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Rachael Foster Photography

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

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571-572-9642

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ABOUT US

I am dedicated to capturing your wedding the way you want to remember it. Far from having a one-size-fits-all approach, I connect with each of my couples personally so I can deliver the... Read more
I am dedicated to capturing your wedding the way you want to remember it. Far from having a one-size-fits-all approach, I connect with each of my couples personally so I can deliver the best possible photos for you.

My style is warm and natural with a fine art composition that will stand the test of time. I believe the best photos come from organic, spontaneous, and heartfelt actions and emotions. My photojournalist approach allows me to capture your emotions, excitement, love, and happiness and let them shine through your photos.

I take a mix of candid photos and natural, fine-art portraits. With just the right amount of encouragement and enthusiasm, I keep everyone comfortable and relaxed so they look their best. I love capturing the moments, big and small, that will bring a smile to your face for years to come.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How did you become a photographer?

I’ve always loved photography. I grew up practicing composition on my mother’s film camera, and I learned to develop prints at my high school lab. Around the time I went to college, I acquired my first DSLR and started taking it everywhere with me. I quickly developed a reputation for chronicling all the major events in my friend’s lives.

Shortly after graduation, one of my friends asked me to take her wedding photos. At some point during that wedding, I fell in love with my future career and convinced my future husband to ask me out.

Today, I’m married to my best friend and living my dream as a full-time wedding and portrait photographer. The path to owning my own business included a lot of self-education, starting with classes and jobs assisting veteran photographers. Since then, I’ve continued to develop my skills with seminars, webinars, books, and lots and lots of practice.

There are so many wedding photographers. What sets you apart?

This is such a great question, and I love answering it for new clients!

The number one thing that sets me apart from other other photographers is my intention for your photos. I don't approach every wedding the same way, and I don't force any particular style onto my clients. I am shooting first and foremost for you because I want you to love your photos the day you see them for the first time and fifty years later when you show them to your grandkids.

I also know weddings can be stressful for couples and families, and I do everything I can to reduce stress and anxiety about photography and day-of scheduling. Every couple I’ve photographed has been thrilled with the final images and thanked me for being so helpful and accommodating throughout their engagement, wedding, and follow-up. Their family members often write to say how kind and efficient I was during family portraits.

In terms of my technical expertise, I'm able to create beautiful photos in all kinds of lighting conditions.

Nothing is more important in photography than proper lighting. It kills me when I hear from people who hired amateurs 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 completely fix bad lighting techniques. 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.

What are your rates and how do I book you?

I believe the relationship between the photographer and the couple is one of the most important factors in creating beautiful images, and I book a limited number of weddings 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

Wedding packages start at $3,700 and all packages include digital files. A full list of packages and other options will be provided at your consultation.

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 just might be $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? Twenty-four hours. It can be the most wonderful and magical twenty-four 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 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. That's worth every penny.

Who do you work best with?

I work best with people who are excited for their wedding and marriage and want timeless, authentic photos to remember their wedding day over a lifetime. My clients plan beautiful, unique weddings, but they don’t always know exactly what it takes to create gorgeous 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 huge fans of my photography services and love to talk with other potential clients about their experiences with me. View just some of their testimonials here and here and let me know if there is someone in particular you'd like to email.

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 photography services do you offer?
2nd Shooter, Add'l Hours, Engagement Shoot, High-Res, Liability Insurance, One Event/Day, Trash The Dress
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Canvas, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints

