Ballet Dancers: Clothed in Compassion! {Lido Key Beach Portrait Photography}

I am SUPER excited to share this post today, friends!  I’m finally back for a few weeks from Florida, before I head back down for my brother’s wedding – phew!  I made so many new friends there, including this amazing girl, Sarah.  Who I am so excited to introduce to you!

Sarah is a dancer for the Sarasota Ballet, who came to the US a few years ago from her home in England, just to dance!  She has an amazing spirit, the most contagious smile, and I think we’re kindred spirits :)  She told me about a vision she is working on to create a clothing line for dancers.  She designs and sews original pieces, to express the personalities of the dancers as she sketches and works to create their vision.  Her clothing line is named “Clothed in Compassion.”  Sarah has a beautiful spirit and wants to express compassion and love through all the pieces she creates.  (I think this is why I LOVE her!)

sarasota_florida_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0023She is so RADIANT!

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Sarah and I instantly dreamed of doing a photo shoot together, and all I could envision was beautiful portraits of these ballerinas on a coastal Florida location.  And this is EXACTLY what we did!

We broke our photo shoot into 2 days, because we had a lot of pieces to cover!  First, we photographed at the Van Wezel Museum, where the Sarasota Ballet often performs.  We found walkways with beautiful light, and a small rocky area along Sarasota Bay.  These girls were up for anything!!  Including positioning on rocks barefoot along the water.  It was perfect!

Then, we photographed at Lido Key Beach, right before sunset.  The light couldn’t have been more stunning – I think I was ooh-ing and aah-ing the whole time!  And then we captured an action shot of all the girls as the sun went down – exactly what I pictured!!

It was such a great opportunity to meet these talented girls, and do something fun with them!  I hope you enjoy their photographs :)

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0001Pointe shoes are no joke – these girls are amazing!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0002sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0003sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0004sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0005So lovely!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0006sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0007sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0008Love the detail on the back of this one!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0009sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0010Such a fun design!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0011sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0012So beautiful, Caroline!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0013This position is called a “tondu” and I thought the girls were saying “fondu” – when obviously, this is nothing like chocolate!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0015Love how the girls went right out onto these rocks – and two of them ditched the pretty ballet shoes.  Barefoot looked great on them!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0016LOVE these, girls!!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0017sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0018sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0019So stunning!

sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0020sarasota_florida_dancer_ballet_portrait_photography_van_wezel_performing_arts_center_0021This LIGHT!

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0001I was so stunned by these beach shots – she’s rockin’ it!

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0002sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0003sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0004sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0005sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0006sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0007sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0008LOVED these Sarah!

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0009sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0010That light!!!  Oh my goodness!

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0011Stunning, Caroline.  Stunning.

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0012sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0013They look so beautiful together!  And this sunset – perfection!!

sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0015sarasota_florida_ballet_dancer_portrait_photography_lido_key_beach_0016Check out Sarah’s Facebook page for Clothed in Compassion to support her work!!  And be sure to give her a follow on Instagram.  Isn’t she incredible?!

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