“So you think you can dance?…”
Just like the reality show, it all started with this phrase from my dance teacher and mentor, Pat Jackson. At age 15, I lived for sports – baseball, swimming, cycling. Pat challenged me at a school dance to take a class at her studio. “Who, me? No problem!” I mean, how hard could dance be, right? C’mon!
My first class was so embarrassing. From super stud to super klutz. Well, I couldn’t let that happen! Ego and vanity kept me in class 24/7 and, little by little, I got better. Fast-forward 20 years later, I’ve danced in over 100 films, 75 commercials, umpteen industrials and many international shows. I’ve been blessed with a full dance career.
During my international shows, I traveled to places exotic: Europe, Japan, Middle East, South America. These places offered glimpses into cultures both unfamiliar and fascinating. And in that exploration, I found myself looking at people and art differently. Really seeing. Seeing the nuances and the beauty. Donkeys carrying newlyweds on the isle of Santorini. Goats plying for foodbits in an Israeli restaurant. Looking deep into the face of a 100-year old midwife in Mexico. Watching natives paddle dugout canoes in Sinamaica. I wanted to recreate these pictures in my mind artistically.
So I picked up a camera. And…voila! It was a natural transition. The many years of looking in the mirror creating a dance line translated fluidly to being behind the lens creating an image. The underlying composition in the artistry is strikingly similar: Structure, form, lines, light, contrast, detail, color, intrigue, emotion.
To learn my new trade, I was privileged to study with renown photographer Bobbi Lane, whose tough love taught me photography techniques, and with Richard Newman, who gave me inspiration. With photography, there is a continuous learning process that always keeps it fresh and exciting.
Behind the lens, I can go beyond what people look like on the surface to seeing who they really are. Now that’s dancing!
Meet Michael Higgins
— Behind the Camera —
Michael Higgins has been photographing dancers, actors, models and athletes for over 15 years, and is a top LA photographer for brands and advertising. With a full photography studio located in the heart of Hollywood, Michael is available for studio time or for on-location photo shoots. For more information, to inquire about rates or to book a session, contact Michael Higgins Photo today.