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November 2015 Featured Dance Photographer

Lisa Young - Cloud Dancer Photography

Lisa Young – Cloud Dancer Photography

This month’s featured photographer is Lisa Young of Cloud Dancer Photography in Austraila. Lisa was kind enough to share a lovely interview with us. Enjoy!

DA: Why did you get into Photography?

LISA: I got into photography 15 years ago and was primarily photographing real estate, interior design, and architecture.  I traveled to the states 4 times to train other photographers in this field. I only started to get in to dance photography in the last year because my two daughters are dancers and asked me to take photos of them on location around the beautiful Gold Coast rather than in a studio and it just grew exponentially from there.  My girls have taught me a lot about what looks good and what doesn’t look good when it comes to dance photos so I have a huge advantage with having two girls as dancers.  The dance photography industry in Australia doesn’t have many woman photographers and that is also a bit of an advantage

DA: What is your favorite location to shoot?

LISADefinitely the beautiful beaches on the Gold Coast but each city that I visit has its own beautiful backdrops.  I love Sydney for its architecture and Melbourne for its urban streets.  Perth has a bit of everything and is one of my favourite cities to shoot at.

Lisa Young - Owner, Cloud Dancer Photography

Lisa Young – Owner, Cloud Dancer Photography

DA: Who inspires you?

LISAI have a few photographers that I follow and am inspired by.  Chris Reilly and Jordan Matter would be my biggest inspirations as well as Luis Pons and fellow Aussie Damien Tierney

DA: Do you have a favorite shot (or two)?

LISAMy powder shots and my train track shots would be my personal favourites.

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

LISA: Apart from my camera that would have to be my 70-200mm lens.  I take it everywhere with me.

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

LISA: I feel so lucky that every dancer I have photographed young or older has been amazing and I try and treat each shoot with the same care and creativity as the last no matter if they have been dancing for a short time or long time.  I just feel lucky that I get to work with such amazing kids and dancers and to me they are all perfect and wonderful.  The feeling of knowing that I am helping them create precious memories for a lifetime is perfection to me. 

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

LISAAny advice to help dancers relax when having a photoshoot? I always spend 10 minutes before each shoot sitting down and talking to my subjects about their shoot.  I show them photos on my phone and ask them what their strengths and skills are.  I always ask them if they have a signature pose and to show me first.  I also like to get to know them a bit more on shoots so I ask how long they have been dancing for, where they dance at, what styles they dance and who inspires them then we warm up together lol.  Yes, I warm up with the kids too to help them relax and it also helps me.  I know how talented a lot of these kids and dancers are so for me it’s not so much about capturing the jumps but more about capturing their personalities and I’ve been told by people that is something I do well.

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

LISAMy full portfolio is on my website, but I do get a lot of people viewing my Facebook page as I create individual albums for each dancer I photograph and add their bio.

DA: How can someone get in touch with you?

LISAI have an email address which is clouddancerphotography@gmail.com which is the best form of communication or through my Instagram (@clouddanerphotography) and Facebook page.  I always try and respond to peoples enquiries within a few hours if not straight away and all of my details are on my website.

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