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Your Dance Photographer

Andrew Bowen, M.Photog., CPP

My studio’s paradigm is simple: Creating a meaningful image is about respecting and nurturing the dancer’s artistic voice, supporting them through their creative process, having time to make adjustments and explore variations, and having a photographer dedicated to your success who can light the scene, get the shot, and will always believe in you.


Why Dance Photography?

I started my business photographing families and seniors. When I had my first senior who wanted a few dance photos, I quickly learned that getting a pose to look good was not so easy. So I embarked on years of mentoring and learning to develop the skills necessary to professionally and confidently work with dancers.

Along the way, I listened to dancers share stories of successes, examples of positive mentorship, and also too many stories of bad experiences.

They helped shape my philosophy story by story, and their stories are why I ultimately focused solely on dance photography.

A Dance Photographer is a Specialist

Not every photographer has the right technical skills or mindset to work with dancers. As a parent and girl-dad, I experienced the importance of creating an environment that empowers you to make decisions and respects your individual artistry.

There may be challenging moments where I am coaching you to achieve your personal best, but there are also lots of laughs as we work together. At the end of the day, you’ll have exquisite photographs and that sense of pride only a dancer knows when they walk off stage from their best performance.

My Promise to You

I believe that I have a huge responsibility to every artist who comes to my studio. I respect and appreciate the vulnerability of working in front of a camera. I promise that I will support you, encourage you, guide you, coach you, laugh with you, and inspire you along your path to creating the photographs that make you proud of your accomplishments, and excited for your future.

My Credentials

ASP: American Society of Photographers
Master Photographer: PPA
PPA: Professional Photographers of America
Diamond Medalist: IPC
GIA: Grand Imaging Award Finalist
MPI Accreditation in Fine Art Dance Portraits
PPNC: Professional Photographers of North Carolina
Pas de Deux Photo Competition
CPP: Certified Professional Photograher
ASMP: American Society of Media Photographers
Danscend: Mental Wellness for Dancers

At the end of the day, what matters is the experience and photography that I deliver. Like you, I’m committed to a process of continuous improvement and life-long learning.

In 2020, I earned my Master of Photography Degree (M.Photog) from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Click below to see more awards, gallery shows, and achievements.