📸 Skai Chan Photography

Dance Photographer in SG

Professional dance photographer in Singapore

The Dance Photographer

Professional dance photographer in Singapore Hey there, dance enthusiasts and future pals! I'm Skai, your go-to dance photographer, proudly based in the vibrant heart of Singapore.

At the beginning of my portrait photography journey, I stumbled upon a dance-infused revelation during a fashion shoot. It dawned on me that dancers, with their innate ability to strike captivating poses and sculptural movements, held the key to perfecting my craft. Their creativity, fitness and sheer magic in front of the lens became my recipe for creating exceptional photos.

I crave the fusion of imaginative concepts with the fluidity of dance. It's about crafting art that goes beyond the ordinary, making a bold statement in a sea of daily dance imagery flooding social media.

Dance, to me, is a powerful storyteller, a medium that articulates emotions through elegant gestures and compelling expressions. As a passionate dance photographer, my mission is to seize these ephemeral moments, immortalising the unbridled energy, beauty and artistry that dance breathes into existence.

Be it the refined poise of ballet, the rhythmic beats of salsa or the free-flowing motions of contemporary dance, my lens is poised to transform these transient instants into timeless masterpieces. My photographic style is a celebration of dance in all its forms – a testament to its grace, passion and pure joy.

So, whether you're a seasoned dance expert or just stepping into the rhythm of life, I'm eagerly anticipating the chance to collaborate with you. If you're seeking dance portraits that not only captivate but leave an indelible impression, let's create something extraordinary together. I mean, why settle for normal when you can be extraordinary?

What Sets Skai Apart from Other Dance Photographers

Being as transparent as possible, I've invested considerable time in presenting my prices and showcasing my work. The quality of my work speaks for itself, evident in my portfolio. What you see is what you can expect when collaborating with me.

In addition to the visible high-quality work, what sets me apart from other dance photographers includes many distinctive qualities, and it is the combination of these unique attributes that helps create an unparalleled and distinctive approach to dance photography, ensuring a truly exceptional experience for those I work with:

  1. On-Location Dance Photography: I bring the dance studio to the location of your choice! Dance photography shouldn't be restricted to studios; it can be done outdoors or indoors. My ability to shoot anywhere and at night, even in dimly lit places, is made possible by my lighting equipment. This flexibility allows me to adapt to different settings and create stunning dance portraits regardless of the location.
  2. Choices of Flash and Natural Light: With top-notch equipment, extensive knowledge and honed skills, I am proficient in using flash to create stunning pictures that natural light alone cannot achieve outdoors. Flash enables me to add dimension and drama to the images, resulting in visually captivating and dynamic dance portraits. However, I understand that some dancers prefer natural light, certain situations don't permit the use of professional lighting, or some dancers may have a tight budget. As such, I'm happy to work with natural light as long as the situation allows me to create good dance photos that I will be proud of.
  3. Aesthetic Dance Poses: While some dance moves and poses are challenging to achieve and may showcase the high standard of the dancers, they may not look elegant from certain angles. As a photographer who focuses extensively on beauty, I am candid in addressing any awkward-looking poses with the dancers. It takes experience to hone the skill of curating photos, and I'm fortunate to have been trained by an expert commercial makeup artist at the beginning of my portrait photography journey.
  4. Flattering Expression: In addition to capturing elegant body movements, I strongly emphasise the dancers' facial expressions. My focus on flattering light is central to making my subjects look their best. By skilfully using lighting techniques, I enhance their features and bring out their natural beauty, ensuring they shine in the photographs. This allows me to convey the emotions and artistry of the dancers, creating portraits that are emotionally resonant and engaging. Most importantly, I ensure viewers can identify you in the photos, avoiding the concealment of your face or issues like overexposure or underexposure.
  5. Creative Dance Photos: I am driven by a constant pursuit of creativity in my photography. I don't limit myself to a single photography genre because I believe that engaging in different types of photography and meeting people from all walks of life helps improve my creativity, which I can apply to all photography genres, including dance photography. I'm also a great motivator who will help you discover your inner creativity, combining our ideas to create dance work that stuns viewers and pushes the boundaries of what is possible with dance portraits. Each photoshoot is approached with a fresh and imaginative perspective, delivering unique and striking images that leave a lasting impression. My on-location photography and ability to utilise flash help achieve this. Please browse around my other photography portfolios to understand the creative work I can do.
  6. No Body Contact: I prioritise the comfort and safety of my models, showing extreme respect to them. As such, I refrain from having any body contact during the photoshoots. Instead, I provide natural and intuitive guidance, allowing the dancers to express themselves freely and authentically. With the knowledge that I'm here with the same goal as you, to achieve high-quality work without any ill agenda, you can thus feel safe and look more natural in the dance photos.

All photographers possess their unique qualities. Overall, while many photographers can provide a satisfactory dance photoshoot or may boast an extensive studio, I stand out due to a combination of the aforementioned attributes, along with various others too lengthy to detail here.


