Jonathan Hsu and Kathryn Butler are photographers who specialize in capturing dance. They met at the Bates Dance Festival where they bonded over their mutual love of photography and desire to balance their craft with a freelance dance career. As they worked together, they found a rich dialogue about the unique challenge of photographing dance. Still In Motion is a continuation of these conversations. Join Jonathan and Kathryn as they navigate the complex world of performance and photography from both sides of the camera.
Jonathan talks about using a retouch service for the first time, which leads Kathryn and Jonathan into a conversation about outsourcing different parts of their business and how it may affect their branding.
Kathryn and Jonathan chat with Mallory Pettee about the story behind her photography business, Maljpet Photo, and how she balances photography work and her career as a performer in NYC. They dig into the pros and cons of using multiple camera bodies and discuss how they have been staying inspired and creatively active during the Covid closure.
Jonathan and Kathryn sit down with dance photographer Jaqi Medlock to talk about her experiences as someone who still actively performs with other artists and companies while having a full time photography business focused around dance. And they get a look at Jaqi's new in home studio!
Kathryn and Jonathan talk with videographer, dancer, teacher, and projection designer Lindsay LaPointe. They discuss Lindsay's journey to working at the Bates Dance Festival, her opinions on creating projection that works with, rather than overpowering, choreography, and how she balances the many hats of video work, dance performance, dance teaching, and family.
In this episode Kathryn and Jonathan talk with New York based photographer and performer Bjorn Bolinder. They talk about Bjorn's journey to NYC, performing and taking pictures on cruise ships, shooting with film, personal practices, and life in general as freelance artists invested in their work. Also make sure you check out Bjorn's incredible self portrait project "One-a-Day" at https://www.findthelightphotography.com/One-a-Day/
We brought our first guest on the podcast! Meet Ellen Maynard, a dancer and videographer based in Brooklyn, and listen as she shares challenges, funny stories, and advice as a freelance artist documenting dance in NYC and beyond.
The audio from Kathryn and Jonathan’s Capture Critique video on IGTV! Kathryn shares images she took at Orange Grove Dance’s dress rehearsal and Jonathan shares photo shoot images he took before the show.
After a busy week of tech for Jonathan and some gear challenges for Kathryn, they reunited in DC for an exciting weekend of dance competitions, performances, photography, sightseeing, and, best of all, a late night podcast recording session!
Following a busy week of rehearsals and dance competitions for Jonathan and Kathryn's first full week at her new job, they dig into the topic of zoom vs prime lenses and launch a new segment on the podcast called Capture Critique!
Kathryn reports back after her big show, Jonathan accepted a dance studio challenge, and the topic of focus points is once again brought to the table. Disclaimer: this episode has some audio quality issues. We apologize!
Kathryn and Jonathan cover a huge range of topics including the future of camera auto modes, when to use Lightroom presets, and the challenges of taking photos of incredible dancers. Kathryn has her last rehearsal before her show and Jonathan has a new project in the works!
Kathryn reports back about her most recent event photography gig, Jonathan got some new video lights, and both discuss different ways they keep their bodies healthy and ready for their long rehearsal days.
Kathryn shares white balance challenges from taking photos at the Bates Dance Festival winter intensive, Jonathan recounts some complex performance photo eye-swapping, and both strategize event photography tactics for carrying gear and using on-camera flash.
Jonathan speeds up his workflow with a new keyboard, Kathryn rehashes her New Years Eve in Disney World, and both dig into how they use Instagram to promote their dance and photography work.
Jonathan and Kathryn reflect on 2019, share thoughts about collaborative choreography, and dig into the pros and cons of contracts in this last episode before the new year.
Kathryn reflects on her recent headshot session, Jonathan changes up his camera settings at The Nutcracker, and both question how working multiple jobs in different fields might change the dance economy.
Kathryn and Jonathan chat about some historical dance images, camera body speculations, and, most importantly, how to take artsy photos of Christmas lights!
Kathryn makes a focus mode discovery, Jonathan dreams of owning a mirrorless camera, and both break down the gear essentials they recommend for starting out shooting dance performances.
Kathryn and Jonathan are back together for the first time since the Bates Dance Festival! They chat about some exciting recent gigs, Jonathan's new night light, Kathryn's cropping workflow, and the big question: what type of performance is the most challenging to shoot.
Kathryn and Jonathan get in a heated debate about the pros and cons of shooting dance during a dress rehearsal or live performance. Jonathan discovers a new photoshoot set-up he is super excited about, Kathryn remembers her love of floor reflections, and both question the importance of developing a signature photoshoot style.