Hey there, lovely human! Thanks for dropping by.

People regularly ask me when it was that I first discovered my passion for photography and knew I wanted it to be my career. The answer is that I knew I wanted to be a photographer way back in high school, but my love of photography began at about age five. I don't have a lot of memories of that age, but I vividly remember when I lost my first tooth and excitedly chose a little plastic film camera as my "prize" for surviving such a terrifying experience. (Ah, the simplicity of childhood.) I've had a camera in hand ever since.

During college, I began teaching myself the technical side of photography. My creativity kind of ran wild during this time and I fell in love with photographing cozy aesthetics. I was especially drawn to props like half-used candles, vintage teacups, and so many books...

Eventually I tried my hand at photographing couples and families. During that first session, I realized that portrait photography is where I'm meant to be. And I never looked back.

So now you know why I first got serious about photography and how Rustic Life Photography was born, but you should know what gets me out of bed every morning.

Basically, there are some moments that you can never do over. There are memories you can never replace if you forget them. You know what I mean, right? How the second you try to grasp at a fading memory, it slips between your fingers and retreats into the dusty attic of your brain. It's one thing if you're trying to remember a grocery list, but another when the forgotten moment is about your parent, child, or pet.

As a "pawrent" to several rambunctious fur-children, ones both here and over the rainbow bridge, I very much understand the importance of keeping those memories safe and close to the heart.

The first step in keeping those memories safe is to actually take the photos. And that's where I can be there for you.

rachel stands in a green field smiling away from the camera and spins so that their hair swishes back and forth

Fun fact: The name "Rustic Life Photography" is a silent tribute to the photography-road that brought me here. But that's a story for another time. :)

If you were to drop by on a typical weekday, you'd find me hunched over my computer clutching a mug of lukewarm tea, with my husband, childhood pup, four cats, and two house rabbits by my side.