About

I am a photographer who has been working in film, theatre, Carnivale and burlesque for397010_10150469437961723_326659404_n a number of years. I have also photographed some wonderful weddings.

I enjoy making unusual and theatrical images that my clients use for publicity, websites, portfolios and merchandising. I capture dramatic performances in a way which preserves the vitality and enthusiasm of the moment. Having also performed and worked behind the scenes I am sensitive to the needs of performers and directors alike.

Whilst shooting on a film set, I work unobtrusively behind the scenes, shooting stills at the same time as the cameras roll, allowing different angles and viewpoints to be captured simultaneously. This reportage approach allows candid behind-the-scenes shots, while also providing reference and continuity photos for make-up, costume and art departments.

287515_10150762652575002_8071949_oI am happy to shoot in a variety of different conditions including challenging action sequences in low light conditions. I can also photograph stage shows live, without affecting the audience’s enjoyment. I also love pyrotechnic shoots! Please get in touch to discuss your needs.

Rachel Thomas: Greatbigshowoff Photography

Email rachel@greatbigshowoff.com


“Rachel Thomas has worked on several Savagemedia productions. We’re always delighted with the end results as Rachel somehow manages to get all the shots we need to the highest quality and still finds the time to catch great shots of us behind the scenes which are great for promo material and ‘extras’ material (not to mention some great bloopers!).

Rachel is always one of the first to arrive and last to leave and a pleasure to have around, always with a smile on her face and ready to lend a hand, when we’re between takes.

Savagemedia will always try to book Rachel for events before looking for alternatives, her choice of shots and ability to capture just the right moment is uncanny.”  Savagemedia


“A picture tells a thousand words – Rachel’s excellent photography has captured hundreds of fantastic moments of on set atmosphere and action, which have been both invaluable and actively instrumental in helping me gain funding and support for many film projects.” Bill Thomas, Director


“… has engaged Rachel Thomas on several shoots and is always pleasantly surprised by the amount of material we have to choose from and the percentage of excellent shots that can be used. The quality of material is exceptional and since our first engagement we have always given first refusal to Rachel for all work we plan due in part to her professional nature and great results, but also because she is a pleasure to work with, friendly and always ready to lend a hand.” Jason Emery, Producer


“Rachel recorded our work on a promotional video. Her photographs captured moments we wouldn’t have got on film. I’d recommend having her around to anyone who wants an unobtrusive chronicler who sees stories moving images miss.” Harry Harold, Maelstrom


“Thanks for all the images. They look great. Excellent work.  I’ll sort out all the images from everyone and take them into the festival organisers. I’m sure they’ll be thrilled. Hopefully see you again next year!”

“Excellent work from yourself. Some wonderful shots.” Clive Nolan, Lead Photographer SWN festival


“I have been repeatedly delighted with Greatbigshowoff’s polished and descriptive stills of my department’s work, and the fact I was often unaware the photos had been taken is a testimony to her professionalism on set.” Richard Touch, Production Designer

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