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Dancewear for a photoshoot

As a portrait and dance photographer, I get asked a lot about wardrobe. "What should I wear?" is of almost as much importance as what poses you can do or what dance jumps you have practiced. So I've put together a quick list on what you should be wearing for your dance or athletics photoshoot.

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1: Form fitting or flowing? The way fabric moves in a photo can block or accentuate your body lines. I prefer form fitting either all over or at least for the top half of the body. A dress that looks like a sack is going to do you no favors in a photo even if it's easy to move in. In the same thinking, a pair of jeans that make your butt look great but that you can't move as well in will also not help you.

2: Tutus: Tutus are fun and classic in the ballerina world, but unless they are super stiff, they flip up when you jump and block body lines, If I can only see your face and your legs because your tutu flipped up and covered your middle, it's not a very flattering photo. Pancake or platter tutus need to be super duper stiff in order to avoid this. Great for standing poses, not so great for leaps.

3: Leotards: Stick to mostly solid colors, though a light pattern can be gorgeous. Avoid something too 'loud'. Also make sure your leotard doesn't ride up or down too much. Do a few jumping jacks in place.. if it shows off half of your butt or you have to keep pulling it back up, pick another one.

4: Tights: Don't wear tights at all. They catch the light in odd ways in studio, and make your legs look a different color than your arms.

5: Shoes: Your own preferred brand of pointe shoes are of course what you'll be bringing, but if you have any questions feel free to ask.

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Brands: Clothing brands that I've seen and I know usually photograph well in the studio include: Body wrappers, Motionwear, Bloch, Russian Pointe, Grishko, Capezio, and Athleta.