How To: An Introduction to Street Style Dance Photography

Dance photography is absolutely gorgeous; how do you get into it?

It’s quite easy for many photographers to scroll their Instagram feed and double tap any dance photography they see. The reason why is because it’s all pretty magical. Like everyone in the photography community says and does though, everyone wants to do it. But how? To figure this out, we talked to photographer Kien Quan and Omar Robles–arguably two of the bigger dance photographers on Instagram. In two separate interviews, we took a look at their work and asked for digestible quotes to help out other photographers.

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Omar Robles: Photographing Dancers in the Streets of NYC


All images by Omar Robles. Used with permission.

If you’re not already following photographer Omar Robles on Instagram, then you’ll want to boot up your phone and do so now. Originally from Puerto Rico, he is a dance and documentary photographer.

In 2007, he started working as a professional photographer for Metro San Juan Magazine in Puerto Rico. Then he moved to Chicago in 2010 where he worked as a photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune’s Spanish publication Hoy. In 2013, he relocated to NYC where he started working on a dance series under the hashtag #OZR_Dance. It’s earned him the recognition of Instagram’s Blog, Huffington Post and Mashable among others.

Omar’s Instagram feed is filled with images that he shoots where he and dancers take to the streets of NYC and create visually stunning scenes.

And believe it or not, he started being completely afraid of taking portraits.

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