For Photographers: Rachel’s Law of Expansion and Contraction

This is the time of year when I work on creative shoots and really focus on expanding the scope of my shooting. I’m experimenting with new ideas, new subjects, different lights and lighting patterns, as well as new ways of working and so on. As I am challenging myself to push my own boundaries, I … Read more

Working With Props

So. Props. The added element that can add a lot or totally distract from a great shot. I’m frequently asked how we manage to not only make the dancers look their best but also effectively use props. I’m in creative mode at the moment, so this is something that I am currently playing around with. Since … Read more

Are You Making These 3 Mistakes When Photographing Dancers?

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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, … Read more

Dance Photography Workshop Reviews

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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.  … Read more

Working with the Heart Chakra to Create Energy and Lines in Dance Audition Photos

So it’s the season of dance audition photos and I’m working with a lot of individual pre-professional dancers at the moment.  I just love building up their confidence and getting these young dancers ready to put their best feet forward and launch into the careers they have been working so hard for. When I work … Read more

My Bag of Tips & Tricks

Updated 2018 Now, I’d like to stress that we are not advertising for anyone, and we are not getting paid by anyone to push their products. This is a list of remedies and trending products that we have researched for clients, found through the dancers and vendors we’ve worked with, or have sourced as a … Read more

Are You a Poser or a Mover?

Updated 2018. 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 may already be with a company. Their movement is great but the scope of their abilities is not captured on screen. … Read more

Aerial Photography – How to Get Great Aerial Shots and Meet Mara Hsiung

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I love shooting aerial artists. When I built my NYC dance photography studio two years ago, we put in a rigging point and while I haven’t spent much time talking here about how we can accommodate you guys, the word of mouth has picked up among aerial artists all over New York.  And we have some great … Read more

Dance Audition Photo Shoot Lessons from Dancer Laura Anne Wallace

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Recently, Laura Anne Wallace came into the Long Island City studio for dance audition photos.  We had a great photo shoot and afterwards had the chance to talk about what the dance audition photo shoot experience was like for Laura Anne, what her dance goals are, and what advice she has to share with her … Read more