Rachael Dyer has been teaching dance in recreational and professional settings throughout the Maritimes and Toronto since 1993. She is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at The Conservatory (Halifax), and holds a degree from Saint Mary’s University. She went on to graduate from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and has held certification with the Royal Academy of Dance, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (National Branch), and the Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. She has been photographing dancers since 2016, and officially launched her photography business in 2019.
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I currently accept bookings from advanced/professional/pre-professional level students (aged 13 years and older) and professional dancers. Unsure? Send me a message and we can talk about your dance experience and the possibility of working together.
For outdoor shoots I generally recommend reserving both a shoot date and a rain date because… Nova Scotia.
Rates in effect for bookings made prior to June 30, 2020.
Petit Outdoor Session – $200.00
1.25 hour on-location outdoor shoot, 8-10 edited high resolution digital images for download from a private online gallery, personal usage rights.
Standard Outdoor Session – $300.00
2.25 hour on-location outdoor shoot, 18-20 (on average) edited high resolution digital images for download from a private online gallery, personal usage rights.
Pas de Deux Session – $375.00
2 hour on-location outdoor shoot for two dancers, 8-10 (on average) edited high resolution digital images for each dancer, available for download from a private online gallery, personal usage rights.
Dance Studio Promotion Packages – starting at $300.00
Please get in touch to discuss shoot options for your studio.
Gift Certificates Available!
Gift certificates can be redeemed against any photography session.
In-studio sessions – creative, audition and headshots.
Please note: rates apply to sessions taking place in HRM. Dancers wishing to book sessions in locations outside of HRM must cover travel fees in addition to fees listed above.
Please pay your invoice within seven (7) days of the session. Your session fee covers the shoot/session, retouching and creative editing of images. Payment can be made by cash, e-transfer, or cheque payable to Rachael Dyer or Movita Beaucoup. Photos will not be released until payment has been received.
Rescheduling & Cancellation
Please give at least 24 hours notice if cancelling a session. If an illness, weather or other situation prevents a photo session from taking place, we will work together to reschedule the session without penalty. MOVITA BEAUCOUP reserves the right to reschedule due to illness, weather, equipment malfunction, or other circumstances beyond her control.
Digital files are generally available within 3-4 weeks from the session. I do not release RAW or unedited images from shoots. I edit only the best of your photos as I am fussy about technique and making you look your very best. If you look good, I look good!
Please do not edit files when posting on social media (no image altering or filters, please). Cropping and/or adding square frame for Instagram’s sizing is not considered editing. Tagging/crediting MOVITA BEAUCOUP DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY (@movitabeaucoupdance) is very much appreciated.
MOVITA BEAUCOUP is not responsible for any injuries sustained during a shoot. Please warm up and treat your body well.
No cameras/camcorders/any type of recording device (this includes cell phone cameras) are allowed during the session without permission of MOVITA BEAUCOUP.
WHAT TO WEAR – TIPS
In terms of covering your body, anything goes. Your clothing reflects your personality, conveys a mood, and should make you feel comfortable/awesome. Dance clothes or street clothes, bare legs, leggings, tights, or pants. Pink tights don’t tend to photograph well – they often look blue tinged in photos. (Avoid if possible.)
Bear in mind that for outdoor shoots there is often no changing room available. Layering is a great option. A bodysuit base makes it easy to change skirts, dresses, etc.
When picking your outfits and shoes, bear the location in mind. For example, shoots by the ocean are often suited to bare feet and legs, swirly skirts and flowing hair. If shooting in a studio, dancewear might suit better than street clothes. Dancers often bring a number of options and then we work together to create a final look.
Feet – bare feet, ballet slippers/dance shoes, pointe shoes, street shoes. If wearing dance shoes, they will get dirty if we are outside.
Many dancers are eager to be photographed in pointe shoes, but bear in mind that if we are shooting outdoors many surfaces are difficult to balance on. If outdoors there’s a good chance we’ll destroy your pointe shoes, so don’t bring your best/only pair.
Please remember: if your pointe work isn’t strong, it won’t look better in photos. Great feet and technique cannot be photoshopped in.
Hair – up, down, whatever you like. Often dancers like to change their hair during the shoot so it looks more like we’ve done multiple shoots.
Makeup – neutrals tend to work best. Avoid bold lipstick colours – they can be tricky to deal with in post-processing and if converting to black and white. Other than that, as you like.
If the weather is chilly or we’re shooting next to the ocean, consider bringing something to wear/wrap around yourself between shots. A blanket works well (and makes a great coverup for quick changes).
If shooting outdoors, don’t forget to put on sunscreen.
Prepare! Have some poses in mind. Instagram is a great resource for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Think of poses that might be flattering to you. I will assist with posing ideas and help you refine your poses and technique. Dancers armed with ideas and an adventurous spirit tend to get more interesting and diverse shots from their session.
Props – sure, why not? If you’ve got something bring it along.
Locations – I’m always looking for new locations. if you find one – especially an indoor space, let me know! I’m a natural light photographer so windows that let in lots of light are ideal. I keep a list of locations and can most certainly help you pick a spot for your shoot if you are short on ideas.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!