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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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My wonderful assistant, Danielle of Danielle Marie Images, recently welcomed her 4th child home in December and I was lucky enough to get to capture some “Fresh 48” photos of their time in the hospital with sweet baby Grey immediately after his birth. These images were shot entirely on film, using the Contax 645 and […]

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 […]

I have loved ballet since I was a very little girl, so when Olivia’s mom approached me about doing a ballet-themed photo session, I was 5,000 percent on board. I couldn’t think of a better way to introduce my main studio room, either. From it’s industrial details to reclaimed barnwood-inspired floors and loads of natural […]

“Do not despise the day of small things” (Zachariah 4:10).   This simple passage brought tears to my eyes today. I’m in over my head with small things. Small little humans, their small little toys (everywhere), a small dog who drives me bonkers because he fails to be completely house trained even after seven years, […]

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 […]

Last week, the hubs and I darted off to Nassau for a few days for a little mini babymoon at the Atlantis Resort and because I had the fantastic opportunity of second shooting a destination wedding (A job that requires me to travel to a beach? Yes please. Sign me up every time!) with some […]

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 […]