Athletic and Artistic Sports Photography
Dancers at Home (15): "Dancing is silent poetry." -- Simonides
This is Ciara, Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, UMW '24
Dancers at Home (13): “Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” ― Oprah Winfrey
This is Jessica, Russell School of Ballet, the Fairfax Ballet Company, Elon '24
Dancers at Home (12): “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful… This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking” -- Agnes De Mille
This is Annie, Dance Academy of Loudoun, VCU '24
Dancers at Home (11): Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
This is Mariana, Celtic Rhythm School of Dance, University of Valley Forge, '24
Dancers at Home (10): A hint of rain and then perfect sunlight.
This is Sam, Ashburn Academy of Dance, Virginia Tech '24
Dancers at Home (09): Classical, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap... It doesn't really matter as long as it's a chance to express your passion.
This is Maddie, Ashburn Academy of Dance, JMU '24
Dancers at Home (08): Dancers radiate a beautiful spirit wherever you find them.
This is Katiana, Ashburn Academy of Dance, VCU '24
Dancers at Home (07): Tradition takes many forms including a mother's pointe shoes.
This is Emma, Ashburn Academy of Dance, UMW '24
Dancers at Home (06): Their senior years didn't end the way they wanted, far from it. Rather than rue the day, they look forward to the days to come.
This is Ally, LBPAC/LSB, University of South Caroline, '24
32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne (The Swan) variation sequentially with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed...
Dancers at Home (05): An elegant modern classic at the door.
This is Lauren, LBPAC / LSB, University of Virginia, '24
Day 50 (2020): This is the last post in a series that began on the first day of shutdown. I hope that It gave you a small thing to look forward to during this time of unprecedented isolation and change. I know it helped me through a time when it has been impossible to photograph these same activities and events.
Each time I posted an image I saw again the joy, dedication, spirit, drive, teamwork and deep satisfaction that comes from sports, drama, and dance. I hope to see it anew through the lens of my camera and otherwise.
P.S. - The pandemic has given me a chance to revamp my web site from one that had too many words to one that has very few. Take a look and let me know what you think. sumserphotography.com
Dancers at Home (04): A quiet evening in historic Waterford, VA.
This is Dahlia (LBPAC / LSB), pursuing a professional ballet career
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Day 49 (2015): Yes, this photo was amped up in Photoshop to give it a Rockwellian kind of look. But as I wind down this series I think this one captures a feeling that I hope we can all share someday soon. The time will come when we can all burst through and be together again to play, to dance, to celebrate. To touch.
One more photo tomorrow.
Dancers at Home (03): In her front yard, the small grove of spring-tinted trees turned out to be a perfect spot.
This is Olivia (LBPAC / LSB), Ole Miss, '24
Day 48 (2016 and 2019): Two ways of saying the same thing: "all I care about is love."
Dancers at Home (02): Because I wanted to capture more of the personality that is sometimes hidden behind the classical roles they play, I advised the dancers to wear whatever they wished. The only requirement? They had to wear dancing shoes.
This is Olivia (LBPAC / LSB), University of Virginia, '24
Dancers at Home (01): As many people know, I have the great fortune to photograph the dancers of the Loudoun Ballet & Performing Arts Company and the Loudoun School of Ballet. I have witnessed years of their hard work and dedication, but the Class of 2020 won't get to have their final performances due to the coronavirus shutdown.
So last week I started a project called "Dancers at Home," and I gave each of the six seniors in the company a socially-distant portrait session in front of their houses. It was a blast, and I will post one photo of each dancer here and on Instagram to give each one a little well-deserved recognition. It has been my honor to work with them.
This is Karina (LBPAC / LSB), College of William and Mary, '24
Day 47 (2016): When I can get a good spot in line with the long jump, I can literally stay there throughout a track meet. Every competitor has a unique style. Their runs, their jumps, their landings. All individualized and loads of fun to capture.
Day 46 (2018): Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch... Again!
Day 45 (2014): Things happen fast in lacrosse.
Day 44 (2015): Most of the high schools in our county have these great murals on the gym wall, and I think the Tuscarora Huskies have one of the best.
Day 43 (2015): The intensity of today's youth and high school athletes never ceases to amaze me. This one was a freshman at the time.
Day 42 (2019): Brand new high school, first game, first run through the banner.
Day 42 (2019): This was a dress rehearsal for one of the last performances for a group of seniors who had danced together for years. This moment was actually a part of one of the dances, and I think it captured perfectly the end of their time together.
Day 41 (2015): Objects in camera are closer than they appear.
Day 40 (2020): Most of the time, I don't get to interact with the people I'm photographing because they're busy playing, dancing, singing, and acting. But my banner business gives me that chance with about fifty teams and 300 individual athletes each year. I usually shoot these with a "posed but unposed" style, but this team was having so much fun I just told them to be themselves, and I got this amazing team photo.
Schools closed the next day.
Day 39 (2014): Overruled. Your objection is noted.
Day 39 (2019): I am (after much experimentation) finally getting the hang of positioning remotely controlled cameras in the right place at the right angle. For the 2019 VA state cross country championships, I placed one just beyond the creek crossing and out of harm's way. The very first runners splashed the lens, and those water droplets made all of the other photos nearly perfect.
Day 38 (2015): Moments like this can be found after virtually every high school championship, but this one had extraordinary significance as the motto for the teams, the entire school, and the community was (and is) "we play for 24."
Day 37 (2015): Soccer was my game. I loved playing soccer, coaching soccer, and now I love photographing soccer. However, I never knew anyone with the advantage that #22 (in red) has... 🧐
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Day 36 (2019): The stage is usually crowded with chairs, music stands, and musicians so it's usually hard to get a good shot of the instruments, which are always beautiful to photograph. Not this time.
Day 35 (2018): Early in the morning even the Potomac River is still
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