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Rachael Foster Photography

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

North Chambliss Street
Alexandria, VA US 22312 (map)
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ABOUT US

Through timeless photojournalism and artistic portraiture, I capture real moments and beautiful memories.

My style is warm, natural, and light-filled with a fresh and clean... Read more
Through timeless photojournalism and artistic portraiture, I capture real moments and beautiful memories.

My style is warm, natural, and light-filled with a fresh and clean composition that will stand the test of time. I love capturing the moments, big and small, that will bring a smile to your face for years to come.

I take a mix of candid photos and natural, fine-art portraits. With just the right amount of encouragment and enthusiasm, I keep everyone comfortable and relaxed so they look their best.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are so many wedding photographers. What sets you apart?

This is such a great question, and I love answering it for new clients. I am a full-time photographer with a passion for capturing your wedding the way you want to remember it. I do not have a one-size-fits-all approach. I start every consultation with a conversation about you: how you met, what matters to you, and the style and feeling you want to achieve for your wedding.

I do not have another “day job," and I don’t overbook myself. You will never have to worry about my ability to be responsive to your questions, concerns or desires. You are a high priority for me because I choose to work with only a limited number of couples each year.

My clients and their families LOVE working with me. Every couple I’ve photographed has been thrilled with the final images and thanked me for being so fun and flexible on their wedding day. Their family members say how kind and helpful I was during family portraits.

I take beautiful photos in all kinds of lighting: sunrise, noon, sunset, bright sunshine, clouds, rain, extremely low light, harsh overhead light, strong backlighting, multicolored stage lighting, incandescent (yellow) light, and fluorescent (greenish) light—to name a few.

Nothing is more important in photography than proper lighting. It kills me when I hear from people who hired beginners for their wedding and are wondering if there’s any program that can fix the lighting in their photos. Quite often they hired a friend or family member who was just starting out but had some beautiful photos online. The couple didn’t notice that those photos were almost all taken in good natural light. When their photographer had to work in more difficult conditions, he/she didn’t know how to compensate.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do in Photoshop or any other program to fix bad lighting that wasn’t properly supplemented at the time the photo was taken. When I’m helping friends and family members choose a photographer, I always recommend they see an entire wedding--including photos taken inside during the reception.

How do I book you?

I believe the relationship between the photographer and the client is one of the most important factors in creating beautiful images, and I book a limited number of weddings, portraits, and events per year so I can give my clients the time, attention, and creative energy they need. Before booking a wedding date, I require an in-person consultation so we can both decide if we are the right fit. To schedule a consultation, please contact me at rachael@rachaelfosterphoto.com

This all sounds so wonderful, but it seems expensive. How do I know how much to spend?

Every wedding has a budget. (Yes, even celebrity weddings have budgets. Their budget is just $5,000,000 while yours is probably closer to the national average of $28,000.) Whatever your target numbers are, you know some things are priorities, and you’re willing to spend more on them.

Photography is the one thing that captures your wedding day—the emotions, the moments, and the details you’ve worked so hard to put together—in its entirety.

I recently read that it takes the average bride over 400 hours to plan her wedding. That’s the same as working ten 40 hour work weeks. After all that work, guess how long the wedding day lasts? 24 hours. It can be the most wonderful and magical 24 hours of your life, but unfortunately, no one has found a way to make a single day last longer.

That’s why photos are so important. Looking at a photo can transport you back to the moment it was taken. You can experience the joy and happiness you felt on your wedding day all over again. You can see all the people you love and cherish gathered together to celebrate your marriage. And you can recall how all those details came together to create something magical.

Think about what your dream wedding looks like and what it really means to you. Then imagine being able to experience that day over and over for the rest of your life through beautiful, authentic photos.

Who do you work best with?

I work best with people who are excited for their wedding and marriage and want the best possible photos to remember their wedding day. My clients plan beautiful, unique weddings, but they don’t always know exactly what it takes to create gorgeous, unique photos. They are happy to share their vision and trust me to capture their wedding the way they want it.

What is a “First Look” and should I have one?

The concept is actually very simple: the couple chooses a time and location to see each other before the ceremony with only the photographer present to capture their emotions. It's a great way to settle nerves, enjoy a private moment together, and get some photos before all the wedding day events begin. Sometimes it’s the only way to allow enough time for portraits of the couple, their wedding party, and families.

A First Look can definitely make it easier to capture all the photos you want, and many people prefer to have a private moment together, but it’s ultimately up to you whether it’s the right fit for your wedding. I can talk you through all the important factors you should consider at our consultation, but I will always leave the choice up to you. I happily photograph weddings with and without First Looks.

May I contact some of your former clients to see what it’s like to work with you?

Definitely! My couples and their families have become raving fans of my photography services and love to talk with other potential clients about their experiences with me. You read your reviews below and let me know if you'd like to talk with anyone in particular.

I have a couple more questions before getting started…how can we discuss them further?

I would be happy to answer every last question you have during our consultation. Send me an email at rachael@rachaelfosterphoto.com to schedule at time for our meeting.

Congratulations on your engagement! I can’t wait to meet you!

Best,

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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
Yes, I personally edit all of my wedding images.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I've photographed weddings with all kinds of lighting situations, and I am comfortable with anything. My gear is highly versatile.
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
I offer packages with one photographer (always me!) or two. I have a number of talented professional photographers who join me when a couple books a second photographer.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes, I personally photograph every wedding. If a couple hires a second photographer, then I bring in another talented photographer, but I will always take the lead.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I have never booked more than one wedding in a day. I do book shorter sessions like portraits or engagements in the same day if I have to for scheduling reasons--but I always make sure I have the time and energy to give each client my full attention. 
 
