My friend Lisa is a great belly dancer and one night she invited me to see one of her shows. Along with the dancers there was also a band that was performing. I was sitting at the table with my brother Jon and a few friends of mine when Lisa came up to talk with me. Earlier that day I told her how excited I was to bring my new camera there. So she asked me, "Would you mind taking some pictures of my friends band when they come out to play?" and I said sure I would love to but truthfully I was a little nervous. In front of where the band was suppose to play was a big empty dance floor. Next to that was where the crowd was sitting... dum dum dum ! I was nervous because I knew that in order to get good picture I would have to get up there. I'm pretty shy and this was a big deal for me and if I wanted to pursue photography I would have to eventually become more comfortable doing things like that.
|Lisa is in the back left|
I don't have very good eyesight so I had a hard time seeing where I was going. I probably bumped into a few people but I eventually made it up to the front. So there I was in front of that empty dance floor I paused before going onto it. I took a deep breath and told myself that everyone was watching the band and not me. Suddenly I felt alone up there, just me and my mission.
So First I went up and knelt down in front of the guitar player to get a shot up at him. He had an awesome Gibson guitar with bright red and yellow on it. I had the vision in my head for the picture to be all black and white with nothing colored but his guitar and I think it turned out great.
Next I got up in front of the singer. I love taking pictures because not being able to see very good in life means that I don't get a chance to see people's faces so when I got home and saw the pictures of her on my large computer screen I got to see how beautiful she was. I can see how people move and I loved how she was moving her hands along with her calming voice so I made sure to get those gestures into her photos.
It was time for the belly dancers to come out. I was looking forward to taking some pictures of them but before they were about to come out I got a call from my boyfriend Justin. My daughter Lily needed me so I had to leave earlier than planned. I did get to catch a few minutes of the show and it was awesome! The lead singer with the band was also a belly dancer. I took her picture while she was doing a dance with a wine bottle on top of her head. I like her facial expression in the photo along with the colors from her costume.
I am glad to of had the opportunity to take pictures that night. I feel confident knowing that I am capable of taking musicians portraits. I couldn't have done it without my brother he really helped me out by giving me the extra push that I needed, Thanks Jon!