Every June, my wife, dance videographer Nel Shelby, and I move back into our cabin in the Berkshires to spend the summer filming and photographing the incredible artists who perform at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. The Pillow's 10-week run includes two new mainstage dance performances and four free outdoor performances on Inside/Out stage every week. We keep very busy and have a blast.
This summer, I'm excited to photograph some familiar dance companies -- Doug Elkins, Dance Theatre of Harlem, LeeSaar, Mark Morris Dance Group, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Heginbotham, Yin Yue Dance Company, Dorrance Dance, Trey McIntyre Project, Reggie Wilson, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. I've had the pleasure of photographing all of these dance artists at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in past seasons, and they are all coming back to the Pillow this summer.
My dance photography for Jacob's Pillow is meant to preserve these performances for years to come. The Pillow has a rich history and I love that I get to be a part of capturing it. I love photographing the artists at the Pillow so much that I started a passion project two summers ago. My Natural Light Studio is an outdoor studio where I collaborate with the dancers to make portraits.
Here's a look at photos we've made together before. I can't wait to capture more this season.
This post originally appeared on 4dancers.org