Memphis Dance Photography Investigation

I recently had some time to explore a personal project that I love- capturing dance! 

In my sessions with dancers, I like the environment to effect the movement, and to capture the motion of the dancers as if its a performance, and not just snapping on the glamorous moments of dance. 

Growing up a dancer, I understand the hard work that does into dance, and that's what I like to display within my dance images. 

We found some cool locations, played around with improvisation structures, and discovered some cool moments!

Check out some of them below!

Piece-in-Progress: “Flaws”
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This year, I’m working with a great group of girls at my studio to create a piece entitled “Flaws” to touch on “conflicts of body image within one’s self”. We’re using a broken mirror as a prop to show how restricted and judgemental we can get on ourselves, and how to break free from the mirror to accept yourself. 

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I’m exploring this with my dancers on a deeper level than most of them have gotten- including journaling and discussing different ideas around body image and what the mirror can reflect.

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I’d love to get into the heads of others who’ve had issues with body image, the mirror, and accepting themselves, and use that to help show that body image is something so many people deal with in different ways.

If you have a story you’d like to tell that I can use to bring this concept to life, showcase this issue and bring light to the beauty within everyone, and share with my dancers to contribute to their characters- please share it with me below!

(Feel free to pick and choose what you'd like to answer- you can also remain anonymous, nothing is required!) 

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November Modern Dance Series

It's November, and an exciting month in my dance life! I'm teaching a Modern Series for Project:Motion, Saturdays at 10:15am at Theatreworks!

This series of classes is to explore the natural way your body likes to interpret movement through exploration of improvisation, contemporary, and modern dance.

Check out a video from the first class!

Each week the class has a different focus.

  • Week 1 was on pushing the limits of creativity, and connection with yourself, the floor, the air, and others around you. I wanted to challenge the class by providing a limited amount of material to continuously manipulate and discover new ways of performing it.
  • Week 2 is going to focus on words, communication, and influences to our choices in movement. We are going to approach various modern techniques, and then add a twist using commands, quotes, and imagery, and possibly even adding the aspect of the voice and speaking while moving.
  • Week 3 will be heavily coated in improvisation, and will be filled with an abundance of structures to inspire new ways to produce natural movement. We will have a variety of props, games, and ideas to play around with and utilize to move without the necessity of dance vocabulary. 

Here's a link to the Facebook event- if you click attending you can take class for only $12! Hope to see you there!

Nov 11- https://www.facebook.com/events/1433428930108300/

Nov 18- https://www.facebook.com/events/175525486360982/

Heather + Tyler's Unique Memphis Backyard Wedding

Heather and Tyler are a couple that you can glance at and see how strong their love is. If their wedding told me anything, it's that they are going to have a blast going through life together! 

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Their whole wedding was put together by family and friends, in their relative's "backyard". (It was more of their entire property!) It was such an awesome and unique setting, complete with vintage cars, knick knacks, and even a fire-breathing dragon! 

The day was filled with cute gestures, love and support, and a surprise from each of them to the other! Heather got Tyler's mom to sing their first dance song without him knowing, and he surprised her with a song of his own! The night ended with a huge sparkler exit and time spent with their loved ones.

Check out their pictures and see how amazing their wedding was for yourself!

Calling All Memphis Headshots!

I wanted to create a small post about headshots, as it's something I've done a lot of! As a theatre and dance graduate, I have some knowledge on what people look for in headshots, and as portraits are my favorite things to shoot- capturing someone's personality for a headshot is like the test!

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For my headshot sessions, I like to find a location that has a lot of options for backgrounds, walk around, test out different areas and facial expressions, let you get a glimpse behind the camera and let me know if there's anything you want to tweak and keep going at it! I always use natural light, because it will most match how you'd actually look in person! 

For the time being, I have a headshot special! For $75, you get a 30 minute session and 2 fully edited headshots of your choosing! (As someone heavily involved in the arts, I totally get that it's hard to spend a lot of money on two images that won't look like you in a few months!)

I've got lots of tips to prep you for your headshot sessions, check out some of my favorite headshots below, and then contact me to get yours done!

Contact me at christinamckk@gmail.com for more information on headshots or to book a session!