 I consider multiple weddings per weekend on a case by case basis.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
My contract states that I will provide a substitute photographer (if the couple wants one) if I am unable to perform my duties for any reason. I belong to a large group of DC-based photographers whom I can call on in an emergency. So far it's been unnecessary, but it gives me and my clients peace of mind to know I've got this covered.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I usually have two cameras on me at all times (so I can use different lenses) and a back-up camera in my case. I have a number of different lenses for use in different lighting and for different subjects (close-ups of details need a macro lens while moving scenes are best captured with a zoom). I also bring several different types of lighting--both on-camera and off camera--so I can light any room and any situation.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
My packages range from 7-9 hours. Additional hours may be purchased a la carte.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes, I am happy to add additional hours at any time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
During an eight hour wedding, I usually take one short break. I don't require clients to feed me, but many of them do, and I definitely appreciate it!
Do you charge for travel?
I don't charge for travel in the DC metro area. If I have to drive over two hours, I ask clients to pay for travel costs.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Final images are ready within 4-6 weeks after the wedding.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Clients have the rights to use the photos for all personal uses (printing, enlargements, album creation, and other forms of private use). I retain the copyrights to use the images for self-promotion on my website and marketing.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Typically, yes, but I've worked with clients in the past who prefer not to have their photos published, and I am happy to accommodate them.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
I provide beautifully edited images in full-resolution via CDs or USBs, which belong to the client.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, I upload the finished photos to a personal, password protected web gallery with printing capabilities. My clients can send the link and password to their family and friends for viewing. I've also worked with clients who prefer not to have their photos uploaded, and I'm happy to accommodate them as well.
What kind of albums do you offer?
Each album is custom-designed by me and printed by FINAO. Albums come in various sizes and bindings, including leather and photo finish. I bring samples to my complimentary consultations.
When will the client get the final album?
Albums are a collaborative process between me and the client and their creative time varies. After the client has received their final images, I ask them if they have any specific input about their album. Sometimes they ask me to just use my artistic judgement--and I'm happy to work either way. Once the first draft of the album is completed, I send the client a proof for review. If the client wants any changes, I make edits until they are completely satisfied.

