Ten Beautiful Pointe Shoe Poses for Your Next Photoshoot

You’ve got your daughter’s standard ballet photo provided by the dance studio. You know the one—weight on the back leg, front foot pointed, ballet arms to the side. Or maybe she’s graduated to the arabesque and head shot, the ones where you reserve her 15-minute time slot for $75 or more. She has to nail those two bland poses, and you get two digital photos that look just like everyone else’s.

It’s time to upgrade. Your ballerina has worked her ruffled butt off for years to have the strength to nail some amazing poses. Why aren’t you showing that off? Here are ten beautiful pointe shoe poses from my portfolio that will show off all that hard work and give you unique photos that are worthy of all that hard work.

 Strong, elegant, and totally doable for younger dancers.

Strong, elegant, and totally doable for younger dancers.

 A fun variation on the classic arabesque.

A fun variation on the classic arabesque.

 This seated pose is deceptively difficult, but makes an amazing portrait.

This seated pose is deceptively difficult, but makes an amazing portrait.

 Showing those elegant arms, but this time on relevé.

Showing those elegant arms, but this time on relevé.

 This sculptural pose is one only a ballerina can nail.

This sculptural pose is one only a ballerina can nail.

 This one requires a fan and a lot of patience, but is totally worth it!

This one requires a fan and a lot of patience, but is totally worth it!

 Is your dancer a little bit quirky?!? Show her personality with this fun pose!

Is your dancer a little bit quirky?!? Show her personality with this fun pose!

 No Photoshop here. Just an amazing dancer and a lot of patience.

No Photoshop here. Just an amazing dancer and a lot of patience.

 Looking for a dramatic statement for your wall? This is the one!

Looking for a dramatic statement for your wall? This is the one!

 Spontaneous, relaxed, and oh so elegant.

Spontaneous, relaxed, and oh so elegant.

You see, pointe shoe photoshoots don’t have to be only about the classic poses. Get that head shot and arabesque, but make sure you get some fun poses to show off your dancer’s unique personality. She’ll only be this age once!