Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey standing arms crossed, black leotard, Lake Merritt Oakland. Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Grand Lake Oakland Dancer Lee Alex at night

Recently I photographed around the Grand Lake neighborhood in Oakland Dancer Lee AlexMeyer-Lorey at night. Dance is such a fascinating art form and lends itself to so many creative photo ideas.

What lead to the Oakland Dancer at night photoshoot?

Initially the plan was to shoot during the late afternoon and to catch the magical golden hour. However thanks to Bay Area traffic, makeup artist Juanita got stuck, and the shoot got later, and later. As I watched the last of the light disappear out of my studio window I was coming up with my plan B. As a photographer I often run into situations where things don’t go as planned, especially photographing life events like weddings. So I’m already used to needing to be flexible and creative in all situations. Luckily my studio is in a super cool neighborhood, Grand Lake, Oakland. So we headed out into the night to find light and make magic happen.

Locations we used…

The first place we went to get the photoshoot started was at the pillars at Lake Merritt. We then made our way back towards the Grand Lake Theatre, stopping under the highway overpass to take a few dance photos with the blue and multi colored lights. The Grand Lake Theatre entrance turned out to be my favorite spot. The performance aspect of dance went perfectly with the atmosphere of the historic theatre.

Here are my favorite images from the photoshoot! I hope you enjoy the images!

LEE ALEX MEYER-LOREY, dark photo of dancer at night, at Lake Merritt, Oakland. By Ella Sophie

Ella Sophie, Oakland Photographer. dark night photo of dancer LEE ALEX MEYER-LOREY, Lake Merritt dramatic makeup

San Francisco Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey. Black leotard, Costume makeup. Lake Merritt Oakland. Photographer Ella Sophie

Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey photographed by Ella Sophie urban night portrait. Oakland, Lake Merritt

Hair Flip, dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey in black leotard, night Lake Merritt Oakland, by Ella Sophie

Dramatic urban night setting, Oakland Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey Dancing. Lake Merritt, Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

I was thoroughly impressed by Lee Alex’s ability to dance and jump in those heels!

Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey dancing in black leotard with fishnet stockings. Photo by Ella Sophie

Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey, standing split dance pose, dark night by Lake Merritt Oakland by Ella Sophie

Backbend by dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey, dramatic makeup, black fishnet stockings, photo by ella sophie

Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey in black fringe dress, dancing at night under neon streetlights

Forward bend dance pose. Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey. Photographer Ella Sophie, Night with streetlights, Oakland CA

Crouching Dance Pose of San Francisco Dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey photo by Ella Sophie, Oakland Photographer

Grand Lake Theatre, Oakland, entrance at night with Dancer Alex Lee Meyer-Lorey

Grand Lake Theatre entrance, Oakland dancer Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey in black fringe dress by Ella Sophie

Dance Pose Jumping forward bend, neon lights, Grand Lake Theatre entrance. By Oakland Photographer Ella Sophie

Pirouette Dance Pose, photo of Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey. Oakland Grand Lake Theatre. Ella Sophie Photographer

Pirouette Dance Pose back, photo of Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey. Oakland Grand Lake Theatre. Photographer Ella Sophie

Dancer Portrait. Dramatic makeup, black lipstick, at night. Grand lake theatre entrance by Ella Sophie

Dancer Portrait Lee Alex Meyer-Lorey eye contact dramatic makeup. Night, Grand Lake Theatre. Ella Sophie Photographer

Find out more about the talented and lovely Lee Alex on her San Francisco Ballet bio page
Makeup done by Juanita Valencia of Poetic Beauty

If you have any questions about this shoot or any of my photography services please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always happy to help aspiring photographers as well!

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