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

Photographers: Favorite Things *Summer Edition*

We have really moved back into high season in my studio these last few weeks. I have my shooting arm back in shape and am flipping my camera and lens around like tennis balls (Yes, it freaks my assistants out). This comes from the days of entertaining myself while shooting wedding receptions. Aside from my … Read more

Photographers: Modifier Cheat Sheet

Okay guys, we just finished up filming our second lighting tutorial which we are in the midst of editing, and we wanted to cover a common topic that pops up in studio and workshops all the time. Modifiers! Whether you’ve been shooting for years or you’re new to dance photography, lighting modifiers are a photographer’s … Read more

Photographers: Let me let you in on one of my top shooting secrets

I had an amazing time a couple of weeks ago at our Paris workshop…from the wonderful location and talented photographers to the patient and easy-to-work-with dancers, I think a great time was had by all! I wanted to take a quick moment to talk about something I feel could benefit a lot of photographers who … Read more

Common Types of Backgrounds

A couple of years ago I was having lunch with a fellow photographer and friend who asked, “How do you get your images to look so clean?”  That was the start of what has turned out to be so many questions regarding backgrounds: how big they are, where to get them, storage, handling, lighting, post … 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