COVID-19 ADJUSTMENTS 😷 Because there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and related precautions, all deposit fees are waived for the 2020 season and there are no penalties for cancelled shoots. Book your dates, cancel/adjust if necessary, pay when the shoot takes place. (Anti-Virus Special Rates can be found here!)
Public heath recommendations will be followed for all shoots. Physical distancing will be maintained and I have a face mask and hand sanitizers at the ready. Shoot locations will be based on public health guidelines and should not take place in crowded areas. Currently restrictions are being loosened in Nova Scotia. If this changes, shoots will be cancelled and/or rescheduled accordingly.
I accept bookings from dancers aged 13 years and older (by the date of your shoot). A level of Intermediate Foundation or higher (i.e. several years of training) is recommended in order to get the most out of your shoot. 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. Information on locations and shoot times can be found by scrolling down this page.
Dancers are required to sign a photo release, dancers under 18 years of age must have a guardian sign. To read and sign the forms (and bring to your session), please click below.
Dancers are more than welcome to bring a parent or guardian to the shoot, and that person is permitted watch. Please limit to one person.
It’s tricky to offer a one size fits all photography package. If the options below don’t match up with your needs, drop me a line and we can chat about custom packages.
Your edited photos will be delivered via USB and a digital download gallery.
Rates apply to sessions taking place in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. If you'd like to book a session outside of HRM get in touch and we can discuss rates.
The estimated number of shots listed in sessions below is conservative and based on average numbers from previous sessions. Some dancers are reserved or require more posing assistance, some are more comfortable in front of the camera and require a little less fine tuning. If I get more shots from a session I do not hold them back - I'm happy to share them with you.
Anti-Virus prices in effect for bookings made by August 27, 2020 (for shoots taking place between June 1 and August 27, 2020).
Petit Outdoor Session - Anti-Virus Special $150.00 (reg. price $200.00)
1.25 hour on-location outdoor shoot for one dancer, 8-10 edited high resolution digital images for download from a private online gallery and USB, personal usage rights.
Standard Outdoor Session - Anti-Virus Special $225.00 (reg. price $300.00)
2.25 hour on-location outdoor shoot for one dancer, 18-20 (on average) edited high resolution digital images for download from a private online gallery and USB, personal usage rights.
NOTE: returning clients from 2019's outdoor season receive 2019 rates for outdoor sessions taking place by October 1, 2020.
Pas de Deux Session - Anti-Virus Special $280.00 (reg. price $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 and USBs, personal usage rights. Shots from these sessions can be individual shots, duo shots, or a mix of both. I generally recommend a combo with a heavier emphasis on solo shots for each dancer.
Dance Studio Special - Anti-Virus Special $375.00 (reg. price $500.00)
2.5 hour on-location outdoor shoot for 5-10 of your senior dancers, 20+ (unlimited number) edited high resolution digital images, available for download from a private online gallery and USB, for use in studio promotions (print, social media).
Gift Certificates Available!
Gift certificates can be redeemed against any photography session.
In-studio sessions - creative, audition and headshots.
Please pay your invoice within seven (7) days of the session. Session fee covers the shoot/session, retouching and creative editing of images. Payment can be made by cash, e-transfer, or cheque payable to Movita Beaucoup. Photos will not be released until payment is received. Due to the custom nature of photographic art, purchased sessions/digital products cannot be returned and fees are non-refundable.
Please understand that when I hold session dates/times for you I am foregoing other employment and booking opportunities, therefore deposits are non-refundable. The balance of the session/package fee is due within seven (7) days of the session. PLEASE NOTE: All deposit fees are waived for the 2020 season.
Rescheduling & Cancellation
Please give at least 24 hours notice if cancelling a session. If illness, weather or other circumstances prevent a session from taking place, we will work together to reschedule without penalty. MOVITA BEAUCOUP reserves the right to reschedule due to illness, weather, equipment malfunction, or other circumstances beyond her control. PLEASE NOTE: Because there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 there are no penalties for cancelled shoots. Please feel free to book dates, cancel/adjust if necessary, pay when the shoot takes place.
Digital files are generally available within 3-4 weeks from the session. I do not release RAW or unedited images from shoots.
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 required and very much appreciated. If your sharing preferences change please do not hesitate to get in touch.
MOVITA BEAUCOUP is not responsible for any injuries sustained during a shoot. Please warm up and treat your body well.
Please, 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
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 - the options are endless.
A variety of bodysuits is recommended - different colours, brands, styles. Neutrals are a great base bodysuit colour for building on - nude, black, white. It's always great to have a backup or two. Colours that compliment your skin tones, hair, eyes. One piece, two piece - anything goes.
Skirts, tutus, dresses, vintage finds - anything that can be layered, switched out, mixed and matched.
If bringing tights feel free to pack some adventurous options - colours, fishnets, ripped, black, footed or footless. Pink tights don’t tend to photograph well – they often look blue/grey in photos, so I recommend avoiding if possible. (This is especially true for outdoor shoots, indoors less so.)
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.
No matter what you decide to wear, make sure your clothing doesn't restrict your movement. Your photos are meant to represent the very best of what you can do physically.
Feet – bare feet, ballet slippers/dance shoes, pointe shoes, street shoes. If wearing dance shoes they will get dirty when shooting outside.
I tend to recommend bare feet or dance socks over soft ballet slippers. Bare feet are great for gripping and look great in outdoor shots, dance socks are great for contemporary shots and to protect feet.
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 & MAKEUP
Hair – up, down, whatever you like. Some dancers like to change their hairstyle during the shoot so it looks more like we’ve done multiple shoots. If planning to change styles make sure the switch is time-efficient.
Makeup – neutrals tend to work best. Lighter makeup sometimes photographs better, so focus on the stuff that makes you pop a little without being overly done - mascara, blush, maybe a little highlighter. 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.
Locations – I’m happy to travel to any location you might like in HRM. When a dancer picks a location for themselves, shoots tend to be more meaningful for that dancer.
You might have a ‘feel’ in mind for your shoot (urban, seaside, rustic, woodland) or a place that is special to you (your home, your cottage, a friend or relative’s property). That’s where we should shoot. It will allow you be creative and capture shots that are unique to you.
That said, if you need suggestions, just ask. I keep a list of outdoor locations that I have used in the past with success and can most certainly help you pick a spot if you are short on ideas.
I'm always looking for new spots - if you find one, please feel free to let me know! I adore shooting with natural light so access to indoor spaces with lots of windows is an extra special find.
Lighting for outdoor shoots is best very early in the morning (sunrise to 9:00 am) and in the evenings (6:30 pm-sunset). Avoiding harsh mid-day sunlight is best and I adjust shoot times according to the time of year and time of sunrise/sunset. Shooting on overcast days is not an issue at any time of day, but rain is too risky for my equipment and would necessitate rescheduling.
I highly recommend arriving early for your photo shoot to warm up. It's the best way to make sure we can capture you at your best without injury. When you are warming up we can go over outfits and discuss your strengths as a dancer which makes collaborating easier.
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. Water for drinking is also nice to have on hand.
Bring a comfortable pair of shoes for walking if we're shooting on location.
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 - know your strengths. (Are your feet your best asset? Maybe you have a flexible back or legs, a great jump, or strong pointe work?) I will absolutely assist with 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.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch!