Archive for the ‘Dance Photography’ Category


Adrian Cunescu

July 18, 2011

Now, as promised, a second blogpost – the follow-up shooting with Adrian Cunescu after having taken photos of Nicola Gravante with pointe shoes. As the ad agency wanted other nude photos than those combined with dance photography, and I didn’t want to cancel the shoot with Adrian on short notice (and because I just looove dance photography) we decided to take some dancing photos anyway, but dressed. πŸ˜‰ I’m very happy Adrian offered to sacrifice his first day off after two months! He’s a really nice guy and did a very good job although he must have been very exhausted because of all the rehearsals and shows at the “Volksoper” where he is dancing, AND although one of his legs was injured. Nevertheless he borrowed pointe shoes, squeezed in there and did some wonderful poses and jumps for the photos. Thanks Adrian! What a pleasure, such beauty! Just have a look at the slideshow!

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Talent: Marcus Richter

July 14, 2011

I love to watch people dance. πŸ™‚ So about two years ago I was watching a show of Performing Center Austria where some students, performing talents and some other dancers were presenting their programmes for a dance competition. Marcus also had a solo performance in this show and I was already wondering, wow, great, WHO is this? πŸ™‚

About a month ago Jacqueline Braun told me about Marcus when I was looking for a dancer for new photos. πŸ™‚ So we started e-mailing, and yesterday I finally had the pleasure to take his pictures! And how amazing was that!! Marcus did gorgeous things, looking incredible graceful. Some of it looked really dangerous, but everything went well – thank goodness!! With dangerous I mean doing things like a cartwheel without using his hands (in my SMALL studio space!!), or there’s also another jump that still makes me shake my head. How is this working – taking both of his legs and still being able to land on his feet?!? If you scroll down to the slideshow you’ll find the two photos I’m talking about.

Some photos were really hard to get because the movements were too fast and very difficult to catch (but I guess some things just need to be at a certain speed, otherwise it wouldn’t work), some were complicated because I had to find out which one is the best moment in a motion sequence, so he had to do them again and again (without complaining, but I have to say now that all of the dancers I photographed until now were unbelievably disciplined and motivated, willing to do jumps and poses again and again, just great to work with!); other things he could do like in slow motion or just stay in that position.

He jumped, and jumped, and jumped… four hours later we decided it’s time for lunch, after that we continued taking pictures until we finally stopped after about 8 hours of shooting (including lunch) – I’m still surprised about his obviously endless amount of energy and this stunning perfection. As I have already taken a lot of dancing photos it’s getting harder to find new poses and jumps that aren’t already on my website – but he suggested new things again and again, we tried to convert existing poses and also used a fog machine.

So I’m very happy with the results, Marcus is such a talented guy – unbelievable that he only turned 18 about a month ago! I’m really grateful for getting to know him and getting the chance to work with Marcus, a very likeable person! We are planning to try some photos outdoors, probably next week, I hope his muscle soreness has disappeared until then, he told me today that he’s feeling like a steam train ran over him – I’m so sorry for all the pain and exhaustion, but it paid off for sure – just have a look at the photos! I’m so looking forward to the next time! πŸ™‚ And of course very curious about Marcus’ future career. πŸ˜‰

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Photography in general and some nudes.

July 9, 2011


I have fought long enough and I just can’t do this any longer. I’ve worked hard on becoming a good photographer. I worked hard on getting enough jobs to survive. I fought through all the legal and business stuff you need to know. I tried to deal with all kind of personal problems coming along with being your own boss and especially all the problems I had personally with being a portrait photographer. I’ve struggled a very long time with deciding either to give up or trying for another year, and believe me, it was never an easy decision, I thought over it for years, changed my opinion again and again and here I am, still taking pictures, still struggling. Some people supported me, and many just didn’t, some others even started to destroy my business – all the work, effort, time and money I already put into for many years.Β 

I can’t fight forever and I simply don’t have enough energy and strength for this anymore. So yes, I give up.”
June 3rd, 2011

The first passage is the beginning of a blogpost I wrote on the third of June. Later then I decided to give myself a bit more time, and that the solution to most of my problems (instead of changing my profession at once) will be trying to get into other branches of photography, like advertising photography – I already did some advertising photos like musicalposters/PR-photos. So in case you know people working at ad agencies – let me know, or let them know about my work – thanks! I’m rebuilding my website right now (a looooooot of work!) and already applied at one ad agency. I’m glad my photos were ok, but I needed to have a nude photo too, to complete my portfolio, which kind of frightened me because I don’t have experience in this category of photography. I thought my only chance to get GOOD photos is combining it with dance photography, as I love dance photography where it’s also important to make the body look gorgeous (which isn’t too hard because dancers most of the time have the body you would want as a “normal” person :-), but of course they are working hard for that). So I wanted something really special, like a male dancer on pointe shoes, which isn’t easy to find as men usually don’t wear pointe shoes (or can dance with it :-), AND is ok with getting naked (or LOOK naked on the photos) in front of a camera. But thanks to Jacqueline Braun I found two dancers!

