Kids Dance Photographer NYC
Susan Stripling Photography

Kids Dance Photographer NYC

As a dancer for most of my young life, it was a natural transition to becoming a kids dance photographer in NYC.

Many excellent dance photographers began their careers as dancers themselves.  It's so helpful to have a background in the art form that you are striving to capture as a photographer!

Photographing young dancers at all stages in their life are a huge passion of mine.  As my youngest daughter is a dancer, I feel a special bond with this style of portraiture.

Photographing dancers

Dance photography is a different style of portraiture than most "kids photography."  While the same rules of portrait photography apply, dance portraits bring with them their own special nuances and specifics.

To speak to the technical aspect of dance photography first, a successful kids dance photographer in NYC has to be able to understand the technical specifications of dance photography.  Some of these things are as follows:

  • Understanding the relationship of shutter speed to focal length of lens.  Hand in hand with that, the kids dance photographer in NYC has to understand what shutter speed is necessary to freeze the movement of their dance subject.  They have to know what this shutter speed is when working with natural light, and also when working with artificial light or flash.  This information is crucial if you want dance portraits that are in focus, sharp, and not blurred by motion!
  • A great sense of timing and composition.  You need to be set up precisely to observe your subject in motion, and you need to have the ability to know when to click your shutter!  With dance portraits, precision matters.  One millisecond too early and the movement is not fully developed.  One second too late and the dancer could be falling out of a perfect pose instead of relaxing into it. You have to be composed properly and understand how to anticipate those movements before they even happen.
  • An understanding of f-stops, or apertures.  Would you shoot a dancer at f/1.4?  Or would you shoot a dancer at f/5.6?  Do you understand the difference and the results from each?  Aside from having an artistic eye, it's crucial that your kids dance photographer in NYC understand how to properly expose your image to create the best portrait possible.


1/500; f/4.5; ISO 2000; 135.0 mm.