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Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot

 
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Whoever suggested that it’s hard to dance about architecture certainly didn’t anticipate Tessa and Scott coming along.
Whoever suggested that it’s hard to dance about architecture certainly didn’t anticipate Tessa and Scott coming along.

I’ve spent the Sochi Olympics putting the finishing touches on the shots I took of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir last September. (For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Tessa and Scott, they are the Canadian ice dancing champions who took gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and won the silver last week in Sochi.) Please don’t ask what’s taken me so long to post these images. I could, no doubt, conjure up a great many vaguely plausible excuses — involving polar vortexes, snow days, sick days, Newton’s first law of motion (“objects at rest tend to stay at rest”), various bodily aches and pains, an earthquake, a terrible flood, locusts, and on and on. But, if I may confide in you, the simple truth is that I don’t want this amazing working relationship — between me and “my” ice dancers, obviously; but also, and far more poignantly, between Tessa and Scott — to end. Ever.

Like so many figure-skating aficionados, I have great adoration and respect for Tessa and Scott. Their talent, integrity, joyfulness, and dedication to their art are boundless. And their skating has a way of transporting me (and countless others) to a place of palpable passion and romance. Dreamy to watch, but also dreamy to work with: effusively appreciative, always positive, ready for action, and simply hilarious. It’s been nothing but pure pleasure photographing them. (Back in 2008, I actually declined their first request for a session, because ”I don’t work with couples.” Can you believe that?! Thank goodness, they weren’t deterred by my utter stupidity.)

When we were discussing ideas for this session, Kate (Tessa's mother – another dream to work with), came up with the most fitting concept: looking back and looking ahead. Tessa and Scott clearly have a deep appreciation for their unique partnership, their friendship spanning 17 years, and the extraordinary accomplishments they’ve achieved together — all during such a formative period in their lives. Their remarkable shared history simply boggles my mind. Whatever their futures hold — and I have not been made to privy to any information on this — I can easily imagine that they will always have each other’s backs.

Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Beaming! (These were taken at the new wing of the University of Michigan Museum of Art).
Beaming! (These were taken at the new wing of the University of Michigan Museum of Art).
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Surf's up at Angell Hall (designed by premier architect Albert Kahn in 1924).
Surf's up at Angell Hall (designed by premier architect Albert Kahn in 1924).
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Holding their own, even in the visual cacophony of “Grafitti Alley.”
Holding their own, even in the visual cacophony of “Grafitti Alley.”
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Tessa and Scott each pitying the other for their choice of reading material.
Tessa and Scott each pitying the other for their choice of reading material.
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | I’m so grateful that I got to bask in their glow these past few years.
I’m so grateful that I got to bask in their glow these past few years.
Tessa Virtue + Scott Moir: Fall 2013 Shoot | Running ahead toward whatever life has in store for them (not to mention, Tessa’s shoes) — fueled by all that has come before.
Running ahead toward whatever life has in store for them (not to mention, Tessa’s shoes) — fueled by all that has come before.

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Comments

They, and your photographs, are gorgeous! Just stunning and full of joie d’vivre!

#1 Michele Rivette

Beautiful photos of the world’s most beautiful ice dancers. “I’m so grateful that I got to bask in their glow these past few years” – so are we all! We don’t want it to end. Thank you for capturing these moments for us to hold forever.

#2 Lily

Wow, These are simply beautiful. I have really enjoyed your photo shoots with them, and I can tell you I’m not looking forward to the fact there might not be any more. I will miss them, and the ice will not be the same without them. Scott and Tessa are by far the best ice dancers of their time ( maybe ever) and I have no doubt that’s how they will be remembered in their sport!

#3 Kaire

These are stunningly beautiful photos! Of course it helps to have such gorgeous subjects to work with!!

#4 Gavin

I love these photos, they are amazing in general and to look at, how can you not fall in love with one look at just one photo

#5 Ina

Great pictures and I love the concept of them!
The last one makes me kind of sad. They look so happy, but in some way they are saying goodbye …

#6 Sarah

Amazing photos!! The last one is my favorite. Thank you so much :)

#7 Lilian

Wow. You really captured the essence of Tessa and Scott’s friendship in your photos – easy, relaxed, and fun. They are a beautiful and talented couple, and will be missed in the competitive circuit. Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us (Myra included of course).

#8 Josephine

Omg, can they be any more married?

#9 Frank

They look so beautiful together…I was hoping something romance was going to come out of this…

#10 Sharyn

Tessa and Scott are shining examples to the World of the shear beauty, strength and talent required to excel at Olympic Ice Dancing. It is a pleasure to watch them “live the dream” for all Canadians with their Silver and Gold medal performances, while we in the Ilderton area glow with a little extra pride, inside, that it all started in our part of this great Country.

#11 Clyde Walton

Beautiful Photos Tessa & Scott

#12 Gay Nadeau

The concept of all your photos of them is adorable because you did not try to change them or to make them look different from what they are. Thank you for presenting in the most beautiful way two lovely, happy kids who represent in a stunning way the happiness of just being what they are, and doing what they love. Just do not stop photograping them

#13 Iskra

Stunning! What an outstanding couple!

We’d love to have some more :)

#14 Michelle

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I’m a professional photographer specializing in studio and lifestyle portraits of children, families, high school seniors, and performing artists. I live in Ann Arbor with my husband, Rich, and our 14-year-old son, Max. Learn more about my portrait and headshot services at Myra Klarman Photography.

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