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…

Hands, Hands, Hands..

How to make your hands look good in photographs… let’s talk. I recently had the chance to work with Erica Cornejo of Boston Ballet and this came up.  Within the first couple of shots, her delicious, expressive hands were something I immediately noticed.   You know how people who are into football excitedly shout at…

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…

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…

Are You a ‘Poser’ or a ‘Flow-er’?

Regularly we see dancers in our studio that come to us saying ‘I don’t take very good pictures’. These are often really beautiful dancers who have trained at wonderful schools or who are already with a company. They often know what they look like in a mirror but don’t know why what they see in…

Dancers Review Photo Shoot with Rachel Neville in NYC

Recently, we did a mini-photoshoot at the Rachel Neville Photography Studio in NYC with a group of dancers from the Richmond Ballet.  After the shoot, we caught up with dancers Mara Milner, Anna Sundquist and Alexandra Lammon who shared what it was like to work with Rachel Neville, the kind of preparation needed before the dance photo…

Advice on Transitioning from Dancer to Trainer: Spotlight on Katie Dettling

We recently had the pleasure of working with Katie and Grant Dettling, co-founders of Fit-Arts, a Pilates and wellness studio on the Upper West Side.  In addition to being a successful entrepreneur in the health and fitness field, Katie and her husband Grant, are former dancers. Katie spoke with us about navigating the dancer to…

Discounted Mini Photo Shoot in NYC with Rachel Neville

Nothing makes us happier than to create killer images for fitness professionals that help them get clients so we are hosting a mini photo shoot day for fitness professionals here at Rachel Neville Photography Studio in LIC Saturday, April 23rd. What is a Rachel Neville mini photo shoot? A mini shoot is really a short version of a…

How to Prepare Your Studio for a Fitness Photo Shoot

It’s that time of year when we start doing a lot of yoga, Pilates and gyro tonic studio shoots.  I just love working with these types of clients… call it the endorphins, call it the lifestyle, but you guys are some of the nicest and most positive people on our planet. We talk about marketing quite…