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…

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…

Dance Photography Workshop Reviews

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! Eight photographers from all over the country traveled to NYC to cover a comprehensive topic list focused on shooting and building their businesses around dance photography. …

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…

My Bag of Tips and Tricks: The Unusual Things Every Dancer Needs

Happy holiday season! Everyone likes a little behinds the scenes peek every now and then right? Yesterday in a shoot we started talking about all the little tricks I have to solve problems that come up for dancers in our studio and we thought we’d give you a little Holiday Grab Bag of odd, unique and…

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…