Kadence | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

Meet Kadence, this beautiful 12 year old ballet dancer.  The talent this girl possess was so evident at her shoot it was breathtaking!  Being able to celebrate and capture such loveliness is nothing but pure happiness for me!

The Interview:

How long have you been dancing?  About 6 or seven years.  I think I was six years old.  I started out at the Newton Dance Company and have been there ever since.

What got you into dancing?   My mom.  She brought home this brochure that she saw and asked if I wanted to sign up for it.  

Who do you most like to dance with?  I think the group we have at the studio.  I like to dance with them

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? For now dance is just a hobby for me.  In the future I'd like to have a career doing something with animals.

Do you do any other types of dance?  I also do jazz and lyrical.  

How many performances have you done so far?  I think I've done around 12 performances. I like performing.

Have you ever had a mishap at a performance?  I did, one time when I was a little bit younger. I was dancing and my hair piece fell out. 

How do you feel when you perform?  Happy and excited.

If you could be an animal which would you choose and why? Mmmmm, maybe a blue jay. I like the color blue plus they can fly.

What are three things do you always have in your dance bag? Shoes, extra pair of everything, deodorant.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Not taking things always in a negative way.  Choosing to see the positive in everything.

Alina | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

The Interview:

How long have you been dancing?  I started dancing when I was 5 years old.

What got you into dancing? I always liked the ballet style of dancing.  I thought it was really pretty to watch point shoe dancers and how they do all these great performances on their toes.  I always wanted to work toward that because I thought it was something different to do.  I think my mom originally brought up the idea of dance class to me. But then as I started doing it I got really into it and it became my hobby.  You know, everybody has their 'thing' and mine is dance.

What do you like about dance? I like how you can express yourself without really needing to talk.  You get to be yourself and people can't really judge you for it because there are so many different styles: lyrical, contemporary, ballet, etc.  It's really for everyone.  Everyone dances whether it's in your room alone or in a studio.  Everybody does it.

Do you have a favorite dancer?  This is going to sound really cliché but my favorite dancer is my teacher.  Heather teaches me a lot and I've always looked up to her.  I've always just thought she's so cool. She's awesome!

Where do you want to go with dance?  I hope to be professional some day.  One thing I've always wanted to do is somehow help people through dance, like someone who's having a problem in there life or struggling with something and they don't really know how to express themselves to others.  I want to teach people "Hey, you can dance!"  It's such a great way of expressing yourself.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?  I want to be making a career out of this. I'd like to be in a professional dance production somewhere.  I've always looked up to the Rockettes.  I think they're so super talented.

How do you feel when you perform?  I love performing.  It's a big thrill because I'm backstage and I get really, really nervous.  I'm like " O gosh..."  Then I actually get on stage and I'm just super happy.

What has dance taught you?  It has taught me a lot of confidence.  Be proud of what you're doing.  You don't have to be nervous in front of other because they don't judge you for it. I've made a lot of really good friends because of dance which is something I'm really happy about.

Which person would you want to dance with if you could?  I really like dancing with my friends.  They're just really fun to dance with.  We have such a great connection.  It's awesome!

If you could be an animal what would you be and why?  Hmmm, I was gonna go with a unicorn but I'm not gonna do that....  I really like manatees.  Manatees are my favorite animal because they're so big and they're nice to people.  You can swim with them and they're just like "Hey, how you doin'?" They're like a walrus but they don't have tusks.  They just swim, sleep and eat.  That would be me as an animal because I sleep, I eat and I dance.  That's close enough.

What are three things that are always in your bag? Bobby pins, they're a must.  I always have my shoes with me, like 5 extra pairs at all times.  And then water always water.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Being with my family and friends, hanging out with them, eating food with them.  For some reason all my conversations come back to food somehow!

Larissa | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

This beautiful 14 year old, Larissa, loves to dance and bring joy to others through dance.  Capturing these portraits of her beautiful talent was a wonderful privilege! I love nothing more then a day at my studio with a ballet dancer!

 

The Interview:

How long have you been dancing?  Since I was 2.5 so about 12 years.

What got you into dancing? My mom signed me up for classes because she said I was always dancing around the house and I liked to twirl.  It's just another way of me expressing my creativity.

How does dance inspire you? It inspires me to push myself and test my limits.  If I'm not feeling so well I have to suck it up if I want to go to dance and see my friends.

Do you have a favorite dancer?  One of my favorite dancers is Misty Copland because she did so much for the dance community and the African American community.  She broke down so many walls.

