Welcome! I'm Rachael, and I'm all about capturing beautiful relationships.
Whether you’ve just fallen in love or been together for years, I want to hear your story and help you capture all it’s richness.
I'm a born storyteller. When I was a kid, I would spend hours happily composing fairy tales aloud--usually with my little brother as my audience. Since then, I’ve drafted two novels (one when I was twelve and one when I was twenty-six). I like to tell myself I’ll finish the second one when my sons are grown.
In the meantime, I’m always on the hunt for my next great Kindle read, and I’m a total podcast junkie. A lot of my anecdotes and conversation starters begin with, “I was listening to this podcast…”
Other things you should know about me: I grew up on a farm in Northern Michigan with my three brothers, and I have a lifelong love for animals, country living, and big families. I spent most of my 20s in Washington, D.C., but somehow I've never gotten interested in politics. When I have free time, I like being outdoors or creating things--especially if it involves brush lettering or chalk painting.
As a recovering perfectionist and Type-A artist, I take my work very seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously. More than anything, I love spending time with people who make me smile. My husband takes first place in that department, followed by our two little boys and crazy, beautiful Siberian Husky.
I've been photographing weddings and families for almost a decade, and I've seen a lot of trends come and go. The things that don't change are the beautiful moments of connection I see between people, and that's what keeps me coming back for more.
I do things a little differently than most wedding photographers. My work is known for being refreshingly real. I believe in capturing the richness of your relationship in an authentic and timeless style. I love beautiful dresses and details, but my favorite photos are moments of heartfelt emotion and interaction. I believe weddings are about more than one perfect day, and I want my photos to nurture your love and relationship over a lifetime.
If you want to see what I mean, the slideshow below features some of my very favorite moments of emotion and interaction between my couples and the people in their lives.
I hope my images speak for themselves, but I know couples like to hear what other professionals think of their photographer too! Over the years, I've won some awards and been published in a number of places, including Style Me Pretty, BRIDES, Bridal Guide, The Knot, Wedding Wire, United with Love, The Washingtonian, Borrowed & Blue, Artfully Wed, Every Last Detail, Paper Moon Weddings and more. While I love having my couples and their weddings featured, my greatest joy comes from serving them well. You can read about other couple's experiences here.
I'm currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana with frequent trips back to Washington, D.C., Traverse City, Michigan, and anywhere else my couples wed. To inquire about wedding dates, or just say hello, please email me. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!