Dancersaurus (Sarah Navarrete) – An Urban Dance Photography Shoot
modeling by Sarah Navarrete | photos by Kirk Hensler | styling by Sarah Navarrete
Last week Sarah and I got together to talk about a photo project. Sarah is a BRILLIANT dancer but also a resident trouble maker. I have a soft spot in my heart for trouble makers and wanted to see if we could drop the whole beautiful ballerina style and create something a little more, dare I say this barfy word, edgy.
Sarah was so good in front of the camera that I thought perhaps I had become the world’s greatest photographer for a minute. The shoot was efficient and extremely versatile.
I snapped 3000 pics (poor camera) and got the first round of eliminations down to 298. From there it went to 157, then 75, then the final 53.
We shot about 5 looks in as many locations – one location being an abandoned building in East Village that we bribed our way into. We ended up sneaking a 30 foot ladder across a parking lot (after I used my face to keep it from falling over) in order to scale the last remaining wall of this decrepit building so she could pose in a 15’x15′ cut out. My heart raced just as it did when I was an uptight little kid afraid of my dad calling me into the living room to tell me I was being too noisy. But I’m glad we did it because it provided a much needed boost of adrenaline towards the end of a long shooting schedule.
Some real dandies are mixed throughout the blog but my favorite favorites are the last 3 – because they are stunning.
Sarah preferred any shot with hair going wild – referred to as “Hairtography” (SN circa 2014-ish) – so those are in there as well.
What are your favorite shots?
Oh the yelling, what was up with the yelling? Sometimes you gotta let it out. The frustration.
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Side note – have you ever seen a yoga superhero in real life? I have.
See all 3,000 pics in under 3 minutes below
Enjoy the pics!