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Broadway Dance Photos

I remember the first time I realized that I wanted to take Broadway dance photos. I was about nineteen years old, and visiting New York City for the second time. My first time to New York was about a year prior, and it was a whirlwind of shows and sightseeing. When I went back for the second time, I really looked around. I saw the pictures on the front of every single Broadway theatre and thought "What lucky person gets to do that for a living? Take pictures of theatre and performers every day?" (Spoiler alert : it’s Joan Marcus, and she’s awesome).

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A year or two later I found myself interning for Jim Carnahan in the casting department of the Roundabout Theatre. I saw some amazing shows that summer. The first Cabaret revival starring Alan Cumming was that year, and I got to see the breathtaking Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles, a performance I’ll never forget. I was continually awed and impressed by the lighting in each performance that I saw, and the amazing production photography of each and every Broadway show.

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I always imagined that I’d move back to New York and create theatrical portraits and dance portraits, but that didn’t happen right away. I moved to Brooklyn briefly upon college graduation, but quickly found myself in Tallahassee, Florida. I worked with several Florida State students who would later move on to Broadway : Leslie Donna Flesner, Michael Fatica, Justin Bowen, Natalie Caruncho - but my dream of being a New York dance photographer seemed really far away.

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Flash forward to 2008. I was back in New York and living in Brooklyn. I was shooting weddings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and all throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia. My path was leading me back to New York dance photography, and I couldn’t be happier. With this series of Broadway dance photos of the ensemble and swings of Hamilton the Musical, I’m finally realizing that dream to become a New York dance photographer.

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This image is of Hamilton swing Kamille Upshaw. During an interview for The Every Girl, Kamille was asked about the qualities that make a good performer and to survive in the theatre industry. Kamille said "Versatility, top-notch work ethic, humility, confidence, vulnerability, patience." Those are the same qualities that make up a good photographer, especially a good dance photographer. It’s been an honor to work with the New York dancers that I’ve been photographing, and I look forward to photographing many more New York performers soon!

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If you’re a dancer, singer, actor, or performer in New York and you’re looking for dance or theatrical performance photography, I’d love to hear from you! I have a studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but also shoot on location anywhere in Manhattan and beyond. I’d love to hear about your dance photography needs, and create beautiful images for you! I am also available for New York theatrical performance photography. Just go to the contact page of this website and drop me an email. I’d love to hear from you, and I look forward to working with you!

1/125; f/4.5; ISO 200; 85.0 mm.