For the 2015 NFL season, I'm the photographer for the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers and Drumline (DCRB). The DCRB dancers are the ONLY coed hip-hop professional dance team in the NFL! They perform at all of the Dallas Cowboys home games and make special appearances around the country. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, this is a super dope opportunity. How did I get this photography gig? Glad you asked. For real, I've gotten that question several times.
I love the hip-hop dance genre, so back in 2014, on my own initiative, I started photographing local hip-hop dance events as a personal project. I started searching for hip-hop dance events around Dallas, when I came across the World of Dance tour. I blogged about that event, which you can read here. To date, I've actually photographed 3 WOD events, 2 in Dallas and 1 in Houston. From there I went on to photograph the Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest, Monsters of Hip Hop Dance and other dance events around the Dallas area. The dance community in Dallas is a small world, I started seeing the same people at each event, and I developed a reputation for my photographic work. As a result, I started getting calls to photograph hip-hop dance events and classes. There's one person in particular I want to point out, Paul Gosling. Paul was one of the parents for a dancer on the Hooligans Dance Krew. He hooked me up with several opportunities and referrals from dance classes by some industry leading choreographers such as Laurieann "Harlee" Gibson and Will "WilldaBeast Adams, to a Monsters Headphones product test shoot. Thank you Paul for every opportunity you brought my way.
Along my journey as a hip-hop dance photographer, I met Jenny Durbin Smith. The first time I saw her, she was a co-host at the Dallas Hip Hop Dance Fest. Soon after we started following each other on Instagram and we eventually met in person at the Monsters of Hip Hop event back in January of this year (2015). I didn't know it at the time, but she was the director and choreographer for the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers. If fact, she has an impressive body of work in the dance industry. Back in June (2015), Jenny offered me the job as the DCRB photographer for the 2015 season. I didn't even ask what it paid before YESSSS leaped outta my month (not a good negotiating practice btw). Money didn't matter to me, it was the experience of shooting a professional hip-hip dance crew AND it's for America's Team the Dallas Cowboys. HOW AWESOME IS THAT! Thanks Jenny!!!
As the seasons goes on I hope to be blogging more about my experiences and sharing some interesting shots as well. We're already 3 games in (including the preseason), so I plan on getting caught up this week. Enjoy the ride er'body, cause I am.