Featured Photographer

I get to take pictures. Send happiness to you. Repeat. Every single day. I love that. Being intuitive, empathetic, and a lover of human emotion...this has been the perfect place for me...a camera in my hands. Taking photos is a gift. One I give myself and hopefully one I give the world. 

Makes me SO happy you stopped by. 

 I'm In LOVE with what I do. What I get to do. I feel grateful every day that I get to do this. I feel like it's so cliche to say, "I grew up with a camera in my hands" but I did. And it wasn't until I had made this my profession that I heard someone say..."you should be doing what your 5 year old self would want to do." When I was 5, I had a little kodak film camera! The memories  all flooded back to me. I took it to school, I took pictures of my friends, flowery bushes, and my bicycle. You know, all the cool things.  

I went to school for graphic design because that's what I felt I should do. I was good at art. Once I made the choice to do photography everything started coming together.
This is what I'm meant to do. 

The Philosophy

WHAT I LIVE BY

One of the first photos I ever took. 

FAQ

That's not really a question...but ok. Have NO fear. 10/10 times husbands/fiancé's/kids have no idea that what they are doing is indeed a photo session. I make it fun, laid-back, and before you know it...it's over. And they say, "That wasn't so bad." 5/10 times the fiancé actually comes up with some fun ideas and he's sad it's over. 

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My husband/
fiancé/kids Doesn't like pictures. 

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I have a whole guide on this I can send to you. (Soon to be a blog post.) Dress for the weather. Be comfortable! Stay away from graphic tees and don't everyone wear the same color polo please. Neutrals mixed with some accent colors work well and don't be afraid to mix patterns. I'm here to help if you need any help planning outfits! 

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What should we wear? 

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Oh wow. I'm constantly looking for locations and they change with each season, each rain, each snow and depending on what time of day it is. I try to pick locations based on the couple or family and what I think fits their personality + their clothing choices. Fav spots are strange back alleys, odd sides of buildings and pioneers park. I'm always on the lookout.

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What locations do you like to use? 

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The shooting is the fun part. The editing is also fun but takes some time. For family sessions: 3-4 weeks. Seniors: 3-4 weeks. Weddings 6-8 weeks. I do like to get sneak peeks out within a couple days to a week so you aren't waiting, tapping your toes, checking the date and email every minute to see the fabulousness we just created. I usually share via instagram! @heyrachcreative

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How long till we see our photos? 

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I TOTALLY get you girl. I like to place people in flattering positions so we don't need to fake it with photoshop. BUT...that's why photoshop is awesome. I don't do a LOT of it because I believe we should celebrate and love our bodies as the strong and healthy bodies we have. But I have been known to nip and tuck an arm, roll, and double chin here and there. 

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Will you make me look skinny? 

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See question 5 and yes. I do minor adjustments here and there. Especially if you have a little friend pop up in the day before your session. SO NOT cool. I love to keep my photos as natural as possible, but if you have a blemish or your kid scratched their face the day before I can totally take care of it. There may be a fee for more photoshopping such as heavy acne or wounds that need a doctor...not a photoshopper. 

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Do you photoshop? 

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UM yes. My job is to make you feel super comfortable and have the best time ever. 90% of the people featured on my website mentioned they "are awkward." Look at them now! 

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We are awkward. Is that ok? 

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a great time

some great memories

you know, all around greatness

shenanigans

and more shenanigans

shenanigans

Rachel has been our go-to photographer for several years. Not only is she a great friend, she is a passionate, dedicated photographer. She puts so much time and energy into making each session fun for our kids and ensuring we get the pics we want. I'm always amazed by the candid moments she captures which end up being our favorites. 

Saathoff Family

We found Rachel when searching high and low for the perfect wedding photographer. We chose her because of her ability to capture all the raw and candid moment. When we got our engagement photos back, I knew we made the right choice because we LOVE every single one! We can't even contain how excited we are for her to capture our wedding day. 

SAMMIE + DOLAN

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