We just wrapped up our first group photography workshop for dance photographers this past weekend, and I can truly say that I think we all had such a wonderful time!
Did you attend our Dance Photographer Workshop? Give us your feedback and remember to stay connected for more!
Makeup skills are important for dancers. The right makeup techniques are help you to present yourself on stage and off stage exactly the way you need to.
Because we are committed to helping dancers develop their careers using all the tools at their disposal, we are excited to be able to offer a brand new Makeup for Dancers Workshop with James Milligan. James Milligan is our resident makeup artist, familiar to many of the dancers who come to our Long Island City dance photography studio.
If you have worked with James, you know that he has an incredible depth of knowledge and talent, matched with a love for sharing his techniques, and his art, with others. At the makeup workshop, James will share his amazing makeup tips and helpful suggestions that will have you feeling confident in your makeup skills for events, for photoshoots, and for the stage.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Rachel Neville Photography Studio
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
$125 per person
We have a limited number of seats available, so please, sign up now!
Learn more about how important makeup is for dance photos, dance auditions and the stage.
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to do what we love, to live in love, and to spread love through our work and through our art.
Here is hoping that today is a day full of love, light, and inspiration for each and every one of you.
Dancers Yui Sugawara and Jun Xia of Hong Kong Ballet Photo Rachel Neville
Dance photographers from New York City and throughout the country have reached out to me requesting help with their photography work. Because I am so passionate about helping dancers create great content for their marketing and because I truly love what I do in my Long Island City photography studio every day, I am excited to be able to share some of my knowledge with my fellow dance photographers through an upcoming two-part, weekend long photography workshop.
At the March 11 – 12 workshop, we’ll be reviewing and discussing existing images, talking about how to make improvements, and how to build on the work photographers have done. We will also be creating an ‘I’d kill to be able to shoot’ list to help photographers pinpoint and achieve their goals.
Mary Hansohn, Dancer Photographer Rachel Neville
For those who are interested, take a peek at the workshop. We have very few slots left, but if you are interested, drop me a line. We are putting together a waiting list, and a list for future workshops.
Some of the topics we will cover include shooting in the studio vs. shooting outdoors, photography gear and equipment, strategies for working with different types of dancers, and how to become aware of what dancers need in a dance photo shoot.
We will cover techniques from timing and focusing to camera functions, lens choices and some of the basics of lighting.
To round out Day 1 of the Rachel Neville Photography Workshop, we will discuss and put into practice tools for working the shoot effectively. From working with contemporary dancers vs. classical dancers, to understanding studio lighting and how to set up and work with tethering, workshop participants will gain solid footing in dance photography best practices.
Juliette Bosco, Dancer Photographer Rachel Neville
On our second day of the photography workshop, we will look at timing shoots to get the most from your dancers, posing and working with a dancer’s lines, and individual vs. group photo shoots. We will also tackle the important topic of communicating with dancers, which includes understanding model agreements, licenses and usage.
We will dive deeper into the business of dance photography and techniques for creating high quality dance marketing materials. We will look at lighting for the body and mood, working with props, and tips for refining post production skills.
Day 2 will wrap with more time working directly with dancers, putting into practice everything we are covering in the workshop
It is a privilege to share knowledge with the dance photography industry and to help to build skills that deliver better experiences and better images and marketing materials for dancers.
How to make your hands look good in photographs… let’s talk.
Erica Cornejo, dancer Photo Rachel Neville
Hey guys, this just dropped into my email box this morning, it was in a marketing email put out by an artist I follow. I’m always on the look out for interesting thoughts on anything that applies to dancers and artistic types, I hope you find this timely and helpful! The quoted text below is from Brainard Carey.
“‘Build your self-esteem by not thinking about it.’ So tweeted Yoko Ono recently and it got me thinking about the trap of confidence and self-esteem. For everyone, and perhaps for those in the arts especially, self-esteem and confidence can be fraught topics. Artists spend their lives exposing that which is innermost and personal. Not only do we put the depths of our being out into the world, we also open ourselves up to judgment by all who encounter this very personal work. Together, these things can make for a harsh environment at times.
It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of constant worry about self-confidence and self-esteem. We feel as though we must focus on these things in order to be sure they are up to the task of protecting us from the slings and arrows of the every day. Like anything, the more we dwell on these things the less we allow ourselves to truly live. It is all too easy to get caught in the trap of inner monologue and forget that there is a whole world happening around us…
Artists must expose themselves to annihilation again and again. That is not to say that they must constantly face harsh criticism for their work. Of course this is always a possibility, but when we refer to annihilation here we mean simply the very act of exposing our work to the world. This is how we escape the trap of constant worry about confidence and self-esteem. This is how we build it by not thinking about it.
The bottom line is that we do not need to understand the root cause of every single feeling and action. Rather we need to discontinue the behavior, in this case a rotating inner dialogue about our own worth and abilities, and replace with action. For those of us in the arts, this could feel entirely counter-intuitive. An inward focus is part and parcel of what we do so letting go of this can be a struggle. It takes intentional action to remove ourselves from the whirlpool of self-doubt that can cause us to ultimately freeze up. By taking small actions every day, exposing ourselves, despite the fear, to those situations that push us outside our comfort zone we begin to build new habits. This is one way of interpreting the words of Yoko Ono. This is one way to ‘build your self-esteem by not thinking about it.'”
The above is written by Brainard Carey, artist, author and educator. To sign up for a free webinar from Brainard Carey and get a booklet on how he got into the Whitney Biennial, click here To learn more about his educational opportunities for artist click here to learn about Praxis Center for Aesthetics.