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Photographing the Ballet West Nutcracker Cover

by dav.d

I was hired to photograph the lead ballerina at Ballet West. The costume is for the Nutcracker as it will be performed this year. Also there was an artist who will take one of the photos and create a pastel drawing that will be used for the cover of the program. Pretty dang cool!

Lead Ballerina poses for the cover of the 2015 Nutcracker

Lead Ballerina poses for the cover of the 2015 Nutcracker

We photographed at the Ballet West Academy and I brought my portable lighting kit and a large black seamless backdrop. The background color was chosen by Ballet West. The artist also brought a camera to snap a few photographs as well. And we created a few “behind the scenes” photos that will be used to tell the story of the program cover’s creation. Pretty cool.

Cover for the 2015 Nutcracker at Ballet West

Cover for the 2015 Nutcracker at Ballet West

I haven’t seen the Nutcracker before and one of these years I should go see it!. Learn more about Ballet West and the Nutcracker at their website.

Ballet West Nutcracker

Ballet West Nutcracker

A behind the scenes photo

A behind the scenes photo

Reviewing photographs

Reviewing photographs

Update: I finally saw the pastel drawing by Karen Horne. This was the cover for the 2015 Nutcracker program. This is so cool! See more of Karen’s work here.

Final pastel drawing by Karen Horne for Ballet West's Nutcracker

Final pastel drawing by Karen Horne for Ballet West’s Nutcracker

Here is the reference photograph that was used and the final pastel drawing side by side.

Before & After: Photograph to Pastel drawing

Before & After: Photograph to Pastel drawing

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