Love our photos? Most of the photography you see on our website & social media is from our FLX photo shoots with premiere dance photographer, Renata Pavam. Pavam has an eye for dance photography, coming from a ballet background. Did you know she used to be an American Ballet Theatre company member? Get to know our star FLX photographer in this exclusive Q&A!
What inspired you to photograph?
I definitely always liked taking photos. I love looking back at them after a while. But after I saw a fellow dancer's photos, (Rosalie O'Connor) I started thinking I really wanted to take it seriously. I loved the backstage feel of ballet. Everyone looks so beautiful in their hair and make up, how can you not want to take a photo?! So I got a camera and started playing around with my colleagues from ABT. Then I realized I actually loved it, and was kinda good at it!
How do you bring your background as a dancer to photography?
Dancers are very critical and perfectionist. You have to be. You're in front of a mirror all day long looking at whatever you're doing wrong, and how to fix it. So that's what I do when I take a photo. I never think it's good enough, always trying to make it better. I try to pay attention to every detail. I think that comes from my life as a dancer. And when I shoot dancers, I can help them out and say what position looks good or not. It's like I’m their mirror and they trust me.
Your favorite shooting locations. Go.
I loved the shoot we did at the Dream Hotel. A lot of different places to get a good photos. I also love rooftops, especially in NYC. I'm sure it would be amazing to do a shoot at the Paris Opera. It's such a gorgeous building. Maybe someday.
If you could photograph anyone, who would it be?
Sylvie Guillem! At any point of her career. She's just such an amazing creature. She's not from this world, and there's no one like her.