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My New Site: CYNTHIA J PHOTOGRAPHY {a preview}

My life has been kinda crazy lately. In a good way. There are lots of projects cookin’ at the same time…multiple burners going. And it’s been a challenge. The good thing is that I love what I do.

Working on my website has been challenging, but its coming along. This is a preview / ‘placeholder’ until all of my photos and other info is finalized. At the same time it’s a lot of fun!


Photo Project – Picking a Style

I’m working on a batch of photos of a children’s dance class. It’s actually a class I teach – Hip Hop Moves. I snapped a few shots of my kids right before their recital in front of a brick wall outside the community center. Even though it’s a hip hop dance class, which brings to mind gritty, urban textures I find that I like the edits that are brighter and more fun, more child-like. So, here’s a sample of what I’m working on. Which style would you choose?

red, white, & blue balloons + smiles all around

Quince in Phoenix

I had a wonderful time at a Quince in Glendale. The special young lady was excited about her coming out celebration! Great weather together with family and friends made it a wonderful day. My assignment: the evening party…

Felicidades Vianey!

I love this lens

This past weekend, Easter weekend, I was fortunate enough to document my church’s annual Easter Celebration at the Dodge Theater. I documented the entire event from the dress rehearsal the night before to the behind-the-scenes during the service. All using a Nikkor 70-200 lens. Despite people moving, dancing, jumping (the children), and just the chaos of it all, I am pleased with the images.

The majority of my photos are of liturgical dance. A few things about liturgical dance:

Liturgical dance is a Christian expression of prayer and worship through body movement. Such dances can be accompanied by many different types of music. The dancers push out a message that has been divinely inspired. Dancers respond with an appropriate dance which flows out of the music and enhances the prayer or worship experience. This dance may either be spontaneous, or have been choreographed ahead of time…Liturgical dance is a relatively recent practice in the West, being virtually unpracticed until the twentieth century. However its antecedents go back to accounts of dancing in the Old Testament. An example of this is the episode when King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant. In other parts of the world dancing as a form of worship is much more popular.