Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

I really love my job, but there are some days I love it even more. Getting to photograph Cirque du Soleil performances is a highlight of my year. Over the years I have been lucky enough to photograph the Cirque du Soleil when they perform at the Valley View Casino Center, and even luckier to now be friends with local aerialists here in San Diego. I owe a great deal to Joe McNally, he has been a sources of inspiration and knowledge for many years. He also introduced me the Jennifer Curry Wingrove, a dancer and aerialist who I have had the distinct pleasure of photographing many times since. Being able to photograph Jennifer and her talented friends has made it so much easier to shoot the Cirque show and it has taught me what to look for. So here are my favorite photos from the show. If you get the chance, check out www.astraeusaerialdance.com for more on Jennifer and her amazing acrobatic friends and my coverage of her shows Here, Here and Here.

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

Cirque du Soleil Presents TORUK: The First Flight at the Valley View Casino Center on 11/23/2016 in San Diego, CA (Photo by Alan Hess)

All the photos were shot with the Nikon D750 and D4 using the 70-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens and the 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.

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