Testimonals

From The Press, Dancers, Parents
 

Commerical Clients

Principal Dancers / Ballet Companies
Diana Vishneva
In Gene's photographs I always feel his love for the art of the ballet and the dancers he photographs. Among many people who photograph rehearsals or performances there are very few real masters who can show the beauty and pureness of dance. When Gene works I never feel distracted. In fact it's always fascinating - I never see him but later I receive beautiful photographs. I always hope he is the one selected to photograph me in the studio or onstage.

Diana Vishneva

Principal Dancer
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Mariinsky Ballet & American Ballet Theatre
Katerina Novikova
Having a deep love and understanding of ballet, Gene always photographs the Bolshoi in a very special way. I shall never forget your photo session of Corsair as your pictures manage to capture not only the beauty of human bodies, ballet movement and group's choreographic architectonic, but true emotions and drama on stage. This quality is vital for the Bolshoi Ballet through its history but hardly I can remember many photographers who were able to see and capture it in such profound and yet natural way Gene did.

Katerina Novikova

Director of Communications
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Natalia Osipova
Gene has photographed me both on stage and in the studio since 2008. His images are a photographic record not only of my time with American Ballet Theatre but in many Galas and special performances around the world. Gene is very sensitive to the fine details of ballet and I am grateful for all the wonderful photographs he has given me over the years I have known him.

Natalia Osipova

Principal Ballet Dancer
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Kelly Ryan
Gene Schiavone's work for American Ballet Theatre has served as a moving backdrop of more than a decade full of artistry. His easygoing manner belies a skillful eye, capturing the very best in classical and contemporary dance. As America's National Ballet Company®, ABT is fortunate to have Gene, an artist in his own medium, to document everything that is excellent.

Kelly Ryan

Director of Press and Public Relations
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In the Press

Reporter / Journalist Quotes
It's safe to say that you haven't arrived until you've been photographed by Gene Schiavone.

Andrew Blackmore-Dobbyn

Writer
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When the greats in the dance world want to be photographed they call up Schiavone.

Ann Nyberg

Reporter
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Gene Schiavone’s world-renowned photography captures both the beauty of the stage and the soul of the dancer.

Zoe Zaneteas

Writer
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The artist who captures the essence of the Ballet. ...one of the most famous and brilliant photographers of dance.

Chiara Ricci

Italian Journalist
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Studio Sessions

Parents / Dancers
Gabrielle
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

Dancer
Jennifer
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

Parent
Julia
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

Parent
Alisa
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

Student
Michelle
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

Parent
Juliann
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

Parent
Beth
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

Parent
Meredith
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

Parent
Sylvie
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

Parent
Pam
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

Parent
Kae
I don’t even know how to begin thanking you for the exquisite images and the sublime photography session.
First of all, it was an honor to meet you, and an extraordinary privilege for Florrie to have a session with you. She has dreamed of this session for several years, and her experience went far beyond any dreams or hopes she had. As a young dancer embarking upon her professional journey, what could be better than to have some exquisite  images for her portfolio! Images that are unique and express different aspects of her personality and dance ability. Images that all express her passion and joy for ballet. Florrie was overjoyed on our ride back to Clearwater and later to Savannah, having had, for the first time in her life, a photography session that was inspiring and fun. She said she lost all notion of time during your collaboration.  The working towards something wonderful was exciting, and I am so grateful for your generosity of time. As Florrie's mom, I can tell you that I saw a new confidence come over her…and instead of the panic and the “I’m not good enough…” look in her eyes, which I perceived in her past photo shoots,  I saw her true self emerging, unselfconsciously and with joyous focus. I can see through your work that you facilitate that “becoming an artist” with all your young dancers. They see themselves as dancers, as capable of moving in beautiful ways, and they feel a sense of their inner beauty which manifests in the outward movement and image. You help them so much in this process with your kindness, your patience, your generosity, your humility, and your incomparable artistry. So my husband and I cannot thank you enough for what you’ve done for Florrie…. and for so many dancers already and dancers to come… You are a treasure.
We hope that a holiday photography session becomes part of our family’s holiday tradition. We are already discussing a trip to Florida next winter, if possible… and my husband looks forward to meeting you and being there as you create magic  in the studio.


Kae

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