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Contracting Rachael Foster Photography was one of the best decisions my fiance and I made during our wedding planning process. I originally contacted Rachael in April/May of 2013. She was readily available for our consult and open to meeting during non-work hours, which was important for my husband and I. After meeting with Rachael and seeing her work, we were positive we wanted her to capture our big day. She is personable, listens carefully to your concerns and ideas, creative, and most importantly, delivers gorgeous results. We requested she shoot our engagement photos in addition to our wedding day. The results were fantastic! She delivered our engagement photos, which were plentiful, within a few weeks of taking them. Throughout the remainder of our engagement (an entire year), Rachael was always present. She would offer assistance with other areas, even creating a pintrest board with ideas for place card holders when I told her I was running low on creativity. She checked in periodically to make sure things were running smoothly, and was fully prepared to shoot our wedding, including the detail photo request and final meeting well before the wedding date (I didn't want to rush around last minute and she was willing to consult with my husband and I around 3 weeks before the wedding to settle our nerves). On the day of the wedding, Rachael was early to the venue where we were shooting detail shots. As usual, my sister and I were running behind and were stuck at the salon. Rachael and her second shooter, Shane, were set up and ready and, instead of waiting on us to return like most photographers would, they went straight to work and started capturing brilliant photos! Rachael and Shane worked well together, getting creative shots while slipping through the background and not "interrupting" the natural flow of the day. She remembered every requested photo, and managed to catch them all while still letting us enjoy each minute of our day. Best Wedding Photographer!
Contracting Rachael Foster Photography was one of the best decisions my fiance and I made during our wedding planning Read more...
Contracting Rachael Foster Photography was one of the best decisions my fiance and I made during our wedding planning process. I originally contacted Rachael in April/May of 2013. She was readily available for our consult and open to meeting during non-work hours, which was important for my husband and I. After meeting with Rachael and seeing her work, we were positive we wanted her to capture our big day. She is personable, listens carefully to your concerns and ideas, creative, and most importantly, delivers gorgeous results. We requested she shoot our engagement photos in addition to our wedding day. The results were fantastic! She delivered our engagement photos, which were plentiful, within a few weeks of taking them. Throughout the remainder of our engagement (an entire year), Rachael was always present. She would offer assistance with other areas, even creating a pintrest board with ideas for place card holders when I told her I was running low on creativity. She checked in periodically to make sure things were running smoothly, and was fully prepared to shoot our wedding, including the detail photo request and final meeting well before the wedding date (I didn't want to rush around last minute and she was willing to consult with my husband and I around 3 weeks before the wedding to settle our nerves). On the day of the wedding, Rachael was early to the venue where we were shooting detail shots. As usual, my sister and I were running behind and were stuck at the salon. Rachael and her second shooter, Shane, were set up and ready and, instead of waiting on us to return like most photographers would, they went straight to work and started capturing brilliant photos! Rachael and Shane worked well together, getting creative shots while slipping through the background and not "interrupting" the natural flow of the day. She remembered every requested photo, and managed to catch them all while still letting us enjoy each minute of our day. Best Wedding Photographer! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Morgen! I absolutely loved working with you and Richard to capture gorgeous engagement and wedding photos. You planned such a beautiful day, and it was a joy and honor to celebrate with you and Richard. I'm so happy for you and your families and look forward to staying in touch!
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Amy
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Rachael and her work as our wedding photographer. My wedding was this past weekend and Rachael and her assistant, Shane, were just phenomenal. I am not the most natural person in front of a camera, but they both made me feel so comfortable and gave me good instructions for posing. Rachael was spectacular with making sure she took pictures of all of the details and also ensuring we made it through my rather long list of family and bridal party portraits. Our wedding didn't run on time, about an hour late after dinner, but she personally stayed late just so she could make sure she got enough pictures of the dancing. I am sure not all wedding photographers would do that! I truly feel fortunate to have had her and Shane be the ones responsible for capturing all of the wonderful moments from our wedding. Thank you again!!
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I can't say enough good things about Rachael and her work as our wedding photographer. My wedding was this past weekend and Rachael and her assistant, Shane, were just phenomenal. I am not the most natural person in front of a camera, but they both made me feel so comfortable and gave me good instructions for posing. Rachael was spectacular with making sure she took pictures of all of the details and also ensuring we made it through my rather long list of family and bridal party portraits. Our wedding didn't run on time, about an hour late after dinner, but she personally stayed late just so she could make sure she got enough pictures of the dancing. I am sure not all wedding photographers would do that! I truly feel fortunate to have had her and Shane be the ones responsible for capturing all of the wonderful moments from our wedding. Thank you again!! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Amy! I was so honored to be a part of your wedding, and I have loved getting to know you and Dave throughout the planning process. Your wedding day was full of joy, and I was more than happy to stay a little late and capture everything we talked about. You and your families were just phenomenal--I couldn't ask for a better job than working with you guys!
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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Not only is Rachael's work amazing, she is such a sweet, funny, patient, and FUN person to work with. My family and friends can be a handful, but she and Shane did an amazing job wrangling everyone in. Our photos are amazing...I'm not much of a crier, but as soon as I scrolled through the photos of our vow renewal on her blog, I started to bawl. She's so great-incredibly efficient and we loved how she took her own creative license to capture our special day so perfectly. We will cherish these photos forever and hope to work with her again in the future!
Not only is Rachael's work amazing, she is such a sweet, funny, patient, and FUN person to work with. My family and Read more...
Not only is Rachael's work amazing, she is such a sweet, funny, patient, and FUN person to work with. My family and friends can be a handful, but she and Shane did an amazing job wrangling everyone in. Our photos are amazing...I'm not much of a crier, but as soon as I scrolled through the photos of our vow renewal on her blog, I started to bawl. She's so great-incredibly efficient and we loved how she took her own creative license to capture our special day so perfectly. We will cherish these photos forever and hope to work with her again in the future! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Caitlin! I absolutely loved working with you and Matthew (and your wonderful families). You planned a beautiful day and also made everything so fun and convenient for your guests. It was really evident that everyone was having a great time. Thanks for being so thoughtful to me, to your guests, and to your family. I'm sure we all agree that it was well worth the wait!
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Dan
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachel was very skillful in capturing the joy and the spirit of our wedding. We could not be more pleased with her work.
Rachel was very skillful in capturing the joy and the spirit of our wedding. We could not be more pleased with her work.
Rachel was very skillful in capturing the joy and the spirit of our wedding. We could not be more pleased with her work. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Dan! Your wedding was full of joy, and I was thrilled to capture it.
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candacetva
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael was wonderful to work with! I was browsing through wedding wire and saw some of her photographs and she really seemed to fit our style. From the first phone call I knew that we were on the same page. Her confidence in her abilities let me know I was in good hands and put my mind at ease. It was always really easy to get in touch with Rachael and she was open to my ideas and able to give a lot of guidance. Prices were also very reasonable and after seeing the finished product I feel like we got a great bargain!

My whole family was blown away by her work ethic on the day of the wedding. My Dad is particular couldn't stop talking about how Rachael seemed to be in more than one place at at a time and was constantly clicking away. She captured very special candid moments, some great portraits and some great shots of the party in full swing. The weather didn't cooperate for outdoor pictures on our wedding day and so we actually went back a few weeks later to get another photo shoot in. All of the photos from both the wedding day and the second session turned out beautiful!
Rachael was wonderful to work with! I was browsing through wedding wire and saw some of her photographs and she really Read more...
Rachael was wonderful to work with! I was browsing through wedding wire and saw some of her photographs and she really seemed to fit our style. From the first phone call I knew that we were on the same page. Her confidence in her abilities let me know I was in good hands and put my mind at ease. It was always really easy to get in touch with Rachael and she was open to my ideas and able to give a lot of guidance. Prices were also very reasonable and after seeing the finished product I feel like we got a great bargain!

My whole family was blown away by her work ethic on the day of the wedding. My Dad is particular couldn't stop talking about how Rachael seemed to be in more than one place at at a time and was constantly clicking away. She captured very special candid moments, some great portraits and some great shots of the party in full swing. The weather didn't cooperate for outdoor pictures on our wedding day and so we actually went back a few weeks later to get another photo shoot in. All of the photos from both the wedding day and the second session turned out beautiful! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Candace! You and Spencer were absolutely amazing to work with--I enjoyed your wedding so much. And I'm excited to see it published soon by Rustic Wedding Chic!
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ashley
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I spent a long time trying to find the perfect photography and am so grateful to have found Rachael!

