Dancers, PLEASE Stretch Your Knees!

So it’s audition photoshoot season right now, and I wanted to just take a moment to talk about a common issue we seem to have with dancers in my studio: Knees!!! You would be surprised at how often we pause a photo shoot to talk basics. Lately, the biggest offender in over 50% of my…

For Photographers: Dancer Headshot Do’s and Don’ts

It’s that season again when all dance photographers go crazy with audition photos. Whether it is for summer intensives, college applications, or company auditions, headshots, arabesques and body shots could be required.  Submission deadlines are approaching soon, so here we go! I have photographers asking me about headshots all the time. Most commonly, they want…

Do you know how to put your best face forward?

In my last post about headshots we talked about whether you should choose a smile or not.  While a toothy grin may not be appropriate for all audition photos, we do know that a genuine smile is always better than a fake smile. So I know this probably had many of you thinking: but I don’t like the…

Do you know what it takes to be a really good dance photographer?

 If you answered this question by saying that knowing how or when to freeze the action or knowing how to light dancers you’d be on par with most photographers who shoot dancers. If you mentioned knowing how to interact with dancers, networking, and ‘creating your style’ or ‘brand’ you’d belong to the second biggest set…

Are You Making These 3 Mistakes When Photographing Dancers?

Did I catch your attention? Now, my fellow photographers, let me ask you this important question: How long have you been shooting dancers and how can I help? I’ve been shooting dancers since I was in college for photography almost 20 years ago (holy cow!). I’ve made all the same mistakes you are making now,…

Your Headshot: Is serious or smiling better?

A couple of weeks ago I bought an audio book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards. Ms. Van Edwards is a social scientist and the book’s purpose is to help create a manual for social hacks and teach how to effectively network and understand human behavior (in case you’re wondering why I…

Dancers: Don’t Lose the Forest for the Trees

We had a really lovely pair of girls in the studio a couple of weekends ago, friends who were very different dancers but who supported each other and were thick as thieves.  I had done dance photo shoot with both dancers previously, so they understood the process you have to go through to create powerful…

We are Adding Another Day to the San Francisco Shoots

Our slots filled up so fast when we announced that Rachel Neville Photography is coming to San Francisco in August that we have decided to add another day! Sign up now to schedule your photo shoot with Rachel Neville for Tuesday, August 29. It’s going to be a fabulous trip.  We are packing up some…

Start Sharing – Rachel Neville Marketing Series Pt 4

So, in the previous posts we talked about who you are as a dancer, artist, teacher, cupcake eater… and then we looked into who you might like to serve with your content, who you want to connect with.  This group is your target audience. What are their interests? What do they like to do for fun,…

Marketing Series 3: Find Your Tribe and Get to Know Them

Ok, let’s dive right in! In our last post on this topic two weeks ago we delved into who we are as a ‘product,’ getting to know ourselves in depth without wearing that judgment hat. We also looked at the appropriate time to start working on marketing, and the value you bring to the dance companies…

Networking

So my husband is also a photographer, some of my clients know that but most of the time it doesn’t come up. David is a stills photographer in the film and television industry, he’s the guy that works on the sets and takes the publicity photos you see in magazines. He occasionally does the ‘gallery’…