How I Got The Shot: Hard Light & Channeling Irving Penn

dancers in black posing

Holiday and Nutcracker madness is upon us, I don’t know about you but we here at RNP are up to our ears in audition shoots!  Be sure to join our Facebook group and look out for more Facebook lives at the studio. Last week we had a refreshing break, a creative shoot with Denys and … 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: 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

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

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

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

For Photographers: Dancer Headshot Do’s and Don’ts

Dancer headshots - photographed by Rachel Neville

Headshots Updated 2018. Audition photos can put us all in a frenzy no matter if you are the subject of the photograph or the one taking the shot. Whether it is for summer intensives or college applications, headshots, arabesques and body shots could be required.  Submission deadlines are approaching soon, so here we go! I … Read more