Hi, I’m Rachel! I’ve got my camera ready to capture those loving glances, spontaneous giggles, and once-in-a-lifetime moments. Back in college (Go Badgers!), I was the one my friends counted on to document all of our good times through my photos. But it took me ten years to realize I could make a career out of photography! I started out professionally in reality television production and then later in visual effects, but when a friend begged me to take some engagement photos in 2014 I had that “holy sh*t” moment. I realized 1) not to toot my own horn, but I took some awesome pictures, and 2) I want to do this all the time!
Since then I have shot hundreds of life events ranging from weddings to anniversary parties to family photo shoots. I immerse myself into your story, creating the photos that are authentically you. I’ve had the pleasure of being with clients at the beginning of their love story and throughout as their family grows, and getting to know them brings me such joy. I’m a people-person who thrives off of good energy so no need to feel intimidated; I can make even the most camera-shy folks feel comfortable.
I’m constantly scouting my home city of Los Angeles, finding beauty within its natural scenery as well as finding the funkiest graffiti walls and architecture that will make your shoot unique. I’m originally from New York and have friends in Chicago so I often visit and schedule shoots with clients from those cities as well. I’m not afraid to get down and literally dirty to get the right angle, and I’ll even risk arrest to trespass if it means the perfect background for your shot. So far, I’ve remained jail-free.
A big kid myself, I’m not worried about looking ridiculous; if your kid needs a life-sized Elsa to make her smile, I’ll put on that costume. I’ve gotten feedback from clients that my sessions feel more like fun play-dates than a staged photo shoot. I laugh, run, and interact with your kids. Growing up, I was always a babysitter, and I was even a nanny when I first launched this business. I understand the different developmental stages of children so I know my audience well. I’m extremely patient and can wait out any temper tantrum (from a child or an adult)! Take a breather while I entertain you and your entire family, and feel free to laugh at my weirdness! I like to make these shoots a day you won’t forget.
Other fun facts about me… I am a hot-yoga enthusiast, so I can withstand even the most uncomfortable conditions. You could lock me in a room and put Back to the Future II on repeat and I’d never get bored of it. Matt Damon was my teenage celebrity crush and if you can setup an introduction, I will do your photo session free of charge! My go-to food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is eggs and it would probably be a wise investment for me to get my own chicken. I tell it like it is so if you want the truth, just ask. I am a naturally curious person and I want to know about who you are! If you’re open to it, I’ll be your loyal photogra-friend. That’s right I just created a word.
I can’t wait to meet you! Thank you for letting me into your world and getting to know a bit about mine!