First blog post of the new year! Welcome to 2018, y'all!
Recently I photographed my friend Kirstin. We first met several years back performing in 42nd Street at Casa Manana in Fort Worth. Kirstin is an incredibly talented dancer and performer- her Broadway credits include Cinderella & A Bronx Tale. In May of last year, while she was still in A Bronx Tale, she tore her ACL. Having family here in Houston, she has spent the last 6 months down here for surgery and recovery. And can we talk about what an epic 6 months she picked to be in Houston? She lived through Harvey, celebrated the Astros winning the World Series, and saw snow fall on Houston for the first time in almost a decade!
On December 8th, 2017 all of Houston woke up to the biggest surprise: SNOW! Now for those of you confused as to why Texans make such a big deal, you have to know- this only happens once a decade. It was so magical to wake up to our homes and neighbors covered in a thin layer of snow. Luckily for me, that morning I was scheduled to be at UHCL to photograph Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre's Nutcracker school performances. A ballet photoshoot in the snow was in order!
"Our arms start from the back because they were once wings." -Martha Graham
I've had the great pleasure of watching many of Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre's company dancers grow from a young age. As Feijoo Ballet School (the studio I am employed at as a Tap and Theatre Dance Instructor) shares the same space with BAHBT I often have the opportunity getting to watch the dancers rehearse. This month they had their performance of the classic ballet Swan Lake. I was able to capture some special moments both in the rehearsal process as well as during their first dress rehearsal on stage.
Since moving back to Houston I've found a home at Feijoo Ballet School teaching tap and theatre dance. Along with my regular classes, I have also kicked off a new performance series for the studio with our first production being this last month- Black Box on Broadway! We transformed their big studio into a Black Box theatre space with the help of some lighting installation, flat set pieces, fabulous costumes, and the splashy red show curtain.
"Sisters are like flowers in the garden of life" -unknown
These sisters had my heart from the very beginning of their session. Whenever I'd tell them to do whatever they want they would instantly hug. It was so very apparent how much sisterly love they had for one another. I so enjoyed capturing their sweet spirits witch each click of the shutter as we danced around Helen's Garden and League City Park.
Loves: my husband, golden age movie musicals, red lipstick, fall leaves, rainy mornings, dressing up, jazz music, yellow tulips, tap dancing, and taking your photos (yes YOU!)