In August, I went back into the studio to photograph some talented dancers. Dance is second nature to me; photographing dancers feels like a extension of who I am and what I've always known.
I trained in all styles of dance from 7 years of age, and had decided by the time I was 10 that I wanted to become a professional dancer. In the years that followed I focused on classical ballet, leaving high school in Grade 8 to dedicate more hours to dance. Moving into full time dance, then going back to high school to complete my senior years, I then took my learning further, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Graduate Diploma in Education. It was during Grade 12 and throughout uni that I found an interest in photography.
While I do not dance anymore (aside from the occasional ballet class), I'm of the belief that 'once a dancer, always a dancer'. It's in my blood. Dance has helped shape me into the person I am today. Dancers are disciplined, strong, graceful, and extremely passionate people.
I'm so excited to share this series of portraits with you. These three dancers are all on different journeys, but each soul is equally passionate and beautiful. I hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed capturing them.
This is Emily, a dancer from Queensland Dance School of Excellence.
She is reaching a crossroad in her dance journey, graduating from high school in a few months, and currently auditioning for pre-professional programs for 2015.
Emily's ambition is to become a professional dancer with a company.