Hi, I’m Rachel, a Philadelphia documentary family photographer. I have to include that terribly clunky line right away because #Google. Isn’t that the worst? Just ignore it and look at those SWEET BABY CHEEKS above.
Sessions with a view
Mountains, dogs, and kids. Oh my!
Lotsa giggles too.
Families can be
big or small, loud or quiet.
Or sometimes them all.
One thing is for sure
This one’s got passion and warmth
And a love so pure.
The Calls and I go way back. Like, Cassie-and-I-played-soccer-together-in-college way back. And then she moved to Colorado (yay!) and I had the unique privilege to photograph her maternity photos, then her first birth, and then Brecken as a wee babe, and then yet again for this shoot with her whole Colorado family (including the sweet-cheeked Lucas up above!).
I’m not sure what I did in life to have a family keep asking me back like this, but it’s my very favorite thing. Seeing babies grow and change and giving the family this time capsule of photos to pull from for years to come gives my work so much purpose and meaning. I love just the act of photographing, but the depth I reach with clients who keep coming back is precisely why I think I’ll do this forever. I feel like a family historian. It’s an honor and I don’t take it lightly.
What a privilege to have a lifelong friend capture precious and REAL moments of our family’s journey. Every time I first look at a set of photos you’ve recently taken of us my favorites are the ones where we look good. But when I look back at the photos you’ve taken, I’ve found that my favorites gradually become the ones with a story that look like real life at that moment. I imagine those photos will become ever increasingly special to us as life journeys forward. A sweet reminder, a bookmark, of the challenges and joys at that time in our lives. Thank you Rachel, you are so special to our family!
Cassie! This is so well-said. I feel the exact same way about photos too. And about you—you guys are so special and I really do feel so honored to make these memories for you. Thank you for trusting me with them!