An image has the power to move you. It can change your mind or reassure; it can seduce, captivate and compel. Through the lens of acclaimed photographer Rhiannon Hopley, static shots are embedded with an intelligent inquisitiveness that is in equal parts inspiring and mesmerising.
From the head-banging rocker wreathed in smoke and dripping with sweat to a crisp headshot that demands professional attention, stunning exhibition documentation, seductive stage photography and shutter-sharp event magic, the subject comes to life, whatever its form. This is emotional photography that is powerfully creative and undeniably engaging.
In this contemporary opt-in culture, the only way to get positive attention is to create content that is relevant, informed and entertaining, to tell your story instinctively and transparently.
Capturing message and identity through stunning visuals and precise design, RH is across all aspects of visual branding and storytelling.
From publishing to typography, arts, advertising and promotions, our ethos is to create clean, effective and powerful designs that connect with clarity and detail.
RH Photography & Design has been evolving in various forms since 2005; combining years of experience and skills across different fields, Rhiannon Hopley officially launched RH Photography & Design in 2016. The goal was to create a service-based business that provides a range of creative services to assist other creatives, not-for-profits, arts and entertainment organisations, and small businesses stand out, with the best imagery, branding and collateral possible, to best promote and market themselves.
As an artist herself, Rhiannon has worked within commercial galleries, underground arts warehouse spaces and international collectives. Through this experience, she has developed and understands the importance of proper documentation, unique content, and making sure the material you publish speaks honestly to who you are professionally and has the right tone and image for your audience.
“I love working with artists and creatives, it’s a challenging industry to work in, and it is important that we support and lift each other up”
Rhiannon is currently an Artistic Associate and Lead of Digital Initiatives for Micro Galleries. Micro Galleries is an independent, free, socially conscious global initiative, social impact project and virtual creative hub that uses art as a vehicle to create positive change in small and creative ways for communities and into spaces making art more accessible.
She is also on the all-female editorial team of MGZ – Micro Galleries Zine which showcases artists and creative change-makers from around the world.
In 2020 she was nominated and selected as a member of the Inner West Council Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. Through working with the committee, she endeavours to assist with rebuilding post-Covid, to create and facilitate more opportunities and support for artists and creatives within Sydney’s Inner West.
Rhiannon began professionally shooting soon after high school, where she graduated first place, receiving excellence in photography.
Establishing herself within the live music scene, she was initially shooting gigs on 35mm film, in dark lit venues from both the media pit and in the thick of the mosh pit, covering both local and international musicians. Before moving primary to digital, she hand-developed and processed her photos. Rhiannon was trained by both Kodak and Fuji Film on the advanced technical operation and maintenance of photo minilab machines, correct processing and accurate colour correction, which has influenced her post-processing processes for digital editing and retouching.
In 2012, Rhiannon graduated with first place in the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design & Communications, receiving high distinctions in all subjects.
This led to becoming the Art Director and Senior Graphic Design for DJ Magazine for both the Australian and Canadian Editions. And then into the film industry, working both on set and in post-production as a VFX artist, rotoscoper, and concept artist.
Rhiannon then began working with galleries and artists to design exhibition-related collateral, including digital and large printed publications used here and overseas, at fairs like Sydney Contemporary and Hong Kong’s Art Central.
Rhiannon has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally. She was awarded First Prize in photography for Gosford Art Prize in 2013 and Commended for the main prize in 2015.
Selected as a finalist for various awards, including Percival Portrait Prize, Qld 2018, North Sydney Art Prize 2017, The 39th Alice Prize, Northern Territory 2016 and Ballarat International FotoFestival, ‘One for the Books’ 2013. In addition, Hopley has shown at Art Fairs including DENFair 2017 and selected to exhibit with .M Contemporary for their exhibition ‘No Place Like Home’, for the 2015 Australasia’s International Art Fair, Sydney Contemporary.
Her work is in private collections in Australia, France, the USA and Canada.