Specifically tailored to photographers and designed to increase your confidence working with dancers, taking your work to the next level.

About my Workshops

I love shooting dancers. I love teaching. I love inspiring other photographers to elevate their work with dancers, giving them the skills they need to create the images they dream about.

All of my workshops are small in size, designed for personal attention to each participant. Unlike many workshops, our focus is not on developing a volume of images for your portfolio, but rather giving you the skills you need to confidently work with dancers. Through discussion, demonstrations, guided shooting practices and personal mentoring, each workshop is a constant flow of information. You will feel inspired, confident, and gain the tools to achieve the next level in your dance photography.

Rachel Neville Workshops
Rachel Neville Workshops
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I’m passionate about helping dancers, dance companies and the dance industry move forward and become a more centralized part of our lives. Spreading beauty and inspiration has never been a more powerful tool, and it is needed now more than ever! I love helping other photographers on their paths to achieve that and it makes me excited to pass on some of my knowledge to you.

As of 2019 we are thrilled to now offer a much wider variety of workshops! Please take a look at all the different levels and specialty topic based workshops that we have added! We love teaching and are truly committed to share our knowledge and to lift up this awesome community of photographers and to help you all become the greatest dance photographers in your area!

Workshop Level 1

This jam-packed weekend workshop is designed to cover the basics of excellent dance photography, including equipment, lighting, posing, workflow, understanding dancer's needs and so much more. The format for this workshop is ¼ discussion and ¾ guided shooting. Level 1 is designed to give you the skills you need to confidently work with dancers and inspire you to reach a new level of creativity. Workshop attendees work in pairs and teams so that the learning is never ending. Personal shooting critiques, a large part of the learning process, are geared specifically toward the individual level of the participants.

Topics Covered

Working with Dancers

Discussion Topics

  • Being aware of dancer's needs
    • Workflow of a shoot to get the most out of your dancer
    • Posing and finessing a dancer’s technique
  • Basic dance vocabulary and best practice in communicating with your dancers
  • Strategies for shooting different types of dancers (classical, contemporary, modern, theater, commercial)
  • How to prepare yourself and your dancers

Shooting Technique

Discussion Topics

  • Timing/Focusing/Camera Functions/Lenses etc
  • Shooting in the studio vs outdoors
  • Studio equipment and Lighting
  • Flash Duration and Modifiers


  • Building and conceptualizing a shot
  • Inspiration and idea building
  • Image dissection and discussion


Discussion Topics

  • 6 qualities of light and how that relates to shooting dancers
  • Lighting for dancer’s shape and pose
  • LIghting for mood
  • Experimentation with modifiers and learning how to deliberately direct and control light

Workshop Dates:

February 23rd-24th, 2019  (New York)

May 3rd-4th, 2019 (London)

September 20th-21st, 2019 (New York)

Workshop Level 2: Advanced

(Level 1 pre-requisite or pending a portfolio review)

In these advanced workshops we build on the basics covered in the Level 1 workshop

Advanced Lighting

Discussion Topics

This one day workshop is structured to take your studio lighting to the next level with ½ day lecture/demo and ½ day guided shooting time, giving you the skills necessary to grow and level up your portfolio.

  • Multiple lighting setups
  • Lighting to specifically highlight or hide areas of a body/pose
  • Lighting design for effect and creativity
  • Lighting for a variety background types and drops

Limit: 8 participants

Workshop Dates:

April 6th, 2019 (New York)

May 5th, 2019 (London)

August 18th, 2019 (Los Angeles)

Specialty Workshops

(Level 1 pre-requisite or pending a portfolio review)

In these advanced workshops we build on the basics covered in the Level 1 workshop


Discussion Topics

In this workshop we take the skills gained from the Level 1 workshop to the next level by adding props! Topics covered in this workshop will be:

  • Pros and Cons of working with different materials and textures
  • Tips for where to find and how to source props
  • Techniques for adding these elements successfully into your workflow
  • Tossing, dropping, and throwing of props
  • Tips for having dancers work successfully with props
  • Specific lighting for different types of props

This full day is designed to take your creativity to the next level, with ¼ discussion and demo and ¾ guided shooting time. Participants will work in teams to learn how to achieve the aesthetics they desire. My intention is to leave you feeling full of creativity and inspiration to take your work to the next level.

Limit: 9 participants


Next workshop:

April 7th, 2019 (New York)

Pas de deux and Groups

Discussion Topics

Ever wonder how to direct or build shots with multiple dancers? Have you spent time on Instagram looking at luxurious pas de deux shots wishing you could incorporate them into your work? Learn how to add more spice to the shapes of your dancers through combinations of supported poses and lifts with both male and female dancers.

  • Incorporating multiple dancers into your workflow
  • Building beautiful shapes and poses for couples and small groups
  • Shooting for energy and emotional connection
  • Lifts and binds, the geometrics of combining multiple limbs
  • The basics of building successful group shots
  • Advanced lighting for multiple bodies

This one day workshop is structured to take you studio lighting to the next level with ½ day lecture/demo and ½ day guided shooting time, giving you the skills necessary to grow and level up your portfolio.
intended to be a portfolio building workshop, however it is deliberately formulated to give you the necessary skills to do it yourself.

Limit: 8 participants


Next workshop:

September 22nd, 2019 (New York)

Booking Information

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What a pleasure meeting you, seeing your space and hearing your expertise! I can honestly say I am inspired to be a better business woman and a more confident creative photographer. Thank you again! I loved it!

- Heather Sachleben, Heather Renee Photography

Easily it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had yet. The environment was really inviting, I learned a ton about dance photography, and made some really great friends. Overall a great experience.

Probably the most inspiring thing I saw was how genuine you were and ready to share what you knew with other photographers with the intent of helping us succeed and us helping more dancers succeed. There should be more people like you!

- Emily Northrop, Photographer

I attended Rachel's workshop not only as an individual with a long history from waaay back in the dance/performing arts world, but also as a photographer who's spent a decade prioritizing many different genres in the industry...I'd lost the spark for my work, and made a strong effort to get back into the dance community with my camera last year... Rachel's way of teaching was the perfect hybrid between "understanding my artist/dance nerd" personality , and giving me the strong corrections I needed to hear. She was consistent but fun, and touched on everything each of us wanted to learn, while magically giving us a safe environment in which to bring our visions to life.

- Angel Dibbs, Angel Dibbs Photo