When I first started my professional photography business, the lovely Shyama recruited me into the world of belly dance photography, as she was starting her own path within the art at the same time. I took a lot of photos of her and her troupe's initial performances, and the experience I gained helped solidify my style and abilities. She soon formed a troupe of her own, and when she approached me earlier this year to do a portrait session for the three of them, I had to say yes, because I was so appreciative of all the experience she helped give me in my initial year of shooting! We took a few photos in downtown Champaign until we got too cold (it was February, after all!), at which time we retreated to the Institute 4 Creativity, who graciously allowed us to use their awesome space for the shoot.