Find out more about what sets my photography apart from other photographers in terms of transparency, value for money, high-quality and personalised photos and great experience.

Testimonials: What Clients 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

Dear dancers, I invite you to read the reviews from my past clients to gain a deeper understanding of my dance photography style and the experience I offer. Their valuable feedback will give you insights into the passion, creativity and dedication I bring to each photoshoot. Let their words inspire you to capture your dance moments with me and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Check out the reviews and let my work speak for itself!

Portfolio: Dance Photoshoots

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

@ Serene Garden (Gardens By The Bay)
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍13       Studio School Girl Themed Photoshoot - Jasmine Tan @ Photography studio @ Tanjong Pagar
2. Jasmine Tan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍2       High-End Night Outdoor fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong @ Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront bridge
13. Alessandra Wong

@ Marina Bay Sands, Bayfront bridge
⚑ Flash photography
🔍10       Outdoor Dance, Sunset & Silhouette Photoshoot - Oh Yongpeck @ Sentosa Boardwalk
14. Oh Yongpeck

@ Sentosa Boardwalk
⚑ Flash photography

Dance Photography Services in Singapore

Whether you're an individual looking to capture your unique dance journey or a school seeking to immortalize impactful marketing materials, I'm here to turn moments into lasting art.

My photography services cover both natural light and high-end flash photography techniques. With my expertise in using professional lighting equipment, I can create eye-catching and flattering dance portraits that make you stand out in photographs.

In my world of photography, I don't just capture images; I craft visual stories that resonate. I'm obsessed with soft light, and with my high-end equipment, I turn your dance portraits into captivating masterpieces that transcend the ordinary.

I'm proud of the bespoke touch I bring. I believe in tailoring each photoshoot to your preferences and needs, ensuring that your vision is not just met but exceeded.

Look beyond the confinements of a studio; I thrive on on-location photography. Whether indoors or outdoors, day or night, I bring my expertise to your chosen setting, providing flexibility that adds a dynamic touch to your photos.

Anticipating and solving problems before they arise is my forte. I believe in a proactive approach, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable photoshoot experience for you.

Transparency and fairness are at the core of my values. I believe in a fair exchange for my services and I encourage you to explore my portfolio on this website to witness the magic I create.

If you're someone who believes in investing in high-quality, meaningful photos that tell your unique dance story, I'm here, ready to turn your moments into timeless art. Let's create something extraordinary together!

Individual Dance Portraits

In the realm of individual dance portraits, my focus is on delivering a personalised experience that captures the very essence and artistry of a solo dancer. Every facet of this specialised photoshoot is meticulously tailored to accentuate the unique style, expressions and movements of the individual artist. Employing a keen eye for lighting, composition and artistic direction, I strive to create images that not only showcase the dancer's technical prowess but also unveil her personality and emotional depth.

Group Dance Portraits

Group dance portraits are a canvas where the coordination and artistry of dance ensembles, troupes or groups come to life. Here, I direct my lens towards capturing the collective energy and synchronicity among the group members. This service demands an understanding of group dynamics and the ability to showcase the harmonious collaboration within the dance group. The resulting images aim to portray the unity and expressive synergy of the dancers, presenting them as a cohesive whole.

Event Dance Photography

Specialising in event photography, I bring forth a skill set tailored to documenting live dance performances, recitals, competitions and other dynamic dance-related events. This service requires a unique ability to anticipate and capture key moments during the ebb and flow of live shows. It involves preserving the performance's spontaneity, emotions and vibrancy, creating a visual narrative that immortalises the energy and passion of the dancers in action.

Dance School Marketing Photography

In dance school marketing photography, my lens becomes a storyteller, collaborating with dance schools or academies to create visually compelling content for promotional materials, brochures and online platforms. This involves capturing images that showcase the school's facilities, classes, instructors, and the overall dance learning experience. The goal is to craft a visually appealing representation that attracts potential students and effectively communicates the unique offerings of the dance school.

Portfolio Building

Portfolio building is a specialised service where my expertise intertwines with the aspirations of dancers aiming to create a comprehensive and visually impactful portfolio. Through close collaboration, I curate a diverse collection of images that showcase versatility in dance styles, poses, and expressions. This service becomes pivotal for dancers preparing for auditions or seeking to elevate their personal promotion with a professional and compelling portfolio.

Creative Conceptual Dance Photography

In the realm of creative conceptual dance photography, collaboration takes centre stage. Here, the dancer and I work together to integrate imaginative concepts or themes into the photoshoot. The resulting images transcend traditional dance photography, offering a visually stunning and unique perspective that goes beyond the ordinary, creating a harmonious blend of artistic vision and dance.

Dance Fitness Photography

Dance fitness photography zooms in on capturing the physical strength, dedication, and exertion intrinsic to dance workouts. Ideal for individuals or organisations promoting dance as a fitness activity, this service skilfully captures moments that highlight the athleticism and power of dance, creating images that inspire and distinctly showcase the fitness aspects of this art form.