She was very flexible in meeting with me to discuss and plan the wedding day and extremely fast in responding to my emails. She was definitely patient with me (someone who waits until last minute to do everything)!

Rachael is incredibly sweet and has great ideas, while also being open to what you have in mind on your day. On the day of, I didn't have to do anything. She knew exactly what to do, where to go, and even came early to scope out the venue to make sure we had the best shots. Rachael covered it all: the little details, the big picture, all the decorations, candids of the guests, and every angle of every event. She captured every moment perfectly and was especially easy to work with during the wedding party photos.

When I received the final product, I can't explain how happy I was! They were amazing and every moment was perfectly captured and defined. There was nothing missing. The only hard part now is narrowing down the ones to print since they are all wonderful. We received almost 1000 edited pictures and her pricing is really reasonable!

To sum, my husband and I are so happy that we had the chance to work with Rachael and would recommend her to anyone!
I spent a long time trying to find the perfect photography and am so grateful to have found Rachael!

She was Read more...
I spent a long time trying to find the perfect photography and am so grateful to have found Rachael!

She was very flexible in meeting with me to discuss and plan the wedding day and extremely fast in responding to my emails. She was definitely patient with me (someone who waits until last minute to do everything)!

Rachael is incredibly sweet and has great ideas, while also being open to what you have in mind on your day. On the day of, I didn't have to do anything. She knew exactly what to do, where to go, and even came early to scope out the venue to make sure we had the best shots. Rachael covered it all: the little details, the big picture, all the decorations, candids of the guests, and every angle of every event. She captured every moment perfectly and was especially easy to work with during the wedding party photos.

When I received the final product, I can't explain how happy I was! They were amazing and every moment was perfectly captured and defined. There was nothing missing. The only hard part now is narrowing down the ones to print since they are all wonderful. We received almost 1000 edited pictures and her pricing is really reasonable!