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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rachael truly made our wedding! First of all, she takes absolutely beautiful photos. I want to emphasize that from the very start. But she brought so much more to the table that than phenomenal photos. We loved Rachael from the very first time we met. She is so sweet and interested in getting to know you - how you met, how you envision your wedding, where you're from, etc. It was all very personal, like we were getting to know a good friend. This is exactly the kind of relationship we were hoping for with our photographer. She was very responsive to questions, ideas and preferences, and came very prepared on wedding day. She had the sweetest assistant with her, arrived a little bit early, and very quietly and quickly took some great shots in the hotel room while we finished getting ready. She was so incredibly fast, organized, and adaptable all night long! She was like a ninja during the reception, hiding in the shadows to capture all the best moments. I am truly amazed at the photos she captured because I never felt like she was following us around, in the way, etc. She is truly the perfect photographer, in every way. And again, the photo quality was just out of this world. Rachael was by far the single best decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning process. We highly recommend her, and can't wait to hire her again for future life events!
Rachael truly made our wedding! First of all, she takes absolutely beautiful photos. I want to emphasize that from the Read more...
Rachael truly made our wedding! First of all, she takes absolutely beautiful photos. I want to emphasize that from the very start. But she brought so much more to the table that than phenomenal photos. We loved Rachael from the very first time we met. She is so sweet and interested in getting to know you - how you met, how you envision your wedding, where you're from, etc. It was all very personal, like we were getting to know a good friend. This is exactly the kind of relationship we were hoping for with our photographer. She was very responsive to questions, ideas and preferences, and came very prepared on wedding day. She had the sweetest assistant with her, arrived a little bit early, and very quietly and quickly took some great shots in the hotel room while we finished getting ready. She was so incredibly fast, organized, and adaptable all night long! She was like a ninja during the reception, hiding in the shadows to capture all the best moments. I am truly amazed at the photos she captured because I never felt like she was following us around, in the way, etc. She is truly the perfect photographer, in every way. And again, the photo quality was just out of this world. Rachael was by far the single best decision we made throughout our entire wedding planning process. We highly recommend her, and can't wait to hire her again for future life events! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I loved working with you, and I'm so happy to have captured your wedding day the way you envisioned it. You and your family were just a dream to photograph, and I was so honored to be part of your wedding!
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Indira
Wedding:
12/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachael's work is amazing! She has an excellent vision to capture all the right moments and I was extremely happy with her services. Everybody who saw my daughter's wedding pictures have asked for her info and I highly recommend her.
Rachael's work is amazing! She has an excellent vision to capture all the right moments and I was extremely happy with her Read more...
Rachael's work is amazing! She has an excellent vision to capture all the right moments and I was extremely happy with her services. Everybody who saw my daughter's wedding pictures have asked for her info and I highly recommend her. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Indira! I loved working with you and your family, and I'm so glad I could capture everyone's love and emotions on that beautiful day.
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James
Wedding:
12/31/2014
5.0/5.0
I could not have picked a better photographer for our wedding. Bonus - the pictures were also amazing!!
I could not have picked a better photographer for our wedding. Bonus - the pictures were also amazing!!
I could not have picked a better photographer for our wedding. Bonus - the pictures were also amazing!! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, James! So glad you love the photos. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to work with you!
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K
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachael is WONDERFUL! Not only is she extremely professional she is also a lot of fun to work with. Even though we only met in person twice before the wedding day it was like having a good friend take the photos. She worked very hard to capture everything that made my wedding unique and highlighted all the little things that made my relationship with my now husband special. I couldn't stop looking at the photos once I got them back! As one of my friends pointed out to me after looking at some of the photos, Rachael didn't just take pictures she captured the emotion of the day.
Rachael is WONDERFUL! Not only is she extremely professional she is also a lot of fun to work with. Even though we only Read more...