Lifestyle Dance Photography

Lifestyle dance photography seamlessly intertwines dance with everyday life. Through this service, dancers find themselves captured in natural and candid settings, emphasising the integration of dance into daily routines and environments. The resulting images are relatable and authentic, resonating with a broader audience by showcasing the joy and spontaneity of dance as an integral part of everyday life.

Artistic Dance Photography

In the domain of artistic dance photography, emphasis is placed on the creative and aesthetic dimensions of dance. Here, I employ unique compositions, innovative lighting effects, and post-processing techniques to produce visually striking images. Going beyond the confines of traditional dance photography, this service creates captivating visuals that evoke emotions and narrate a compelling visual story.

Booking Information

Hey there, interested in booking a dance photography session with me? Great choice! Let me give you all the information you need to get started.

  1. Contact me with the purpose: Firstly, to book a dance session with me, simply head to my contact page where you can find the link to text me via WhatsApp. Please indicate your purpose and the package you are interested in, or otherwise, I may mistake your text as a spam.
  2. Consultation: We will have a consultation to discuss the type of event, the date, location and your preferred style of photography. This will help me understand your vision and see if we are a perfect match. We will also go over the package options and pricing. However, do note that I will only provide guidance (advices, suggestions, tips etc) after you have confirmed and booked my services officially.
  3. Place deposit: To secure your booking, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required. Once your deposit is received, your date and time will be reserved exclusively for you.

    Don't worry, I'll send you all the necessary payment details when you decide to book with me. Payment can be made via PayNow or PayPal (PayPal requires extra fee).

    The remaining balance is due on the day of the photoshoot.

Remember that it's best to book my photography services in advance to ensure availability. So don't hesitate to contact me as soon as possible to secure your date!

Prices & Packages for Dance Photography

Before we jump into the lens magic, scan my service agreement and privacy policy. Every photographer has his playbook – flipping through mine ensures we're on the same visual wavelength.

🌞 Natural Light Photography

$400
Up to:   1.5 Hour + 45 photos

More Information

  • Pace of shoot: Slow
  • Venue: Provided by client
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF
  • NO raw files, NO unedited photos, NO items/services that aren't stated here.

Special Requests/ Add-Ons

(Subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos (buy over the rights so that the photos won't be published anywhere, including on this website):
    +$100/hr booked
  • Face to Face discussion:
    Starting from +$100
  • Photographer to scout venue(s):
    Starting from +$100
  • Shoot at beach/ sandy/ dirty venue:
    Starting from +$50
  • Additional photos (basic edit):
    +$5/photo
  • Same-day photo edit (basic edit):
    +$50/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (basic edit: 3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching):
    +$50/photo
  • Revision of photo edit (advanced edit):
    +$15/photo
  • Hairstyling & Makeup:
    Refer to the Makeover Services page.

Venue Booking

(Subject to availability)
  • Gym space:
    Starting from +$100
  • Photo Studio:
    Refer to my photo studio page

Surcharges

(Subject to availability)
  • Shoots on any public holiday or eve of public holiday:
    Starting from +$100
  • Shoots that require meet-up before 7 am:
    Starting from +$150
  • Shoots that end later than 11 pm:
    Starting from +$150

⚑ Flash Photography

$600
Up to:   1.5 Hour + 45 photos
  • Additional Time: $100/block 30-minute
  • ⚑ Use of flash (one-light set-up)
  • Editing: Basic (exposure & colour correction)

More Information

  • Pace of shoot: Slow
  • Venue: Provided by client
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF
  • NO raw files, NO unedited photos, NO items/services that aren't stated here.

Special Requests/ Add-Ons

(Subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos (buy over the rights so that the photos won't be published anywhere, including on this website):
    +$100/hr booked
  • Face to Face discussion:
    Starting from +$100
  • Photographer to scout venue(s):
    Starting from +$100
  • Shoot at beach/ sandy/ dirty venue:
    Starting from +$50
  • Additional lighting set-up:
    +$50/light
  • Additional photos (basic edit):
    +$5/photo
  • Same-day photo edit (basic edit):
    +$50/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (basic edit: 3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching):
    +$50/photo
  • Revision of photo edit (advanced edit):
    +$15/photo
  • Hairstyling & Makeup:
    Refer to the Makeover Services page.

Venue Booking

(Subject to availability)
  • Gym space:
    Starting from +$100
  • Photo Studio:
    Refer to my photo studio page

Surcharges

(Subject to availability)
  • Shoots on any public holiday or eve of public holiday:
    Starting from +$100
  • Shoots that require meet-up before 7 am:
    Starting from +$150
  • Shoots that end later than 11 pm:
    Starting from +$150

Quick Explanation of Photography Costs

I've streamlined my photography packages to be wallet-friendly, ensuring you get the best value. The most considerable portion of my photography cost is calculated based on:

  1. Duration booked: it includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle and travelling during the shoot.
  2. Equipment required: natural light vs flash.
  3. Type of editing: basic vs advanced.
  4. Copyright/privacy: there's a fee should you don't want the photos to be published anywhere.
  5. Extensiveness of planning required.
  6. Special requests/ add-ons & surcharges.

