ABOUT rachael

the face behind
the camera

Hello,

I'm rachael

My love affair with photography and the arts dates back further than I remember, but it was my husband who first saw my potential as business owner. After ten years in business and two cross-country moves, I'm wildly thankful to have a career that I not only adore, but has allowed me to connect with others during some of the most joyous moments of their lives. 

A storyteller at heart (and unapologetic book worm), I bring my background as a former literature teacher to my wedding day approach, capturing the full legacy of each day I'm entrusted with. My wedding superpower? It's CONNECTION. I believe in connecting with you, building a relationship that feels effortlessly friendly, and capturing what maters to YOU. After all, it's your story...I'm just here to document it. 

Relentlessly dedicated to capturing joy, celebrating life, and chasing the light. Running on gratitude, faith, and strong, black coffee. 

my favorite things:

01

family

I have 2 beautiful daughters, 4 sisters, & am blessed with a large extended family. Family is my everything. When I'm not working, I'm probably homeschooling these two & doing my best to pass on my love for learning. 

02

best friend

I've been married to my best friend since 2009. He was the first one to encourage me to pursue photography full time. 

03

PLACES I'VE BEEN 

From Hawaii to Costa Rica, Mexico to Italy, France, England, Austria, and more...how would I ever pick?! Travel fuels my creativity!

04

DISNEY PARKS

I am an unapologetic Disney World fan & annual passholder. Epcot & Animal Kingdom are my hands-down favorite parks. 

05

animals

I love animals - whether it's dogs (I have 2!) or the lizards my girls' are constantly finding in our yard, I have a soft spot for them all - fluffy or otherwise. 

06

part of my job

Connecting with people and their stories - and capturing their love in a tangible way - that is by far my favorite part of my job. Details are beautiful, but it's people and their stories that have my heart.

JENNA & FRANK

Rachael was the only conversation where I hung up and said to my fianc√© "I  think we've just found our photographer". 

"She genuinely cared about our day...and we are forever grateful to her! If you want a photographer that is trustworthy, reliable, fun, and genuine - go with Rachael!" 

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A look back on the past decade

Rachael graduates grad school & David gifts her with a Canon 5DMiii, never guessing she'll take her lifetime hobby & turn it into a thriving business. 

We become a family of 4, and open a studio location in Northern Illinois! David gifts Rachael a Contax 645 camera. (Life hack: marry the guy that keeps supporting your dreams!)

2012

2013

2016

Our first published wedding - & it ends up in The Knot, Wedding Chicks, & PopSugar! 

A wedding we photograph at Summerour Studio in Atlanta gets published in BRIDES! Pinch us! #dreamcometrue

2015

Keep going

Still based in Chicago, but traveling for 50% of our work & aligning with dream clients has us feeling pretty blessed!

We bounce back after the chaos of 2020, & have our busiest destination year yet with over 50 flights, continuing to document weddings & portraits locally & abroad.

2019

2020

2022

Despite everything (we won't drag you down with a recap of *that* year), we realize a family dream & temporarily move to the beach in South Carolina, officially becoming a destination-focused brand.

We move our home base to a more convenient Central Florida location, continuing to work internationally, documenting love stories & families everywhere we go!

2021

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