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Ballet of Passion – Artistic Session for Russian Ballerina

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One of my faithful clients, Tania, introduced me to her friend Lika. Lika is a ballet dancer and now teaches. She requested a full-day session so we approached it with great care and attention to details, especially of wardrobe and props. Since I wasn’t available till December, we had plenty of time after our initial meeting and discussion in August.

The session began in the Dance Specific studio in Manhattan, a place that blends dance and photo studio experience. I came fully-equipped with my Hensel 4-head lighting setup, backgrounds, fan, and other gear. Lika brought bags of clothes and props, too. It was regretful that Tania could not join us but Lika’s other friend brought her four-year old son who also participated in a shoot at some point.

At the end of the session, we drove to the Times Square for the final set of images on the cold, brightly-lit at the late evening hour, and crowded landmark. Instead of heavy studio equipment, I used an off-camera flash. It was fun to get the crowd stop, wait, and shoot with me… More samples to follow.

Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.