To sum, my husband and I are so happy that we had the chance to work with Rachael and would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Ashley, thanks so much for this wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to work with you and Chris, and I'm thrilled that you are so happy with your photos.
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Christopher
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael Foster did a great job at our wedding. She showed up dressed perfect for the event. Kept the pace of things moving along to get the max value we wanted. She understood our group and worked with us accordingly. I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone.
Rachael Foster did a great job at our wedding. She showed up dressed perfect for the event. Kept the pace of things moving Read more...
Rachael Foster did a great job at our wedding. She showed up dressed perfect for the event. Kept the pace of things moving along to get the max value we wanted. She understood our group and worked with us accordingly. I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Chris! You and Ashley were fantastic to work with, and your photos are beautiful. I hope you enjoy them for many years to come!
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael photographed my wedding two weeks ago and I absolutely loved her! She was so flexible with any ideas I had and her direction was perfect. She made the whole picture taking process so much fun and so enjoyable. I absolutely loved her! I highly recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a fantastic easy going photographer!
Rachael photographed my wedding two weeks ago and I absolutely loved her! She was so flexible with any ideas I had and her Read more...
Rachael photographed my wedding two weeks ago and I absolutely loved her! She was so flexible with any ideas I had and her direction was perfect. She made the whole picture taking process so much fun and so enjoyable. I absolutely loved her! I highly recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a fantastic easy going photographer! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Caitlin! Your wedding was so much fun, and I was thrilled to be a part of it. The photos are truly stunning. I know you will treasure them forever.
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Mitchell
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael was so easy to work with, very laid back and easy going. She made the day taking pictures fun and I now have some beautiful pictures of my wife that I can't stop staring at.
Rachael was so easy to work with, very laid back and easy going. She made the day taking pictures fun and I now have some Read more...
Rachael was so easy to work with, very laid back and easy going. She made the day taking pictures fun and I now have some beautiful pictures of my wife that I can't stop staring at. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Mitchell! Caitlin was such a gorgeous bride--I'm glad I could capture that for you :)
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Jackie
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
There are no words to express my gratitude to Rachael Foster. The thing that I cared most about on my wedding day was the pictures. I wanted someone to capture the moments - the happy and the heartfelt - on this important day in our lives. From the moment she arrived at my suite on the morning of my wedding day to the very last dance at the reception, Rachael was kind, calm, thoughtful, professional, attentive, and just all around amazing. She had great ideas for locations to do pictures after the ceremony, she created a day off timeline to make everything run smoothly, and most importantly she really listened to what I wanted and made sure to get all the photos that I cared about. The pictures of my wedding day are breath taking and truly more than I could have hoped for. If you are a bride looking for your wedding photographer, STOP LOOKING NOW AND HIRE RACHAEL. She made my wedding day, and the photos I have to remember it, unforgettable.
There are no words to express my gratitude to Rachael Foster. The thing that I cared most about on my wedding day was the Read more...
There are no words to express my gratitude to Rachael Foster. The thing that I cared most about on my wedding day was the pictures. I wanted someone to capture the moments - the happy and the heartfelt - on this important day in our lives. From the moment she arrived at my suite on the morning of my wedding day to the very last dance at the reception, Rachael was kind, calm, thoughtful, professional, attentive, and just all around amazing. She had great ideas for locations to do pictures after the ceremony, she created a day off timeline to make everything run smoothly, and most importantly she really listened to what I wanted and made sure to get all the photos that I cared about. The pictures of my wedding day are breath taking and truly more than I could have hoped for. If you are a bride looking for your wedding photographer, STOP LOOKING NOW AND HIRE RACHAEL. She made my wedding day, and the photos I have to remember it, unforgettable. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Jackie, you are so sweet! Your review made my day. I'm so glad to know that these photos are everything you hoped for. I loved being with you and Mike throughout the day and seeing your love for each other and your families. Your tribute to Mike's dad was truly exceptional, and your performance on the dance floor will never be forgotten. All in all, it was a wedding day worthy of you--which is saying a lot!
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Becky
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael’s work is amazing! She is not only a photographer and a photojournalist but truly a talented artist. Rachael was able to capture the love and emotions and excitement of everyone involved in our wedding and let it shine through each one of our thousands of pictures. From my bridal shoot to the entire wedding day, the photos are uniquely stunning. She is a joy to work with and is bursting with ideas! As a bride who worked hard to plan a beautiful day, it’s been the most unexpected gift to have found the perfect photographer to capture every moment and turn it into a breathtaking, timeless collection of memories. The final product has blown me away and allowed my husband and I to relive our magical wedding day. Thank you Rachael for sharing your time and your talents with us!
Rachael’s work is amazing! She is not only a photographer and a photojournalist but truly a talented artist. Rachael was Read more...
Rachael’s work is amazing! She is not only a photographer and a photojournalist but truly a talented artist. Rachael was able to capture the love and emotions and excitement of everyone involved in our wedding and let it shine through each one of our thousands of pictures. From my bridal shoot to the entire wedding day, the photos are uniquely stunning. She is a joy to work with and is bursting with ideas! As a bride who worked hard to plan a beautiful day, it’s been the most unexpected gift to have found the perfect photographer to capture every moment and turn it into a breathtaking, timeless collection of memories. The final product has blown me away and allowed my husband and I to relive our magical wedding day. Thank you Rachael for sharing your time and your talents with us! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Becky! I'm thrilled to have captured your beautiful wedding day. You did put a lot of work and thought into the details and it really showed! Everything was beautiful and unique. Mosts importantly, you and Micah were glowing with happiness all day. Your love for each other and your family and friends was so evident. Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your day!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rachael was an absolute dream to work with! Always quick to respond to emails. Took many amazing shots and provided us with tons of photos from our big day!
Rachael was an absolute dream to work with! Always quick to respond to emails. Took many amazing shots and provided us Read more...
Rachael was an absolute dream to work with! Always quick to respond to emails. Took many amazing shots and provided us with tons of photos from our big day! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm so glad you love your photos!
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Cara
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachael was flexible, responsive, and a pleasure to work with! It was incredibly important to us to have quality photos we could treasure for years to come. Our only problem now is trying to pick from the hundreds of amazing moments that Rachael captured!
Rachael was flexible, responsive, and a pleasure to work with! It was incredibly important to us to have quality photos we Read more...
Rachael was flexible, responsive, and a pleasure to work with! It was incredibly important to us to have quality photos we could treasure for years to come. Our only problem now is trying to pick from the hundreds of amazing moments that Rachael captured! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Cara, thanks so much for sharing about your wedding. You and Mike are a fabulous couple, and I was happy to capture your love and commitment to each other. Your family is always a treat!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
This was the second wedding that Rachael photographed for us within the past year. We felt like we had an old friend coming back to join the party. She's delightful as a person and completely unobtrusive as a photographer. We were so pleased with the pictures from the first wedding and can't wait to see this set.
This was the second wedding that Rachael photographed for us within the past year. We felt like we had an old friend Read more...
This was the second wedding that Rachael photographed for us within the past year. We felt like we had an old friend coming back to join the party. She's delightful as a person and completely unobtrusive as a photographer. We were so pleased with the pictures from the first wedding and can't wait to see this set. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

I was absolutely thrilled to come back for another wedding with your family! Everyone was so fun to work with, and the closeness of your family is just beautiful. Thanks again for asking me back!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
With her artistic eye and natural talent, Rachael captures every moment in a beautiful frame. She is helpful, flexible and most importantly, is a fun member to have as part of your wedding party all day long! I enjoyed looking at my wedding photos almost as much as I enjoyed my wedding day! I highly recommend Rachael for engagement and wedding photos
With her artistic eye and natural talent, Rachael captures every moment in a beautiful frame. She is helpful, flexible and Read more...
With her artistic eye and natural talent, Rachael captures every moment in a beautiful frame. She is helpful, flexible and most importantly, is a fun member to have as part of your wedding party all day long! I enjoyed looking at my wedding photos almost as much as I enjoyed my wedding day! I highly recommend Rachael for engagement and wedding photos Read less
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Neal
Wedding:
11/4/2012
4.6/5.0
Rachael was wonderful to work with. She was very helpful, patient, and the photos turned out wonderfully. We couldn't ask for anything more. Would definitely use her again.
Rachael was wonderful to work with. She was very helpful, patient, and the photos turned out wonderfully. We couldn't ask Read more...
Rachael was wonderful to work with. She was very helpful, patient, and the photos turned out wonderfully. We couldn't ask for anything more. Would definitely use her again. Read less
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Olivia
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael Foster is wonderful! She takes breathtaking photographs and captured some wonderful moments on our wedding day. She is very professional and helps wherever she can. We had so much fun with her on our wedding day. The pictures turned out so beautifully with a short turn-around time. Really a wonderful photographer. Thank you Rachael!
Rachael Foster is wonderful! She takes breathtaking photographs and captured some wonderful moments on our wedding day. Read more...
Rachael Foster is wonderful! She takes breathtaking photographs and captured some wonderful moments on our wedding day. She is very professional and helps wherever she can. We had so much fun with her on our wedding day. The pictures turned out so beautifully with a short turn-around time. Really a wonderful photographer. Thank you Rachael! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Olivia! You and Patrick planned such a gorgeous wedding, and you were both so happy--full of smiles all day long! It was truly my pleasure to capture your love and happiness.
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Amy
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.5/5.0
Rachael Foster and her team were fabulous and I would highly recommend her to anyone in the DC metro area looking for a photographer. We were recommended to Rachael when we first got engaged by a coworker of my fiance, who also used Rachael for her wedding. Right after our intial meeting with Rachael, we knew she would be prefect. We had both our engagement photos and wedding photos done by her.

