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.
1/2 Day Discussion - 1/2 shooting
- Shooting in the studio vs outdoors
- Basic strategies for shooting different types of dancers
- How to prepare yourself and your dancers
- Being aware of dancer needs
Basic Shooting Technique:
- 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
1/4 Discussion - 3/4 shooting
- 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
- Lighting for the body and mood
- Working with Props
- Shooting critique
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