Just the other day , I did a photo shoot with Akane , a contemporary dancer from Japan . So decided to bring an authentic Japanese sword for this shoot and see what we could do .

Though Akane claimed she never touched a real sword before , she certainly looked comfortable. This shoot was a bright sunny day in New York City , and about 90f / 32c . Personally in my photography , I don’t use reflectors or flash . I personally love natural light and think that shadows are a part of photos . I prefer that my photos look a little darker as opposed to photos for magazines or fashion type photography where you usually won’t find much shadowing .. I have had people tell me in the past that I should include flash when capturing dancers to make them “pop” but , truth is , we all have our styles . I also believe that just because someone prefers to photo with lights etc it doesn’t mean it’s for everyone . There should never be rules in art , if that were so it would be pretty boring with everything looking the same. Anyways .. a few photos.

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Written by steveedreff

Steve Edreff is a photographer who is currently located in New Jersey and normally works out of New York City. Currently Steve has holds New York City Media pass as well as being a contributor to Getty Images and Istock. With the media pass Steve has been a photographer on hand for most parades and media events throughout NYC. The his preference is doing photoshoots with different style dancers , he also has photoed at New York Cities fashion week , photoshoots with Mrs. New Jersey, New York, Vermont , and Pennsylvania. Along with the photography , he has created an independent magazine "Street Views" that includes dancers and traditional style photography.

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