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Dance Photographer in SG

Professional dance photographer in Singapore

What is a Dance Photographer?

A dance portrait photographer is a professional photographer who specialises in creating portraits of dancers. They capture dancers in a still, posed position, usually wearing their dance costumes, and aim to showcase their technical skill, emotional expression, and physical grace.

Dance portrait photographers typically work with individual dancers or small groups, and may use a studio or other controlled environment to create the portrait. They may work with dancers from various dance genres such as ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, etc.

They use specialised equipment, lighting, and techniques to create visually striking and dynamic images that convey the beauty and artistry of the dancer and their movement. They may work for dance companies, magazines, websites or as freelance photographers.

Why are Dance Photographers Important?

Dance portrait photographers are important for a variety of reasons. Here are a few examples:

  1. They help to promote dancers and dance companies: Dance portrait photographs can be used to promote individual dancers and dance companies, helping to increase their visibility and reach potential audiences.
  2. They document the dance world: Dance portrait photographers help to document the dance world by capturing images of dancers and dance performances. These images can be used for historical records, archives, and in the future as a way to look back at the past dance scene.
  3. They create artful images: Dance portrait photographers use their skill and creativity to create artful images that showcase the beauty and artistry of dancers and their movement. These images can be used for display or sale, and can also be used to create promotional materials such as posters, brochures, and websites.
  4. They help dancers to showcase their work: Dance portrait photographers can help dancers to showcase their work and build their professional portfolio. This is important for dancers as they are often required to have a good portfolio to get gigs, auditions, jobs or scholarship opportunities.

In summary, dance portrait photographers are important because they help to promote, document, and showcase the dance world, and they create artful images that celebrate the beauty and artistry of dancers and their movements.

Should I Hire a Professional Dance Photographer?

Whether or not to hire a professional dance photographer depends on your specific needs and goals. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to hire a professional:

  1. Quality: Professional dance photographers have the skills, knowledge, and equipment to create high-quality images that showcase the beauty and artistry of dancers and their movement. If you want images that are visually striking and of high quality, a professional photographer may be the right choice.
  2. Experience: Professional dance photographers have experience working with dancers and understand how to capture their movement and skill in a way that is visually interesting and dynamic. If you want images that truly capture the essence of dance, a professional photographer may be the best choice.
  3. Purpose: If you plan to use the images for professional or commercial purposes, such as promoting a dancer or dance company, or for creating promotional materials, a professional photographer may be the best choice.
  4. Budget: Professional photographers typically charge for their services, so it's important to consider your budget when deciding whether to hire one.

If you decide to hire a professional dance photographer, it is important to communicate your needs, preferences, and budget to them, so that you can work together to create the images you want.

Popular Types of Dances in Singapore

The popularity of different dance styles can change over time and depend on a variety of factors. However, here are some of the popular dance styles in Singapore that are commonly practised and performed in the country:

  1. Aerial Dance: This is a type of dance that involves using aerial equipment such as silks, hoops, or ropes suspended from the ceiling, to create a unique and captivating performance. It combines elements of dance, gymnastics, and theatre to create a visually stunning performance. Aerial dance can be performed in a theatre or at special events such as festivals, corporate events, and private parties.
  2. Ballroom Dance (e.g. Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha): These are a group of traditional partner dances that are characterized by their elegant and formal movements. They include dances such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha-cha, and many more. Ballroom dancing is a social activity, and it's performed in pairs, usually with a partner. Ballroom dance is popular among adults, and it can be performed in ballroom dancing competitions or in ballroom dance events.
  3. Ballet: A classical dance form that requires precise and technical movements. Ballet is a highly technical dance that focuses on form, grace, and poise. It is performed by trained dancers in a theatre or stage production, and it's characterized by its elegant and fluid movements. Ballet is popular among adults and children.
  4. Belly Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its sensual and expressive movements, often performed in Middle Eastern music. It's a solo dance that emphasizes the movement of the abdomen and hips. Belly dance is popular among adults and it can be performed in dance shows, parties, festivals, and events.
  5. Breakdance: This style of dance is characterized by its acrobatic and athletic movements, often performed in hip-hop music. It's a style of street dance that originated in the African-American and Latino communities in the South Bronx in the 1970s. It's popular among the youth and it can be performed in dance battles, competitions, and shows.
  6. Contemporary Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its focus on creativity and self-expression. It is a style that combines elements of many different dance styles, including modern, jazz, lyrical, and classical ballet. Contemporary dance is performed by trained dancers, and it's popular among the youth.
  7. Freestyle Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its improvisation and self-expression. It's a form of dancing in which the dancers are free to move as they wish and can be performed to any music. It's popular among the youth and it can be performed in dance battles, competitions, and shows.
  8. Hip Hop Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its lively and upbeat movements, often performed in hip-hop music. It's a style of street dance that originated in African-American communities in the 1970s. It's popular among the youth and can be performed in dance battles, competitions, and shows.
  9. K-pop Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its lively and upbeat movements, often performed in K-pop music. It's a genre of popular music originating in South Korea that is characterized by a wide variety of audio-visual elements. It's popular among the youth and can be performed in dance battles, competitions, and shows.
  10. Latin Dance (e.g. Salsa, Bachata): These styles of dance are characterized by their lively and sensual rhythms, often performed in pairs. They include dances such as Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Rumba, and many more. Latin dance is popular among adults and youth and it can be performed in dance competitions, parties and events.
  11. Pole Dance: A style of dance that involves using a vertical pole as the dance partner, it requires strength, flexibility and stamina. It's a style of dance that combines gymnastics and dance elements and can be performed in competitions, shows or as a fitness activity. It's popular among women.
  12. Street Dance: This style of dance is characterized by its improvisation and self-expression. It's a style of dance that originated in urban communities and is often performed in a freestyle manner to any music. It's popular among the youth and can be performed in dance battles, competitions, and shows.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and the popularity of the dance genres is subject to change based on the trend and cultural diversity of Singapore.

Why are Dancers Good Photo Models

As a professional dance photographer, I have had the pleasure of working with many dancers, and I can attest to the fact that dancers make excellent models. Here are some reasons why dancers are great models:

  1. Understanding of movement: Dancers have a deep understanding of movement and body mechanics, which allows them to easily execute poses and movements that might be difficult for non-dancers. This understanding of movement results in more natural and dynamic images.
  2. Confidence: Dancers have confidence in their bodies and movements which results in a more natural and relaxed appearance in front of the camera.
  3. Professionalism: Dancers are used to performing and being in front of an audience, this makes them comfortable and professional when working with photographers.
  4. Good listeners: Dancers are used to taking direction and working with choreographers, this makes them good listeners and easy to work with.
  5. Open-minded: Dancers are often open to trying new things and experimenting with different poses, which can result in more creative and interesting images.
  6. Expressions: Dancers are trained to convey emotions and feelings through their movements, which can make for powerful and expressive images.
  7. Good gestures: Dancers have good gestures, for example, they know how to point their toes, and relax their fingers and other small details, which can enhance the final image.
  8. Good shape: Dancers are in good shape, fit to do challenging moves, and have good stamina, which makes them look great in photos, this is especially important when capturing movement and dynamic poses.
  9. Good stamina: Dancers have good stamina, which allows them to maintain challenging poses and movements for longer periods of time, resulting in more dynamic and expressive images.

By working with dancers, photographers can take advantage of their understanding of movement, confidence, professionalism, good listening skills, open-mindedness, expressive ability, good gestures, physical fitness, and good stamina, which results in beautiful, natural, and dynamic images. Dancers are able to hold challenging poses and maintain them for longer periods of time, which can lead to more dynamic and expressive images. They are also able to perform multiple takes and shoot for extended periods of time without getting fatigued, making them ideal models for dance photography.

How to Plan a Successful Dance Photoshoot?

