Creating Images for Complexions Contemporary Ballet

We have been so busy in the studio and want to take a few moments to share some of the work we have been doing in the past few months for dancers, dance companies and more. Today, we are taking a look back at the marketing campaign that we helped to create for Complexions Contemporary…

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…

Workshop for Dance Photographers at Rachel Neville Photography Studio

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…

Working with William Forsythe and the Boston Ballet

From my days of dancing in Germany back in the 90s I have always held in the highest esteem William Forsythe’s work. Indeed, we used to travel down to Frankfurt when we could, to see the company perform.  It was such an amazing group of dancers on the cutting edge at that time. So when I got…

The Gallery: Creating Stories from Emotional Landscapes

I often am asked how I come up with some of my narrative work, where the ideas come from.  To be honest, I imagine it’s a similar process to writers: you write what you know… I shoot themes and images that come to me through personal experiences combined with inspiration shots I am continually gathering. But…

How to Capture Energy and Emotion in Dance Audition Photos

Happy Thanksgiving! As we take a break here at our studio this weekend to spend time with our families, we want to wish you all a great day off and to take a moment to be grateful for all of you, our readers, clients, friends. Love to you all. To those of you who are…

Time Traveler

Time Traveler is inspired by my love of magic and Steampunk style.  I grew up reading and loving all things magic and extra-sensory in addition to anything period piece, convinced I lived in the 1700s and then again in the 1800s. I wanted to create a piece that would read dance but also tell the…

Creating Narrative Images: Betrayal By Rachel Neville

The idea for the Betrayal image came to me one morning more as a video idea around a personal incident in my life.  What woman hasn’t been frustrated to the extreme by her significant other, and what fantasies we create in our heads to deal with the frustration? A few weeks later, I was shooting…

Creating a Marketing Image that Reflects the Power of a Dance Company

I created this piece for contemporary dance company The Moving Architects in celebration of the company’s tenth anniversary season. Our goal was to create an image that represented their 10th anniversary season in a way that connects to their branding and resonates with audiences.  Strong, contemporary shapes and emotional content are key to The Moving Architects’ work and…

Human Nature Calendar Available Now

Some of you might remember the video we posted awhile ago from the tree shoot.  It is part of the Human Nature Project, an ongoing series I’ve been working on for the last year. As part of the Human Nature Project, we gather dancers of all skin tones together to work up shapes that we find inspiring…

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…