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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.

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I think it’s pretty safe to say that getting a great photo of a toddler is about as hard as walking a greased tightrope during a hurricane (and all the mommies just said amen). As a photographer, I agree. I often think weddings are in some ways easier than a great toddler shoot because at […]

Aria is so excited to officially announce that the Rachael Osborn Photography studio location in Sterling, Illinois is now officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS!   It’s still a work in progress – I’m a perfectionist + there are still few accessories, props, and other items that haven’t arrived yet, but it’s usable and ready to start […]

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 […]

  I’ve been the worst kind of blogger. I could make a lot of (mostly even valid) excuses about pregnancy, raising a toddler, and trying to juggle my last year of part-time teaching English Literature at a local high school with running a fledgling business and opening/remodeling a studio and being a wife….but in all […]

I’m gonna take a real quick break from updating y’all with past photo sessions to share a few things I feel are so awesome they need to be recognized. Whether it’s one of my go-to beauty items to a simple recipe to sanity-saving tips, these are things I would be telling you about if we […]

Sharing another engagement session from this past summer today – this time a fun farm-themed shoot that took place on the groom-to-be’s parents farm. All day leading up to this shoot, it had been raining on and off – I was so worried we would end up sporting umbrellas and rain jackets instead of sundresses! […]

A few weeks ago my wonderful, creative friend Cassandra (who blogs and shares her gorgeous work over here) asked me to snap some festive holiday photos of her with her boyfriend, Trent, and their super-cute, super-awesome fur-baby, Jasper (aka the world’s most fabulous mini golden-doodle who likes me enough to give me puppy kisses). Of […]

Let’s keep on getting caught up, shall we? Since I’m on a roll, at least (or, you know, my kid is napping for once….same difference, right?). Anyway – a few months ago I went with my friends Amy and Seth and their beautiful two kids to take some photos downtown on the beach near Museum […]

I’ve been so excited to share this gorgeous engagement session I photographed with Leah and Tyler for some time now. First of all, the camera LOVES them….could they be any more photogenic?!!! Second, they are just some of the warmest souls – it’s easy to feel comfortable around them and have a great time (which […]

Oh, blog world…I have so much to catch you up on. Weddings, engagement sessions, family portraits, beautiful new babies….so many photos of precious moments and beautiful souls to be shared. I’m going to start with this amazing couple, Abigail & Micah, whose engagement session and wedding I had the honor of documenting this past summer. […]