Berit Alits bought her first single-lens reflex camera (a Nikon D40) about 4 years ago.
“I took pictures of everything. And I mean everything!” she says. Since then she’s made a series of discoveries.
First was toy photography. “I studied a lot about the light, composing photos, being creative and telling little stories.” Berit explains. Next, was portraits. Berit worked on a project called Faces of the World (mainly photographing international colleagues from the engineering company in Ireland for which she worked).
“I discovered how much I love people!” Berit says of the project. It’s a passion that’s evident throughout her portraits of young actors, bands, dancers, couples, families, and individuals.
“I love capturing creative people like dancers,” she comments. “I love how expressive they are. It’s so easy work with them, movement is just so natural for dancers. A photographer has to give them very little direction (or none at all) of how to pose. I just ask the dancer to dance in a particular place and I can be creative composing the photo.”
This photo features Kenny, a breakdancer from Clonmel, Ireland. He is a dance instructor in a local dance crew called Dance Revolution.
“I could say that he is the life and soul of the local dance community,” Berit explains, “with lots of friends and lots of people who look up to him.”
Take a peek behind the scenes of this downtown Clonmel photoshoot:
About the Photographer: Berit Alits is qualified in tourism management and has worked as a tour guide as well as a travel coordinator for an international engineering company. After discovering photography, she quit her well-paid job to pursue her dreams as a photographer. In addition, she decided to go to college and is a student of Creative Multimedia at LIT Clonmel, exploring web development, programming, video, photography, social media, and graphic design. Berit has many interests including traveling, movies, music, postcards, sci-fi, blogging, art, theatre, festivals, books, and cats.
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.