Visual Storyteller :: Lighting Expert

Neil’s skillset with Lighting can only be called “cinematic”.

Every interview, the forground, subject and background are carefully balanced.

Even reality TV show producers recognize it – hahahahahaha

Movement Studied :: Stories Revealed

Movement catches the eye.

Movement unexpected holds the eye.

Movement tells the story of the age old questions.

Movement captured well, is irreplaceable in visual storytelling

Visual Perspective :: Visual Creativity

The creative visual perspective


Introduces us to life – seen again


Life seen afresh


Neil’s habit of seeing, transforms a script into a fresh visual document



Bachelor of Arts : Major Study : Art : Graduated 2000
Minor in Outdoor Recreation Management
Houghton College, Houghton, NY


Full time employment doing quality work with a learner‘s attitude in a place where creativity is abundant, criticism is shared, and leadership is strong; to be prolific in that environment furthering my audience and abilities beyond what I achieved in the past.


  • Visually intelligent, creatively motivated
  • 17 year’s on set production experience for Still & Motion
  • Lighting and Grip for cinema : dolly, crane and steadicam setup and operation
  • Adobe Creative Suite workflow mastery with Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, and Lightroom
  • Proficient in common Web technologies including WordPress, HTML, CSS, & PHP
  • Professional training expertise communicating concepts and technical skills to fellow professionals
  • Farm grown common sense with a strong work ethic
  • Extensive experience with collaborative problem solving
  • RGB Production: web scalability, video production, photo archive management
  • CMYK Print Production: Long Run, Short Run, On Demand and Book Binding


  • For complete history please view my extensive Linked In profile
  • 17 Years as freelance creative professional in stills and motion
  • Clients include: New York Times Magazine, General Mills, UPS, Kodak, Bausch & Lomb, Harpers, Beretta, Intermedia Outdoors, Nikon, Sig Saur, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, New York State Tourism Board, Constellation Brands, ESPN, H&G TV

Core Values

  • Relate to Each Individual
  • Create from Personal Insight
  • Dream Globally and Act Locally

Broadcast TV Titles

  • ESPN Golf
  • NASCAR Reality
  • Big Deer
  • Guns & Ammo
  • Gallery of Guns
  • Ruger Inside and Out
  • World Of Beretta
  • Peterson’s Hunting
  • Bowhunter TV
  • North American Whitetail
Neil is possibly the most talented photographer I’ve ever met. While some people take pictures, others are Artists. Artist describes Neil. From his technical skills to his mastery of composition I am always in awe.
Neil is one of those thoroughly creative, aesthetically genius people that I strive to compare myself to in my own work.
Joshua Pies

Executive Producer, C47 Films

Neil has an incredible eye for images, and presents a new reality through his photographs. Whenever I’ve had the pleasure of working on a job with Neil, he’s always been a complete pro, focused on his work and considerate to other professionals who needed to share the same work area. And, he could always add some levity to the situation, even if things weren’t going perfectly. I would work with Neil any day, and not hesitate to recommend him.

Dave Bartlett

Independent DP, DB Productions

Neil is one of the most talented individuals I have ever met. I hired Neil on multiple occasions for consulting, coaching and training of my digital workflow and compositional technique. Neil’s skills as a artist combined with his incredible talent for digital media management and ease of workflow far exceeds anyone I know in this industry. If you hire Neil prepare to be amazed.

~The Good Light

Adam Coker

Exec. Dir. Producer, The Good Light

Neil Cowley is beyond talented. He’s a self-starter, a self-generator, and selfless with his wonderful, creative ideas. He’s always striving to bring his readers beyond the obvious elements of the story.

Gary Fong

Photo Editor , San Franscisco Chronicle