Spring into Action!

It’s the time of year when everyone digs in… a few more months left until the end of terms, competition finales, new 2017/18 or even 2018/19 years to plan.  We are doing the same here at my Long Island City photography studio.  We are looking for new ways to serve our community, new ways we can spread…

Love

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…

Concept Photography of Dancers: Meet The Bird, by Rachel Neville

I love dance photography.  I have been a dancer, a teacher, and then a dance photographer for most of my life.  I grew up watching for the next cover of Dance Magazine.  I stared at the pictures in the programs of the companies I longed to dance for.  The shapes and emotions always connected my soul…

Strength over Fear: Career Advice for Dancers

If you try to get rid of fear and anger without knowing their meaning, they will grow stronger and return. ― Deepak Chopra Dancer: Harper Watters, Houston Ballet  Photo: Rachel Neville Dancers, think about your true strength and the ways in which you can prepare for opportunities and overcome challenges while staying true to your art,…

It’s #TutuTuesday!

Every week on Facebook, we celebrate #TutuTuesday and show of some of our favorite dance photos featuring tutus and the dancers who rock them. Take a look at today’s tutu photo of the day. Brianna Crockett, Ellison Ballet And some other great dance photos of dancers in the iconic dance wear piece (that doesn’t have…

What Crying on the Stoop Taught Me About Work, Dancing and Neighbors

I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the things we work through in shoots or consultations, giving you tips, highlighting the successes of my clients, and all around, doing everything I can to help my ‘tribe’ move their worlds forward. I don’t often talk about the downside to all of this. We all…

3 Ways to Make Social Media Work for Your Brand

Guest post by Elizabeth Eames If you have been following Rachel’s smart marketing advice for dancers, dance companies and fitness professionals, you know how important it is to identify and maintain a commitment to your brand.  Engaging in consistent, clear and effective marketing enables you to keep that brand commitment and to see results.  For dancers,…

Artists: Treat Your Craft like a Business

So here it is, truth time. For the last several weeks I’ve been on a kick about dancers, dance companies and artists treating their endeavors like a business in order to sustain and grow in this predominantly business minded society. Without playing the ‘right or wrong’ card, that’s just it. We live in a society…

Smashing Renegade: My Photo Shoot with Andre Zachery

This week I’m taking a quick break from our Audition Photo Tips Series because I had to share images from the most amazing photo shoot with Andre Zachery of Renegade Performance Group. I had the pleasure of shooting with Andre Zachery last week, and I was so excited by our conversation not to mention by…

Interview with Dance Iquail’s Director, Iquail Shaheed

I recently had the pleasure to work once again with Dance Iquail before the new year.  We were working on some new ideas for re-vamping the Dance Iquail website.  I thought a little Q&A with company director and choreographer Iquail Shaheed might be interesting, as he chose to do something very different with his images,…

Confusing Gravity in 2012

With all the media hype at this early stage in the year over rebirth/resolutions/new year new beginnings, I start to get tired of all the canned or recycled good intentions that are everywhere.