Please read the full explanations so that you can make a better decision.

Special Requests

I've tailored these special requests and add-ons to cater to the unique tastes of my past clients, ensuring each voyage is personalised. The inclusion of these options aims to dissuade similar requests and, importantly, not as a means for me to pocket extra income from my future clients.

Think of it as a bespoke service, crafted with your preferences in mind rather than a cunning plan to boost the treasure chest.

Surcharges

Picture this – I'm here to offer you a good experience without breaking the bank. But, when a project starts encroaching on my personal space or health or requires any additional cost, a surcharge is the reality check. No beating about the bush – it's a straightforward acknowledgment of the extra effort.

It's about ensuring a top-notch journey. Your support in grasping this aspect ensures our photography sail stays steady. Ready to roll with this clarity? Your agreement is the fuel that powers our creative engine.

For the uncommon surcharges, do look through the full list of surcharges to avoid miscommunications.

Turnaround Time

Turnaround time depends on various factors, such as:

  1. The number of photos taken
  2. The workload of the photographer
  3. The type of editing required
  4. The quantity of photos requested
  5. The condition of the venue

Generally, if the client needs to choose the photos, it will take up to two weeks for the photographer to sift through and eliminate bad and duplicate shots. The remaining photos are then provided to the clients in a low-resolution PDF file. After the client makes the selection, it will take up to a month for basic editing or two months for advanced editing before the final photos are returned.

Skai follows the practice of reviewing the photos with a fresh mind every one to three days to ensure the highest possible quality. This significant effort places him at a disadvantage in terms of profit. Therefore, clients should appreciate the value of receiving meticulously edited photos, even if it means a slight delay.

In most cases, especially when the number of photos is limited, the final edited photos can be returned much earlier without compromising quality.

For more information, read photography editing time explained.

Skai's Dance Photography

Skai's Vision & Goals for Dance Photography

In dance photography, my vision is to showcase the beauty and artistry of dance in all its forms. I aim to capture the grace, energy, and emotions that dancers exude in their movements, and to freeze those fleeting moments in time through my lens. I want to create visually captivating and meaningful images that not only resonate with the dancers themselves but also inspire and engage viewers, conveying the passion and storytelling power of dance.

One of my primary goals is to ensure that dancers' faces are prominently featured in the photographs. While body movements are undoubtedly essential in dance, I believe that the dancers' expressions are equally crucial in conveying the emotions and artistry of their performances. I focus on lighting their faces in a flattering way, allowing their expressions to shine and adding a deeper dimension to the images.

Another important aspect of my vision is to foster a collaborative and comfortable environment during photoshoots. I aim to build a strong rapport with dancers, understanding their visions and preferences to tailor the photography experience to their unique style and story. This collaboration results in authentic and expressive dance portraits that truly showcase the individuality and talent of the dancers.

In summary, my vision and goals in dance photography are centred around celebrating the art and passion of dance. I strive to create visually captivating images that capture the essence of dance, with a special emphasis on showcasing the dancers' faces in a flattering and expressive manner. My ultimate goal is to leave a lasting impact through photography that resonates with both dancers and audiences alike.

How Skai Began Doing Dance Photoshoots

My journey into dance photography began with a serendipitous encounter. As a newcomer to photography, I had the opportunity to do a shoot with an aspiring model who happened to be an ex dancer. I was immediately impressed by how gracefully she could flex her body to create elegant moves. It struck me that dancers, being trained to pose with poise and precision, would make fantastic subjects for photography.

Inspired by that initial experience, I started seeking out more dancers to collaborate with. Working with them allowed me to slowly build up my portfolio and gain valuable experience in dance photography. I soon realised that dancers possess all the attributes of great models, making my job as a photographer much more enjoyable and rewarding.

Dancers' natural grace, expressive movements and openness to ideas opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities for me. Their ability to embody different emotions and tell stories through their dance allowed me to capture unique and captivating images. Collaborating with dancers was not only inspiring but also incredibly fulfilling, as we co-created some truly artistic and imaginative photoshoots.

Since that fortuitous beginning, my passion for dance photography has only grown. I continue to be drawn to the elegance, energy and artistry that dancers bring to every photoshoot. Working with these talented individuals has enriched my journey as a photographer, and I am grateful for the opportunity to capture the beauty and passion of dance through my lens.

Why Skai Loves Doing Dance Photoshoots

I absolutely love doing dance photography and there are several reasons why it brings immense joy and passion to my work:

Firstly, dance movements are inherently gracious and captivating. The fluidity and expressiveness of dancers' motions offer a plethora of opportunities for creative compositions and innovative lighting setups, allowing me to push the boundaries of artistic expression.

Furthermore, working with dancers is an absolute pleasure. Their passion and dedication to their craft shine through in every step they take. Their commitment to perfecting movements and expressions makes them exceptional subjects, resulting in images that are not only beautiful but also technically excellent.

