Workshop for Dance Photographers at Rachel Neville Photography Studio

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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 … Read more

You Got the Job – Now What? Episode 6

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Episode 6 of the Rachel Neville Photography Audition and Marketing Video Series for Dancers looks at a topic you don’t hear too much about.  It might be a topic you haven’t even thought about throughout the audition preparation process.  What happens after you get the job? Watch Episode 6 NOW Your journey as a dancer  doesn’t … Read more

The Reviews Are In – Dancers from Around the US Loved Our Marketing Workshop!

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Big thanks go out to everyone who participated in the Marketing Workshop for Dancers.  It was a day filled with great energy, important information and smart questions from dancers launching their careers. We have received great feedback from workshop attendees and are pleased to share some of it here, including a glowing review from dancer … Read more

A Dancer Workshop So Great, We're Having Another!

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The first session of the Auditioning and Marketing Workshop for Dancers this past weekend was a huge success, with dancers from NY and LA prepared to take on the upcoming dance audition year with confidence and determination.   At the Workshop, we talked shared important business information, social media planning tips and “How To” help on images, resumes and videos.  … Read more

Meet Varvara Kalinin of Perfect Posture Pilates

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Varvara Kalinin is the owner of Perfect Posture Pilates, a pilates studio in Astoria Queens, near our photography studio in Long Island City, NYC. Varvara’s studio is “a contemporary Pilates studio offering private and group Pilates instruction for both body conditioning and rehabilitative needs.” With this brand identity in mind, Varvara came to Rachel Neville … Read more

The Techniques You Need Now for Successful Auditions and Dance Careers

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Summers here, let’s rejoice! As July and August shoot dates start to book up I’m thinking more and more about new strategies for helping my auditioning dancers to stand out this next season. I want nothing more than for you all to be successful, and success takes planning. We all know that a dancer doesn’t … Read more

Outdoor Photo Shoots: Time to Put these Tips in Action

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Shooting outdoors… it’s not too late in the season with a couple weeks left of beautiful weather and leaves.

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Remember these tips for outdoor photo shoots for audition photos and marketing images.
1. Your location can give you a distinct flavor to your image.
This may be what you are looking for in your marketing material to set you apart, or it may be distracting to your viewer when they really want to focus on what you look like.  Know who you are shooting for.
2. Know when and why shooting outdoors works – and when it doesn’t.
Shooting outdoors works best for:
Head shots: shooting outside can be great.  The extra color if thrown out of focus in your background can be a lovely way to set off your face and your eyes.
Fitness professionals: an excellent way to give your viewer a taste of your personality and your style of working.
Dancers: when you are looking for a great marketing picture that may not be directly for auditions or for those that are going for a smaller or more contemporary style of work.
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Outdoor photo shoots may not work as well for:
Audition photos for Classical Companies: If you are looking for dance audition photos that are focused on classical companies, a busy background can often make it harder for someone to see clearly and easily your technique and body shape.
Headshots: If you are uber concerned about your hair being in just the right place, then shooting outdoors will be a challenge.
3. Know what to bring to outdoor photo shoots.
Bring an oversized coat or blanket to change in/behind if you will have a style change.  Bring a brush and hand held mirror big enough to see most of your face.  Bring a bag with wheels (like a carry on) to your outdoor photo shoot- if you are in a location where you are walking for a fair distance, a rolling bag makes carrying your extras easy.
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4. Plan your wardrobe and makeup for outdoor photo shoots.
Bring a few different colors in your wardrobe choices.  You’ll want to make sure you stand out from the background not blend into it. Extra face powder and an easy applicator is a must bring for working outside on camera.
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5. Make smart plans: coordinate permits, have a contingency plan and know what time of day is best for your outdoor photo shoot location.
A backup/rain day plan is important.  Look into the locations you want to shoot in to make sure you don’t need a permit, or make sure to visit the Office of the Mayor if you think you need an ‘occasional’ permit (this can be done by fax as well, just give yourself a few days).  Later in the afternoon is better than first morning light at this time of year, unless there is a reason to shoot in the cool temps of the morning.
I still have a few spots left for outdoor photo shoots for dancers and fitness professionals.  Contact me today for a free consultation and book your shoot.

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Brain Games- What Do Your Images Say about You?

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There is a new show I’ve become addicted to on the Nat Geo channel that I’ve been DVRing (yes, I’ll admit it, I’ve been watching far too much TV these last months, but in my defense much of it has been during the endless hours of bouncing on a yoga ball with a cranky newborn).  The show is called Brain Games. Google it, I’m willing to bet if you are reading this post you’ll become addicted, too…

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Anyway, this last episode I watched had to do with first impressions. In one game they brought out two portraits, competing politicians in an election.  In each case, they had people guess which person had won their election, and if you hadn’t seen the pictures they had used to run on you might be surprised to know that 70% of the time the viewers got it right. So essentially they could predict who would win an election just by taking a survey of candidate photos. Yep, you read that right, no longer do we have to learn about candidates’ platforms or what they stand for, we can just predict based on which person looks the most kind, relatable, confident and trustworthy. Seriously…

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