Suzi Bird Dance Photographer Bristol Clevedon London


As a dancer, it’s so important to have a strong set of images that showcase your range, talent and personality. These images are often the first thing that a director or employer will see, so it’s super important to make an amazing impression. Dance portfolio shoots are tailored around your needs, whether you require headshots, bodyshots or just something a little different.

No two shoots with me are the same, as each one is a reflection of each individual dancer’s style, strength and technique. I bring a range of different creative ideas to every shoot, and always ask the dancer to bring along some unique ideas of their own in order to work together to create something amazing. My passion and experience of dance comes through in every image, ensuring that your images stand out and create an emotional connection with the audience in the same way as a piece of choreography would. A portfolio shoot not only provides you with the perfect set of images to carry you forward in your career, but also a visual understanding of who you are as a dancer.

Here are the answers for some frequently asked questions:

How much are your shoots?

Please click to view my pricing page here.

How old do I have to be?

You can be any age! I have photographed dancers aged 3-70!

Do I have to be really flexible and experienced?

Absolutely not! The benefit of me also being a dancer is that I am there to help coach your technique and give you lots of ideas that will show you at your very best. Most dancers come away really surprised at what they can actually do! As for flexibility, there is SO much more to a photo that how high you can lift your leg! My favourite photos are always the most simple ones, as you can create amazing, elegant shapes without bending your body in half.

Can I bring outfit changes?

Yes please bring a range of options for your shoot. I recommend bringing along several interesting and plain leotards, along with a couple pieces of clothing - for example jeans, baggy jumpers, different coloured tights, socks etc! If you’re stuck for ideas, just have a look at the images on my website or Instagram page for some inspiration on what works well.

What SHOES should I wear?

If you’re on pointe then please bring your pointe shoes. A broken in pair is best to make your feet look their best, and for outdoor shoots I high recommend wearing a pair that you don’t plan to wear in class again!

If you’re not on pointe, you can bring soft ballet shoes and trainers but we’ll likely do mostly bare feet.


What to wear

When selecting outfits for your portfolio shoot, it’s important to think about what styles and colours suit your complexion and the way in which you’d like to be portrayed as a dancer. Consider that, although you may focus on one genre of dance, companies will want to see a range in your abilities. Your outfit is a direct reflection of your personality and style.

During a two hour shoot, there is usually time for at least 5 outfit changes and one change of hairstyle. Consider the roles you may be applying for and what you think would be most suitable. Personally, I love dancers with their hair down in at least some of their images as it adds an additional sense of movement and grace. Do consider the finer details too, such as nail varnish and makeup. The most important thing is to keep it simple – the photos are about you as a dancer and don’t require heavy styling in order for you to look great.

Feel free to bring more than you need, as it’s always good to have options!

The Process

At the start of your shoot, We will go through your outfit options together and discuss what you are hoping to gain as a result of the shoot. It’s always a good idea to bring some visual examples of the type of images you would like and the poses you may like to do. Together, you will then plan a rough structure for your time together to ensure you get all of the shots that you need. Suzi will be able to demonstrate certain positions and correct the small details, such as a micro-bend in the knee, in order to produce the best image possible. Headshots are always done at the start of a portfolio session, while hair and makeup is still fresh.

After your shoot, I will send you an online gallery of all of your images to choose from. There are always a number of digital images included in your shoot, and additional copies can be purchased as extras. For full details on the packages available, please visit the pricing page.

Suzi Bird Dance Photographer Bristol Clevedon London

“I have worked with a lot of photographers and I have to tell you, Suzi really is fantastic! She have a great eye and because of her dance background, she really brings so much to the shoots. Eden said she learnt a lot from Suzi about shapes and how to use her body, and she has already asked me to book another shoot with you!” – Sarah-Lousie | Eden Dancewear