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



Rachel Neville Workshops
Rachel Neville Workshops

About my Workshops

While I am working on rolling out a full certification curriculum in the coming year, this workshop is designed to give you a taste of my proprietary methods. At the end of this workshop, you will have more confidence in your work with dancers, and begin to take your dance photography to the next level.

All of my workshops are tailored to the participants: once registered we’ll be sending you a questionnaire and ask you to submit 4 images that you’ve shot that you love most, 4 that you love but would like to improve upon, and a further 4 from your ‘I’d kill to be able to shoot’ list. This will help me to see where you are with your work and how I can help you most.

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.

Workshop Information

Day 1

1/2 Day Discussion - 1/2 shooting

Discussion Topics

  • Shooting in the studio vs outdoors
  • Equipment
  • Basic strategies for shooting different types of dancers
  • How to prepare yourself and your dancers
  • Being aware of dancer needs

Basic Shooting Technique:

  • Timing/Focusing
  • Camera Functions
  • Lenses and appropriate usage
  • Basic lighting

Working the shoot:

  • Working with contemporary vs classical dancers
  • Setup and workflow for shooting tethered
  • Studio lighting

Day 2

1/4 Discussion - 3/4 shooting

Discussion Topics

  • Thinking the shoot through to get what you and the dancer want
  • Posing and working the dancers/lines
  • Individual vs group shoots
  • Communication with your dancers - model agreements, licenses and usage

Advanced Topics

  • Lighting for the body and mood
  • Working with Props
  • Shooting critique

New York City


March 10th-11th 2018

Paris France


April 28th-29th, 2018

San Francisco

August 25th-26th 2018

Booking Information