August 2017 Featured Dance PhotographerAlexander DiMauro - Artkeh Photography
Alexander DiMauro – Artkeh LLC, Photography
This month our featured photographer is Alexander DiMauro. He is the owner of Artkeh Photography based out of New Jersey. Alex has a great story and we can’t wait for you to read about it!
Business Name: Artkeh LLC
City & State: Haddonfield, NJ
Owner: Alexander DiMauro
Telephone and website: www.artkeh.com
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DA: Why did you get into Photography?
Alex: I’ve been involved with the arts in one way or another since the 1980’s. At first, I was a musician and composer, by the 1990’s I was writing music for theater in the Chicago area. During this time, my sister was involved with photography and even had a darkroom in our basement when we were growing up. So, I can thank her for the early interest. I picked up my own camera in the 1990’s, hopped in a car and traveled, taking photos everywhere I went. In total during the 90’s I made it to over 30 states, and even a few other countries, developing a love for photography along the way. It wasn’t until after my kids were born that I started getting interested in photographing people, and specifically, kids. My daughter, who is 13, is a Rhythmic Gymnast, which is similar to dance in many ways. And my son, who is 6, likes to come with me to photo shoots. He’s been at close to 20 shoots already! Dance photography just seemed to be the perfect combination of taking portraits while being able to do something more artistic than just the usual portraits.
DA: What is your favorite location to shoot?
Alex: Honestly, almost anywhere! I don’t really have a favorite. I’ve done a lot of shooting in the studio in the past, but, I prefer outdoors, it’s just so much more fun. Even seemingly dull locations you can find cool spots and the right angle to get a great photo. I’ve found great locations all over. Although if I was pressed to give a location…probably Florida! Every time I visit I find new amazing locations.
DA: Who inspires you as a photographer?
Alex: This is a tough one because I’ve had so many influences over the years, being involved in the arts in various forms. But if we are talking specifically about dance photography, then that’s easy. The dancers themselves inspire me. When I see how hard they work following their dreams when I see the passion they have for dance and how they express themselves through movement. That is what inspires me to continue to try and capture moments for them and their families to remember. There really is nothing quite like dance, it is one of the grandest forms of art, in my opinion. Using movement to convey stories with more meaning than even words could say, and doing my best to try and capture those moments as best as I can.
DA: Do you have a personal favorite shot (or two)?
Alex: Yes, there are a few that stand out. One of my personal favorites and one of my most shared photos on Instagram that keeps popping up from time to time has been dubbed ‘the spider’. It features Cami @dancer_camster who is so amazingly talented! She’s balancing on the railings of a staircase, and really does look like a spider! Although I avoided labeling it ‘the spider’ on purpose, a majority of the reposts called it that anyway! So, the name has now stuck. Then there is Courtney @courtbelle28 who is also amazingly talented, and one of the hardest working people I have met, we got this one shot at a gate where she is bending backward on pointe shoes, with an arch made of leaves over her. One of my favorite shots of all time, for sure, and we got it by chance as we just happened to find the gate while driving around with her mom.
DA: If you could have the perfect photoshoot…who and where?
Alex: The ‘who’ part is harder to answer. I have been so humbled by the amazingly talented kids I have met, so many ‘whos’. I’d pick a big group and bring them all with their families to one of the amazing locations in Florida for a photo shoot if I could!
DA: What is one piece of equipment that you could not live without?
Alex: Umm…my camera? 🙂 May seem like too obvious of an answer, but it’s true. Of course, that’s two pieces of equipment, as I would need a lens, too!
DA: Any advice to help dancers relax when having a photoshoot?
Alex: The best advice I can give is to just be yourself. The best photos come from bringing out your unique personality. Just be you, because you are amazing, and the photos will turn out great!
DA: How can someone get in touch with you?
Alex: DM me on Instagram, message me on Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
DA: What is the best place to view your work online?
Alex: Instagram has, by far, the biggest collection of my work.
So happy we got to talk to Alex about his experience as a dance photographer. Have an idea for our next feature? Use the contact form and let us know!
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