My previous post introduced an artist named Frank Morrison, whose paintings and illustrations are full of energy and movement and soul. I am particularly in love with the paintings of people dancing. When people are dancing, even if they are solo, they are engaged, fully present in that moment. Couples move as if connected to the music and each other. Families giggle and dance together, laughing and playing and spinning as if they are all children.
People connect to music through dance all over the world, and through dance, they tell stories, express emotion and connect with other human beings.
Dance is a language.
Dance is an art.
Dance is therapy.
In fact, I recently learned a new word: TARANTISM. It means overcoming melancholy by dancing.
I am thrilled to learn that this is a concept familiar enough to have a name associated with it, because YES!!!! to overcoming sadness or malaise through movement and dance. We all know the power of music to change our mood or energy level.
I'm so drawn to this power that I have always wanted to photograph people dancing to music they love, not ballerinas or professionals in powerful poses or performances, but everyday human beings in love with some style of music that makes them want to get out of their seats and DANCE... like real, in-the-moment, controlled by the music dancing.
I envisioned couples dancing to music from a first date or their first dance at their wedding, grandparents dancing together again like they used to (or maybe always have) to songs they remember loving from their youth, kids and families in the throws of a dance party, laughing and acting silly together... dancing to songs that make them forget anyone else is in the room.
This is where I come in. If you love music and dance, if your parents or grandparents still like to cut a rug, if you love country music, jazz, rap, pop, classical or any other kind of music, an dit makes you want to move your body, I want to do a Dance Party Session with you! Back when I first began thinking about this idea, I asked one of my favorite couples in all of the world if I could come over and photograph them dancing together. The idea was they would pick 3 or 4 favorite and meaningful (to them) songs. We would play them. They would dance. I would photograph it.
If you've known me a while, you may remember this photo series with Owen and Jodi Egerton. They had so much fun. The kids watched and laughed the whole time, even joined in at the end. (And, by the way, it's immensely powerful for children to see their parents having fun together, just sayin'.) Jodi said it was like marriage counseling!
All this to say, I'm diving in again. Get in touch to schedule a dance party session for yourselves, your parents, your grandparents, just the kiddos. I'll come to you, so we can shoot in a familiar space that is unique to you, or we can take the party outside, whatever works for you! You pick 3 or 4 songs that mean something to you. If you are a couple, I think it's nice to have a mix of songs styles, with at least one song that you dance together, like touching or holding hands... moving together in close connection. The session is short-- basically the amount of time it takes for us to create your dance floor and play the songs you've selected.
You can wear clothes in which you are comfortable dancing. You can get fancy, keep it casual or wear costumes; you can act silly or take things a bit more seriously. It's up to you! It's your dance party. I'm just there to enjoy it and take the photos.
In the end, you'll have about 10 final images. They may be in color or perhaps in black and white. It will depend on the nature of your shoot. Each final image will be named according to the song you were dancing to at the time of that image.
Doesn't this sound like a blast?!
Here are my favorites from Jodi and Owen's Dance Party Session. Give me a shout if you are interested in more information or are already feeling like "YES! I neeeeed a dance party session in my life!"