I'm Rachel

My love affair with creating started as soon as I learned hold a pencil. That passion followed me into adult hood, where I received a BFA in Studio Art. There I had the opportunity to study the development of film and 19th century photographic processes, along with a plethora of different mediums such as oil painting, sculpture, and jewelry making.

My approach to photography is heavily influenced by the years I have spent creating. I developed a deep-seated attention for the details and a love for capturing emotion within a still frame. I fill my images with both emotion and authenticity, leaving a lasting legacy for my couples to pass down for generations to come. 

None of this matters however without my amazing clients. The laughs, connections and memories form during your session will result in a memorable experience that you will cary with you long after the images have been delivered.

I am so excited to hear from you, so let's get to chatting and save your date on my calendar!

Your Award-Winning Virginia wedding & portrait photographer

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Nathan is obviously my favorite thing, ever. He is my best friend and my #1 cheerleader. He is not only funny, but kind-hearted and caring. He works in the medical field, so going out of his way to help others comes second nature to him. 

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my favorite things....

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I started powerlifting in 2015 and have since won several North Carolina state records. Powerlifting has not only changed my mental and physical health, but it has taught me discipline, consistency, and work ethic which has benefitted so many areas in my life. 

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I have deep a love for  Scandinavian design. The clean lines, light woods and white spaces are so calming to me. Invite me to IKEA and we will be instant BFFS! 

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One of my favorite past times is exploring new coffee shops. Luckily for me, Nathan roasts his own coffee beans, so coffee is something we love sharing together.

My story

It wasn't until I was 19, when my dad became sick, that I started to realize the importance of what photographs hold within them. I can still remember the excruciatingly long days after he passed, sitting in my bedroom, going through hundreds of old photos with tears streaming down my face. 

If I could have one wish granted, it would be that I had taken pictures of us when I was older. When you hire me as your photographer, I will do more than take pretty pictures of your wedding day. I will create timeless memories that will have you looking back and reminiscing when a loved one is no longer here. I cannot wait to be there to capture the best moments of your life.

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Let me make this really easy for you -- choose Rachel!!! we would definitely choose to work with her again!

Let me make this really easy for you --- choose Rachel!!! She is professional, creative, so fun to work with, and just so, so sweet. We had these pictures taken for our 15th wedding anniversary and are over-the-top pleased with how they turned out. Here are just a few of our favorites. Our experience was incredible and we would definitely choose to work with her again!

Becca + JJ

Rachel’s keen sense of style and level of professionalism is unmatched! 

Rachel’s keen sense of style and level of professionalism is unmatched! She did an amazing job not only catching the memories of our big day but some of the smaller more intimate parts of the wedding that people may not have seen or noticed! If you or anyone that you know is looking for a photographer wheather it’s weddings birthdays senior sessions call Rachel! She is a modern day artist and she will not disappoint!

Raven + Rj

Rachel is the most talented photographer I've ever worked with

She truly creates such magical photos. My husband and I connected with Rachel for annual family photos to celebrate our time in Virginia before we move out of state - and I honestly love her photos more than my own wedding photos!! She's so kind and such a bright light to work with making it a wonderful, happy experience. She went above and beyond in every way and we are so thrilled with the memories we have in these photos! Thank you Rachel!!

McKinnon + Colin

Rachel is the most amazing photographer, and I recommend her to anyone and everyone!

Before my husband and I got married, we booked Rachel for our graduation/engagement photos., The photos turned out better than we could have even imagined! A few weeks later, we had a private marriage ceremony followed by a reception with family and friends, and Rachel captured the joy of the day AGAIN better than we could have ever asked for. She is the nicest person you will ever meet and an incredibly gifted photographer!

Miranda + Walker

She always makes us feel comfortable in front of the camera and wonderfully captures our true selves in her photos!

Rachel is simply amazing! She has photographed our engagement session, our wedding, and we recently booked a mini session with her. Her photos are absolutely BEAUTIFUL! She always makes us feel comfortable in front of the camera and wonderfully captures our true selves in her photos. She is also just an incredibly sweet human and we always have so much fun working with her. We can’t wait for our next session with Rachel!   

Hayley + Gary

if you’re looking for a photographer who you can rely on for capturing your sweetest moments Rachel’s your girl.

Rachel is beyond talented in her work and she creates a fun and comfortable atmosphere. If you’re feeling camera shy or unsure of what to do Rachel knows how to put you to ease and capture beautiful moments. My significant other  and I had a couple session with her this fall and she knew the best time and place to go. So, if you’re looking for a photographer who you can rely on for capturing your sweetest moments Rachel’s your girl.

Lizzy + Pat

Rachel has beautifully captured many memories for my family!

Rachel has beautifully captured many memories for my family! From family portraits, to baby announcement, and now a maternity shoot… she can do it all! I 100% trust her guidance with poses and advice to make both of our visions come to life. She’s a genuine soul and a fantastic professional and Photographer! Absolutely recommend!

Jane + Brandon

We absolutely LOVE our wedding photos and will cherish these beautifully captured memories forever.

If you’re looking for a professional, talented and reliable wedding or event photographer, Rachel is your girl! She and her second photographer, Nathan, did an outstanding job on our wedding day (and for our engagement photo session)! Rachel is very easy to communicate with, fun to be around, and she made our day so special by going above and beyond for us!! We highly recommend Rachel to anyone seeking professional and gorgeous photos and who is looking for the best in a wedding vendor. We have gotten so many compliments on our photos and cannot stop looking at our wedding gallery. Thanks so much, Rachel. You are a true talent and a gem!

Kelsey + Matt

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