Photographing Dance

Photographing your work, shows or choreography is a great way of recording what you have done, or marketing and promoting a current show.

The technical issues involved in photography can be complex and having at least a basic understanding of them helps when you are briefing a photographer. Below are some guidelines and information which might help.

This information sheet contains guidelines on technical, creative and legal issues involved in commissioning dance photography.

Originally written for Dance UK by Helen Burrows, Dance UK’s ex-Information and Communications Officer. She is a freelance professional photographer who has photographed widely in the dance and arts world. She is particularly interested in dance photography and portraits. Her work can be seen on her website and she can be contacted at or 07940 928926 if you would like to discuss commissioning her to shoot your work or show.

Photographing Dance Information Sheet