My first blog on my new website is going to be about photography and pole fitness! On Saturday September 13th, 2014 I was the official photographer for the CPFA Alberta Pole Fitness Competition, hosted by an excellent studio here in Calgary, Strut Fitness and Dance. I was very excited to be a part of this event as a photographer. Last year I won the professional division but soon after suffered a neck injury from a car accident that is still affecting my training. Luckily I have a few interests that have turned into fun jobs, so I was able to contribute to the event with another passion of mine.
Amateur division winner Lauren Sarah from Edmonton.
The event was incredibly well organized and I heard this from many different people throughout the evening. Strut Fitness really put some hard work into the event and it showed. The poles were professionally rigged which was great for the competitors to perform on. Aryn Savard from Goddess Movement in Abbotsford, B.C. flew in to hold the CPFA judging course and to act as head judge for the event. The panel was made up of representatives from Edmonton, Calgary and Prince George. MC’ing for a second year at the competition was Donna Nayel. Stage manager Karen Branford kept the schedule running on time and was great with answering all my questions and helping me out. The aerial hoop act during intermission by Tyler Ayres Dupont from TADA was an excellent choice.
Tyler Ayres Dupont from TADA performing aerial hoop during intermission.
I’m very excited to be sending the girls their photos soon. My experience with shooting so many live shows, festivals and a pole competition previously definitely helped. It’s also helpful that I know the moves the competitors will be doing and can anticipate what will happen next as they are transitioning. Some difficult aspects of shooting a live pole routine are that sometimes the move may not be held very long, the angle of the position being held is not quite right and lighting and background may not be ideal. The lighting was mainly white light coming from above and in front of the stage, with a little bit of back lighting. There were a few colored lights that I was not a fan of. I was able to keep a reasonable ISO and higher shutter speed most of the time to capture the moment. This was especially important on the stage left pole, which was a spinning pole. The light distribution was not even over the stage though. It was a bit darker on the static pole and there were some shadows from a projector hanging from the ceiling.
Semi-pro division winner Tamara Jellema from Calgary.
Overall the competition was fun to shoot and be a part of. Thank you Sheryl and Brian. You guys put on another fantastic competition. Congratulations to all the winners of the three divisions and good skills at Canada's!
Pro Division winner Lisa Corah from Calgary.