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.
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 the dance world comes back online in the next 6 months, we are committed to making sure photographers are ready to be of service and help them with their goals. Get ready to jumpstart your business for a wave of dancers once we are all out of Covid lockdown mentality and dancers are back into the studios full time.
Dancers will have new, unique needs, and you be ready to service them…
Upcoming Virtual Workshop Dates
January 29th: Basics And More!
January 30th: Business, Marketing, And Post Production
This level agnostic one-two-punch workshop is designed to be a perfect starting off point to get a taste of Rachel's proprietary methods of photographing dancers and running a successful creative business.
Workshops sold separately.
February 26th: Deep Dive Into Posing, Vocabulary, Directing And Correcting Dancers
Our virtual workshop will be augmented to focus on posing. Ever wonder how Rachel gets all her dancers to look their absolute best? We'll dive into her theories and techniques and her time tested "Rachelisms". Rachel will take your inspiration for an image or pose and will direct dancers to create the lines and shapes you are looking for.
March 26th: Zoom In On Lighting
Our virtual workshop will be augmented with an even more deep dive into lighting tips and tricks to shape dancers, incorporate visual accents, and create the moods you are looking for in your work. Rachel will work up images that you conceptualize with advanced lighting techniques.
April 30th: Take Your Studio Lighting OUTSIDE!
For the first time ever, Rachel will take you on location! Learn how to best utilize and balance the available light and strobes, and accessories, to create the images you have conceptualized.
These workshops run around 6 hours long (with a short break for lunch), and will be conducted virtually via Zoom with a maximum of 10 participants per workshop. With the exception of the marketing and business workshop, the majority of the day will be spent shooting and working with dancers. If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during one of our shoots here, this is the perfect chance!
We have multiple camera angles around our studio so that you can see our whole space and lighting setups, as well as a screen share of the capture session so that you can see and analyze the images as they come through in real time!
We will wrap out the day taking a look at the images that inspire you and reverse engineering them to find out why you love them, as well as reviewing and discussing some of your own images!
Working with Dancers
- Strategies for shooting different types of dancers
- How to prepare yourself and your dancers
- Basic dance vocabulary and best practices for dancer communication
- Posing and finessing a dancer’s technique
- Timing/Focusing for accuracy of shooting
- Lenses: appropriate usage and choice
- Equipment and studio lighting
- Light modifiers and their uses
- Image dissection and discussion
- Working with multiple lights
Working the Shoot
- Setup and workflow for shooting tethered
- Shaping the body and poses with light
- Posing dancers
- Shoot workflow best practices to get the most out of your dancer
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
"You went above and beyond any expectations, I could have had in this [unique] context. I loved that you used multiple cameras to show us everything as close as possible as if we were actually in the studio. You covered such a vast amount of information (and exactly what I was looking for at that time), and I truly don’t see how you could have fit anything else [into the workshop]! It is now my responsibility to work hard and be able to attend another of your workshops [in person]. One of my biggest takeaways was witnessing Rachel’s process of literally “sculpting” her image on and with her dancers. "
Anne-Lise Roussel, September 2020 Virtual Workshop Participant