Dancers' openness to trying new poses and ideas is a true blessing for a photographer. Their willingness to experiment allows for dynamic and captivating photos that stand out with creativity and originality.

The confidence displayed by dancers, especially when in motion, adds a mesmerising element to the images. Their self-assuredness helps me anticipate their movements and capture them at precisely the right moment, resulting in visually stunning photographs that showcase the true essence of dance.

Having a great rapport with dancers is crucial for me. Understanding their movements and expressions on a deeper level allows for a seamless and enjoyable photoshoot experience for both parties. This connection fosters trust and authenticity, resulting in portraits that truly capture the spirit of dance.

In conclusion, dance photography is a source of immense delight for me. The gracious movements, open-mindedness, dedication, and confidence of dancers create a perfect canvas for artistic expression. Through dance photography, I aim to capture the beauty and essence of this art form and share it with the world.

How Doing Dance Photography has Helped Skai Grow

Doing dance photography has been an incredible journey of growth and learning for me:

  1. Mindfulness in Communication: Early on, I had an incident where I unintentionally offended a net friend who wanted to collaborate on a dance project. I learned the importance of being mindful in my responses and expressing my thoughts with kindness and consideration, even when the fit for a particular project may not align.
  2. Taking Control as the Official Photographer: During a dance shoot with friends, I encountered a situation where another aspiring photographer started taking the lead using natural light while I was still setting up my lighting equipment. This taught me the importance of asserting myself as the official photographer and being more proactive in directing the shoot to ensure I achieve the desired results.
  3. Learning Opportunities with Dancers: Working with dancers has provided me with countless learning opportunities. Their expertise and dedication to their craft inspire me to continuously improve my photography skills and expand my creative horizons.
  4. Guiding Subjects with Elegance: Watching the gorgeous moves of dancers has reminded me of the importance of guiding my subjects to pose elegantly and gracefully. It has helped me refine my direction and capture the beauty of movement in all my portrait sessions.
  5. Embracing Boldness and Creativity: Dancers' boldness and creativity have influenced my own approach to photography. Their fearlessness in trying new poses and ideas has encouraged me to push my own boundaries, leading to more innovative and daring photoshoots.
  6. Building Confidence: Collaborating with dancers has not only enhanced my technical skills but also boosted my confidence as a photographer. Their trust in my abilities has empowered me to take creative risks and deliver exceptional results.
  7. Eye-Catching Albums for New Clients: The stunning albums created with the help of dancers have become a powerful tool to showcase my work and attract the attention of new clients. The captivating dance portraits serve as a testament to my expertise and dedication, leaving a lasting impression on potential clients.

In essence, dance photography has not only enriched my portfolio but has also facilitated personal growth, improved communication, and enhanced my creative vision. The beauty and artistry of dancers continue to inspire me, and I am grateful for the valuable experiences and opportunities they have brought into my photography journey.

What is Dance Photography?

Dance photography is a specialised form of visual art that focuses on capturing the essence and beauty of dance through photographs. It is practised by professional photographers who possess a keen eye for composition, lighting and timing. A dance photographer collaborates with dancers and dance companies to create stunning images that showcase the dynamic and expressive nature of dance in a still frame.

Uses of dance photography vary and are significant in the dance community. Dance photographers often work with dancers and dance companies to create promotional material for performances, including posters, flyers and brochures. They also contribute to dance publications and websites, providing captivating images for articles and features. Additionally, dance photography is utilised in dance portfolios, audition submissions and social media promotions to showcase the talent and skill of dancers. It is also cherished by dancers as a means to capture their artistic journey and preserve the memories of their performances.

The goals of dance photography are manifold. Primarily, it aims to celebrate and preserve the beauty and artistry of dance. Dance photographers strive to freeze fleeting moments of movement, conveying the grace, power and emotions displayed by dancers. The art form seeks to inspire and captivate its audience, eliciting an appreciation for the dedication and passion of dancers. Additionally, dance photography plays a vital role in promoting dance as an art form, reaching a wider audience and fostering a deeper connection between spectators and dancers. Through their lenses, dance photographers contribute to the artistic legacy of dance, leaving a visual imprint of the art form for generations to come.

What is Dance Photography also Known as?

Dance photography is known by several other terms, including dance photojournalism, dance portraiture and dance documentation. Dance photojournalism emphasises capturing the raw emotions and moments of dance performances, providing a visual narrative of the art form. Dance portraiture focuses on capturing the individuality and personality of dancers through close-up shots, highlighting their physical expressions and emotions. Dance documentation involves recording the various stages of a dance project, choreography or event, serving as an archive of the creative process and artistic development.