As a professional dance photographer, I understand that planning a successful dance portrait photoshoot can be daunting for clients. Here are some tips that I advise clients to consider when planning a photoshoot:

  1. Communicate with the photographer: It's essential to have clear communication with the photographer to ensure that your vision for the shoot is understood. Discuss your ideas, style, and preferences for the shoot in advance so that the photographer can plan accordingly.
  2. Choose the right location: The location of the shoot is crucial. It should complement the theme and style of the photoshoot. If you're unsure of where to shoot, your photographer should be able to provide suggestions.
  3. Plan the wardrobe: Wardrobe plays a significant role in the outcome of the shoot. It's essential to plan the wardrobe in advance and ensure that it complements the location and theme of the photoshoot.
  4. Hair and Makeup: Professional hair and makeup can make a huge difference in the final outcome of the images. Make sure to schedule a hair and makeup artist in advance.
  5. Practice: Make sure to practice the dance routine or poses in advance of the shoot. This will help you feel more comfortable and confident during the shoot.
  6. Be open-minded: Be open-minded and willing to try different poses and ideas, this will make the photos more interesting and dynamic.
  7. Be punctual: Make sure to arrive on time for the shoot and have a clear understanding of the schedule for the day.

By following these tips, clients can plan a successful dance portrait photoshoot that captures the beauty and artistry of dance. I am always happy to discuss and provide more guidance on how to plan a successful dance portrait photoshoot, and I look forward to working with you to create stunning images that showcase your passion for dance.

Locations for Doing Dance Photoshoots

As an experienced dance photographer, I have had the opportunity to shoot in many different locations. Here are some suggestions for clients on choosing locations for dance photoshoots:

  1. Studios: Studios are a great option for dance photoshoots because they offer a controlled environment and provide a blank canvas for the photographer to work with. They are ideal for shoots that require a specific lighting setup or for when the weather is not cooperative.
  2. Outdoor locations: Outdoor locations such as parks, gardens, and beaches offer a natural background and can add a sense of movement and flow to the images. They are ideal for shoots that are more relaxed and less formal.
  3. Theatres and other performance spaces: Theatres and other performance spaces such as dance studios, are a great option for dance photoshoots as they are specifically designed for dance performances and typically have a stage and good lighting.
  4. Urban locations: Urban locations such as city streets, bridges, and industrial buildings, can provide an interesting and dynamic background for dance photoshoots. They are ideal for shoots that are more contemporary and edgy.
  5. Special locations: Special locations such as a private residence, a museum or an art gallery, can offer unique and interesting backgrounds for dance photoshoots. They are ideal for shoots that are more elaborate and conceptual.
  6. Think about the purpose: Think about the purpose of the photoshoot and what kind of image you want to convey. The location should reflect the style, mood, and theme of the shoot.

By considering these suggestions, clients can choose a location that complements the theme and style of their shoot, resulting in beautiful and dynamic images that showcase the artistry of dance. As a professional dance photographer, I am always happy to provide more specific recommendations based on the client's vision and preferences.

Wardrobe to Wear for Dance Photoshoots

The wardrobe is an important aspect of a dance photoshoot, as it can greatly impact the final outcome of the images. Here are some tips for selecting a wardrobe for a dance photoshoot:

  1. Consider the theme of the shoot: The theme of the shoot should be reflected in the wardrobe choices. For example, if the shoot is for a ballet performance, then a tutu would be appropriate.
  2. Choose clothing that complements the dance style: The clothing should complement the dance style and movement. For example, loose-fitting clothing would be more appropriate for contemporary dance, while tight-fitting clothing would be more appropriate for ballet.
  3. Consider the location: The location of the shoot should also be considered when choosing a wardrobe. For example, if the shoot is taking place outdoors, then lightweight, breathable clothing would be more appropriate.
  4. Think about the colours: The colours of the clothing should complement the theme and location of the shoot. It's important to avoid colours that clash with the background or that might detract from the dancers' movements.
  5. Professional wardrobe: Professional wardrobe can make a huge difference in the final outcome of the images. It's important to have good quality and well-maintained clothes.
  6. Accessories: Accessories such as jewellery, scarves, and headbands can add visual interest to the images and should be considered when planning the wardrobe.
  7. Be comfortable: Above all, the dancers should be comfortable in their clothing. A wardrobe that allows for easy movement and doesn't restrict the dancer's movements is essential for a successful shoot.

