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 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

Deposit – A $150 deposit is required to reserve a date.

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 1-860-395-9581 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
  • 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
  • I had a great experience working with Gene. He was incredibly patient and I felt so much more comfortable in front of the camera because of this! He will make sure to work with you until you get a picture you actually like and are happy with. His encouragement and passion was inspiring! Gene is not only a fabulous photographer, but he is someone who is really great to talk to. It's amazing to hear about his experiences working with so many amazing dancers around the world. It was a privilege to work with someone as skilled and experienced as Gene and I look forward to shooting with him again in the future!! Thank you Gene!
    Alisa
    Alisa
  • It's been over a year since my daughter Allenda had the wonderful experience of having a photo shoot with you. She came to you while a student, used your wonderful photos which helped her to get very nice company audition invitations this past winter, and now she has begun her professional ballet career as an Apprentice at Universal Ballet in Seoul, South Korea! Thank you for great photos and the opportunity for Allenda to work with you!
    Michelle
    Michelle
  • I want to recommend Gene to any young aspiring ballerina or girls who just enjoy dancing to definitely take the opportunity to work with him. It was truly an honor and a gift to work with Gene. Genes talents exceed his pictures, because as exquisite his pictures are as patient, kind, generous and meticulous as he is with each ballerina he photographs. He always made sure my daughter was hydrated and felt good throughout the photo shoot. Gene gives the best direction to achieve the perfect poses and captures his subjects in the most beautiful lighting. He listens and he shares his ideas. Isabella gained confidence and an appreciation of what goes in to making a beautiful picture that tells a story that you will have forever! I am so happy Gene captured every detail of my daughter and brought out her personality in every picture. It is a very important time in her life and we were blessed to have you be a huge part of it. We can't thank you enough for all the gorgeous pictures and the education.
    Juliann
    Juliann
  • I advise anyone who is interested in having exceptional photos taken of themselves to turn to Gene. This man is a true master of ballet photography. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my photo shoot with Gene. He knows exactly what he wants and what works in order to make beautiful photos. Every shot was taken with precision and such great attention to detail. He is also incredibly friendly and invested in those he works with, from the famous ballerinas of today to preprofessional students.
    Beth
    Beth
  • Working with you was an amazing opportunity and experience for my daughter, Claire. Whether she pursues a career as a dancer or not, we've now got gorgeous photos to mark this time in her life. If you are on the fence about booking a session, just do it! The photos speak for themselves. You not only took the time to choose the right poses, you were able to capture her personality perfectly. Thanks so much for doing this for these young dancers!!
    Bonnie
    Bonnie
  • 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

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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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