Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of ballet through these stunning images captured in Augusta, GA.
A Quaint City
Augusta, GA is one of my favorite places for a day trip from Columbia, SC. It has an interesting mix of history and hipness. Just a short drive away from Columbia, SC, Augusta offers easy parking, walkable downtown streets, charming eateries and cafés, and a picturesque riverfront. You can stroll along the Augusta Riverwalk and see gar swimming in the Savannah River. There’s interesting public art to see including a statue of the singer James Brown. And it is home to the biannual Augusta Photo Festival, which first lured me there. During my visits, I continuously discover new locations that inspire me to create portraits, but none have captivated me quite like the First Baptist Church Building.
An Old Church
The moment I learned about the First Baptist Church Building, I knew it was the perfect setting for ballet photography. This unique structure, constructed in 1902, showcases a magnificent dome, Corinthian columns, and grand arched windows. Although it had been abandoned for two decades, I was fortunate to arrange a tour and acccess thanks to the kind generosity of the Sherman & Hemstreet Real Estate Company, the current owners of the building.
For this session I brought in two talented dancers, Anna Porter and Joshua Van Dyke. Both currently perform with the Columbia City Ballet. Anna and Joshua drove from Columbia to join me on a rainy, thundering morning. I had previously done ballet photography with Anna, who also provided wardrobe direction. They were both amazing. We created so many great photos that it took us over two hours to cull out our favorites. Above all, we had a lot of fun!
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