I adore shooting photos of anything on a stage but above all else I love the theater.  Nowhere else can you get such a full view of the range of human emotion and experience as on the stage of a musical or dramatic production.  

Being in a stage production with 10-50 other people takes hundreds of hours of work and dedication from every person involved from the actors on the stage to the technical crew.  As a theater photographer, I believe that EVERY aspect of the process deserves to be documented just as much as the person in the spotlight on opening night.  As much as possible, I try to cover every aspect of the theatrical process from cradle to final curtain.  

 

Overview

If you allow me the privilege to be involved with your production, here's what you can expect at a high level.

  1. Everything I shoot will be placed on the website and downloadable.  Since a whole production will result in literally 1000's of photos, they may not all be closely detail edited but I can do this for individual photos as needed.  These photos are free for the use of the production, staff and cast in perpetuity for any purpose.  Photos will be provided without watermarks or other impediments to use.
  2. I will cover all the aspects of your production that you will allow.  See below for more specifics.
  3. In general, I will do everything in my power to remain an unobserved observer to the process. 
  4. I will sing the praises of the production and the theater from the highest rooftop I can find.  Your show will be promoted on my IndyLivePhoto page on Facebook, Instagram and any other social media platform that happens to be in vogue at the moment. 
  5. At the end of the show, if the cast or crew desires it, I will put together a photo book which may be purchased at-cost by anyone who wants it.
  6. Additionally, if the production needs set building assistance or creation of props I can help with that as well.

 

Auditions

Traditionally, auditions are not among the highly-photographed events within a production.  I feel they're valuable for several reasons.  First and foremost, they act as good reference material for the staff making the incredibly hard decisions of who to cast.  Secondly, if they're provided to the people who are auditioning, they could provide key feedback about the audition process, even for those who fail to receive a part.  Lastly, my photos are free for the use of anyone, so you are free to advertise in your audition announcements that even those who not receive a part in the show will at least get a free photo out of it.

 

Rehearsal and Preparation

Rehearsals.... those long hours of work before the show goes on... Shooting these is key for so may reasons:

  1. Foremost, they're rehearsal for your photographer too.  When the lights go up and the costumes are in place how will I know when the key moments are if I haven't seen them in rehearsal?  How will I know whose expression is simply priceless and must be captured?  Without rehearsal, I'm just guessing.
  2. I provide rehearsal photos to the cast as work progresses.  They provide invaluable first-person feedback about what's working and what's not.
  3. Rehearsal hours are long, hard, and often might seem thankless.  By capturing them it is my hope, at least, that they help solidify a sense of hope and family among the cast as they have direct visual evidence of their time together.

 

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Headshots and Promotional Work

Many of the productions I've worked on have had Promotional and Headshot photos as their main (and often only) priority.  Personally, I put much less of an emphasis on them as I hope that if I've done my job photographing the show as it develops, by the time we get close to opening, we have a vast library of personal and evocative images to choose from that represent the show far better than any staged photos could.  That said, I am happy to provide you with these as well.

 

 

 

Technical and Backstage

 

It's not all about the people on the stage and under the lights.  As much as possible, I try to pull out those who aren't in the spotlight but whose work literally makes the show happen.  There's also a lot that happens backstage that the audience isn't aware of from dressing rooms to the prop room, I try to shine a light on these hidden moments.

 

Performance

Here's where everything pays off.  The rehearsals are done.  The props are ready.  The lighting cues are set.  Now it's time to get on that stage and wow the audience.  My approach to shooting this final phase revolves around, really, one simple rule:  Everyone is the star.  Everyone deserves a close-up even if they're on the stage for 15 seconds.  During a 3-day dress rehearsal schedule, day 1 is for close-ups of everyone in their most important roles.  Day 2 is for group and wide pieces and day 3 is for general cleanup and making sure I didn't miss anything on day 1.

 

 

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Conclusion

I would love the opportunity to work with you.  If you would like to view my portfolio of past theater shows, you can do so on my website here:

https://2slavens.com/theatre