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“To capture dance, the trained eye has to be more than aesthetic, it must be kinesthetic – and of course it must be in love with the subject. Christopher has all this, and he has captured the spirit of not only the dancers but also of Jacob’s Pillow itself.”
–Ella Baff, former Executive Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
“Thanks for capturing some great moments from such a special week …. Surely one I will NEVER forget, especially now with these Awesome photos!!!! Both you and Nel captured so beautifully this project for me, before, during, and even a bit after. How super special this is to me!!!!”
“Thank you for the incredibly fun shoot! All the dancers had a ball, and we’re definitely looking forward to working with you again.”
Dance Films with Nel Shelby
My wife Nel and I both believe deeply in the preservation and promotion of dance, and we often team up to provide artists with a complete package for their upcoming productions.
Her dance film company, Nel Shelby Productions, makes standout video for dance artists every day. It’s amazing to see what she and her team creates, and I’m humbled to be a part of her business.
My wife Nel, a dance videographer, helped me get my start in photographing dance.
All it took was one choreographer, open to having me at her dress rehearsal (thanks, Adele Myers!) and I never turned back. Now, I’ve photographed dance artists in cultural hotspots from New York to Chicago and beyond, and I’ve been the Festival Photographer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in the Berkshires since 2005.
Over and over again, I am wowed by the generosity and creativity of the incredible dance artists I photograph at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in New York City. Photographing dance in performance is always a fun and exciting challenge – how to capture the essence of a choreographer’s work in a split second (and usually without ever seeing the dance before that moment). Making creative dance portraits with artists in the studio or in natural light gives a chance to collaborate and play.
My dance photography experience constantly pushes me forward in so many ways, giving me a better sense of play with light, better sense of movement, better anticipation of the perfect moment.
See More of my Dance Photography on my Blog…
I was given a special assignment to make images with as many of these musicians as possible, but to do it outside the theater in a more natural setting that is iconic to the Pillow.read more
I tell my photo interns during the orientation at the beginning of every summer about how the light changes throughout the Festival. The light at the beginning of the summer at Jacob’s Pillow is just a few days after the solstice.read more
Watch the Video: Margaret Mullin of the Pacific Northwest Ballet came to Jacob’s Pillow and we made creative portraits on the campus grounds to show off the stunning greenery and architecture. Ben Rich of the Nel Shelby Productions team made a short film of the photoshoot.read more
By now you all know that I not only photograph the performances of these artists but I also have the opportunity to meet them outside the theater to make creative portraits. This week, I want to show you these experiences side-by-side.read more
Michelle Dorrance is a killer performer, a skilled musician and brings positive energy to every space she presents work. It was a joy seeing her several times this summer, in several gorgeous performing arts venues – Vail International Dance Festival & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.read more
It’s been a busy summer, but I still was able to find time to make some creative portraits with some of the artists at Jacob’s Pillow.read more