I’m a believer, a wife, a mom, and an artist. I’ve been a full-time photographer since 2012, but I’ve loved photography my whole life.
I’ve chosen to focus on weddings because I love capturing the day and the exact moment when two people join their lives together. Like all great beginnings, it is incredibly hopeful and inspiring and it brings out some of the best conversations, speeches, gestures, and emotions we can express.
While I love the big moments, it’s the small ones that mean the most to me. As a photographer, I get to witness and record the intimate gatherings, private conversations, and subtle emotions that no one else sees, and I am incredibly grateful for that privilege.
It’s hard for me to define my style because I employ a variety of settings and techniques during a wedding. My goal throughout the day is to capture each moment as beautifully and authentically as possible—and this can mean shooting my lenses wide open for soft bridal portraits or using a higher aperture to capture a whole group of people clearly.
While photos that all have the same “look” tend to be very popular for editorial features in blogs and magazines, I want my photos to do more than look pretty together on a page. I want them to bring back the memories and emotions of your wedding day over a lifetime.
That being said, if you enjoy (or dislike) a particular photography style, please let me know, as I’m more than happy to tailor my approach. My photos are for my clients first and foremost—not for my portfolio or publications.
As a wedding photographer, I take a long-term approach that looks past your wedding day to your years of marriage. I believe marriage is beautiful, life-giving, and so worthwhile. But sometimes, it’s can also be really hard. For that reason, my goal is to create photos that nurture and beautify your marriage over a lifetime of love. I’m less into trends and blogs than I am into getting to know my couples so I can capture their true personalities.
While many other photographers highlight pretty details in their portfolios, mine is a mix of authentic portraiture and candid, emotion-packed moments with a few thoughtful details sprinkled in. I've chosen these photos because I believe people are the most important part of a wedding. No matter how lovely the venue, the dress, or the details, my favorite subject will always be beautiful relationships.
Since this approach is not the standard in my industry, I’ve found advertising and publishing my work is usually not the best way to find my clients. Most of my couples are referred to me by friends or family who’ve worked with me in the past. For this reason, I currently have no paid advertising.
For more about why I’m a wedding photographer, and how I do things differently than many others in my industry, see this post.
As an artist, I do my best work when I can get to know and work with just a few couples who share my values. Typically, this means shooting only one wedding per weekend and no more than two per month. For this reason, I don’t encourage every couple who inquires about a wedding date to work with me. It’s much better for me to work with a few people who really share my vision than to book the maximum number of weddings I can handle.
If I’m booked, or if one of us determines we aren’t the right fit, I still want you to find an incredible photographer! For my top tips on choosing the right wedding photographer, see this post.
I believe the relationship between the photographer and the couple is one of the most important factors in creating beautiful images, and I book a limited number of weddings per year so I can give my clients the time, attention, and creative energy they need. Before booking a wedding date, I require a consultation so we can both decide if we are the right fit. To schedule your consultation, please email me.
Wedding packages start at $3,700 and all packages include digital files. A full list of packages and other options will be provided at your consultation.
If you’d like to know more, please send an email to rachael(at)rachaelfosterphoto.com. If possible, please include your wedding date, venue, and any other information you’d like to share about your plans. I look forward to hearing from you!