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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’m so excited to finally share some photos from Abigail and Micah’s beautiful wedding day at the Northwest Territory Historic Center in Dixon, Illinois. The Historic Center provided the perfect backdrop for their classic, vintage-styled wedding. The details were perfect – from the antique collected assortment of fine china used in the table settings to […]

I have been so excited to blog and share these photos ever since the day I took them – June 29, 2014 – Meredith and Nathan’s wedding day. I first got to hang out with this fabulously fun couple in downtown Chicago when I shot their engagement photos. We had so much running around the […]

Oh my goodness, y’all! I don’t even know where to start with this wedding because I just loved *everything* about it so much. Not only are Taylor & her husband Paul a gorgeous couple, but they are fun, kind, and unbelievably cool. Their families and friends? Same thing – amazing. Honestly, I don’t know how […]

Where do I even start with how excited I am to share Jenna and Cale’s engagement photos?! First of all, I need to give some background information. I met Jenna years ago when we both attended Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Not only were we both studying English Communications, but we both worked for […]

Oh my goodness, where do I even start with how wonderful and fun this engagement session in downtown Chicago was this past Sunday?! I met up with Meredith and her fiancĂ© Nathan when they picked me up from a Starbucks and we all whisked away to museum campus (which is only like the best place […]

Last month, I had the chance to shoot Andy & Cori’s romantic courthouse wedding in Dixon, Illinois. The wedding took place at the new courthouse in Dixon and was a testament to true love and a lifelong commitment of two people dedicated to one another. Witnessed by their friends and family, it was clear to […]

Last Friday, my beautiful model Tori Ladner and I trekked through mountains (literal mountains that even my Hunter wellies couldn’t defer, thank you winter snowpocolypse of midwest doom) of snow to take some bridal inspiration shots at a local park in Sterling, Illinois. Tori was here for weekend and agreed to don her bridal gown […]

Oh my goodness, brides!!! Are you in Northern Illinois? Have you booked your venue yet? Have you heard about The Barn at Allen Acres? BOOM! You’re done. There’s your venue. Honestly, take it from a former bride and rather picky girl, if you are looking for a rustic, chic venue with vintage country charm – […]