I had a very pleasant photo shoot with Vilia Putrius, one of the company dancers of the Festival Ballet Providence. She was a joy to work with, not only because of her very pleasant personality but also because she knows how to move, how to pose, how to hold a pose and look so graceful.
The main purpose was to provide photographs that the Festival Ballet Providence could use in promoting their upcoming Swan Lake performance. Vilia dressed in whites as Odette first and we tried to convey a gentle, kind, graceful personality. After we had enough variety in white, then she changed to Odile in black with a change of makeup. We tried to capture a more edgy, coquettish, somewhat sinister, evil personality for Odile. Vilia, a gentle person found it difficult to move into that persona but the professional that she is, our desired persona finally emerged. My coaxing and coaching during the shoot and handling the post-processing were all aimed at creating these opposite personalities. The result is the collection you see below.
Thank you Vilia for being such a great model. I regret that I will not be here to see the actual performance. I am sure it will be a smashing success.