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 photographers are crucial for various reasons that contribute to the promotion and preservation of the dance world:

  1. Promoting Dancers and Dance Companies: Through their captivating portraits, dance photographers play a significant role in promoting individual dancers and dance companies. These images serve as powerful marketing tools, helping to increase their visibility and attract potential audiences.
  2. Documenting the Dance World: Dance photographers contribute to documenting the dance world by capturing images of dancers and dance performances. These photographs serve as valuable historical records and archives, allowing future generations to look back at the rich tapestry of the dance scene.
  3. Creating Artful Images: With their skill and creativity, dance photographers craft artful images that showcase the beauty and artistry of dancers and their movements. These images can be displayed as works of art, utilised for promotional materials like posters, brochures and websites, and even made available for sale.
  4. Assisting Dancers in Showcasing their Work: Dance photographers play a pivotal role in helping dancers build their professional portfolios. A strong portfolio is essential for securing gigs, auditions, jobs or scholarship opportunities, and the images captured by dance photographers can greatly enhance dancers' chances of success.

In conclusion, dance photographers are essential because they contribute to the promotion, documentation and celebration of the dance world. Their artful images capture the essence of dance, while helping dancers and dance companies gain recognition and appreciation for their talents and contributions.

Should I Hire a Professional Dance Photographer?

Whether to hire a professional dance photographer or not ultimately depends on your specific needs and goals. Here are some key considerations to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Quality: Professional dance photographers have the expertise, knowledge and equipment to produce high-quality images that beautifully capture the artistry and movement of dancers. If you desire visually stunning and impactful photos, a professional photographer is likely the best choice.
  2. Experience: Professional dance photographers possess experience working with dancers and understanding how to capture their movements in a way that is captivating and dynamic. If you want images that truly express the essence of dance, a professional's experience can make a significant difference.
  3. Purpose: If you intend 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's skillset and artistry can add immense value to your project.
  4. Budget: Hiring a professional photographer typically involves a financial investment. Consider your budget and the importance of high-quality images when making your decision.

Should you decide to hire a professional dance photographer, it is essential to communicate your needs, preferences and budget clearly. This way, the photographer can collaborate with you to create images that align with your vision and objectives. Remember that professional photographers bring a level of expertise and artistry that can elevate your dance photography experience and deliver stunning results.

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 practiced and performed in the country:

  1. Aerial Dance: A captivating and visually stunning performance that involves using aerial equipment such as silks, hoops or ropes suspended from the ceiling.
  2. Ballroom Dance (e.g. Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha): Elegant and formal partner dances that are characterized by graceful movements.
  3. Ballet: A classical and highly technical dance form that focuses on form, grace and poise.
  4. Belly Dance: A sensual and expressive solo dance that emphasizes movements of the abdomen and hips.
  5. Breakdance: An acrobatic and athletic street dance style that originated in the 1970s and involves impressive moves and spins.
  6. Contemporary Dance: A creative and expressive style that combines elements from modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
  7. Freestyle Dance: An improvisational dance style that allows dancers to move freely and express themselves.
  8. Hip Hop Dance: Lively and upbeat street dance with energetic movements often performed to hip-hop music.
  9. K-pop Dance: Vibrant and dynamic dance styles inspired by the popular K-pop music genre from South Korea.
  10. Latin Dance (e.g. Salsa, Bachata): Lively and sensual partner dances with passionate rhythms.
  11. Pole Dance: A unique style that combines elements of gymnastics and dance, performed using a vertical pole.
  12. Street Dance: Urban dance style characterised by improvisation and self-expression.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and the popularity of dance genres may vary based on trends and cultural diversity in Singapore. Each dance style adds to the vibrant and diverse dance scene in the country, showcasing the talent and passion of dancers from various backgrounds.

Why are Dancers Good Photo Models

Dancers make excellent photo models for several reasons, as observed through my experience as a professional dance photographer:

  1. Understanding of Movement: Dancers possess an innate understanding of movement and body mechanics, enabling them to effortlessly execute poses and movements, resulting in natural and dynamic images.
  2. Confidence: Dancers exude confidence in their bodies and movements, leading to a more relaxed and poised appearance in front of the camera.
  3. Professionalism: With their experience in performing and being in front of an audience, dancers display a sense of professionalism and ease when collaborating with photographers.
  4. Good Listeners: Accustomed to taking direction from choreographers, dancers are attentive listeners, making them easy to work with during photoshoots.
  5. Open-Mindedness: Dancers are receptive to trying new poses and ideas, fostering an environment of creativity and experimentation, which can lead to innovative and captivating images.
  6. Expressions: Trained to convey emotions and feelings through their movements, dancers can create powerful and evocative images with their expressive abilities.
  7. Good Gestures: Dancers have a keen awareness of details such as pointing their toes and relaxing their fingers, enhancing the final image with their precise gestures.
  8. Good Shape and Stamina: Dancers' physical fitness and endurance allow them to execute challenging moves and hold poses for extended periods, resulting in striking and dynamic photographs.

Working with dancers provides a unique advantage for photographers, as their understanding of movement, confidence, professionalism, good listening skills, open-mindedness, expressive ability, precise gestures, physical fitness and stamina all contribute to capturing beautiful, natural and dynamic images. Their versatility and endurance in holding challenging poses enable photographers to explore and capture various angles, expressing the artistry and energy of dance through the lens.