Where do you want to go with dance? Do you have some goals for yourself?  I like using creative movement andI like the idea of using that in what I do.  I wanna be a teacher so incorporating that somehow would be cool, maybe as dance therapy or something like that to help kids.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?   I'll be graduated from college and I'd like to get a teaching job.  I also would like to keep dancing as long as I can besides also incorporating that into my field of work like I mentioned.

Do you do any other types of dance besides ballet? Yes, I do tap, jazz, hiphop, modern, a little bit of lyrical.  I pretty much do it all.

Do you hope to inspire others to dance as well?  Yes, I definitely do. I'm teaching classes at dance world now and I love teaching the kids.  I love interacting with the younger kids, talking to them about dance and teaching them dance.  It's just something that I think everyone can do. 

Do you like performing?  I absolutely love performing.  It gets my adrenaline flowing and then once I'm on stage I'm just free to let myself go and dance my heart out.  That's one thing that makes my really, really happy is performing for people and making them happy.

How much do youpractice?  I have classes three times a week.  I also do dance company at my school so there's quite a bit of practicing. And I practice outside of class to if I'm stuck on a specific step or something.  So yes, I put quite a bit of practice in.

What has dance taught you?  It's taught me that I can just be myself and I don't make a fool of myself when I'm just dancing because I love it so much.  And it's also really boosted my confidence in being on stage and talking in front of people.

If a child told you they want to be a dancer what would your advice be? My advice would be "Go for it and stick with it all the way up. You will love it when you get older and even if you go through hardships in the beginning you'll get past them and get so much better.  You'll be amazing at it and you'll love it."

If you could be an animal what would you be and why?  I'd love to be a dog because they are just so happy and they make people happy. They're so fuzzy and they just sleep a lot.

What are three things that are always in your bag? Tape for my blisters, hair ties, and money because I always need money.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Dancing.  Really I just love dancing and that is truly when I'm the happiest.

What is your key to success? Don't give up and keep practicing.  Persistence and repetition.

Katy & Samantha | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

Sisters, dancers, friends.... These two lovelies have been dancing for years and are extremely talented. They both started at Dance World Dance studio and are now a part of their Showstoppers team.  From learning the choreography to lessons with their friends to performances, it is obvious that these sisters love the art, creativity and beauty of ballet dance. I immensely enjoyed documenting such talent and celebrating their beauty in these gorgeous portraits.  

 

THE INTERVIEW ...

How long have you been dancing, Sammy? For 10 years. I started when I was 3 or 4 years old.

And what about you, Katy? Almost 14 years.  I started when I was 3

Katy, why do you like dancing and how does it inspire you?  I like dance because it's a way I can express myself and I love all the moves.  I also get to do it with my sister and my friends. That's really fun. 

Sammy, what got you into ballet dancing?  My mom signed me up for dance classes and I really liked it because it was a fun way to express myself and hang out with my fiends and have fun. 

Sammy, do you have a favorite dancer? Not really.  I appreciate anyone who can express themselves the way that they want to through dance.

Sammy, how much do you practice?  I practice a lot! I'll be at school and if I can't get up and do the choreography then I'll just sit there and run the moves through my head.  And I'll also do the moves with my fingers as I practice the steps in my thoughts. 

Where do you see yourself taking dance in the future, Sammy?  I might take it further in my life in the future but right now it's just a hobby. 

What about you Katy, where do you want to take dance in the future? Do you think you'll become professional? I don't know... I think I'll do dance and I'll probably have my kids do it to but I don't see myself becoming a professional dancer.  I want to be a teacher and teach elementary kids. 

Sammy, do you do other types of dance besides ballet? I do all types of dance.  I really like lyrical and jazz. 

Sammy, how do you feel when you perform? I like the strong adrenaline rush that I get when I'm backstage waiting for your turn to go. And then once I get out there I just do it. 

What's been the biggest mishap you've had at a performance? There was once that I spun so much that my glasses fell off my face! 

Katy, do you hope to inspire other's to dance? Yeah I think it's something that's really cool. I especially love the shows and performances. It's a lot of fun getting to share your talent with other people. It's a really good thing and I think everybody should do some type of dance. 

Katy, if someone told you they wanted to start dancing what would you tell them? I'd tell them to go for it and don't be scared of judgement. Be yourself because dance is a sport and an art and it's one of those great things that you're just gonna love. 

