Beyond the Studio

November 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The calendar started with a wedding that brought family and friends from all over to Texas.  In February of 2015, Lois's older sister Alyssa was getting married and Lois was the Maid of Honor.  The day after the Wedding, Lois and I agreed to do a shoot in Palo Duro Canyon, which is the second largest canyon in the U.S.A., and was in fact the site of the wedding--which we almost made it to, but that is a different story.  In this blog update, I'm going to give you a little context for the photos that made the calendar and show you a few of the many images that couldn't be squeezed into the 2017 calendar, either due to formatting or space limitations. Click on any image to see it in its gallery.

February in the panhandle of Texas is not generally in the 70's with a gentle breeze, and no wind or rain, but it was that year, letting us take some lovely shots out in the Canyon.  Here is a sample of Lois doing a lovely leap silhouetted against the amazing colors of the Palo Duro Canyon wall. 

Palo_Duro_Canyon-1338Leap silhouetted against Palo Duro Canyon

Later that same year Lois came to California for a summer ballet intensive, with the San Jose Ballet.  While she was here, we spent parts of two days photographing in several locations, including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Fort Baker, the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, and the Sixteenth Avenue Stairs.  

Unfortunately, the calendar requires mostly horizontal pictures, so many great vertical shots had to be eliminated, including those from the Palace of Fine Arts.  One example from that location follows.

Lois_San_Francisco-8602Palace of Fine Arts

The Japanese Tea Garden provided us with some lovely opportunities, and some of my favorite shots.  Here is a vertical image that would not fit into the calendar.

SF_Thurs-9194Lois and Pagoda

We didn't see Lois again after her visit in June 2015, until late October of 2016, when she came out to visit family and friends in California.  We whisked her away to Monterrey where we had two amazingly beautiful weather events in the same day:  a rainbow while walking on a beach in Pebble Beach, and a lovely sunset in Pacific Grove.  

Lois_Monterey_Fri-2341Rainbow and Reflection, Pebble Beach, CAA full rainbow reflected in the wet sand provided the context for Lois' ballet talents. I don't think I have ever had a chance to photograph a full rainbow and reflection, certainly not with a lovely ballerina to add power, beauty and grace. 

To finish off the evening, we had a lovely sunset, with the sky alight with reds and oranges, providing a perfect background for displaying Lois's hard earned skills and grace.  For obvious reasons, we didn't do any jumps.  I should rephrase that to say, she didn't do any jumps.  I never did any jumps.  

  Lois_Monterey_Fri-2412Sky on Fire, Pacific Grove, CA

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few more images of ballet taken Beyond the Studio.

Should you wish to purchase a copy of the calendar, please click the following link and follow the directions on the left.

Beyond the Studio, 2017 Ballet Calendar


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