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IOWA WEDDING & PORTRAIT
PHOTOGRAPHER

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hey there!

I'M RACHEL

I'm a bubbly, down-to-earth wedding, family, and senior photographer. Photography lights me up and and brings me so much joy and all I want to do is share that joy!

 

Oh! And I'm also a former full-time elementary music teacher! I'm so lucky I got a chance to serve children through music and love and now I'm serving couples, families, and seniors with that same passion.

 

I'm married to my middle school sweetheart (keep scrolling for the story) and parent the CUTEST Mini Australian Shepherd named Truffle. I was born and raised in Iowa and am a huge romantic. My own love story drives my passion to work with couples and really show off their unique love. 

I CAN'T IMAGINE DOING ANYTHING ELSE

Well if you read above you already know that's not entirely true. Haha. I'm an enneagram 3 which means I'm ambitious, competent, and energetic. I'm the type of person who wants to do EVERYTHING. My husband and I have a joke that I try to start a new business every two weeks. Here are some things I'm into and may or may not have already turned into businesses: crocheting, knitting, doing my own dip nails, music, graphic design, teaching, mindset and personal development, manifestation, COFFEE, home renovation, diy's, thrifting, I could go on...

THE ONE PASSION THROUGH IS ALL WAS

photography

When I was in middle school my cousin had senior photos taken and I could not stop staring at this one photo that had awesome angles and great bokeh (the blurry background). And that was it! I was hooked. I used a small digital camera for awhile to take pictures of flowers and my dogs until I saved up and purchased my first DSLR camera. Meanwhile I was falling madly in love with music, education, and my husband. 

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I FELL IN LOVE IN

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middle school

I've known my husband, Garrett, since 1st grade when we both joined the same class halfway through the year. We always seemed to gravitate to one another, but it helped that we were always three people away alphabetically. Garrett made the first move over email when we were 7th graders. The emails turned into walks and bike rides. We quickly became each other’s best friend. 12 years later and I still wear the first necklace he gave me for Valentine’s Day. 

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THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND

Garrett

Garrett is the second shooter, prince charming, kind hearted man of my dreams. He's the half that keeps us wild while I'm the half that makes all the plans. On a wedding day you will find Garrett shooting the shit with the guys and capturing all the candid moments that you didn't even know happened!

 

Garrett is:

  • an impromptu party planner

  • "man's man"

  • gamer

  • Naruto fan

  • craft beer drinker (IPA's mostly)

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I LOVE WORKING WITH PEOPLE WHO

are in love

I know that might sound weird but I mean it. If you are madly in love with your fiancé, kids, or even your self, we are going to get along. I strive to make my sessions fun and energized to show off that expansive love!

My photography style is based around capturing real moments. Our session will be light and fun. I mostly work in the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and northern Iowa areas but please reach out no matter where you are from.

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TRUFFLE

TRUFFLE IS A

2-year old mini australian shepherd

SHE LOVES

kissing faces, belly rubs, bully sticks

SHE HATES

loud things, fireworks, getting kissed

SOMETHING SPECIAL

she is my personal editing buddy

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READY TO MAKE MAGIC TOGETHER?

let's talk