Testimonals

Reviews 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
Sergei Danilian
Gene has a sharp eye for the movement and emotion of ballet. His photographs are works of art and we are very happy to be able to use them in our published material. He has produced work for us for almost ten years and we are happy to include him among the friends of Ardani Artists.

Sergei Danilian

Director
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Kevin Hesse
Indianapolis City Ballet has had the privilege of working with Gene Schiavone every year since 2009. I particularly respect not only the absolute professionalism, flexibility, speed and follow-through, but also his respect for, and knowledge of, the artform and the individual artists he is shooting. The results speak for themselves but what you don’t see in the images is the work ethic, professionalism and kindness he brings to the task each and every time.

Kevin Hesse

Producer/Executive Director
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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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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
Bonnie
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

Parent
Dawna
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

Parent
Julie
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

Dancer
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
Stephanie
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

Parent
Tessa
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

Dancer
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