Ariel Dance Studio Recital & Fashion Show, San Jose

When Tanisha emailed me to ask if I wanted to work with her, I was immediately excited! I first met her through my work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area (who by the way are losing just about all their funding and could seriously do with your support to continue their amazing work, so donate or volunteer) and we connected easily.

Tanisha is fierce, creative and a go getter. She’s a mama to five kids, works as a human resources coordinator at St Judes AND also models… and now she’s starting to offer children’s fashion shows! Say it with me… wow!!

This show was so, SO sweet. Oanh Tretter (of Ariel Dance Productions in San Jose) directed the recital, and Tanisha directed the fashion show. It was lovely to watch the kids proudly show off what they learned but still have room to let their personalities shine through.

The boutiques that showed off their clothes were generous. Lots of super cute clothing for little boys and girls got walked down the runway. I’ll post the full list at the end of this post. Let’s get on to the good stuff though, here are the gorgeous little models and dancers!


Here’s one of the dads, ready to capture his little one’s moment in the spotlight, and standing in for me while I check my lighting setup:


Some of the clothes that were modeled. Love the colours!


The performers blowing off a little steam before the show began:


Wonderful dramatic clouds outside the studio… setting the mood for a memorable show!


Some of the most delightful kids ever. I had so much fun photographing them and spent the whole show grinning from ear to ear! Just look at them!





Oh man! I just couldn’t stop choosing more shots to share! Part 2 of this session is coming soon!


Special thanks to all those involved. Please support these amazing businesses!

Ariel Dance Productions
Tiny Tots Baby Boutique
Precious Little Tutus


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  1. Reply
    Shelly July 29, 2011

    What fun! Love the clothes and the kids. Looks like a fun day through and through.

  2. Reply
    Mary Marantz July 20, 2011

    I miss you. That is all. xoox

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