The Carolinas’ Premier Dance Photography Studio
Inspired. Innovative. Edgy.
Exulting Images is a full-service, professional dance photography company serving Charlotte, NC and Fort Mill, Rock Hill and Columbia, SC. We offer dancers of all ages and skill levels fun and highly-personalized studio sessions that empower, delight and inspire. Together, we accomplish the extraordinary.
Behind the Lens
Who We Are
Hi, we are Team ei and we’re glad you’re here! We established Exulting Images in 2010 as a way to marry our creative passions – dance, photography, and unforgettable life experiences.
Mike Farella, Owner and Lead Photographer, has 16 years professional dance experience – including 10 at Disney World – and in concert with his award-winning photograph, he is able to capture the very best from every dancer.
We can’t wait to make art together as we celebrate your craft!
Book Your Session
We offer two-hour Creative, Themed and Outdoor sessions and 30-minute Dance Headshot sessions. Once you decide which is best for you or your little dancer, we’ll book your dance photoshoot!
Next, we’ll jump into creative mode, starting with a “Meet the Dancer” questionnaire that helps us get to know you – including the dance disciplines you practice, how long you’ve been dancing, and how often you take classes.
Prepare For Your Session
This is where the fun begins! Every aspect of your ei experience is tailored to you.
We’ll need a list of 8 to 10 poses you want to capture and photos of 5 to 7 wardrobe pieces (outfits, costumes, leotards) that vary in color and style. From here, Team ei will plan your session! We’ll pull backdrops, props and set pieces, and create inspired lighting schemes that will bring your vision to life.
The Photography Experience
This is your day! After stretching and dressing, we’ll collaborate to create images that are representative of your capabilities. Each pose will be shot 3 to 10 times, with corrections between takes as needed. Your photographs will be displayed on a 50” screen on set and a 24” screen off stage, making communication seamless.
The session only wraps when both dancer and photographer are thrilled.
Choose Your Photos
Before leaving the studio, we’ll schedule an in-person/virtual gallery experience within a week.
During our 30 to 45 minute meeting, we’ll view your highlight reel and full portfolio, create your collection of dance photos, and select your digital and/or print bundle. Choosing pieces can be hard – bring those involved in the decision making process with you! Just 2 weeks later, you’ll receive your gorgeous images!
As Featured In
Rhonda Marchant — Encore DCS, Founding Director