Urban Ballet with Kayleigh Lush

Having finally managed to process some of the urban ballet images from my recent shoot with the dancer  Kayleigh Lush .

I thought it was worth sharing a few of them in my blog.

The idea of the project was to shoot a set of ballet themed images in a urban setting.

First of all I needed a good location, which also needed to be fairly local to me.

That choice of location was Saltaire, which is near Shipley and very local to me.

Because I have been there a number of times I knew that it had some really good locations which we could to shoot ballet against.

Another requirement was a trained ballet dancer, so I contacted Kayleigh Lush.

Now having worked with Kayleigh before , I knew she was capable of producing good ballet poses. Which is what I wanted for this project.

Kayleigh is a trained dancer and works really hard to produce great images, especially dance. So was the ideal choice for this project.

As I mentioned above the choice of location was Saltaire, near Shipley which is a world heritage site and has some interesting buildings to work against.

These include the famous Salts Mill with the Leeds Liverpool Canal running between its buildings.

As well as the impressive  United Reformed Church.  which is just across the canal for the mill builds.

All these building were built by Sir Titus Salt around the 1850s, and I was sure would give good and different building to shoot dance poses against.

On the day the weather was overcast and grey which was good, but to lift Kayleigh out of the background I needed some extra light.

To provided this extra punch of light, I therefore set up a single off camera flash unit fitted with a 19″ McGillicuddy beauty dish . This is my favourite modifier to use with a single off camera flash set up.

Urban ballet Images

As the day progressed the weather turned to light rain, which made working on pointe and landing jumps tricky for Kayleigh.

This therefore required us to make a change to the location, fortunately there was some local woods near by.

Which would provided some shelter from the rain for a while, but still allow us to shoot the projects theme of dance.

Kayleigh Lush

The last time I worked with Model and dancer Kayleigh Lush was in August 2012 when I was working at the Para-Olympics in London and with a day off  I  arrange to shoot with Kayleigh. She is certain a great model and dancer. I am still working with and processing images from that shoot, as we seemed to produced so many good ones. So quite why I had left it so long to book to work with her again, I am not sure, but when another few day together can about during a visit to London, I decided it was time to see if I could work with here again.

I used the same studio location as I usually use when in down there and that is the studio run by Adrian Pini .( as I have mentioned in my post First shoot of the year) it a studio close to where I am usually base, and Adrian is a good owner and helpful if you need an assistant.

So here are a few of the images that we produced on the day, Kayleigh was a star again and produced some great shapes and moves.

So thanks again to Kayleigh she works so hard to produce great dance shapes and has great athleticism.

I will be booking her again soon.

Dance Photography - Dance Photographer - contemporary dance shapes
Contemporary Dance shapes
dance photographer - dance photography - in the mono
Richard Spurdens Photography – In the spot light
dance photographer - dance photography - red flame
Richard Spurdens Photography – Red flame
dance photographer - dance photography - in the mono
Richard Spurdens Photography Net shapes
dance photographer - dance photography - in the blue
Richard Spurdens Photography In Blue
Dance Photography - Dance Photographer - colour image of dancer doing a small jump with a chair in the near back ground with her hand held out to the side she looks if she is levataing around the chair
Richard Spurdens Photography – Perfecting the art of chair leviation II
Fine Art Nude Photography - Fine Art Nude Photographer - muted colour image of dancer leaning against a wall with hard shadows of her figure and the chair and stool she is stood between
Richard Spurdens Photography – Kayleigh_Lush shadow play

Dance explosion

Dance Photography - Dance Photographer - monochrome fine art nude image of dancer captured in mid air making a forward leep
Richard Spurdens Photography – Kayleigh_Lush (6 of 7)


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