dance photographer in scotland

the beauty of movement captured in a still image

dance photographer

I’m an experienced, creative dance photographer. For more than 15 years I have worked with dance schools and academies throughout Scotland covering shows, summer schools, workshops, dance events and competitions. In addition, I have had the privilege of working with amateur, student and professional dancers to produce eye-catching dance portraits and portfolios.

dance school photographer in Scotland

dance school photography

As a professional dance photographer in Scotland I offer a complete photography service for dance schools all over Scotland. I will work with you to create beautiful images which you can use commercially to build your brand and grow your business online and in print. Along with dance show and event photography coverage which will satisfy the most discerning ‘dance moms’ (and dance dads of course).

Commercial photography for dance schools

My photography can help you to get your message across. Not only enhancing your printed advertising and promotions. But, most importantly these days, cutting through online on your website, blog and social media channels. Attracting new students and promoting awareness of your dance classes and events. From staff headshots and studio photos which present your people and facilities; to dancer profiles and show coverage photos you can use to herald your achievements. 

I love to build a creative, mutually beneficial relationship with the dance schools I work with. As a result, in many cases, I am happy to provide free commercial photography for dance schools in return for the opportunity to cover their shows and other events. 

Please get in touch if you need more information or would like to discuss your requirements. It would be great to hear from you!

Dance school show and dance event photographer

I have seen just how much is involved in putting a show together – yikes! So the very last thing I would want is to add to the stress or create any unnecessary complications. That’s why, over the years, I have learned how to work with dance schools of all sizes to offer a flexible show coverage package. This includes dancer portraits in costume (individual and group). Along with onstage ‘action’ photos taken at the dress rehearsal or performance. 

I take a very similar approach with other dance events such as summer schools, workshops and competitions. If you are organizing a dance event please get in touch if you would like more information.

There’s usually no cost to the school or dance event organizer. Also, you won’t need to get involved in selling or delivering photos – I will handle all that! With my password protected web galleries, SSL secure online ordering and first class direct delivery. 

Dance portrait photo shoots

dance portrait photographer

I love producing  dancer portraits. There’s just so much variety in the types of commissions I get – working with dancers of all ages and abilities.

The five main reasons I get for commissioning dance portraits are:

  1. personal use: capturing the beauty and grace of amateur dancers of all ages and abilities – to be cherished in an album or proudly displayed as wall art.
  2. dance school use: individual and group portraits at show time; dancer and staff profile photos and headshots.
  3. application photos: photos that create the best impression when applying for summer schools, workshops, vocational courses and professional work.
  4. portfolio use: add to the collection of images you use to promote your personal brand.
  5. commercial: photos which promote your company or event.

A bit about my approach

No two shoots are the same as I always try to tailor each one to the dancer’s age, style, experience and abilities. I will bring a range of creative ideas to each dance portrait photo shoot. But I also think that the best photo shoots are collaborative so I always encourage the dancer to bring their own creative ideas and concepts. 

I am a professional dance photographer but not a trained dancer myself (unless you count learning the macarena lol). That said, I have developed an eye for what looks right on camera. You will be able to view the photos as they are taken and make any adjustments you feel are necessary. However, if you would like to bring someone along to assist with this (for example a teacher, tutor or fellow professional) that would be absolutely fine by me.

Location or Studio photo shoot

Location shoots often provide a wealth of creative possibilities and produce unique eye catching images. You can choose anywhere with free public access – for example a town or cityscapes, park, garden or beach. Or, why not take advantage of some of Scotland’s stunning scenery riverbanks, mountains, beaches, forests and glens. Alternatively, you can select an indoor location where you have full access and permission to shoot. At your home, or studio for example, or maybe even a fab AirBnB.

If you would like me to source a location just let me know (an additional charge may apply).

On the other hand, if you prefer the studio look with a plain background and studio lighting I can offer two options. Either I can bring my ‘pop-up’ studio to your location (suitable space required) or you can come to one of the studios I use in either Edinburgh, Glasgow or West Lothian (subject to studio availability).

Your own private online gallery

After your photo shoot I will edit the photos and create your very own password protected online gallery. Here you can view your photos whenever you wish. And you can also download your favourites from to your smartphone, tablet or computer as screen resolution digital files. These are NOT printable but an ideal for viewing on screen, sharing by email and on social media.

Convenient online ordering

You will also be able to conveniently order beautiful prints, albums and contemporary wall art through your gallery for direct delivery. 

making the right impression

dance portfolio photographer

Nowadays, as a dancer, it is crucially important to have set of professional images that not only showcase your incredible talent but also present your character, personality and versatility.

 Why’s that? Well, more often than not, a director, employer or faculty head will see your photos before they decide whether or not they want to see you.

So whether you’re applying for a vocational dance course or looking to make the most of every professional opportunity and build an amazing dance career it’s vitally important that your photos make the right first impression.

I will tailor your dance portfolio shoot around your needs. For example your shoot could include include headshots, bodyshots, posed and movement shots or something a little different if you wish.

If you would like to share your portfolio shoot that’s not a problem. Share a portfolio shoot with up to two others (so three dancers in total). You share the cost and I will divide the shoot time accordingly.

sample gallery

Click on any of the images to see a larger version and enter slideshow mode. If you would like to see more please visit my ‘view and buy’ client area.