Sammy, what are some of the biggest challenges you've come across in dance?  Certain moves, like leaps and spinning that are a little more difficult. I had to get built up for it and push myself out of what's comfortable. 

What about you Katy, what have been some of your biggest challenges? Flexability!  When I was little I was not flexibly at all and I struggled a lot. But, it's been so nice to see through the years that my dance skills have developed and I've been able to learn new techniques. 

Katy, what has dance taught you? I think it's one of the everyone can do.  No matter your background or body type it's one of those things that everyone can master and overcome.  I know people say they can't dance but dance is very inclusive and everyone can do it even if they might have just a few lessons.

Sammy, what three items do you always have in your bag? Deodorant, water bottle, and tights.

What about you Katy? I always have extra shoes, hair brush and chap stick. 

Sammy, what is your idea of perfect happiness?  Being with people that make me feel completely accepted and I can be completely myself without worrying that they'll judge me. 

Katy, what is your key to success? Trying Hard.  You have to give effort 100% and believe in what you're doing. 

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Abbigail | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

Abbigail is a talented 15 year old that started dancing at Dance World Dance Studio when she was just 4 years old. The day at my studio capturing these stunning portraits was such a memorable time.  Abbi, I hope these pictures are a lasting portrayal of your strength and beauty as well as a celebration of what the expression of dance means to you.  

THE INTERVIEW ...

How long have you been dancing? Since I was 4, so about 11 years. 

What got you into ballet dancing?  Watching people, how they move when they dance.  And in my 4 year old mind I'm like, let's try it!  

What's your favorite part about dancing?  The music mostly. I always listen to the beat first to get the movements correct or to help me think of the best dance movements for the song. 

Where do you see yourself taking dance in the future?  I see myself doing dance as a hobby mostly, but I'd make a career of it if my first job didn't work out.  If I don't make a career of dance I'd probably be an anthropologist.

What are you doing if you're not dancing? Probably reading.

Do you do other types of dance besides ballet?  I do tap, jazz and a little bit of lyrical. If I were to get into any other type of dance besides those it would probably be hip-hop.

How do you feel when you perform?  I like performing, but the night  before the show I'm always so nervous. Then, even tho I'm scared to go on stage I do it anyways.

What's been the biggest mishap you've had at a performance?  Last year the music stopped and I had to keep going. It hadn't ever done that during the practice so it threw me off.  It came back on then and it was fine but yeah, that was a  little scary. 

Do you have a person you like to dance with?  My friend Shelby.  She's in the dance class at school. She started dancing last year and I actually got her into it. 

What three items do you always have in your bag? My phone, earbuds, and shoes.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Being where I want to be and liking it there. 

Do you have a key to success?  Work hard. There's going to be failures either way but don't give up. Don't back down.

 

 

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Kylee | Captured Imagery's Dance Project

The grace and sweetness of young Kylee was the first thing that impressed me about her.  Then as we got into her dance shoot at my studio her incredible talent left me speechless.  These portraits are only a glimpse at the delightful time we had and the beauty this little person possess. 

 

Here are a few highlights from the conversation I had with her...

How long have you been dancing? I started dance lessons when I was three.

What got you into ballet dancing?  When I was like two years old I would dance and twirl a lot.  My mom noticed this and thought I would probably love to take dance lessons and be really good at it. 

Do you have a favorite dancer? Misty Copland because she stands up for what she believes in.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I want to be a professional dancer and I hope to one day own my own dance studio.

How many performances have you done so far? Lots.  I was probably 4 when I did my first performance and we do one ever year at my dance studio.

How do you feel when you perform?  All night before the performance I can't sleep because I'm so excited.  But then once I get on stage I just take a deep breath and do without even thinking about it. 

What do you like about dance?  It's fun!

How much do you practice? Like.... 24/7

If you could be an animal, what animal would you choose and why? Uhmmm I don't know... probably a pygmy marmoset. They're so tiny and adorable.  Then I'd also be a monkey because they really like to climb and I climb a lot.  

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Captured Imagery

DANCE STUDIO: Thousand Islands Dance Academy

MUAH: Janet Barnes at Evolve Hair Studio

 

Captured Imagery Dance Project | Breanna

Captured Imagery's Dance Project is a result of my desire to feature local talent, provide value to dancers in the community, and also simply for my personal artistic gratification.  The beauty of dance has always fascinated and inspired me and I am delighted to create stunning imagery that celebrates it.  I am also super excited to be working with local makeup artist, hair stylists, and dress shop to provide full styling for all the talented young ladies I will be photographing. (scroll to the bottom for links)

The first in my dance portrait series, Breanna is the most confident, compassionate and spunky eleven-year-old I've ever met. From beginning to end her time in my studio was full of fun and energy.  She pulled out lots of her fun dance moves and I couldn't be happier with the result.  Here's a closer look into her beautiful young character...

