Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Seriously, I Get Paid For This??

AJ Blankenship is currently performing on Broadway in Bring It On: The Musical. Last week, he hired me to shoot his headshots and dancer photographs. Once we finished with the headshots, we had about an hour to shoot some dance photography.

The first pose is always the moment of truth- I get to see how exciting the shoot will be. I asked AJ to warm up with a split jump-

Oh boy, this was going to be fun. AJ was also a gymnast, and he started doing some insane running back flips. He could only do ten before the grass got ripped up, but he didn't need more than that.

I was like a kid in a candy shop. I asked AJ if he could do the same thing in the middle of the street.

It was an embarrassment of riches. Next, I wanted a simpler pose, one with more elegance than athleticism.

After shooting the GW Bridge, I saw a painter working on the building next door. I couldn't resist a Dancers Among Us photo.

Finally, one last pose. Now he was just showing off!

I could have photographed AJ all day; he was indefatigable. Unfortunately, I had to get back to my studio for my next shoot. I was sure it would be a huge disappointment. After all, who could possibly compete with AJ. Turns out, AJ's cast mate Ariana DeBose was waiting for me.

Seriously, I get paid for this?