Commission me for your dance photography.

My performance photography, studio portraits and dance photo shoots have illustrated marketing campaigns, fulfilled press requests, collected likes and followers on social media and graced billboards in Chicago.

“To capture dance, the trained eye has to be more than aesthetic, it must be kinesthetic – and of course it must be in love with the subject. Christopher has all this, and he has captured the spirit of not only the dancers but also of Jacob’s Pillow itself.”

–Ella Baff, former Executive Director of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

“Thanks for capturing some great moments from such a special week …. Surely one I will NEVER forget, especially now with these Awesome photos!!!! Both you and Nel captured so beautifully this project for me, before, during, and even a bit after. How super special this is to me!!!!”

–Wendy Whelan

“Thank you for the incredibly fun shoot! All the dancers had a ball, and we’re definitely looking forward to working with you again.”

–Sydney Skybetter

Dance Films with Nel Shelby

My wife Nel and I both believe deeply in the preservation and promotion of dance, and we often team up to provide artists with a complete package for their upcoming productions.

Her dance film company, Nel Shelby Productions, makes standout video for dance artists every day. It’s amazing to see what she and her team creates, and I’m humbled to be a part of her business.


Dance Magazine
The New York Times
Pointe Magazine

My wife Nel, a dance videographer, helped me get my start in photographing dance.

All it took was one choreographer, open to having me at her dress rehearsal (thanks, Adele Myers!) and I never turned back. Now, I’ve photographed dance artists in cultural hotspots from New York to Chicago and beyond, and I’ve been the Festival Photographer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance in the Berkshires since 2005.

Over and over again, I am wowed by the generosity and creativity of the incredible dance artists I photograph at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and in New York City. Photographing dance in performance is always a fun and exciting challenge – how to capture the essence of a choreographer’s work in a split second (and usually without ever seeing the dance before that moment). Making creative dance portraits with artists in the studio or in natural light gives a chance to collaborate and play.

My dance photography experience constantly pushes me forward in so many ways, giving me a better sense of play with light, better sense of movement, better anticipation of the perfect moment.

Let's make beautiful dance photos together.

See More of my Dance Photography on my Blog…

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Photos | Festival Artists 2017

I love working with brilliant artists who perform on the Pillow stages and teach in The School. Pillow artists I was able to collaborate with in creative portraits this summer include: Elisa Clark, James Whiteside and Cassandra Trenary, Catherine Cabeen, and Chloe Davis and Beatrice Capote.

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