How long have you been dancing? I started classes just over a year ago but I've always just been dancing.

Do you do other kinds of dance as well? I just take ballet lessons but at home I teach myself contemporary, hip-hop, and other types of dance. If I started lessons for any other type of dance it would certainly be hip-hop.

What got you into ballet dancing?  Misty Copland. She's a professional pointe dancer.  I was watching a bunch of her videos and a TV show about her and it just made me want to start dancing. She started dancing when she was thirteen, defied all the odds against her and is now one of the lead dancers of the American Ballet Theatre. I saw her in a magazine and I was just like, "Mom, I need to do pointe!" She's definitely my favorite dancer.

How many performances have you done so far?  I haven't done any yet but we're preparing.

What is your favorite part about dance?  The crazy dance moves and I love the music. 

Do you plan to do something with dance later in life, or is it just a hobby?  I like it as a hobby. I kinda want to be a doctor when I get older, a brain or heart surgeon.

How much do you practice? All the time.  Like, if I'm not at dance class I'm dancing around the house and down the stairs.  I've got my barre at the house to.  If I'm not dancing around the house or using my barre I'm usually out in the entry way with a hula-hoop just dancing with that.

What 3 items do you always have in your bag with you?  Deodorant, brush, and bun pins

If you could be an animal, what animal would you choose and why? A polar bear because they're so fluffy and snuggly. But... now that I think about it I'd like to be a unicorn and a polar bear.  A uni-bear!

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Portrait of a Young Lady | Watertown, NY Portrait Photographer

I had a princess in my studio!

Beautiful Aliegha is talented, super smart, and simply gorgeous.  She is interested in becoming a model and I had the privilege of capturing these shots for her modeling portfolio.   We had a wonderful day playing in my studio; professional makeup and hair styling, great music and of course, modeling for my camera! Isn't her hair to die for?!

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A Beautiful Pamper/Photoshoot Day - Behind the Scenes

Janice is a young mother of two and was gifted a pampering glamour photo shoot by her husband.  Planning, designing, shopping... what fun it was getting ready for her shoot!  Here is a collage of photos from the 'behind the scenes' on the day of her photo shoot.  Hair and make up, delicious snacks, music and wonderful conversation all were part of the experience. 

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Then the fun started!  As a photographer, I count it a huge privilege to capture the strength and beauty of motherhood in my portraits.  As I look at these portraits of Janice, not only do I see a gorgeous woman, I also see a devoted wife and mother who took time to invest in herself and celebrate her strengths.  I see a portrait that will be simply priceless in the years to come.

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And what young mother doesn't also love a great portrait of the loves of her life? 

At the end of Janice's glamour shoot her husband brought in the two babies.  We got a great family portrait and a few beautiful couple photos. 

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Thank you Janice, for allowing me to capture these beautiful portraits of you and your sweet family.  It is my hope that they always remain as a testament to the love and relationships you share.

What is this sash and how many dresses can I make for you?

"But I don't have anything to wear!"

Sometimes coming up with great outfit ideas for a photoshoot can be daunting. However, with the help of a little creative imagination and a couple sashes you have nothing to worry about.  Sashes? Yes, see for yourself.

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These silk strips of fabric have been a great resource in my studio! With them I can add character to a plane shirt or dress.  I can create a variety of dress styles, from halter neck to couture rosette.  They can also be used as belts and scarves.  There are so many beautiful options! I make it my responsibility to help you style your photoshoot and with the black sash you are never without a host of unique ideas.

Check out this sample of styles from my last shoot. 

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"Creativity is the product of a free Spirit"

Scott & Kacie - A Valentine's Shoot

These two finally have portraits! 

Scott & Kacie were the winners of a Valentine's photoshoot contest I did on FaceBook.  Before this they haven't had any portraits of the two of them together.  In 10, 20, 30 years and beyond the strength and beauty of their relationship will be seen and cherished in these portraits. 

Love is a beautiful thing and having portraits that capture it is invaluable.

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"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."

