Pictures, Pictures, and more Pictures

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to photograph several of my friends over the last few weeks. First was friend and former teacher, Lauren Garson. We shot on the High Line which has extended so much since I last saw in May. Lauren is absolutely beautiful and it was so much fun taking pictures and reconnecting.

Next I did a shoot at the gorgeous Conservatory Garden with dear friend, Ashley Klinger. Ashley recently got back from doing the tour of A Chorus Line in Tokyo and I’ve been living vicariously through her on Facebook. I always love photographing her and we couldn’t have loved that location more!

Last time I photographed the beautiful Audrey Thelemann was about a year ago when I was in rehearsals for Radio City and we were discussing her dream to join me in the line. Well even though I may not be there again this year, Audrey is the newest and youngest Rockette here in NY this season and I couldn’t be more happy for her! I was so lucky to have her come over on her day off yesterday and shoot on my roof at sunset. I love what we got!



Here are some quotes I’ve recently fallen in love with:

“We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It’s easy. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last girl I love will be someone I haven’t even met yet, probably. They all count. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you’ll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years. But there’s still one more tier to all this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of these loveable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they’re often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else.”
— Chuck Klosterman (Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story)

“You are as brilliant and talented as you are irritating.” -Glee

“When we dream, we enter a world entirely of our own.” -Dumbledore

“Never mind if you’ve nothing more musical than a mouth-organ by way of an orchestra. If there’s rhythem, you can dance, and if you can dance, you can be happy, and if you can be happy, what else matters?” -Karsnova (Don’ts for Dancers)

“Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” -old saying

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
— Dr. Seuss (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)

“I was waiting for the longest time, she said. I thought you forgot. It is hard to forget, I said, when there is such an empty space when you’re gone.” -brian andreas


Focus Comparisons

Today I was feeling well enough to go take barre for day class. My doctor told me I can do what I can but when I get tired, I need to sit down. Once plie’s started I could already tell; things were going to be hard to get back into. I’m quite determined though!

So after barre I sat myself down in the front and began to watch center. Naturally I pulled out my camera and started taking some photos. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I find watching dance classes just as fun as being in them. You can learn so much just by watching. As I clicked away on my camera I listened to the corrections and comments Mr. Luis made. I turned my camera to him and started to take pictures of him as he talked. What he was saying went something like this, “Not everything happens the way we want it. That’s why we always have to fight it. It’s all matter of focusing. If we continue to focus on what we want, we will get it.” As he said this it I started thinking about the comparison between dance and photography. Just like Luis said for dance, in photography its important to focus. By focusing on the selected objection, the image wanted is created. If I were not to focus on the object properly, I won’t get that image that I want. Instead I’ll get a blurry photo. With dancing, if we don’t focus on the way we should execute a step or position, the chances of what we want happening are slim to none. Even if the image isn’t fully in focus or the dance step isn’t fully perfected it is still enough to encourage us to try again and focus some more.

New Favorite Dance Photographer

In addition to Richard Calmes, I have found another new favorite dance photographer: Kyle Froman.

Kyle was a corps de ballet member of NYCB and began taking pics of his friends backstage and from the wings as a hobby. He’s now a proffesional photographer and I absolutly ADORE his work!

Check out his website,

Love and Laducas,