For Dancers: 5 tips for Getting the Most out of Your Audition Photos

dancer, blonde dancer in pointe shoes, dancer in gray, ballet dancer, dance photo

It feels like we were just climbing out of hibernation from last winter and suddenly Thanksgiving has come and gone. That also means it’s time to ready yourself for audition season, starting with your images and video reels! Do your research Know your audience and who you’re targeting Know the key players in the company, … Read more

For Photographers: Working the Psychology of Your Subject

dancer en pointe, in blue, blue dance photography

Working the psychology of your subject in a shoot is not a talked-about thread in most photographer circles but is certainly super important when it comes to dealing with dancers.  Connect with your subject, get inside their heads, find out what makes them tick. These are probably some of the common tips you might have … Read more

How I Got The Shot: Contrast and Drama

Rachel Neville, How I Got The Shot #3, Ava Namar

We’ve been so locked into bright beauty lighting with our work for Move The Vote that I wanted to take a moment do something different. With this setup, I took a step away to do something that had a little more contrast and an air of drama. For our main light, we used a Paul … Read more

For Dancers: Reclaiming Your Resources

There are so many moving parts in a career as a dancer. Especially when you’re dealing with branding, networking, and most importantly, the ongoing challenge to push boundaries in your technique, your artistry, yourself. That is a lot to hold yourself accountable for. But, what I’ve found to be shocking is: a) the lack of … Read more

Consistency in Your Shots

Rachel Neville Workshops

How do you consistently, over time, always get the shots you need?  This is a question I’m asked all the time. I love shooting.  I love teaching.  I love helping and being of service to others.  So when I kept getting asked about my methods and approach to my work, I knew I had to … Read more

The Road to Now: How I Got Here… What's Your Story?

An early fitness shot from Rachel Neville Photography

I was sitting in my car driving back from DC last week, the third leg of this fitness club shoot behind me, thinking about the last 10 years of my career and streaming together the line of jobs/experiences that have lead me to this point.  Well, let’s be honest, it was a “How the hell did I get here?” moment, which I’m sure we all have from time to time.  Seriously though, how is it that little old me from Scarboro (a Toronto suburb), now living in one of the greatest cities in the world, gets chosen for a job that is taking me around the country?

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