Dance photography, one of my passions, it’s about movement… and esthetics.

For years I been dancing ballet in my soul, this passion for the classics which my

body can’t express with esthetic it’s been express through photography.


Years of studies of the human body in motion, and learning from different

masters of dance photography made possible my actual work.  The work of

Puerto Rican dance and fashion photographer Arturo Melero inspired me. Don

Arturo Melero was one of the first photographers I learned from. But I should

recognize the One who challenged me was Francisco Javier Lopez, Paco or

Frank, a true friend and collage. In the late 70’s, Frank’s outstanding work in

dance photography, kicked me into the 1600 ISO, pushed black and white film.

His work pulled me into the mysterious world of the dark room and the challenge

of experimenting with different films and chemistry to help me capture

quality images in low light.


Photographing professional dancers is not an easy task, they are artist and

athletes, you have to gain their trust by taking their best moment and make them

look beautiful and effort less. And this “trust” does no last forever, you have to

improve it in every photo session.


If I pose stiff the dancers I feel I’m insulting Dance. Dance photos need some

movement, expression and feelings. My goal is to stop in a fraction of a second

the time, and show this “decisive moment” the human eye can’t see, this moment

just the dancer feel in every single piece of his well trained body, this decisive

moment were the artist execute his best movement.


A Dance Photographer should do his homework before the photo session. Merce

Cunningham said “the most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion”, this

apply to the photographer also. The Dance Photographer should invest hours in

training, learning the music, the choreography, observing what the dancer can

give and what can’t, should show devotion to the art he is capturing, making it



But that is not all, the Dance Photographer should know about music, human

body and… lights, the use of the wrong lighting in the studio or in the stage can

destroy a great photo. Studio lights are under the photographer control, but the

stage lights no, so he should be able to relate with the production team, make

them feel their work will show in the photo.


We hope you enjoy our work by visiting our pages of Dance Photos. If you are

a dancer please request an interview to pre-qualify you for future projects. 



J. Perez-Mesa / 2012