"You go to the ballet and you see all the girls dancing on their tiptoes. Why don't they just get taller girls?" ba-dum-, ching! =)
I love jokes! And dance, and theater, and circus, and photography, and gummy bears, in fact there's not much I don't enjoy. Isn't life great? And being able to spend my entire life working in the arts is such a gift. I have spent over 30 years working in entertainment - as an Equity Actor, dancer, singer, IATSE stagehand, designer, stage manager, teacher, and so much more. I've toured around the globe from Hawaii to Lebanon, worked on feature films and television shows broadcast worldwide, and even worked as a marionette puppeteer.
But why should you care about any of that? I'll tell you why -
My years of experience in the industry has given me a special understanding of the needs of professional performers and productions. I know what makes for a good headshot. I can see when a dancer is actually on pointe. I know how to help you get into a good planche on aerial silks, and I can rig your point as well. ( I am an ETCP Certified Rigger - Arena and Theater (#1277) as well as a Certified Professional Photographer.)
I photograph what I know. I DON'T photograph weddings, or infants, or quinceaneras. Just entertainment. I'm not only thinking about the lighting, composition, and all the other photography mumbo-jumbo, but I'm considering how this image will promote your career. Or get your next contract. Or gain attention for your production.
Even as a dance school student, great dance photos make a huge difference! Sure, you could do the same old image of the dancer standing in 1st position with "beach ball arms" in front of a tired background. Or, we can create an image of your dancer dancing - making beautiful and breathtaking images of them doing what they love, which then inspires them to work harder and follow their dreams. It should never be just another dance school pic. I am a Miami / Ft. Lauderdale Photographer who will give you great headshots, amazing dance photos and circus portraits, and service you can count on.
Please wander through the galleries here, and see the results of our passion. Everyone at EPS loves performing. We all are, or were, professional performers. We really, really, do love what we do. As well as silly jokes -
A dancer walks into a bar. She says "Can I get some glow tape on this thing, please?!?"
Location fees start at $400, which include three hours of coverage, photography assistant, and a $50 credit towards prints.
Aerial, Children, Kids, Events, Studio, Stage & Performance
Documentary, Urban, Whimsical
Sarah Jean Kaye
As a professional performer, your photos are your calling card. However, if you are a performer who has a real fear of being in front of a camera, this can be a problem. EPS will forever be my life photographer as they always seem to capture beautiful moments while making me feel completely comfortable. Jonathan Givens is constantly pushing himself to be a better photographer, honing his craft and continuing his own education so he can bring the best to his clients. Not only will you be more than pleased with his work, you will always have a great time in the making as well. I can't give enough stars for his work!
Shari Malvin/Dancing Plus
EPS is absolutely amazing. Jonathan is a gifted photographer whose talent, creativity and ability to capture the moment shows in every picture he takes. We have used EPS for many photo shoots, and each dancer is captured in a unique way that shows their beauty and their ability to move and dance. The entire EPS staff are friendly and highly qualified in all aspects of the entertainment industry. I highly recommend EPS for any photography needs you may have!