Rachael is WONDERFUL! Not only is she extremely professional she is also a lot of fun to work with. Even though we only met in person twice before the wedding day it was like having a good friend take the photos. She worked very hard to capture everything that made my wedding unique and highlighted all the little things that made my relationship with my now husband special. I couldn't stop looking at the photos once I got them back! As one of my friends pointed out to me after looking at some of the photos, Rachael didn't just take pictures she captured the emotion of the day. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much! I loved being part of your wedding day, and I am so thrilled to have captured all the emotions and special moments for you!
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Wedding:
10/4/2014
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Rachael did a great job photographing our wedding. She was very accomodating of all of our requests for picture locations (there were 3) and the photos we wanted—and she also did a good job making suggestions. I think she also did an amazing job getting all of the photos we wanted as she was our only photographer. We wanted the majority of our pictures to be of people with less of a focus on details, but she still managed to capture both. Another positive was that she followed us around to take pictures with our guests during cocktail hour, as we requested, but it never felt like she was in the way. Finally, when we got our pictures, they were in totally adorable packaging (personalized wooden box and USB)—we loved the extra thought that went into it.
Rachael did a great job photographing our wedding. She was very accomodating of all of our requests for picture locations Read more...
Rachael did a great job photographing our wedding. She was very accomodating of all of our requests for picture locations (there were 3) and the photos we wanted—and she also did a good job making suggestions. I think she also did an amazing job getting all of the photos we wanted as she was our only photographer. We wanted the majority of our pictures to be of people with less of a focus on details, but she still managed to capture both. Another positive was that she followed us around to take pictures with our guests during cocktail hour, as we requested, but it never felt like she was in the way. Finally, when we got our pictures, they were in totally adorable packaging (personalized wooden box and USB)—we loved the extra thought that went into it. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I'm so glad I was able to capture everything you wanted and stay out of the way in the process. You all were so organized--you made it easy for me :)
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Abby
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We absolutely adored having Rachael and her assistants at our wedding. On the day of the wedding and for several weeks after, dozens of our guests told us how fabulous they thought our photographer was! She pays awesome attention to detail from the beginning/booking process all the way to the day of your wedding. We were lucky to be able to meet with Rachael a few times before the wedding day to discuss the look we wanted for our Loudoun County, VA outdoor ceremony and barn reception. She has many options for the couple with all sizes of wedding budget, which made our choice to hire Rachael a no-brainer. A few weeks before the wedding, she provided us with a wonderfully helpful and professional outline/questionnaire of exactly what photos we wanted, and items we wanted photographed - some times there were items listed that we hadn't even thought of! On the day of the wedding, she and her assistants were perfectly charming and discreet during our special day and still managed to capture so many beautiful moments and memories. Rachael is a fantastic lady and a truly professional photographer! We are so grateful she captured our wedding on film!
We absolutely adored having Rachael and her assistants at our wedding. On the day of the wedding and for several weeks Read more...
We absolutely adored having Rachael and her assistants at our wedding. On the day of the wedding and for several weeks after, dozens of our guests told us how fabulous they thought our photographer was! She pays awesome attention to detail from the beginning/booking process all the way to the day of your wedding. We were lucky to be able to meet with Rachael a few times before the wedding day to discuss the look we wanted for our Loudoun County, VA outdoor ceremony and barn reception. She has many options for the couple with all sizes of wedding budget, which made our choice to hire Rachael a no-brainer. A few weeks before the wedding, she provided us with a wonderfully helpful and professional outline/questionnaire of exactly what photos we wanted, and items we wanted photographed - some times there were items listed that we hadn't even thought of! On the day of the wedding, she and her assistants were perfectly charming and discreet during our special day and still managed to capture so many beautiful moments and memories. Rachael is a fantastic lady and a truly professional photographer! We are so grateful she captured our wedding on film! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Abby! I loved working with you and Russ, and I felt so lucky to capture your beautiful and creative wedding.
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Marisa
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachael's work is flawless and she is a true artist.