Her prices are great, she was always very responsive to any emails I had sent to her, and she was always great at putting the bride and groom first. I used reviews to help me choose many of my vendors, so I hope this helps any future brides to be out there!

I would definetely recommend her to any friends and family that may be looking for a photographer in the future and hope that we cross paths again!
Rachael Foster and her team were fabulous and I would highly recommend her to anyone in the DC metro area looking for a Read more...
Rachael Foster and her team were fabulous and I would highly recommend her to anyone in the DC metro area looking for a photographer. We were recommended to Rachael when we first got engaged by a coworker of my fiance, who also used Rachael for her wedding. Right after our intial meeting with Rachael, we knew she would be prefect. We had both our engagement photos and wedding photos done by her.

Her prices are great, she was always very responsive to any emails I had sent to her, and she was always great at putting the bride and groom first. I used reviews to help me choose many of my vendors, so I hope this helps any future brides to be out there!

I would definetely recommend her to any friends and family that may be looking for a photographer in the future and hope that we cross paths again! Read less
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Aileen
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael was wonderful! She kept me relaxed all day and did a great job capturing all the special moments. I hardly noticed her at the reception, but all the pictures were great!

I'm thrilled with the pictures she took for us!
Rachael was wonderful! She kept me relaxed all day and did a great job capturing all the special moments. I hardly noticed Read more...
Rachael was wonderful! She kept me relaxed all day and did a great job capturing all the special moments. I hardly noticed her at the reception, but all the pictures were great!

I'm thrilled with the pictures she took for us! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Aileen! I'm so glad I was able to capture your wedding day without intruding on the special moments. You and your guests made it easy by having such a good time!
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Dominique
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael’s enthusiasm & creativity is evident in every picture she takes. She was fun to work with at the engagement session and our wedding. She is personable and professional to work with. Her candid pictures captured special moments during our wedding. We are in love with our engagement pictures & wedding pictures. I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a photographer!
Rachael’s enthusiasm & creativity is evident in every picture she takes. She was fun to work with at the engagement Read more...
Rachael’s enthusiasm & creativity is evident in every picture she takes. She was fun to work with at the engagement session and our wedding. She is personable and professional to work with. Her candid pictures captured special moments during our wedding. We are in love with our engagement pictures & wedding pictures. I would highly recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a photographer! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rachael was great to work with! Her enthusiasm and creativity is amazing! Our engagement and wedding pictures are perfect. She helped our personalities shine through in our pictures, and was able to capture so many priceless moments at the wedding. Thanks Rachael!
Rachael was great to work with! Her enthusiasm and creativity is amazing! Our engagement and wedding pictures are perfect. Read more...
Rachael was great to work with! Her enthusiasm and creativity is amazing! Our engagement and wedding pictures are perfect. She helped our personalities shine through in our pictures, and was able to capture so many priceless moments at the wedding. Thanks Rachael! Read less
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Travis
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael went above and beyond for our wedding. She also did our engagement pictures on our family farm. She traveled to a place that was special to both of us and assisted in creating memories we will have forever. Rachael was awesome to work with and we are looking forward to using her again in the near future when our family begins to grow. Without a doubt Rachael Foster Photography is a first class business with a personal touch.
Rachael went above and beyond for our wedding. She also did our engagement pictures on our family farm. She traveled to a Read more...
Rachael went above and beyond for our wedding. She also did our engagement pictures on our family farm. She traveled to a place that was special to both of us and assisted in creating memories we will have forever. Rachael was awesome to work with and we are looking forward to using her again in the near future when our family begins to grow. Without a doubt Rachael Foster Photography is a first class business with a personal touch. Read less
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Alyson
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVED working with Rachael! The photographs turned out better than we could have ever dreamed! She is really easy going, but was also very helpful and not afraid to take charge the day of the wedding. I would definitely recommend her to photograph your wedding!
We absolutely LOVED working with Rachael! The photographs turned out better than we could have ever dreamed! She is really Read more...
We absolutely LOVED working with Rachael! The photographs turned out better than we could have ever dreamed! She is really easy going, but was also very helpful and not afraid to take charge the day of the wedding. I would definitely recommend her to photograph your wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rachael has a very distinct style. Our pictures are relaxed and fun, she really captured our day in the way we wanted it to be portrayed.
Rachael has a very distinct style. Our pictures are relaxed and fun, she really captured our day in the way we wanted it Read more...
Rachael has a very distinct style. Our pictures are relaxed and fun, she really captured our day in the way we wanted it to be portrayed. Read less
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Collin
Wedding:
7/27/2012
4.6/5.0
Rachael did a really nice job at our wedding. She captured the day in a way that when we look back at the pictures she took, it feels like we are there all over again. It seems like the pictures get better each time we look at them together.
Rachael did a really nice job at our wedding. She captured the day in a way that when we look back at the pictures she Read more...
Rachael did a really nice job at our wedding. She captured the day in a way that when we look back at the pictures she took, it feels like we are there all over again. It seems like the pictures get better each time we look at them together. Read less
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Negar & Ali
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Congratulations! You have found your photographer!