Tips & Tricks for Dance Photoshoots

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 with me:

  1. Communicate with the photographer: It's essential to have clear communication with me to ensure that your vision for the shoot is understood. Discuss your ideas, style and preferences for the shoot in advance so that I 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, I would 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 makeup artist and hairstylist 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 privilege of shooting in various locations, each offering its unique charm and ambiance. Here are some inspiring suggestions for clients on choosing locations for their dance photoshoots:

  1. Studios: Studios provide a controlled environment with versatile lighting options, making them ideal for capturing precise movements and intricate details. They offer a blank canvas that allows the dancers to take centre stage, emphasising their talent and grace.
  2. Outdoor Gems: Embrace the beauty of nature by choosing outdoor locations such as parks, gardens or serene beaches. These settings infuse the images with a sense of freedom and flow, adding an enchanting touch to the dance portraits.
  3. Theatrical Delight: Theatres and performance spaces designed for dance offer an authentic backdrop that complements the artistry of the dancers. The stage and theatrical lighting create a mesmerising atmosphere for captivating dance portraits.
  4. Urban Vibes: Urban locations, like bustling city streets, bridges or industrial areas, lend an edgy and contemporary feel to the images. The juxtaposition of dance against the urban landscape can create striking visuals.
  5. Special Charms: Consider unique locations like private residences, art galleries or historical sites for a touch of distinctiveness in your dance portraits. These venues add a touch of intrigue and depth to the images, making them truly exceptional.
  6. Purposeful Decisions: Select a location that aligns with the purpose and vision of the photoshoot. The setting should complement the theme, mood and style, enhancing the storytelling element of the images.

By thoughtfully considering these location options, clients can elevate their dance photoshoots, capturing the true essence and artistry of dance. As a professional dance photographer, I am here to guide and collaborate, ensuring the chosen location perfectly encapsulates the client's vision and results in stunning dance portraits to cherish forever.

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.

