Tracy Waitkus Photography 805.264.2771

​Avila Beach, California

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Pismo Beach provided so many great backdrops for our October shoot. In addition to the shore and rugged cliffs, there was a cave which provided dramatic light that simulated an in-studio shoot. And the temperature was mild and pleasant for our late-afternoon session. 

Pairing a beautiful outdoor location with a stunning dancer can result in amazing images! Here on the central coast of California we have no shortage of spectacular locations, such as Pismo Beach. And I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with talented dancer Grace Phillips

Ballet at the Beach

October 15, 2018

Grace takes class at SLO Movement Arts Center and is a member of the Movement Arts Collective dance company. She is also a brand ambassador for Covet Dance and Audition Dancewear

There's something very freeing about shooting a dancer outdoors as opposed to on-stage or in the studio. The flattering light, the wind in her hair, and the magnificent natural scenery add such beauty and drama to the images. I'm looking forward to more dancer collaborations in the future!

Previous Posts:

Emily's Senior Portraits

Oct 2, 2018

Hairspray Jr

July 13, 2018

Senior Portraits: FAQ

May 8, 2018

Prom-Styled Shoot

April 10, 2018

Senior Portraits: Guys

March 8, 2018

Makenzie's Senior Portraits

March 1, 2018

Ballerinas in Pismo Beach

February 5, 2018

Eisworth Family

January 27, 2018

Styled Model Shoot

​January 11, 2018

Babes in Toyland

January 5, 2018

Aladdin Jr.

December 21, 2017

Kalli's Senior Portraits

November 20, 2017

Kody's Senior Portraits

Oct 23, 2017

Ashlyn's Senior Portraits

Oct 12, 2017


July 27, 2017

Top Looks for Senior Portraits

May 31, 2017

Class of 2018 Models

May 5, 2017

Black & White Portraits
April 7, 2017

Ava Turns 10

April 7, 2017


Mar 30, 2017

Synergy Dance Co

Feb 25, 2017

Dancers are trained to make their movement look effortless, but in reality, it takes years of working in the studio many hours each week to develop proper ballet technique. Grace is an amazing dancer who combines strong technique and athleticism with gorgeous artistry. She is an absolute pleasure to photograph!