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April 2016 Featured Dance Photographer

Blinkit Photography

 Stephanie and Michael – Blinkit Photography

This month’s featured photographers are Stephanie and Michael of Blinkit Photography from Menefee, California . We interviewed them this past month and are pleased to share this interview with you. Enjoy!

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Blinkit Photography, Menifee California

Michael and Stephanie Gines

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DA: Why did you get into Photography?
BLINKIT: Michael was always into the arts, and worked as a freelance full time media specialist. He was always surrounded by other creative minds and he peers asked if Mike was ever interested in photography.

While he was doing his freelance projects, Stephanie was a full time mom taking care of their lovely daughters, Katelynn and Layla.

Their first big editorial was with Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt2, (see images Dark Princess and Falling Leaves)

After that they had other commercial projects until they decided to use their knowledge of the entertainment industry and incorporate it with family, high school senior and dance portraits.

DA: What is your favorite location to shoot?

BLINKIT: Michael and Stephanie love abandoned locations, due to the rich history and they feel it brings a unique story to their style of photography.
DA: Who inspires you as a photographer?
BLINKIT: Joe McNally, for his knowledge of lighting and how he brings his subject into his world.
Lindsay Adler, for her passion in editorial and creating unique ways of photographing her vision.
Zack Arias, for mastering the power of using “one light” and connecting with his subject.
DA: Do you have a personal favorite shot (or two)?
BLINKIT: Michael and Stephanie’s favorite shot is the image Stephanie captured of their two daughters at the beach, which started their business. (see image entitled “Two Sisters”)

DA: If you could have the perfect photoshoot…who and where?

The location would be Paris, photographing Cirque Du Soleil. “That would be an amazing location because of architectural and Cirque Du Soleil’s artistic storytelling.


My perfect photoshoot would be on a beautiful tropical beach island where we could photograph all forms of dance and incorporate fire in the scene.

DA: What is one piece of equipment that you could not live without?

I need my Prime 50mm 1.4 lens, it just gives me the look and versatility.

I could not live without my 18-105mm lens, I can shoot tight and wide without having to move around too much.

DA: Any advice to help dancers relax when having a photoshoot?

BLINKIT: We both take our photoshoots to more of a fun experience. Don’t put too much pressure on themselves. Just go in with a great attitude and have fun with the talent of dance they have been practicing.

DA: How can someone get in touch with you?

BLINKIT: You can reach us on Instagram, or email us. We love connecting with other passionate people, this motivates us to come up with new ways of capturing dance photos.

DA: What is the best place to view your work online?

BLINKIT: You can always check our gallery at www.blinkitphotography.com otherwise most of our updated dance photoshoots will be on our instagram feed www.instagram.com/blinkitphotography

Thanks Michael and Stephanie and best wishes in the future!