Breaking Mirrors

One of my current fav shots from a shoot that I did with Andrew Silks a couple of months ago.. and since then I’ve had  a few people ask me how I came up with it, so I thought I’d write a little the behind the scenes post here.  Andy was such a great dancer to collaborate with, I originally shot for him for his audition pics this year (he just graduated from Ellison Ballet School and is off to Tulsa Ballet in the fall); we had just gotten into doing some fun stuff with his ‘crazy’ tights, when we ran out of time.  So I asked him back to do some more experimenting with me and this was one of the results!

Shooting on a 10×25 foot piece of blackout material (I prefer the material over a seamless paper as it doesn’t reflect any light and gives a deep black) we used the 4×8 foot mirrored plexiglass in the studio I had purchased for a jewelery shoot that I’d been wanting to play with.

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PiggyBack Shoot #1: A Success!

Rachel Neville Photography PiggyBack Shoot with Michael Laskaris

I’m excited to share images from our first PiggyBack Shoot, last week, with contemporary dancer, Michael Laskaris.

Rachel Neville Photography PiggyBack Shoot with Michael Laskaris

Michael just graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and needed a headshot- that he could afford- before heading off for a tour.

The PiggyBack Shoot with Rachel Neville Photography was a perfect opportunity for him to save him some money and get him what he needed quickly!

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Shooting Altered Fidelity for C Eule Dance Co.

I had the opportunity to work with Caron and her dancers a few weeks back.  They are celebrating their tenth season with several small shows over May and their season at the Capezio Theater @ Peridance in June.

Caron decided to highlight one of her new pieces, “Altered Fidelity,”  in our shoot.  The costumes, by Arturo Vera, were great to work with.  Everyone loves dance pictures with swaths of material that emphasize movement and we were lucky that these costumes did just that .

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Personal Marketing for Dancers: How to Eat on Hiatus

I was having a great chat a few days ago with Da’Von Doane, (dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem) on Facebook.  We were talking about, well, of course our selves, but touching on the broader context of dancers and artists having trouble marketing themselves.

Da’Von

With so many dancers in this country put on hiatis and potentially unemployment over the summer months, pick-up jobs are an important way to keep going.  But of course to get those jobs you have to let directors, choreographers, etc. know that you are available and, well, available!

Marketing is key to anyone working in the business and commercial world, so much so that companies have whole departments devoted to it.  So why do we as artists let that fall so low on our priority lists?  I know that I’m just as guilty: I forget about marketing until I find myself in a slow spell.

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