit of it’s impact. (Sorry for my self-therapy session. If you’re still reading this I am impressed.) So when this opportunity to shoot something new and different came along, it actually sparked a bit of that original passion in me that I hadn’t felt in a while.

Admittedly, I know very little about dance. I am a pretty good musician so you’d think the rhythm aspect of that would carry over but for some reason when I am on a dance floor, it more closely resembles something like someone who just stepped on one of their kids legos in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom. But I still have to say that I am impressed with people who can dance well and perhaps have always been just a bit jealous of them. So I may not be able to dance, but the next best thing would be to capture some unique and interesting photos of it. Insert Dawson.

I can’t say enough how impressed I was with this kid. His dance ability is obviously incredible but when you look at the pictures below, keep in mind he has only been doing this for 3 years or so. And he is also very humble, genuine and an all around good guy. Something we can all learn from. Bravo Dawson! And thank you for an opportunity to re-ignite a bit of that spark in me for my photography.