Ballet on Water
When first asked to photograph Isabella Boylston, a world-class principal ballerina based in NYC, three goals immediately came to mind: do something unique, juxtapose ballet in New York City with Nature in Idaho, and make Isabella stand on water. After shooting the August SVPN Magazine cover of Isabella in a red dress against the Boulder Mountains at sunset, we woke at 4am the next morning to photograph sunrise over Pettit Lake. It was a risky endeavor…I had thousands of dollars’ worth of lighting gear in the middle of a lake, and even the slightest breath of wind would have killed the shot. Worse yet, what if Isabella got hurt, right before the unprecedented ballet festival that she brought to Sun Valley Aug 22-24?! Fortunately, the weather gods delivered a windless morning, and neither a light nor a dancer took the plunge. Instead, Isabella braved the cold and gracefully brought the vision to life on the water’s surface.
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