A fabulous performance picture can do wonders for a belly dancer's career. Put it on a business card, or add it to your web site, to get more high quality bookings or new students. Add it to social media, and get invites to top class events. Even though its just a moment in time, it shows off your dancing, performing and entertainment abilities.... or does it?
Just like every entertainer, we excel at the art of illusion. We ask the viewer to see what we want them to see....Only we know the diamonds are paste..... our shimmies are not an expression of our emotions, so much as a reflection of the hours we drilled them infront of the mirror... And our photo was not actually caught mid performance...
For years I wanted an amazing on-stage, performance picture. Yet all I got was photos like the one above on the left. I look like a six eyed monster trying to lasso the audience. Then I found out the secret - those performance photos of the stars.... all is not what it seems.
Because I am all about sharing the good news, here are four ways to get a fabulous performance photo ! (clue - they are all cheats!)
My dear friends Dawn Devine and Alisha Westerfeld are starting to build a reputation for sneaking a selfie onto the stage. This performance was a comedy number at a light-hearted event. It was the perfect punchline for this occasion. Usually, selfies are not a suitable way to get get an on stage performance photo......
I hope you enjoyed a look behind the scenes of some of our performance photo shoots ! - feel free to add your own "Performance" photos to the comments and let us know how you got the shot !
If you like this blog, go back to the blog page, for others you might like including:
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"Your First Belly Dance Workshop"
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"Finding a Great Belly Dance Teacher"
Sara Shrapnell is a belly dance writer, teacher and performer.
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