By following these tips, clients can select a wardrobe that complements the theme, location, and dance style of the shoot, resulting in stunning images that showcase the beauty of dance.

Skai the Dance Photographer

Hello, my name is Skai, and I am a professional dance photographer. I specialise in capturing dance portraits of professional dancers and hobbyists. My focus is on creating thought-provoking and stunning images that showcase not only the movement, grace, and artistry of dancers but also focus on their facial expressions.

I have been doing portrait photography since 2012 and have a deep appreciation of dance. This allows me to create portraits that truly capture the essence of dance and have a rapport with dancers. I love working with dancers because they are usually good models and understand how to move their bodies in a way that looks visually pleasing.

I use flattering light to make dancers look good, this technique helps me to enhance their beauty and make them look their best. I am passionate about my work, and I am always striving to push the boundaries of what is possible with dance portrait photography. I am constantly experimenting with new techniques and equipment to create images that are both beautiful and technically excellent.

I work with clients of all types, from professional dancers to hobbyists and enthusiasts. I am always happy to discuss your needs and preferences and to work with you to create the images you want.

If you're looking for a professional dance portrait photographer who can create images that are both beautiful and technically excellent, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I would be happy to discuss your project with you.

Why Skai Loves Doing Dance Photography?

As a professional dance photographer, I love doing dance portrait photoshoots with dancers. Not only do I find that dance movements are gracious and captivating, but I also find that dance photography can be done creatively. The dancers' movements and facial expressions provide an endless possibility for creative compositions and lighting setups.

Working with dancers is a pleasure, they are passionate and dedicated to their craft. They put in the time and effort to perfect their movements and expressions, which makes them great subjects for me to capture images that are both beautiful and technically excellent. Dancers are generally more open-minded and willing to try different poses and ideas, which makes the photos more interesting and dynamic.

Dancers are confident, especially when dancing, and this confidence shows in their movements and facial expressions. Their confidence helps me to anticipate their movements and capture them at the perfect moment. This allows me to create visually stunning images that showcase the beauty and artistry of dance.

I also have a good rapport with dancers, which allows me to understand their movements and expressions better. This makes the photoshoot process more smooth and more enjoyable for both me and the dancers.

In summary, as a professional dance photographer, I find that working with dancers is a joy, their gracious movements, open-mindedness, and dedication to their craft make for great photographs that truly capture the essence of dance and allows for a more creative and interesting approach to dance photography.

Advantages of Working with Skai for Your Dance Portrait

Here are some advantages of working with me as a professional dance photographer:

  1. Creativity: I am passionate about my work and always strive to push the boundaries of what is possible with dance portrait photography. I am constantly experimenting with new techniques and equipment to create images that are both beautiful and technically excellent.
  2. Good rapport with dancers: I have a good rapport with dancers, which allows me to understand their movements and expressions better, making the photoshoot process smooth and enjoyable for both me and the dancers.
  3. Flattering light: I use flattering light to make dancers look good, this technique helps me to enhance their beauty and make them look their best.
  4. Use of flash: I use flash to create visually striking photographs.
  5. Flexibility: I use professional equipment, which allows me to shoot at any location, including on-location and studio. I can even shoot in dim places.
  6. Focus on facial expressions: I focus on facial expressions so that viewers can recognize you in the pictures, which sets me apart from other photographers who may keep faces in shadows.
  7. Customisable to your needs: I am always happy to discuss your needs and preferences and work with you to create the images you want.

In summary, working with me as a professional dance photographer offers creativity, a good rapport with dancers, flattering light, the use of flash to create visually striking photographs, flexibility due to the use of professional equipment and my ability to shoot in dim places, and a focus on facial expressions that set me apart from other photographers. All of this is customisable to your needs.