Rachael photographed our engagement photos in 2013 and our wedding on September 6, 2014 and both times, her photos blew us away. She not only captured the love and emotion perfectly but also was able to photograph unique details about both of these days that has allowed us to look back and relive the memories.
In addition to her creative style which we fell inlove with, Rachael took the extra step to create shotlists before the wedding to ensure that we were comfortable with all photos that would be taken on our wedding day and was more than happy to make adjustments/modifications the day of.
Her love for her job is evidenced through her positive attitude and incredible photos. It's no surprise that Rachael has made a name for herself in the Washington metro area, has won several awards for her photography and has been recognized by Wedding Wire. We consider Rachael a friend and look for future opportunities to work with her again!
Rachael's work is flawless and she is a true artist.

Rachael photographed our engagement photos in 2013 and our Read more...
Rachael's work is flawless and she is a true artist.

Rachael photographed our engagement photos in 2013 and our wedding on September 6, 2014 and both times, her photos blew us away. She not only captured the love and emotion perfectly but also was able to photograph unique details about both of these days that has allowed us to look back and relive the memories.
In addition to her creative style which we fell inlove with, Rachael took the extra step to create shotlists before the wedding to ensure that we were comfortable with all photos that would be taken on our wedding day and was more than happy to make adjustments/modifications the day of.
Her love for her job is evidenced through her positive attitude and incredible photos. It's no surprise that Rachael has made a name for herself in the Washington metro area, has won several awards for her photography and has been recognized by Wedding Wire. We consider Rachael a friend and look for future opportunities to work with her again! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Marisa! I absolutely loved every minute of working with you and George and your families. I am really looking forward to staying in touch!
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rachael was amazing to work with and our wedding pictures are beautiful! We are so grateful to Rachael for capturing our special day with her stunning photojournalism!!
Rachael was amazing to work with and our wedding pictures are beautiful! We are so grateful to Rachael for capturing our Read more...
Rachael was amazing to work with and our wedding pictures are beautiful! We are so grateful to Rachael for capturing our special day with her stunning photojournalism!! Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Nicole! I loved being part of your wedding day, and I'm so glad to hear how much you love the photos!
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Jen
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachael is amazing. My biggest worry about photos for my wedding was that they wouldn't match my memories of the day. I thought they might end up too airbrushed or "perfect" and when i looked at them I'd feel like I was seeing an event I never attended. However, Rachael's photos bring me right back to the day every time I see them. As I look at the images she captured, its evident that her greatest skill is reading people and being able to predict significant moments as they happen. My favorites are the candid shots. I now have these precious photos to forever document how giddy I felt getting ready, how nervous and excited the groom was during the first look, how funny we all thought my sister's toast was. I cried when I saw them. Also I should say, I was worried that my husband would think she was expensive, but he was SO impressed by the way she handled our big, opinionated families that he thought she was worth every penny and more. Highly recommend.
Rachael is amazing. My biggest worry about photos for my wedding was that they wouldn't match my memories of the day. I Read more...
Rachael is amazing. My biggest worry about photos for my wedding was that they wouldn't match my memories of the day. I thought they might end up too airbrushed or "perfect" and when i looked at them I'd feel like I was seeing an event I never attended. However, Rachael's photos bring me right back to the day every time I see them. As I look at the images she captured, its evident that her greatest skill is reading people and being able to predict significant moments as they happen. My favorites are the candid shots. I now have these precious photos to forever document how giddy I felt getting ready, how nervous and excited the groom was during the first look, how funny we all thought my sister's toast was. I cried when I saw them. Also I should say, I was worried that my husband would think she was expensive, but he was SO impressed by the way she handled our big, opinionated families that he thought she was worth every penny and more. Highly recommend. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Jen, thank you for all these kind words! I am so happy to hear that your photos take you back to your wedding day and let you experience those emotions and memories all over again. This is what I want all couples to have!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Weddings can be incredible stressful, but Rachael was a dream to work with from start to finish and helped make our wedding so much fun for us and our guests. While many parts of wedding planning were chaotic, every call and email with Rachael was calming, and left us feeling that we didn't have to stress about the photography because she had everything under control. Rachael was amazing the day-of as well - she made sure to get every shot we wanted, was there early and was amazing at directing every shot from the big family portraits to the action moments like the first dance and cake cutting. She was great at helping guide us through the day, and was flexible when last minute changes happened, making sure to make sure we were content and satisfied with everything. She was also somehow was able to stay "behind-the-scenes" while getting hundreds of amazing photos. When we got our photos back we couldn't stop looking through them - the photos were very high quality, and the perfect depiction and memories of our perfect day. We could not have imagined anyone better to photograph our wedding, and are so thankful to have had Rachael there as part of our day.
Weddings can be incredible stressful, but Rachael was a dream to work with from start to finish and helped make our Read more...
Weddings can be incredible stressful, but Rachael was a dream to work with from start to finish and helped make our wedding so much fun for us and our guests. While many parts of wedding planning were chaotic, every call and email with Rachael was calming, and left us feeling that we didn't have to stress about the photography because she had everything under control. Rachael was amazing the day-of as well - she made sure to get every shot we wanted, was there early and was amazing at directing every shot from the big family portraits to the action moments like the first dance and cake cutting. She was great at helping guide us through the day, and was flexible when last minute changes happened, making sure to make sure we were content and satisfied with everything. She was also somehow was able to stay "behind-the-scenes" while getting hundreds of amazing photos. When we got our photos back we couldn't stop looking through them - the photos were very high quality, and the perfect depiction and memories of our perfect day. We could not have imagined anyone better to photograph our wedding, and are so thankful to have had Rachael there as part of our day. Read less
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Rachael Foster Photography responded with the following comments:

Stephanie, thank you SO much! I really appreciate all these kind words, and of course I am thrilled that I could be so helpful to you both. I loved being part of your beautiful wedding, and always enjoy getting behind the scenes--it's one of the biggest privileges of my job!

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