meet rachael

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yoga

mat, spa, yoga

cats

christmas music

candles

mac n' cheese

disney

things I luvvv:

My name is Rachael, it's so nice to meet you! I’m a full-time wedding photographer loving life alongside my husband/best friend Keith and our two sassy rescue cats, Cedar and Luna. Most days you'll find me workin’ away from my couch, laptop in hand, a good Disney movie playing in the background. I can’t get enough Starbucks pink drinks or bad dance moves (seriously, I dance wherever I go and I don’t care one bit if I look like a fool doing it!!!)

My big passion in this world is serving couples who are joyful and carefree by telling their stories through wedding photography. Photos are pretty much my favorite thing in this world, especially the airy and candid kind!

Hey what’s up hello!!

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First off, I never thought I’d be a professional photographer. 

But looking back I totally should’ve seen this coming!! I’m a creator at heart who’s always dreamed of running her own business. The dream itself changed a lot - one week it was owning a flower farm, the next it was designing wedding gowns (totally inspired by Elizabeth James in the Parent Trap obviously!) 

 I’ve always loved photography and was the self-proclaimed “documenter” of my friend group. In high school and college I’d go everywhere with my pink Sony point-and-shoot camera tucked away in my purse, ready to capture any moment! The walls of my dorm room and first apartment were covered in printed photos of friends and places traveled. I loved capturing all memories, from summer vacations to silly sleepovers to bigger milestones like prom and graduation.

my humble beginnings

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I got married to my soulmate Keith in September of 2016. I absolutely LOVED wedding planning. To me, it was the perfect creative outlet! I thrived in all the pretty details and celebratory energy. I poured my heart into planning our wedding, knowing the day would not only represent me and Keith’s love story, but would also be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be surrounded by our closest, most treasured people. 

Keith and I knew photography was important so we invested heavily in our wedding photographer. She was truly amazing and brought so much positivity and expertise to our day!! By the end, she became much more friend than vendor and she opened my eyes to the idea that people can make a living out of something creative that they love. Our wedding day was a dream come true, and the photos captured became sacred treasures. 


my love of weddings

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After our wedding I just couldn’t bring myself to unfollow the Instagram accounts and Pinterest boards I’d used during planning. What can I say, I was OBSESSED with the wedding world!! My soul was telling me to make a career change, so I invested in a used DSLR camera off Craigslist and began photographing weddings on the weekends! Little did I know this side hustle would quickly be a one-way ticket out of my corporate job, and into my dream career!

when it clicked

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I went full-time with my wedding photography business in 2019 and have never looked back. I now serve 20-plus amazing couples each year. I LOVE what I do and feel beyond blessed to capture peoples’ most special memories. (Somebody please pinch me… how is this job real life??)

which leads to today

the first look

My favorite part of a wedding day is:

get to know me
wedding edition!

venti pink drink with extra ice

My go-to Starbucks order before a wedding

spend time with my husband

On my days off, the first thing I do is: 

Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical

My dream wedding to photograph:

Party in the USA

My favorite song to dance to at receptions

extra bridesmaid with a camera

The best title I have on a wedding day is

I tripped backwards over my equipment and ended up with a bloody knee (don’t worry, the camera was fine!!) 

The most embarrassing thing that happened to at a wedding was:

my trusty black jumpsuit

My go-to outfit for photographing weddings is

travel welcomed.

chicago based,

I'm a Midwest girl at my roots, but my heart beats for a good adventure!! That's probably why I spend a good chunk of my time living out of a suitcase, and I wouldn't have it any other way!!! My absolute favorite thing is when my 2 passions collide and I'm able to travel while photographing love stories all over the globe! My camera has brought me to Paris, Sydney, Cancun, Santorini, Hawaii, and counting!! 

let's be penpals!

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