This weekend on my trip to Houston I was able to photograph BAHBT’s Dracula rehearsals. I didn’t get to see last years production and probably won’t be able to attend it this year as well, so it was a lot of fun getting to sit in on rehearsals. I’m so jealous of these kids. I keep thinking how much I would’ve loved to do this version of Dracula when I was in the company!
Check out the video from last year! Visit www.bahbt.org for more information on this years production.
So a year ago today, I was sitting in Kenzie’s room with her and we were looking through Richard Calmes’ amazing dance photography on his website. I turned to her and said, “Hey Kenz, you wanna do a photoshoot!” She replied with her glowing smile, “Sure, CC!” So I grabbed my mom’s camera, we hopped in her car, and drove to my favorite park 5 minutes away. 75 frames later, we were giggling with delight. Unbeknownst to me, that day would be the first of many more photoshoots I would have. I look back on this past year… I’ve taken over 50 outdoors shoots, gotten a new lens, worked with my favorite photographer, and learned so so much about light, color, symmetry, beauty, nature, and love.
Today I photographed Natalie, Max, Devin, Travis, and Cara in Galveston and I have to say it was one of my favorite shoots I’ve done so far. Between the setting and the dancers it was beautiful and it was a wonderful way to celebrate today!
This year at RDA our company performed Travis’ “Dearly Departed”, my “A Day in the Life of a PrimaDiva”, and Luis’, “Ensuenos.” I thought we were very well represented; we showed that we could do contemporary, theatre tap, pointe tap, classical ballet, and neo classical. I was very proud to be a representative for BAHBT.
The cast of “Dearly Departed” minus Travis (he was busy doing his hair!)
My Piece closed Act II of Emerging Night and it was one of the best times we had ever done it. I was so happy with the way it went and was so proud of my cast.
This is clip of the number when it was performed at our Adjudication in February.
On Gala night, we performed Ensuenos next to last in the show. I was extremely nervous… I don’t know why though… anyways, the number went so well and we (including Luis!) were all very pleased.
Here’s a pic of Heather, Dev, and Cara backstage getting ready.
A few weeks ago, I emailed Richard Calmes, the RDASW photographer. I’ve blogged about him before and as most of you know I’m a big fan of his work. He was very sweet in his reply to my email and I was ecstatic when he asked if me and a few friends wanted to do a photoshoot with him the day before festival started. We were all so excited!! So Wednesday afternoon, Dev, Cara, Heather, Travis, Aaron, Max and myself went to a few different locations in San Antonio and got some beautiful shots. Meeting Richard and his wife, Holley was the absolute highlight of my trip.