Ballet Inspired Halloween Shoot

I’m a sucker for Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday of the year, and one of the great things about shooting weddings along with fine art, is you get to meet a lot of incredibly creative people who also love themselves a little eerie and creepy aesthetic. When Katie from Mac’s Floral asked if I wanted to work with her to create a dark and ominous ballet Halloween photoshoot, of course I said yes! Not only is she just a generally awesome person to work with, but she’s incredibly talented. I couldn’t wait to see the floral arrangements you was going to come up with!

We called up a few models and our awesome makeup artist, Sydney, put together the outfits and bouquets and scheduled a time at Billings Open Studio. Anna and Jessica (from the Billings Terpsichore Dance Company) did an amazing job. They did everything I asked, all while tangled in a ridiculous amount of fabric…in pointe shoes. 

After a long day of dancing, jumping, twirling, fighting with a fog machine and retouching makeup (all while attempting to keep the flowers from wilting), we got it done! These girls were absolute troopers. I’m not exaggerating when I say that dress was feet too long, and they still managed to do every move I asked for. That’s true professionalism right there!

This was probably one of my favorite photoshoots I’ve ever done, and if there’s a chance I could create a ballet Halloween photoshoot every year, I might go for it!

Thanks again to everyone involved! I was so excited to get to be a part of this, and I can’t wait to work with you all again!

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

Ballet Halloween

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13 Comments

  1. Reply

    Marla Dee

    October 31, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your ballet-inspired shoot! I love the flowers too! Nice!

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      jennamartinphoto@gmail.com

      October 31, 2014

      Thank you Marla! And yes, those flowers are gorgeous! Katie did an amazing job! 😀

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    Amanda B

    October 31, 2014

    wow, thats beautiful. love it. do you ever share what lenses you use? I love the dry ice effect.. so cool!

    • Reply

      jennamartinphoto@gmail.com

      November 2, 2014

      Thank you Amanda! These were taken with a 50mm 1.4 and an 85mm 1.4 🙂

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        Amanda B

        November 2, 2014

        aah simply perfect, I have both those lenses in 1.8.. one day I will upgrade 🙂 thank you. I have a long way to go, I love admiring other people’s work!

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    francisca jorgensen

    November 9, 2014

    Love the shoot and the flowers…the mood and the fabric is stunning!! Well done

    • Reply

      jennamartinphoto@gmail.com

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Francisca 🙂

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    Sydney

    November 12, 2014

    These are gorgeous. I stumbled on your work from your “New Photographer” blog on PetaPixel. I’ve been planning out my own dark ballet shoot. I love the lighting in yours! It’s also nice to see that you’re getting these beautiful results with midrange lenses instead of refusing to shoot with anything other than a 1.2 (I know those people; there are a lot of them around here). I have the 50mm 1.4 and I’ve wanted the 85mm for awhile… I really think that’s where I’m headed next. I started as a music photographer (and it’s still in my blood), but I’ve recently been branching out to some more conceptual portraiture. I was terrified at first, but I’m loving what I’m shooting, and it got me out of the rut I’d found myself in for awhile.

    Your post/site came along at just the right time. Thanks. 🙂

    -Sydney
    facebook.com/VisibleSin

    • Reply

      jennamartinphoto@gmail.com

      November 13, 2014

      Nice to meet you Sydney! I love my Sigma 85mm, I use it so much! Glad that you found me here, and welcome! 😀

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