Nicola Gravante (I already photographed him 2-3 years ago), a pretty guy, a good dancer with classical background who even has had time the next day! So we took some dancing photos at my studio and he was really doing great! Thanks again, Nico, especially for being so relaxed! I’m very grateful for your help and for letting me post your photos! I like those at the wall most, what a wonderful idea to do poses there! And sorry for all the pain you had to endure, I’m sure it’s painful to stand on those shoes…

fortunately that’s not what the agency wanted…I wanted to have those photos as special as possible (for nude photography, and I really like the result!), but they needed something more commercial, so the suggestion was to take one of those “American Beauty”-rose-petal-pictures. I know that there are already thousands of photos like this, so I tried to keep the concept but make it a bit more special. So I did the required rose-petal-photo AND another one with feathers, which was much more fun. πŸ™‚ Especially pouring 1 kg of white fluffy feathers on the floor. πŸ™‚ It looked amazing, and I would have loved to throw myself into it. πŸ™‚ Birgit (my model), Britta Tess (the make-up-artist) and Eva (my assistant) did an amazing job – thanks, guys! Though cleaning up was NOT very funny later, the feathers were EVERYWHERE. But the picture is cool. πŸ™‚

Please scroll down to see all of the photos! Another blogpost with Adrian’s photos will follow if I have his final ok, he’s the second dancer, we took beautiful dancing photos (dressed) πŸ˜‰ with/without pointe-shoes.

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April 30, 2011

Some time ago I watched the latest show produced by Performing Center Austria: “Seussical – the musical”. There was a beautiful pas de deux with Eva Prenner and Peter Knauder, so I asked both of them to let me take photos of them dancing (or doing poses they did in this scene) in my studio. I never took dancing-photos in my (small) studio with two people, but we tried anyway. πŸ˜‰ Thanks again to Eva and Peter, you were doing great! A lot of staying power, energy and ambition! They went to school during the day and came to my studio after that and Peter went back to school again after the photos to be in time for an evening class! Dancing with pointe-shoes, that’s going to be interesting for photos too, wait and see! πŸ™‚ I just looove to take photos of dancers, it’s one of the most beautiful things at all!

Unfortunately my light concept for those photos didn’t work because I would have needed sooo much more space. I wanted to light the background in red/pink and Eva and Peter (wearing blue clothes) should have a blue touch because of low colour temperature, but my studio is just too small to do that AND leave enough space for Eva and Peter for posing… Well, I tried something else then, but I don’t really like the result now anymore. I was frustrated when my original idea didn’t work, it was “kind of” ok to light it the way it was then, but now I think it would have been sooo much better to stay simple and clean as usual, that’s just more “me”, my style of taking photos. But, well, trial and error, that happens, right? Though I like the poses they did, that’s why I’m posting the pictures anyway, even though I’m not happy with MY work, Eva and Peter were great! And later that day/evening we took some photos in the style I usually (or most of the time) take my dancing photos, so those are clearly my favourites of that day – taken with one striplight (which is only possible with very precise dancers who land/pose exactly where I tell them to, otherwise the light won’t work) and black and white or only few colour.

Those two are my favourite photos of Eva and Peter, by the way. πŸ˜‰

Please scroll down to watch a slideshow of more pictures of Eva and Peter! Enjoy!

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July 4, 2010

Too many pictures on my website. Definitely. But I also heard that many people like to look at all the photos. What’s the solution? A portfolio AND an archive! And that’s what I did, I put all my photos together and split them up into different categories for my portfolio, all the other photos will be in my archive (I’m going to build it soooon, it’s going to be lots of work, so it takes some time). There wasn’t so much time left the last weeks as I had some photoshoots and to edit lots of pictures. I also made a casting video with Horst Schirmbrand to try out the video-function of my Canon 5 D Mark II, and if I can help someone at the same time… πŸ˜‰ Perhaps I’ll try to make videos more often, we’ll see, I think it can be fun.

Some time ago Dana Harbauer was at my studio for photos, she’s a phantastic dancer, so we also did some dancing/pointe-shoe-photos, I liked that a lot, Dana can do really cool things and has a wonderful body. The second time I did dancing photos the last month was with Astrid Gollob, another beautiful dancer, we also got some nice shots, scroll down to watch the slideshow of the new pictures!

I also took new photos of Hannes Muik which is always lots of fun! πŸ™‚ We used some left-over plasticfoil of Astrid’s pictures. See what happened!

And there are many new photos of Stefan Reil, have a look at the slideshow.

Many (ex-)students of the “Konservatorium” were here too: Beatrice Forler, Dustin Peters, Konstantin Zander and Martina Lechner (still studying). I also photographed Barbara Wanasek, Farid Halim and my colleagues of my former workplace – HZL Nussdorf, the laboratory for pathology – at least half of them, I’ll be there again to finish my job this week.

Here are some of the new photos, enjoy them and have a look at the rest of my website! πŸ™‚

All photos: Β© Isabell Schatz – any further usage or publishing prohibited!!!

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