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Full-time photographer, mom-boss, wife, and dog lover. Probably binging a true crime podcast while I edit. Speaks fluent memes + sarcasm, but loves people. Welcome to my blog.

 rachael

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I have so many beautiful weddings to blog from my summer 2015 lineup, and I’m so excited to get back into the swing with blogging them. Summer wedding season has been unbelievably busy, and fall has an equally packed schedule, but I’m so thrilled to be able to call documenting love my full-time job (it […]

I’ve started my first real series on the blog, and while I don’t get a chance to post as much as I would like, a few posts here and there are better than none, right? In the first part of the series, I touched on the basics of second shooting and why I think it’s […]

The first time I met Makayla, I was in high school and she was my sister’s friend at our (tiny) Christian school in rural Illinois. I never would have dreamed that down the road I would be photographing her lovely wedding day! Every detail was the perfect reflection of the couple – even the venue […]

There is only one word to adequately describe Natalie and John’s holiday-themed wedding at Blumen Gardens: GORGEOUS. Seriously. The location, the attention to detail, the cohesiveness of every aspect – from the invitations to the flowers to the most perfect hot cocoa bar – all of it came together flawlessly to make for the prettiest […]

I’m so excited to share some of the photos from Gabriela and Michael’s classic and elegant wedding, which I had the honor of photographing this past November (I know, I know, I’m still catching up on blogging…but hey, it was a very busy season and I’m getting there).   One thing that truly stood out […]

Where do I even start with this gorgeous wedding?! From the backdrop of downtown Chicago in the fall (one of the best times to visit Chitown, if you ask me) to the soft blush color palate with romantic details to the head-over-heels in love couple, this wedding was a dream come true to photograph. Add […]

If posing for the camera sounds about as comfortable to you as a trip to the dentist, you’re not alone. It’s safe to say that most of us – yes, even photographers – feel awkward when we’re in front of the lens (hey, I would much rather take your photo than have mine taken any […]

Recently, I’ve gotten a few emails and Facebook messages asking me (me? say what?) for advice on how to get started photographing weddings professionally. First of all, let me just say this is incredibly flattering that anyone would ask me this – I am a baby in the world of wedding photography and can only […]

I’m back from a little holiday break (more on that in another post) and getting caught up sharing peeks into this past summer & fall’s beautiful weddings! Back in August, my fab second shooter, Danielle, and I took off for northern Iowa to photograph the gorgeous DIY, al fresco wedding of Yulia & Brian. The […]

Bringing the blog back up to speed slowly but surely with another beautiful wedding from this past summer. Katelin and August were married at Barnacopia in Polo, Illinois (just outside of Sterling and Dixon) surrounded by their family and friends, who also just happen to be some of the most fun people you’ll ever get […]