“Dancers & Dogs”: Photographer Duo Captures The Relationship Between Dancers And Their Pups
Back in January of 2017, photographers Kelly Pratt Kreidich and Ian Kreidich hit upon a new idea. For years, they’d specialized in photographing professional dancers; what if, just for fun, they tried photographing some of those dancers with the dogs, using composition and choreography to capture the relationship between these people and their pups?
One hundred dogs and dancers later, Dancers & Dogs is not only a web favorite, but a full-length art book, available now for your viewing pleasure.
“One day, I (Kelly) had a strange idea: “What if we did pictures of dancers, with dogs.” Ian looked at me like I was crazy. On paper, it was strange and didn’t make sense. Why dancers and dogs? But I told Ian to just “Go with it.” I had a vision. Our first duo was Ericka and Baxter, an English Bulldog, who belongs to a friend. We captured just the results we were hoping for – clean and elegant pictures, that are sweet, light-hearted and funny. Ballet is often seen as stuffy or unapproachable, and we feel like this project helps people see the lighter side of dancers. We have learned a lot during this process. We were not animal photographers when we started out! But along the way we have learned how to work on a dog’s level, how to get dogs to do certain actions, what kind of dogs are even right for this project,” they wrote.