Rachael is simply A M A Z I N G!

She is very professional, very prompt in responding to her emails and extremely helpful.
She came in early on the day of the wedding. She's extremely kind and energetic. My guests absolutely loved her and everyone was asking about her after the wedding.

She's very creative and her pictures are just amazing. Working with her is so easy! She takes the stress out of the event and you will barely even notice that she's there during the reception.

Also, she's very affordable! I honestly believe she should charge at least twice as much for her work!

My husband who is very interested in photography noticed that she has great equipments.

We feel very lucky to have found her and hope to work with her in the future for our family events/functions.
Congratulations! You have found your photographer!

Rachael is simply A M A Z I N G!

She is very Read more...
Congratulations! You have found your photographer!

Rachael is simply A M A Z I N G!

She is very professional, very prompt in responding to her emails and extremely helpful.
She came in early on the day of the wedding. She's extremely kind and energetic. My guests absolutely loved her and everyone was asking about her after the wedding.

She's very creative and her pictures are just amazing. Working with her is so easy! She takes the stress out of the event and you will barely even notice that she's there during the reception.

Also, she's very affordable! I honestly believe she should charge at least twice as much for her work!

My husband who is very interested in photography noticed that she has great equipments.

We feel very lucky to have found her and hope to work with her in the future for our family events/functions. Read less
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Kathleen
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael was absolutely amazing to work with -- she was very responsive whenever I emailed her with a question, and was sure to arrive everywhere we needed her to be early on the big day. She had that "something" that made my now-husband and I feel comfortable with her at every step of the process. From the moment we sat down with her at our initial meeting, to our engagement session, to our wedding day, she made us feel totally at ease and took into account exactly what we wanted. She also provided us with literally THOUSANDS of pictures from our wedding day -- every second of that day was recorded for us (which is so important because the day FLEW by!). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rachael to a friend, and can't wait to use her again for special events photography!
Rachael was absolutely amazing to work with -- she was very responsive whenever I emailed her with a question, and was Read more...
Rachael was absolutely amazing to work with -- she was very responsive whenever I emailed her with a question, and was sure to arrive everywhere we needed her to be early on the big day. She had that "something" that made my now-husband and I feel comfortable with her at every step of the process. From the moment we sat down with her at our initial meeting, to our engagement session, to our wedding day, she made us feel totally at ease and took into account exactly what we wanted. She also provided us with literally THOUSANDS of pictures from our wedding day -- every second of that day was recorded for us (which is so important because the day FLEW by!). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Rachael to a friend, and can't wait to use her again for special events photography! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.9/5.0
Rachael was a pleasure to work with; she was very responsive to all our pre-wedding questions and communication, including some unique requests of mine. At the wedding, she was everywhere but nowhere - in a skillful photographer kind of way where she managed to shoot all the important events but not be in the way of them happening. I would definitely recommend her to other couples!
Rachael was a pleasure to work with; she was very responsive to all our pre-wedding questions and communication, including Read more...
Rachael was a pleasure to work with; she was very responsive to all our pre-wedding questions and communication, including some unique requests of mine. At the wedding, she was everywhere but nowhere - in a skillful photographer kind of way where she managed to shoot all the important events but not be in the way of them happening. I would definitely recommend her to other couples! Read less
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Erika
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael was very professional and flexible, I would highly recommend her services.
Rachael was very professional and flexible, I would highly recommend her services.
Rachael was very professional and flexible, I would highly recommend her services. Read less
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JKRuoff
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Rachael Foster is absolutely amazing. She was with us for 7+ hours on the day of our wedding (with an assistant) and we barely even noticed she was there. She fit right into the group, and guests are still complimenting us on "how sweet our photographer was". Not only is Rachael one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, the photos from our wedding are hands down amazing, and we couldn't be happier with them. We met with Rachael twice before our wedding. The first time to get to know her and decide if we wanted to hire her as our photographer, and the second time was about a month before the wedding when we went over more details about the big day. You can't help but love Rachael once you've met her. She makes you feel completely at ease when you're with her, which was very important to us when trying to find a photographer for our wedding. When we weren't with her in person, if I had a question I'd shoot her and e-mail and she'd get back to me almost immediately, which also helped make me feel more comfortable throughout the planning process. If you need an talented, sweet, and caring photographer - Rachael's your girl!
Rachael Foster is absolutely amazing. She was with us for 7+ hours on the day of our wedding (with an assistant) and we Read more...
Rachael Foster is absolutely amazing. She was with us for 7+ hours on the day of our wedding (with an assistant) and we barely even noticed she was there. She fit right into the group, and guests are still complimenting us on "how sweet our photographer was". Not only is Rachael one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet, the photos from our wedding are hands down amazing, and we couldn't be happier with them. We met with Rachael twice before our wedding. The first time to get to know her and decide if we wanted to hire her as our photographer, and the second time was about a month before the wedding when we went over more details about the big day. You can't help but love Rachael once you've met her. She makes you feel completely at ease when you're with her, which was very important to us when trying to find a photographer for our wedding. When we weren't with her in person, if I had a question I'd shoot her and e-mail and she'd get back to me almost immediately, which also helped make me feel more comfortable throughout the planning process. If you need an talented, sweet, and caring photographer - Rachael's your girl! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
