Sometimes finding a model is a struggle, and it seems impossible to find someone that fits your vision for the shoot you are planning. Other times, you photograph someone as a part of a group and they stand out so much that it makes you forget everyone else. That is exactly what happened with Silvia, and since I photographed her for the very first time, she has constantly been on my mind when I think about upcoming shoots.
She is a stunning, Italian girl that dances in the ballet corps at The Royal Ballet, and I’m so happy that she wanted to be a part of the Backstage project and let me photograph her for the pointe shoe article. I couldn’t resist throwing a couple of additional ideas at her and we shot some beautiful frames that I can’t wait to show you. She is such a pleasure to photograph and I’m kind of sad that it’s over. But, now I get to work on the pictures we took, which sure feels like a treat.
Preben came to assist me on the day, and came a bit early so we could get everything ready. We kind of wish that we were gorgeous ballet dancers too, and couldn’t quite resist the opportunity to do a little game of pretending. Not even close to being as elegant and gracious as Silvia, but still. We tried.
I don’t think we’ll be hired to be in the company any day soon. When Silvia arrived we picked out the different outfits that she would wear for the various parts of the shoot. I shot the pointe shoe part in the rehearsal room, but being the Royal Ballet and all, it of course has a hidden door behind one of the mirrors leading up to a secret location.
The mirror wasn’t exactly picture ready, but Preben stepped in and made it all better. Perfect assistant right there!
The first time I went into the rehearsal room to find the entrance I simply could not find it. It is perfectly hidden behind one of the mirrors. As I’m getting to know this house better, more and more quirky little details keep showing up and I simply love it.
As a very spontaneous thing, we were allowed to take pictures on the stage, and Preben told me that he would not leave the ballet before I took a picture of him with that gorgeous backdrop that Gamle Scene is, so I did.
I’m looking so much forward to picking out the picture to use for the article. Silvia is almost to easy to shoot, She looks gorgeous in all of them, so choosing the final batch of pictures seems like quite a challenge right now. Had such a great time working with her.
I look like a giant compared to her petite height and figure. Gorgeous girl, wonderful, sweet person and a beautiful dancer all rolled into one.