Dance Photography with Vikki Sloviter (PS EP-61)

Erica chats with dance photographer Vikki Sloviter about the art of dance photography.

Vikki is a ballet portrait photographer based in Philadelphia. She has been photographing children and families for years, but more recently she has turned her art to photographing ballet dancers. One of her documentary images was on display in the National Constitution Center, and her ballet images have been featured on billboards in Philadelphia, as well as have been regularly selected as the Dance Spirit “Photo of the Day.” As a ballet photographer, she celebrates the artistry, technique, athleticism and beauty of the ballet dancer’s body. She lives near Philly with her husband, four children, 2 bullmastiffs, and gecko.

Main Segment:

  1. How’d you get started in ballet photography?
  2. What’s different about shooting ballet dancers than other people?
  3. What’s the hardest thing about photographing dancers?
  4. Do you have a favorite studio or lighting set up? What do you typically use?
  5. Do you shoot dancers outside, or inside? Which do you prefer?
  6. How do you prepare to work with a dancer?
  7. Do you have any advice for portrait photographers who are interested in photographing dancers?

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