The morning after a day spent in Venice with Christie and Martin Bell I was up early to pin my hair into a French roll and to do some stretching. Martin Bell, professional photographer, was on a mission to improve the appearance of my blog and I couldn’t wait to get started.
Soon after breakfast we were welcomed by staff at the beautifully restored Teatro De Micheli in my local town. The council had kindly given us permission to use the theatre and luckily for us it was free until mid afternoon as the photo shoot went on a lot longer than we had anticipated.
Martin was endlessly patient and focused, taking hundreds of classical, neo-classical, static and artistic shots. We both worked hard in the summer heat, blissfully unaware of time ticking away. In the late afternoon more portrait and dynamic shots were taken at the dance school where I used to study in Rovigo.
Returning home tired but satisfied, we collected supper from the pizzeria at the end of our street. I had enjoyed every moment of the day and my body didn’t really react to the photo shoot ‘workout’ until the next morning.
It was a privilege to work with Martin. He was professional, calm and encouraging. I was doubly fortunate to have his expertise both as photographer and as a recently retired soloist from Northern Ballet. His wife, dancer Christie Duncan, also had some useful advice for me as she patiently sat by throughout the photo shoot.
Of course, even more work was required by Martin to prepare the proofs for us to view online, but within a very short time his beautiful high resolution images arrived in our ‘dropbox’. In addition to the photo at the head of my blog, attached to this post are just a couple of my favourites. The rest will appear over the coming months.
Martin, you made this a special day and the results are stunning. I can never thank you enough. Prisca