FAQ

  1. How do I prepare for a dance photoshoot? To prepare for a dance photoshoot, ensure you're well-rested and hydrated. Practice your dance routines and select your outfits and accessories beforehand. Additionally, consider any specific poses or themes you'd like to incorporate into the shoot. Most of all, do take time to discuss everything with me.
  2. Can I bring multiple outfits to change into during the session? Yes, you're welcome to bring multiple outfits to change into during the session. This allows for variety in your photos and allows you to showcase different looks and styles. However, do note that changing outfits will take up your booked time.
  3. What should I wear for the photoshoot? For a dance photoshoot, it's best to wear form-fitting attire that allows for freedom of movement. Solid colours or simple patterns work well, avoiding overly distracting or busy patterns. Please take photos of yourself wearing the outfits and we will discuss them together.
  4. Do you provide hair and makeup services? While I don't provide hair and makeup services myself, I can recommend talented professionals in the area who specialise in makeup and hairstyling if needed.
  5. How long does a typical dance photoshoot last? A typical dance photoshoot usually lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the package selected and the complexity of the shoot. For example, if you aim for just one fantastic photo, the smallest package should suffice. However, if you aim for a higher quantity of good photos, it definitely requires more time.
  6. Do you offer indoor and outdoor photoshoot options? Yes, I offer both indoor and outdoor photoshoot options to cater to your preferences and vision for the shoot. Each setting offers its own unique ambience and opportunities for creative expression.
  7. What locations do you recommend for outdoor photoshoots? I can recommend several stunning outdoor locations in Singapore that provide beautiful backdrops for dance photoshoots, including parks, gardens, urban landscapes and waterfront areas. Ideas will be given once you confirm my photography service.
  8. Can I bring props or accessories to incorporate into the photos? Absolutely! Feel free to bring along any props or accessories that you'd like to incorporate into the photos. Props can add visual interest and enhance the storytelling aspect of the images. However, please discuss them with me so that we can plan appropriately.
  9. Will you provide guidance on posing during the dance shoot? Yes, I'll guide you on posing throughout the shoot to ensure you look your best and feel comfortable in front of the camera. I'll help you find flattering angles and dynamic poses that showcase your dance skills and personality. Please note that some dance poses may look good in reality but may not translate well in photos.
  10. Do you have experience working with dancers of different skill levels? Yes, I have extensive experience working with dancers of all skill levels, from beginners to seasoned professionals. You don't have to be a professional dancer to do a dance photoshoot.
  11. Can I include other people in the photoshoot, such as fellow dancers or family members? Yes, you can include other people in the photoshoot, such as fellow dancers, family members or friends. Group shots can add depth and dimension to your images and provide an opportunity for shared memories.
  12. How far in advance should I book a photoshoot? It's recommended to book your photoshoot at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance to ensure availability and ample time for preparation.
  13. Can I request specific locations for the shoot? Yes, you can request specific locations for the shoot and I'll do my best to accommodate your preferences and vision for the photoshoot.
  14. What equipment do you use for dance photography? I use professional-grade camera equipment, including high-resolution DSLR cameras, a variety of lenses to capture different perspectives and lighting equipment to ensure optimal lighting conditions. You can check out my photography equipment to find out more.
  15. How many photos will I receive from the photoshoot? The number of photos you'll receive from the photoshoot depends on the package selected and the duration of the shoot. Typically, you can expect to receive a selection of the best images from the session.
  16. Do you offer digital copies of the photos? Yes, I only provide digital copies. You can select the photos and do the printing by yourself should you need any hard copies.
  17. Will the photos be edited or retouched after the session? Yes, all photos undergo professional basic editing. For skin retouching, also known as advanced editing, I charge per photo, which is found in the packages.
  18. How long does it take to receive the final edited photos? The turnaround time for receiving the final edited photos varies depending on the package selected and the complexity of the editing process. Generally, you can expect to receive your basic edited photos within 1 to 2 weeks after the photo session, and the final edited photos within 1 to 2 weeks after the photo selection. However, if there are more clicks taken during the photo session, do expect a longer turnaround time to ensure you get the best quality photos possible.
  19. Do you offer different package options for dance photoshoots? Yes, I offer different package options for dance photoshoots to accommodate varying preferences and budgets. Each package includes different features and options to suit your needs.
  20. Do you provide a contract or agreement outlining the terms of the photoshoot? Yes and no. All terms and conditions are highlighted on my service agreement and privacy policy pages. All conversations will be kept as evidence. All digital agreements are considered contracts by law.
  21. What happens if the weather is bad for an outdoor shoot? In the event of bad weather for an outdoor shoot, we can reschedule, in advance, the session for a later date or explore alternative indoor locations. Your safety and comfort are my top priorities and I'll work with you to find the best solution.
  22. What happens if I need to reschedule or cancel the photoshoot? If you need to reschedule or cancel the photoshoot, please notify me as soon as possible so we can discuss alternative options. While deposits may be non-refundable, I'm accommodating according to individual situations.
  23. Are there any additional costs or fees I should be aware of? There are no hidden costs or fees associated with the photoshoot. The pricing is transparent and all costs are discussed upfront before booking the session. Please take time to read through the packages, add-on services and surcharges for more information.
  24. Can I share the photos on social media or use them for promotional purposes? Yes, you're welcome to share the photos on social media platforms or use them for promotional purposes, provided proper credit is given to me. However, please ensure you state the purposes and usage of the photos when you approach me.
  25. Do you offer gift certificates for dance photoshoots? Not at the moment.
  26. Can I schedule a consultation to discuss my ideas and preferences for the photoshoot? Absolutely! Once you confirm my photography services, you can schedule a consultation to discuss your ideas, preferences and vision for the photoshoot in detail. This allows us to tailor the session to your specific needs and ensure we're on the same page creatively. I will provide you with tips to get the best dance photos possible.
  27. Do you offer discounts for group or ensemble photoshoots? No, I don't offer discounts. However, it's generally cheaper if you book a longer photoshoot session with me.
  28. How do you ensure the privacy and security of the photos? As stated on many pages on my website, I work with clients who are comfortable with me posting the finished photos on my website and social media. Clients who wish to keep their photos private can opt to pay an extra fee, or otherwise, seek alternative photographers.

    For clients who choose to pay extra for their privacy, the photos are stored securely to prevent unauthorized access or distribution.

Conclusion

In conclusion, dance photography holds a significant place in preserving the beauty and artistry of dance. It is not just about capturing movements; it is about capturing emotions, expressions and the stories that dancers tell through their graceful performances. As dancers, photographers or dance enthusiasts, setting clear goals for dance photoshoots can make the experience more meaningful and rewarding.

The first goal should be to create images that showcase the unique talents and expressions of the dancers. The focus should not solely be on their movements but also on their faces, as they convey the soul and essence of the dance.

Secondly, embrace creativity and experimentation. Be open to trying new poses, concepts, and locations that resonate with your style and vision. A dance photoshoot is an opportunity to push boundaries, express yourself and create art that is distinctly yours.

Thirdly, building a strong rapport with your photographer is crucial. A photographer who understands your movements, emotions and aspirations will create a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere, resulting in more authentic and captivating images.

Lastly, always seek to showcase the versatility and uniqueness of your dance style. By collaborating with a skilled and passionate photographer, you can bring your dance portraits to life, leaving a lasting impact on viewers.

As a professional dance photographer, I am here to support and guide you in achieving these goals. My passion lies in capturing the essence and artistry of dance, and I take pride in creating images that resonate with your vision. If you are seeking a photography partner who values your aspirations and shares your love for dance, I would be honoured to collaborate with you in capturing unforgettable dance portraits.

Remember, dance photography is not just about the images; it is about the journey of creativity, expression and connection that we embark on together. Let us work together to create dance portraits that speak volumes and inspire others to fall in love with the captivating world of dance.


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