Howdy! I'm Rachael. I was born and raised in south Georgia, a die-hard Bulldawg fan and grammar snob. Mom always said we had just enough Yankee in the family to get an education. I prefer to buy books so I can read them over and over again, and I am addicted to chocolate and coffee. I'm a proud mama of a University of Texas graduate (Hook 'em!) and happy wife to a wicked-smart software engineer. I love CrossFit, Harry Potter, a good cabernet sauvignon and Matt Damon (my husband is fully aware).
I launched my photography business in 2010 after spending seven years as the entire media department for an international non-profit organization. I've traveled to London, Spain, Romania, Italy, Morocco, Burundi, Turkey, Russia, China, Cambodia and Mexico. Istanbul is my favorite city in the world.
This is Lanier. A graduate in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, he is my Chief Technical Officer, UX Designer and #1 Fan. I knew he was the one for me when he corrected my grammar. Seriously. We got married in 2008 in the middle of the Big Short (hurray!). He loves video games, ping pong, college football and Zaxby's wings with Insane Sauce. Trust me. You can't handle it.
Kitty is my office assistant. She is six years old. She has absolutely no ability to type, answer phone calls or make coffee. She prefers to sleep all day: her favorite spot is under the covers in the bed (not allowed!) or in the nearest pool of sunlight on the floor. She has not received a pay raise in six years.
MY EXPERIENCE. When I was a first-time bride, there were so many things I didn't consider. I had no idea how much work is involved--not just for the bride, but her family, and every person she hires! All I thought about was getting married, and photography certainly wasn't on my mind. We got what we paid for: a few amateur photos taken by a well-meaning friend. It was no one's fault but my own. Fast-forward 12 years to my second marriage. I had dreamed of getting married, prayed to get married, saved to get married! I was definitely investing in quality, professional images this time! I wore my gown once, but those portraits of my family are for life. When we flip through the pages of my album, I smile at the pictures of me and my daughter singing "My Girl." I get misty-eyed remembering my BigMama, who is now in Heaven.
MY MOTIVATION. I love hearing your story. I am honored to serve you on your wedding day, one of the most special days you'll have. It's not just taking pictures: it is showing up early; it's reassuring you when you're nervous; it's keeping you hydrated on an awfully hot Texas afternoon. It's shooing away guests for a few minutes of privacy while we capture that amazing evening light. It's working with all of your vendors as a team to make your event perfection. I don't just want you to have amazing pictures--you will for sure!--I want you leaving that night totally blown away by my service, my humor, and my willingness to do whatever it takes to make your wedding day the best it can be. And after your wedding is over, I want you to have a beautiful, archival quality album which tells your story. Facebook is not the best way to preserve and show off those images you've invested in. Not only will it last your lifetime, but it will be the centerpiece to every anniversary party. It is the way you bond with the next generation when they come to your house and hunt through your bookshelves the way I used to at my grandmother's. Think beyond your wedding day. What we are doing together, like your marriage, is for life. Isn't that worth investing in?
From the initial email, I like to set up a personal consultation, whether by phone or in person. This way you get to ask any questions you have, you get a feel for my personality, and you see real samples of weddings in high-quality albums. This is how I find out what is most important to you regarding photography.
We'll schedule your complimentary engagement session, which comes with every Collection. I suggest wearing a couple of different outfits: one casual, one dressy. We'll meet back together to see your images and you will pick what you want. Digital files are given to you with any purchase of prints, wall art or books, etc. You may also simply buy the files if you want.
A week or so before your event, I ask you to send me the list of family portraits you want, as well as any other unique images you want. Your event planner will send me the timeline. If I have not been to your venue before, I will visit it well in advance to meet the on-site coordinator and get the photography guidelines.
After your wedding, you will receive your USB of high-res, edited files with print release and your online gallery link for guests' viewing and ordering. They are promised within 4-6 weeks after your event. I provide a complimentary album design even if you didn't already purchase one. Any albums or books you order will be delivered no later than six months after your event.
B'nai Mitzvahs are so much fun! From your initial contact, we should talk in person or by phone. This is the easiest way for me to know exactly what you want for your child's event. You can also see real samples of events I have done as well as choices for ordering a memory book.
We meet for your child's portrait session a few months in advance. You will receive a USB of high-res, edited files with print release and online gallery link from that session within four weeks of the session.
On your child's event day, I can meet you at the synagogue for formal portraits of your child as well as family photos before or after the ceremony. I will join you later for the reception that evening.
After your event, you will receive your USB of high-res, edited files with print release and online gallery link for guests' viewing and ordering no later than six weeks. I provide a complimentary design of a memory book if you did not already order one. Any album or book order will be delivered no more than six months after your child's event.
Albums and books are a terrific way to preserve your images and pass along heirlooms to future generations. Perfect for anniversary, birthday and Christmas gifts, I provide a complimentary album design after your event.
Choose from a variety of leathers, faux-leathers, silks and linens! Optional photo and imprinting available as well as having two materials.
We will schedule a time to do revisions by phone; it takes about an hour. Once you have given me your notes, I make the changes, upload to an online gallery for you to see, and wait for your approval. Payment must be made in full before I place your order. Once received, the lab takes 4-6 weeks' processing. These handmade works of art will last a lifetime and more! CLICK HERE TO SEE GALLERY OF SWATCHES