In Tune

This past Sunday Elise Rosnes, Sara Cordes, Julia Kristiansen and Paula Garcia met up with me for a photoshoot at Smedsl├Ątten. I have never been there before, but Sara now lives in the area and had found some really beautiful spots by the water. It is always fun to photograph at new locations, as there are so many new opportunities. We started on a small beach where there was a big tree with branches hanging over the water which provided a nice backdrop for the first set of photos.

Elise Rosnes
Paula Garcia
Paula Garcia. Here I stepped back to incorporate more of the branches of the tree in the photo to try and frame Paula.

With four dancers at the same photoshoot it means quite a bit of waiting. While we had been photographing by the tree Sara had found another little gem of a spot under another tree on some rocks just west of our first location.

Paula Garcia and Sara Cordes

Walking on the path to the east we found another little place by the water where the branches of a tree seemed to envelope the location. Elise was up for going into the water, and as we were photographing there some boats passed by creating nice waves for us.

Elise Rosnes
Elise Rosnes
Elise Rosnes

Not far from there was a rock formation that Sara got to experiment with, before we headed up to the top of the cliffs with the great view. The skies were covered in clouds, which meant we got a soft light.

Sara Cordes
Sara Cordes, master jumper.

While were were photographing Sara, Paula had some time to explore and she found a small tree that was perched high up on another rock formation.

Paula Garcia

For me, the most challenging aspect of this shoot was figuring out what I could add to the scenery without either blending in completely or contrasting it too harshly. We spoke a lot about how to frame our dancing between the trees or against the water; how the pose could support the environment and how the environment could support the pose.

Being with my dear friends at the beautiful location Sara found made me feel both inspired and encouraged to push myself creatively. My favourite shots are the ones in which I feel like we were all in tune with one another.

Paula
Paula Garcia. While Paula was on the tree a few birds flew past, I managed to get a few frames with them flying and here we combined those together to create a larger formation of birds.
Julia Kristiansen. At the bottom of the rocks was a nice little spot that gave us beautiful light from above.

Sara had to leave a bit early as she had a flight to Denmark, but she managed to get a set of water photos before she had to dash off to not miss her flight.

Sara Cordes could not resist the water either…
Sara Cordes
Sara Cordes

As Sara we started to get the first few drops of water. It began slowly but soon started to pour down. We headed back to the first spot by the big tree to get the last set of photos with Paula and Elise in the water with the rain falling around them.

Paula Garcia
Paula Garcia
Paula Garcia
Elise Rosnes and Paula Garcia
Paula Garcia
Elise Rosnes and Paula Garcia
Paula Garcia and Elise Rosnes

Behind the scens video:

Many thanks to Elise, Sara, Julia and Paula for a really fun photoshoot!

Instagram: Elise, Sara, Julia, Paula, Johannes

— Johannes

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