Studio Sessions

Ballet Portraits, Professional Promo Images, Audition photos & Headshots

As staff photographer for American Ballet Theatre, my work is mostly with professionals on-stage. However, between commercial assignments, I provide photo sessions in the studio to professionals and the next generation of aspiring dancers. Over the years, an enjoyable aspect of my job has been working with preprofessional ballet students to create artistic images and a photographic experience beneficial to their development as performing artists. Studio session photographs are for personal use only (i.e. auditions). Commercial use (i.e. product endorsement or use by a commercial entity) requires a licensing agreement and fee.
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SESSION PACKAGES

Full Session – 4 hours. 10 finished images. $775  Add an additional hour for $125.

Half Session – 2.5 hours. 7 finished images. $450

Audition Session – 1.5 hours. 4 finished images. $250

 

PLANNING GUIDE

The information in this planning guide is meant to help you through all of your photography-related questions, so you can be relaxed and excited for your photo session. Call (305) 209-8556 or email Gene@GeneSchiavone.com today to book your session!

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Video Documentary

An insiders look into the creative process involved a 4 hour ballet photo shoot featuring one of my preprofessional clients and her mom. It’s a collaboration between artists; ballerina and photographer. This will help aspiring ballerinas prepare for their Gene Schiavone Photo Shoot.

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Naples, Florida Studio

Having my own studio in Southwest, FL provides a perfectly appointed space for dance photography and flexible scheduling to accommodate evening and weekend requests when necessary. View studio location on Google Maps. I also conduct location ballet photography sessions.

Testimonials

What Dancers and Parents have to say
  • If you are considering booking one of Gene's private studio sessions stop considering and do just do it it!!! You will NOT be disappointed. What will you get? Magic. This is an opportunity to work with an artist. You will capture all of the passion it took for your dancer to get to this moment. All of the broken toenails, bloody blisters, sore muscles and sweat your dancer has endured. This is much, much more than a mere shoot in your home studio in a recital costume... His attention to detail, uncanny timing and creativity should go without saying. The first thing he asked my daughter was "What do you want to get out of this?" He spent a few moments getting to know her. He was reassuring, he instilled confidence and my daughter, Emily (who is 12) left feeling like a rock star worth a million bucks! We drove home (Yes, I promise you, he IS worth the travel time) and by the time we were ready to settle in for the evening he had the proofs waiting for our approval. His art was worth the sleepless night we spent looking at them because what we saw was a window into our daughter's soul. We would not trade this experience for anything. We would now follow Gene anywhere. Capture this moment of your dancer's heart through Gene's creativity. Seasoned or not, this experience truly is the only way to preserve all of your dancer's hard work in the form of their passion. Book with confidence... And enjoy!
    Dawna
    Dawna
  • Getting the chance to work with Gene was a true privilege. He is a beautiful artist who manages to complement the dancer’s personality and expression through his work in an amazing way. As well as ending up with gorgeous photos, the photo session and the process involved was a great experience. He is so kind and patient and will not stop until he gets the perfect shot. It was a lot of fun and very interesting, making the 4 hours go by quickly. I wish we had more time! Definitely worth both the hours in the car getting there and the money, as no other photographer is as gifted as he is.
    Julie
    Julie
  • Gene is a consummate professional in all aspects of his work, from the actual photography to client communication to the delivery of his product. His work for each session goes well beyond the time actually spent in the studio. There is the time spent communicating with clients prior to the session and all of the post-session photo selection, editing, and delivery that takes place. When taking all of this time into consideration (in addition to the expense of the space and equipment), you will realize that not only have you just received the most beautiful ballet photos of your child that you may ever see, but you have received an exceptional bargain in the process!
    Meredith
    Meredith
  • I cannot express enough how happy my daughter is with this photo shoot. You gave her self confidence in a short amount of time. As a mother, it is very rewarding to see how one person can make a difference in one encounter. Lola is in 'awe' of her 6 hours photo shoot.
    You are an amazing artist but also a very kind and generous person. Your work is the reflection of your personality; an amazing person creating amazing pieces of art.
    Continue to encourage and work with young dancers like you do. You are an inspiration. Everything seems possible with you.
    Sylvie
    Sylvie
  • I imagine that you have worked with enough amateur and professional dancers to know how critical they are of themselves regarding their body image (i.e. they never look perfect or something could always be better). I cannot express to you what a positive impact your photo session had on Emily. She has become much more confident and happier with her self image. Your camera lens captured her beauty and her talent – and she was able to really “see” it for the first time. You truly are a gifted photographer and wonderful human being and I am eternally grateful for having met you. Emily also thanks you. I believe that God places people in our lives at a very specific moment for a very specific purpose. Our encounter with you on that Friday in June was definitely one of those special encounters.
    Pam
    Pam
  • Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you! Your work is stunningly beautiful and the session was a true joy. The pictures are so beautiful and Sarah adored you! And yes, she still loves her goldfish....on each photo shoot break!
    Stephanie
    Stephanie
  • Thank you so much for editing these shots so quickly! I really appreciate it! They all look incredible! It was an amazing experience getting to work with you! I am completely in awe with your work and talents! Hope I can work with you again soon. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year. Thank you again so much!!!
    Tessa
    Tessa
  • I had the amazing opportunity to work with THE Gene Schiavone this august, and it was just an overall incredible experience. He is a skilled professional and has so much talent and PATIENCE! He was willing to work with me until we got each shot exactly the way I wanted it. That trait is very hard to come by these days in a photographer so I was very thankful to finally work with someone who exhibited such patience. He is also just the nicest guy!! He explains everything very well and has awesome ideas when it comes to different poses and special effects! I am so happy with how my photos came out, and I can't wait to work with Gene again in the future!!!
    Gabrielle
    Gabrielle
  • We feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity Arden had to collaborate with Gene Schiavone. Of course he is a talented amazing artist, but he is also an incredibly nice person. His dedication and passion for his work was apparent during the entire photo shoot. His professional yet easygoing manner immediately put us at ease, and the time few by way to quickly. Arden was truly sad driving home because she did not want the magic to end. She did cheer up and was giddy with joy when she saw the first pics. Not only did we gain unique elegant photos but lifelong special memories. Thank you Gene for a sublime experience my daughter and I will always cherish.
    Jennifer
    Jennifer
  • My daughter had the privilege to have session with Gene and it was a priceless opportunity! The experience was as beautiful as the pictures, such a relaxed environment and a patient but encouraging photographer. It will always be a day to be treasured! We can't wait till the time comes when she can shoot with him again!
    Julia
    Julia

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Their Shoes Tell a Story

As some of you know, when I do a studio session with students and professionals, I ask that they leave a pair of signed shoes. Looking at the few I photographed today, I understood that they were not simply shoes but represent individual stories of commitment, dedication and sacrifice.

Many of these girls will do other things, however one or two may just get to perform on the big stages around the world. Perhaps I will have an opportunity to photograph them and place their shoes as principals next to their shoes as 12 or 14 or 17 year olds with big aspirations.

Included in this photo are also the shoes of Diana Vishneva, Alina Cojocaru, Paloma Herrera, Alessandra Ferri, and Julie Kent. So girls, you are in good company.

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