“It is incredibly rewarding working with the happy smiles of the cutest little faces through to the professional students and dancers whose abilities are so commendable.” – Belinda Wright from BWP Studios
DT: How do dance teachers go about creating their own social media marketing clips? Belinda: We do allow teachers to create promotional clips with our footage providing they are cutting the footage with royalty free music. There are a lot of myths surrounding music licensing and use in public platforms, and I find a lot of people put themselves at risk. We certainly can help with creating promotional content or editing footage for studios to use online or through advertising mediums.
“I am constantly amazed by the physical ability of today’s dancers and the shapes and movements they can create with their bodies. I enjoy the challenge of capturing images that show a dancer’s talent in their best light.” – Aaron Couch from DANCEvision.tv
DT: Any tips to prevent customers losing their files from USBs and digital downloads? Aaron: It is important to use the safe eject method when removing a USB from your computer, this ensures the computer stops using the USB before you remove it, preventing the files from becoming corrupted. Of course the best method to protect your files is to make a secondary backup of them either on your computer or an external hard drive.
If you receive your files via digital download you should save them to your computer as soon as possible as most download links will have an expiry date.
Whilst we always keep an archive of our customers’ orders and are happy to provide access in any of the abovementioned events, it can cause some inconvenience and may incur additional costs.
“The true joy I am so privileged to share with dancers is that single moment on stage no matter how experienced, they become the dance not just the dancer. Beauty is just that simple.” – Danielle Barrett from DJ Barrett
DT: What is Copyright and what should we be aware of? Danielle: In Australia, Copyright is automatic & free upon creation of the work. In general, the first owner of copyright will be the artist. This only changes with commissioning work and arrangements agreed to. A right of attribution: the right to be clearly and reasonably prominently identified as the artist, in any reasonable form. It’s incredibly important in this digital age that we don’t miss the fundamental use of manners by respecting the copyright laws that protect us all. Credit where credit is due and everyone is happy.
“It is wonderful to see such incredible creativity from both the dancers and dance schools and we never cease to be amazed how they outdo themselves each year.” – Peter Gillahan from National Photography
DT: What’s the photo day process for dancers and groups? Peter: Each dancer and dance school is different and we always do our best to ensure this is reflected in the time we spend with each dancer and in the final photos that we produce. On photo day we always take the time to capture a group photo of each class or troupe, as well as an individual photo of each dancer. The time per dancer will vary depending on the age of the dancers, the size of the class/troupe and how many dancers need to be captured on a particular day. We will usually spend a bit of extra time with the very young dancers to make sure they are comfortable and give us their best smiles, as well the senior dancers to allow us to capture more technical poses such as a jeté or side splits.
“Dancers are incredibly passionate and motivated, putting in so much hard work to their dance journey. I love providing them with a collection of images as a unique keepsake for years to come.” – Renate Hechter from Pure Dynamics Photography
DT: What essential qualities are a must for a dance photographer? Renate: The most important quality is to have a very good understanding of dance technique and posing. No dancer wants imagery that doesn’t show their excellent technique in a creative setting. You need to make sure you understand the exact requirements of the dancer, studio and/or parents. A telephone or one-to-one consultation is necessary to determine expectations, outfits, location and the vision for the end result.
Patience is an essential component, as many poses require a few shots.
Everything has to come together to ensure a beautiful image. Hands, feet, legs, face, the setting and of course, the light.