9/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Rachael did an amazing job taking our wedding photos! She is a true artist and was able to capture the feeling and most poignant moments of the day. It was so important to me to not only have a great selection of shots of us, but to have photos of all of our guests. I was so pleased that we were able to send our dear family members and friends their pictures at the wedding. With the help of an assistant, they provided full coverage so we now have photos of all the behind the scene, anticipatory moments before the wedding, through the ceremony and the reception. I seriously look at my photos daily (my wedding was four months ago!) and still love them to pieces. I am having a hard time selecting my favorites because there are so many. And talk about bang for your buck! We did not have a budget to spend an exorbitant amount on a photographer – I’m just so happy that this didn’t compromise the quality of our photos. We absolutely love them and couldn’t be happier with our experience with Rachael, from our engagement photo shoot to the big day. Thanks Rachael!
Rachael did an amazing job taking our wedding photos! She is a true artist and was able to capture the feeling and most Read more...
Rachael did an amazing job taking our wedding photos! She is a true artist and was able to capture the feeling and most poignant moments of the day. It was so important to me to not only have a great selection of shots of us, but to have photos of all of our guests. I was so pleased that we were able to send our dear family members and friends their pictures at the wedding. With the help of an assistant, they provided full coverage so we now have photos of all the behind the scene, anticipatory moments before the wedding, through the ceremony and the reception. I seriously look at my photos daily (my wedding was four months ago!) and still love them to pieces. I am having a hard time selecting my favorites because there are so many. And talk about bang for your buck! We did not have a budget to spend an exorbitant amount on a photographer – I’m just so happy that this didn’t compromise the quality of our photos. We absolutely love them and couldn’t be happier with our experience with Rachael, from our engagement photo shoot to the big day. Thanks Rachael! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Rachael was absolutely wonderful. She was easy and fun to work with and the pictures came out fabulous. She has such amazing talent! I would recommend her to every bride who wants a photographer to capture the moments so you can relive your wedding through the photos!
Rachael was absolutely wonderful. She was easy and fun to work with and the pictures came out fabulous. She has such Read more...
Rachael was absolutely wonderful. She was easy and fun to work with and the pictures came out fabulous. She has such amazing talent! I would recommend her to every bride who wants a photographer to capture the moments so you can relive your wedding through the photos! Read less
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Janina
Wedding:
3/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Rachel Foster was just wonderful to work with and I'd look forward to hiring her again and again for parties and family events. She was there is assist in a million ways, executingy desires to a tee and constantly ensuring that her style matched with what I wanted to get out of that day. She's incredibly flexible, sweet, and bended to my every need...and I was a high maintenance bride! It was just a pleasure working with her and I'd recommend her time and again!
Rachel Foster was just wonderful to work with and I'd look forward to hiring her again and again for parties and family Read more...
Rachel Foster was just wonderful to work with and I'd look forward to hiring her again and again for parties and family events. She was there is assist in a million ways, executingy desires to a tee and constantly ensuring that her style matched with what I wanted to get out of that day. She's incredibly flexible, sweet, and bended to my every need...and I was a high maintenance bride! It was just a pleasure working with her and I'd recommend her time and again! Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Erin Griffith
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
We are thrilled with the photos Rachael took for our engagement shoot. She truly captured our personalities and all the feelings associated with the location - where we got engaged! Rachael completely put us at ease and we felt so comfortable just being ourselves and actually had a blast during the shoot! I love that our pictures truly represent us together in locations that have been important settings in our relationship. The pictures are so gorgeous and look straight out of a magazine. Thank you Rachael! We are so looking forward to using you on our big day in September!
We are thrilled with the photos Rachael took for our engagement shoot. She truly captured our personalities and all the Read more...
We are thrilled with the photos Rachael took for our engagement shoot. She truly captured our personalities and all the feelings associated with the location - where we got engaged! Rachael completely put us at ease and we felt so comfortable just being ourselves and actually had a blast during the shoot! I love that our pictures truly represent us together in locations that have been important settings in our relationship. The pictures are so gorgeous and look straight out of a magazine. Thank you Rachael! We are so looking forward to using you on our big day in September! Read less
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Meredith
Wedding:
9/27/2008
5.0/5.0
From her flexible, laid back demeanor to her artsy yet candid flair, Rachael was a perfect fit from start to finish. She captured the day with creativity and precision and, more importantly, took the time to understand my vision for the day. Do yourself a favor, and look no further! I can't say enough about Rachael's work.
From her flexible, laid back demeanor to her artsy yet candid flair, Rachael was a perfect fit from start to finish. She Read more...
From her flexible, laid back demeanor to her artsy yet candid flair, Rachael was a perfect fit from start to finish. She captured the day with creativity and precision and, more importantly, took the time to understand my vision for the day. Do yourself a favor, and look no further! I can't say enough about Rachael's work. Read less
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