Photo Event - All That Glitters

The rumors are true, friends! I’ve got another wild and exciting portrait photo event coming your way in just a few short weeks!

I’ve been thinking about this theme for a little while now, and I found the perfect spot to share it with you all. The concept? Glitter. Glam. Magical Unicorn sparkles.

Are you ready?


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Details :

Saturday, October 13th
My Pink Cherry Studio
Raleigh, NC
Booking times between 3PM-9PM
Prices starting at $80+tax

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Your sessions can be reserved in 25 minute slots for just $80 (plus tax), and each time slot you reserve will include 3 full resolution edited images. The time you reserve will be spent with myself (a trained aerial dancer / instructor as well as your professional photographer for the day) on a bright and bold pink backdrop, as we create shapes that accent your body to its finest (as well as any dance/pole skills you’d like to share!). Please specify in your reservations if you do not want to use the pole for your session.

In addition to your photo session time, you may also choose to reserve time with body and makeup artist Danielle for $40 per half hour to prepare yourself for your time in front of the camera. These reservations must be made in advance so that Danielle may best prepare for your glittery dreams come true, and you should be aware that more complex body art will require more setup time. But don’t fret, friends, we’ve got plenty of space at the studio for you to prepare and share before you get in front of the camera, as well as snacks to keep you moving.

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Do’s And Don’ts

DO : Come prepared with 3-5 shapes or moves for the pole and/or floor. For pole, I recommend that you choose an equal mix of challenging moves to simple shapes, as having easier options will allow you to catch your breath instead of losing camera time. Modeling on a pole can be a workout in itself, so be prepared with some energy for your photo time!

DO : Shave and lotion the day before your shoot if that is your preferred aesthetic! I recommend this timing specifically for clients doing pole tricks, since you’ll want to avoid the slip and slide action that comes with putting on lotion the day of your pole photo adventures.

DO : Bring a few clothing options to your session! It’s hard to know exactly what will work best with your glitter body art and background, I am here to help you make the selections that will really pop in your photographs. For this event particularly, I recommend bringing both glittery clothing options as well as solid, simple, and/or neutral colored (black/tan/gray) clothing pieces. Avoid anything that covers a lot of skin or that has a lot of lace or texture.

DO : Arrive early! Because this is an event photoshoot (versus a privately booked session, which can also be discussed and priced), your reserved time will begin and end promptly at the time scheduled. You can use your reserved time however you like, but arriving early and as prepared as possible before your session allows you to make the most of the time and generally gives you the best results! And on that note,

DO : Be aware that you’ll need a few extra minutes to fill out a waiver before your session begins! This covers liability, as well as the contract of expectations between you and your photographer (me!).

And last but certainly not least…

DO: Understand that this event is an EXPERIENCE. My job is to capture your best self, while giving you a day of fun and community and wild self-confidence to remember. Don’t stress yourself out, even if you’ve never done anything like this before or don’t feel like you’ve got a lot to work with. I make a living on seeing the little details that make you shine, and I have experience on both sides of the camera to know exactly what that nagging feeling of discomfort is like. Let go for 30 minutes, trust me, and let’s have some fun. The more adventurous spirit you bring to your session, the better.


I can’t wait to make glittery fantastic creations with you. Don’t forget to email me at EMJPHOTOG@GMAIL.COM to reserve your space for this glam adventure, spaces are already filling up fast! And to get even more ahead on events like these, find that SUBSCRIBE button here and on my social media pages to stay even better informed <3

How to Make the Most of your Dance Photo Session (Part One)

So you pulled the trigger and signed up for your VERY FIRST photo session to show off all those dance and movement skills. That's so exciting!! A lot of the clients that come to me for a photo event have never taken dance photos before, and many have rarely been in front of a camera at all. That can be intimidating, for sure! But don't worry, take a deep breathe - I've got you. 

I'm going to share with you a few things I often tell my clients when they sign up for a photo event (oh and shameless plug, have you checked out my upcoming Double Header Floor and Aerials Event @Empyrean Arts on June 16, 2018? )

What should I wear?

Gosh, I feel like as a woman, I am really plagued by this question a lot in life! But when it comes to getting your photos taken, no gender is immune!

In the case of a photo session, this is really background-dependent. My advice more often than not is to wear solid colors without busy patterns - solids tend to show up best in any environment, studio or outdoor, and allow the shapes you make to really stand out instead of just the clothes you wear! Lace and frills are fine, just avoid too many zigs, zags, and swoops in the actual dye of your outfit.

And don't fret, my rocker gods and goddesses - dark clothes against a dark background is not necessarily a problem either, so long as you're wearing clothing that shows a little skin!

In general, though, my advice is to look around and see how certain clothing stands out in dance photos on instagram or the like - you can get a pretty good feel for what works in different settings from the images I share on my page @emjphotoart, so you can make the appropriate decision for YOUR photo session! Bring 2-3 options just in case, so you can have some variety in your images as well as flexibility when you see the exact setup for the day.


Choosing Poses

Booking time for a photo session is great, but what are you going to DO with that time exactly? I get clients from every spectrum, beginner dancers to rock star experts, and I also get everyone from the "I have every second planned out" type to the "just get me through this" flavor. Neither way is the "wrong way"or a bad thing, but there's room for exploration in every case. 

My first recommendation to clients is this. Go online (to pinterest, instagram, etc...), or grab out your notebook where you've been rigorously jotting down every move you've learned to love. For a 30 minute photo session, pick something like 3-4 moves you want to showcase. THEN pick 3-4 "easy" poses you can do between the hard stuff. You'll be pretty surprised how quickly a photoshoot can wear you out, so these easier moves are here for you to bring it back down - consider this your HIIT interval session for the day! 

If hitting big moves isn't your dance style, there's another way! Like before, find yourself 2-3 moves you're comfortable with, but rather than just getting into each move separately, plan to actually dance from one move to another. Take every movement slowly so those golden moments can be captured, and hold any shapes you find that feel good. And of course, bring yourself music to groove to if you have a particular something that moves your soul! You may still do each combo several times to catch those moments on camera, but you'll want to pay extra attention to your lines, curves, and pointed ankles every time since you won't have as much opportunity for your photographer to refine your shapes as you move. 

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Okay friends! These are the first things I go through with every dancer I photograph, so now you know. Cover this, and you're golden! And don't forget, this is a collaborative process. Communicate your desires and your ideas to your photographer - the more you work together, the better the art will be! 

And keep an eye out here for more photo session tips, tricks, and ramblings, to be continued!