the-offbeat-lens asked: hi, i'm a hobbyist photographer. before i stumbled upon your works, portrait was never my big thing, i kinda like it but not super into it. then i came across your works. holy crap they're stunning!! it makes me wanna get more into this, so i grabbed couple of friends and just start shooting with them haha. i just wanna let you know that you inspired me, and i believe that i'm not the only one. keep up the good work man, bigger things ahead. cheers :)
This is always great to hear. Thanks for sharing the kind words.
Anonymous asked: I am a student here at IU, and would love to be photographed by you because I love the pictures you have taken of my friends. But, I have not modeled since I was a child and I am afraid you are only looking for dancers/professionals of some sort. Are you open to photographing anyone interested or only women with a lot of prior experience/dancers?
Hei, thanks for writing. I’m not looking just for dancers or professional models. I’m simply interested in beauty, raw and natural. No prior modeling experience required. Send me a message to discuss further.
perhaps you remember her as a the runner up from cycle 13 of america’s next top model?
Anonymous asked: Why do you mostly photograph dancers/ballerinas? What do you find so fascinating about them?
I have shot just about equal parts dancers, models, and random girls. There are qualities that are specific to each group that I absolutely love. Regardless of that initial distinction, however, what is common to all of the girls I shoot is that I find them utterly beautiful. To answer your second question, I’ll enumerate a few of the things I love the most about working with ballerinas. (1) Their form. Each activity a person engages in habitually tunes their body in a very specific way. I find ballerinas’ bodies to be tuned in one of the most humanly beautiful ways: an unequaled blend of strength and delicacy, perfectly balanced. (2) The way they move. Ballerinas are trained to express themselves with movements - this is obvious enough. Nothing is less convincing than statically posed photographs. Any attempt at studying expressions of beauty have to be attempted through movement. (3) Ballerinas are performers. They have a keen eye not just on what they are doing with their body, but how it looks to the audience that is in front of them. Their acute sense of perspective is a quality that took me some time to recognize, but that is so obviously key to photography. (4) They are overly critical. Ballerinas always think they can do better. They push themselves hard. They know they can get a better shot. When we are going through photos, they are the first to point out the flaws. This aligns well with me - they are searching for the one photo out of hundreds that shows the perfection that is in their heads. They never settle for less than it. (5) They are incredibly friendly and down to earth. Perhaps it’s just the group I know here in Bloomington. But the ballerinas I’ve met are people I would easily be good friends with. This is a crucial point for me, that I can see may not be the same for other photographers. I enjoy connecting with people. For me one of the most beautiful outcomes of a shoot is to end up with a new friend, someone I can not only collaborate with artistically, but also grab a cup of coffee and have a laugh. (6) They are natural. It’s not trivial to find the subset of people I think are naturally beautiful who are also willing to be photographed. More often, the people who want to be photographed have a certain look that can be somewhat artificial. With ballerinas, I have the opportunity to shoot people who have no model aspirations, and are therefore beautifully ordinary, untainted by the conventional model look. The last point is rather subtle, but it is one of the main reasons I like working with them. There are many other reasons why I love working with ballerinas, but these are some of the ones that come to mind first. Great question - thank you!
photographykennymiller asked: Have you worked with muslin or seamless paper for your backdrops? If so, which do you prefer and why? If you prefer neither, why not?
I’ve only worked with one muslin - ever. I have no idea what brand it is. I bought it off eBay for something like $30 when I started shooting about three years ago. If I had more time/energy I’d love to try all sorts of other options.
arileiritah asked: well i really like your work.. i think you might an artist. A real one.