130x130 sq 1420828049622 rachael foster photography 47

Rachael Foster Photography

Alexandria , VA
CONTACT US
CONTACT US

LOCATION

North Chambliss Street
Alexandria, VA 22312 US (map)

PHONE

571-572-9642

WEBSITE

View website
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.

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,

Rachael Read less
Photography

PHOTOS

130x130 sq 1420824929300 rachael foster photography 46
130x130 sq 1420824887755 rachael foster photography 48
130x130 sq 1420824973741 rachael foster photography 44
130x130 sq 1420824945698 rachael foster photography 45
130x130 sq 1420824992956 rachael foster photography 43
130x130 sq 1420825151083 rachael foster photography 36
130x130 sq 1420825181383 rachael foster photography 35
130x130 sq 1420825211944 rachael foster photography 34
130x130 sq 1420825012493 rachael foster photography 42
130x130 sq 1420825031855 rachael foster photography 41
130x130 sq 1420825062657 rachael foster photography 40
130x130 sq 1420825082288 rachael foster photography 39
130x130 sq 1420825101961 rachael foster photography 38
130x130 sq 1420825120546 rachael foster photography 37
130x130 sq 1420825232350 rachael foster photography 33
130x130 sq 1420825255348 rachael foster photography 32
130x130 sq 1420825275415 rachael foster photography 31
130x130 sq 1420825295057 rachael foster photography 30
130x130 sq 1420825314012 rachael foster photography 29
130x130 sq 1420825332291 rachael foster photography 28
130x130 sq 1420825351328 rachael foster photography 27
130x130 sq 1420825370512 rachael foster photography 26
130x130 sq 1420825389673 rachael foster photography 25
130x130 sq 1420825409029 rachael foster photography 24
130x130 sq 1420825430153 rachael foster photography 23
130x130 sq 1420825450363 rachael foster photography 22
130x130 sq 1420825470463 rachael foster photography 21
130x130 sq 1420825490016 rachael foster photography 20
130x130 sq 1420825512055 rachael foster photography 15
130x130 sq 1420825529204 rachael foster photography 14
130x130 sq 1420825550844 rachael foster photography 13
130x130 sq 1420825571274 rachael foster photography 12
130x130 sq 1420825592546 rachael foster photography 11
130x130 sq 1420825610130 rachael foster photography 10
130x130 sq 1420825629190 rachael foster photography 9
130x130 sq 1420825646965 rachael foster photography 8
130x130 sq 1420825667439 rachael foster photography 7
130x130 sq 1420825686777 rachael foster photography 6
130x130 sq 1420825707761 rachael foster photography 5
130x130 sq 1420825728384 rachael foster photography 4
130x130 sq 1420825744215 rachael foster photography 3
130x130 sq 1420825766167 rachael foster photography 1
130x130 sq 1420825773990 rachael foster photography 2

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.

REVIEWS

5.0
out of 5.0
5.0/5.0
4.9/5.0
5.0/5.0
5.0/5.0
5.0/5.0
Sort by
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
Private User
Wedding:
10/4/2014
5.0/5.0
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
Services Used: Photography
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 :)
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Photography
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.
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
Anonymous
Wedding:
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
elizabeth
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
rachael was incredible! she did an excellent job getting to know us and what we were looking for in our wedding photos before laying out her ideas about the day. all of her expertise was super helpful in our planning of the finer details of the day. and the pictures turned out fabulously!
rachael was incredible! she did an excellent job getting to know us and what we were looking for in our wedding photos Read more...
rachael was incredible! she did an excellent job getting to know us and what we were looking for in our wedding photos before laying out her ideas about the day. all of her expertise was super helpful in our planning of the finer details of the day. and the pictures turned out fabulously! Read less
Services Used: Photography
Default vendor profile pic
Morgen
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
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
Services Used: Photography
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!
Default vendor profile pic
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!!
I can't say enough good things about Rachael and her work as our wedding photographer. My wedding was this past weekend Read more...
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
Services Used: Photography
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!

MAP

 
North Chambliss Street, Alexandria, VA 22312 See On Map
Thanks for visiting the vendor listing for Rachael Foster Photography
Please let this vendor know that you found them on the WeddingWire Network.
Ww logo
 
220x220 1420828049622 rachael foster photography 47