Six Sisters and a Fun Saturday

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A person whose been where you've been; someone you can call when things aren't going right; more then just family; forever friend

On a frigid Saturday last month I had these six gorgeous girls in my studio all day.  They brought with them so much fun, warmth, and beauty.   The memories made and the moments captured are a beautiful testament to the wonderful friendship of sisterhood.  These gorgeous portraits are a timeless gift that celebrates their life now and will become an heirloom for future generations.

Portrait of a Best Friend

I could go on and on about her beautiful face, hair, and eyes...

But instead, I'll tell you that this girl possess a heart of gold and is a friend of friends.  We had such a wonderful day in the studio together photographing each other, discussing big dreams, and making memories.  I loved capturing her unique style and 'classy-ness' in these portraits.  

Carmen, you glow of grace, strength and beauty and these portraits are a testament to your story.  You're a gem!

"True friends are like diamonds - beautiful, bright, valuable and always in style." - Nicole Richie

3 Ways to Always Look Great in your Photos

1. Chin

Always push out your chin ever so slightly.  Although it might feel a bit awkward, engaging your chin tightens loose skin and gets rid of that extra chin we all carry around.

 

2. Shoulder

Work that shoulder.  While it tightens the muscle in your arms and makes them appear leaner it also puts body language into a pose.  That is always a great addition.

 

3. Hourglass

Always accent your body line. If you think of yourself as having an hour glass shape and accent it in your photos you will immediately see a difference.  Create diamonds and triangles with your arms as you pose or keep your elbows inside the hourglass line.   Either way, remembering to accent your body line in photos is always more appealing then an image where your arms and body are flat.

Let me know if you find these tips helpful or eave a comment with any questions. Happy weekend to all!

Young Beauty

Today is this lovely young lady's birthday.  I had the wonderful privilege of photographing her several weeks ago and let me tell you, it was one of the funnest days here in my studio.  Brittany and her mother are the bomb!  She is such a vivacious and beautiful girl.

Brittany, I am so happy that I had the opportunity to photograph you! These photos are a testament of your strength, beauty, and confidence. I hope that you will always light up your path in life with that radiant smile of yours and with the knowledge that you are more then able to handle everything that comes your way.  Best wishes on your Senior year and beyond!

What is a portrait?

"The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome, 

and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart. 
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 

the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. Feast on your life. "

Derek Walcott

 

To me, this poem is the perfect embodiment of a portrait.  

A portrait is more then just a picture of yourself.  A portrait is meant to be taken when you feel your best and in turn you look your best. When you are confident and at peace with yourself you also allow your beautiful soul light to radiate. When no facade remains and you have peeled back the curtain then is when your truly radiant and unique beauty will shine. To possess an image that captures you with no facade is one of the greatest treasures you will own.  This is a portrait. 

Live today with no fear, no facade, no walls.  

Today sit, feast on your life.

 


Senior Glam

Meet Kali, this sweet, lovely young lady.  She is just heading into her senior year of high school and is a very diligent student with an exciting future ahead of her.  She was just the perfect model and I had so much fun capturing her unique personality.  It was also extra special to have her beautiful Mom and Gramma come in with her as well.  We had an amazing girly day at my studio making great memories and creating gorgeous, modern, glamour portraits.  

 

Introducing...

Hello and welcome to Captured Imagery.

 

I am Esther, portrait photographer; artist & creator; lover of beauty, music & books; and deeply passionate about life, family, & friendship.    

For as long as I can remember I have always had a great appreciation for the varying artistry found in photography, even though my personal interest in it only sparked about three years ago. Since then and since I bought my first DSLR camera, that spark has grown into a fire and passion that has brought me to where I am today—seeking to unite my love of photography with my deeper passion of seeing the beautiful in every area of life. It is my desire to capture it as a timeless keepsake because every age and era has its rare kind of beautiful. 

Every woman possesses her own exclusive feminine charm and grace that are hers and hers alone. My joy and desire is to create an unforgettable experience and capture that in its vast diversity. So many, it seems, are waiting for 'the right time' to exist in photographs of themselves and those they hold near and dear to their heart.  But what if the right time is now? What if NOW is the best time of your life and NOW you are beautiful in every way?

I am excited for the opportunity to celebrate the lives of women and their loved ones through my camera.  

With delight I would like to introduce you to my work and studio here in my lovely home town of Watertown, New York.

Don't wait to love your life. Don't wait to live from your heart. Don't wait to follow your dreams.

 

"She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless skies; 

& all that’s best of dark and bright

                                                        meet in her aspect and her eyes…"

                                                                                  Alfred Tennyson