So all those years of paying for the expensive dance lessons for my daughter Leanne has definitely paid off as she is currently celebrating her tenth year as principle of the Leanne Edwards School of Theatre Arts.
So it was a great privilege of mine to be able cover her Fantasia show this year, which took place at the Rhoda McGraw studio theatre in Woking.
As usual her pupils really shone and you get the feeling that they just love to perform. The show consisted of examples of dances from the ISTD curriculum that the school follows as well as numbers which the girls had choreographed for themselves. Sprinkled amongst this were drama pieces and a few songs to boot.
In order to help publicise the event I always produce some studio style shots on stage, some of which have been featured in an article in the Woking, News and Mail. This time I had a quite radical idea in that I used by highlight background as my main light, which enabled me to light everyone in some very large groups. This is one of the things that I love about photography, to be able to think out of the box to come up with a novel solution for a problem. It certainly beat the solution that we used last time by having a pair of stripboxes on their side, one of which kept falling off the flash head and had to be held on by my long suffering partner Cathy.
We also covered the full dress rehearsal, mainly because the auditorium is empty allowing us to get some great angles and there was some leaping over the rows of seats in evidence and some bruised shins to nurse after the event. The lengths that we go to all in the name of art!
Leanne was delighted with the results and is looking forward to the next ten years.
© Andrew Boschier Photography 2016