Life is the art of drawing without an eraser ~ John W. Gardner

Mandy, the Ballet Queen

It was few months ago, when I saw Mandy, my lovely cousin (actually, Andrew’s cousin :)) posted on her Facebook wall that she was looking for a photographer who could help to freeze her dancing acts. I replied “ME” half-heartedly, expecting that she would want someone who has more experience rather than some amateur like me. My heart was jumping with joy when she asked me when!

We decided Sepang Gold Coast for our shooting location. I’ve never been there, I did not know how it was going to be. But ballet on the beach? That would be something different. The day has come, Mandy was so disappointed that she couldn’t find her perfect white dress. :) When the session started, we all found that the moves looked more like yoga instead of ballet. So, I decided not to shoot any still poses anymore, more dancing and prancing and running, gracefully. I was feeling a bit guilty to have asked her to repeat so many times. Glad that Mandy was such a sweetheart to play along. :)

Happy that the photos came out Ok. But I could do better next time. There were some twisting moves which I couldn’t get them right. All of us wanting to have another round in the near future. :) Can’t wait!

I am happy with myself, trying many different things. 2009 is a good year, as I expected earlier this year. Seeing that it is going to end real soon, I am pretty anxious about the new year. Whatever it may bring, I’ll have to gear myself up to face them. Like all the ballet dancers, no matter how nervous they are, they never fail to smile, hold their heads up and dance gracefully. It is similar to a swan, so gracefully floating on the water but nobody could see their feet busy treading under the water.

My favorite.

Here’s the “working man”, helping us with the bags and all, and not forgetting taking some behind-the-scenes photos and videos!!! I was laughing so hard when I saw some of my ugly ‘working’ pose.


4 responses

  1. Flora

    Hi Ashley,

    I read your blog once in a while and just had to comment on this set of photos. Although I am no photography expert, I must say that I like this series very much. It leaves me an impression of the natural beauty, very down to earth and yes, like yoga, very serene. Lovely work indeed! Hoping to see more of your work…

    November 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    • Ashley

      Hi Flora, thank you so much for your kind words. :)

      November 23, 2009 at 12:25 AM

  2. Thanks sayang! I’m so touched for your work!

    November 22, 2009 at 11:45 PM

    • Ashley

      Hope I could do better next time. :->

      November 23, 2009 at 12:26 AM

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