Testimonials: What People Say about Skai

dance portrait session

"Skai is a very friendly and passionate photographer. It was comfortable working with him during the shoot and he is also very professional towards the model. Definitely highly recommended!" - Jasmine Tan

I invite you to take a moment to view the testimonials written by my past clients on my website. These testimonials provide insight into my approach to dance photography and the level of service that I provide. My clients have shared their experiences, and you can see the results of my work through the images.

By reading through these testimonials, you will get a better understanding of my style, my attention to detail, and my ability to capture the essence of dance in my photographs. I believe that these testimonials will provide you with a good sense of what to expect when working with me as a dance photographer, and they will give you an idea of my dedication to capturing the perfect shots. Thank you for considering me as your photographer, and I look forward to working with you.

Sample Dance Photo Albums

🔍7   Outdoor Dance Photoshoot - Sarisha @ Serene Garden (Gardens By The Bay)
1. Sarisha

@ Serene Garden (Gardens By The Bay)
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍3   Studio Fairy Light Themed Photoshoot - Tam Ye Qi @ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
2. Tam Ye Qi

@ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
⚑ Flash photography
🔍5   Studio Dance Photoshoot - Tam Ye Qi @ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
3. Tam Ye Qi

@ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
⚑ Flash photography
🔍5   Studio Dance Photoshoot - Tam Ye Qi @ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
4. Tam Ye Qi

@ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
⚑ Flash photography
🔍5   Water Themed Night Outdoor Dance Bikini Photoshoot - Jasmine Lim @ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
5. Jasmine Lim

@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
⚑ Flash photography
🔍10   High-End Sunset Bikini Beach Dance Photoshoot - Jasmine Lim @ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
6. Jasmine Lim

@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
⚑ Flash photography
🔍12   High-End Outdoor Dance Photoshoot - Teo Shu Ying @ Railway bridge near The Rail Mall
7. Teo Shu Ying

@ Railway bridge near The Rail Mall
⚑ Flash photography
🔍10   High-End Outdoor Cheerleading & Dance Photoshoot - Jasmine Tan @ Kallang Wave Mall
8. Jasmine Tan

@ Kallang Wave Mall
⚑ Flash photography
🔍3   Casual Outdoor Dance Photoshoot - Huirong & Tan Jiamin @ Pinnacle@Duxton
9. Huirong & Tan Jiamin

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
⚑ Flash photography
🔍4   Casual Outdoor Dance Photoshoot - Tan Jiamin @ Pinnacle@Duxton
10. Tan Jiamin

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍5   Casual Outdoor Dance Photoshoot - Huirong @ Pinnacle@Duxton
11. Huirong

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍10   Outdoor Dance, Sunset & Silhouette Photoshoot - Oh Yongpeck @ Sentosa Broadwalk
12. Oh Yongpeck

@ Sentosa Broadwalk
⚑ Flash photography

Prices & Packages for Dance Photography

🌞 Professional

Up to 1 Hour: $280
Up to 2 Hours: $380 $450

Additional Hour: $150/block hr

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Up to 40 photos/hr
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching) for photos: +$50/photo

⚑ High-End

Up to 1 Hour + 1 photo: $350
Up to 1 Hour + 5 photos: $550
Up to 2 Hours + 10 photos: $900

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
Additional photos: $50/photo
  • ⚑ Flash photography (one-light set-up)
  • 🌞 Use of natural light when necessary
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Advanced Edit (skin retouching)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Additional lighting set-up: +$50/light
  • Revision of photo edit: +$15/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$35/photo (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100/hr booked

⚑ Studio Shoot

Please note that my home photography studio is not available until further notice.
1) My studio,
2) Your booked external studio, or
3) Makeshift studio @ your location

Details: Photo Studio

Hairstyling & Makeup

$180 /Female
$120 /Male
  • 1x Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 Look (Hairstyling for a neat look & Makeup)

  • Add-Ons
  • Follow through the photoshoot: +$60/hr
    (subject to availability)

Details: Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)

NOTE

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All booked duration

Includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle, and travelling (if applicable) during the shoot.
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