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Rachel May Photography

Charlottesville , VA
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Charlottesville, VA US (map)

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540-841-5344

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I’m passionate about meaningful moments, being intentional, & having fun! I absolutely adore the country and everything about it. Especially sweet tea, warm hospitality, and a great pair... Read more
I’m passionate about meaningful moments, being intentional, & having fun! I absolutely adore the country and everything about it. Especially sweet tea, warm hospitality, and a great pair of boots. I’ve been described by my clients as sweet and spunky with a fun demeanor & exceptional attention to detail. I like to laugh and love meaningful details on a wedding day like when a Bride wear’s her grandmother’s veil. When I’m behind the camera I strive to create natural & relaxed environments for my clients so that they are able to be themselves. I love the real, romantic moments that two people create when they interact. It’s those real moments that inspire my heart and make me click the shutter. Take a look around and when you’re ready, send me a message and tell me all about your big day! I can’t wait to hear from you! www.rachel-may.com rachelmay@rachel-may.com 540-841-5344 Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Prints, Thank You Cards

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rachel (and her husband and second shooters) are absolutely fantastic! She took both our engagement pictures and our wedding photos, and each and every photo is breathtaking. So many of our family and friends have commented that they are the most beautiful pictures they have ever seen, and all photos come in both color and in black and white (I thought this was wonderful). Rachel got every photo that we wanted and tons of really great candids. She captured a ton of really special moments, really sweet moments, and some totally hysterical moments, too! I would highly suggest Rachel to any bride looking for a wedding photographer. I cannot thank her or her second shooters enough. Thank you, Rachel!!!
Rachel (and her husband and second shooters) are absolutely fantastic! She took both our engagement pictures and our Read more...
Rachel (and her husband and second shooters) are absolutely fantastic! She took both our engagement pictures and our wedding photos, and each and every photo is breathtaking. So many of our family and friends have commented that they are the most beautiful pictures they have ever seen, and all photos come in both color and in black and white (I thought this was wonderful). Rachel got every photo that we wanted and tons of really great candids. She captured a ton of really special moments, really sweet moments, and some totally hysterical moments, too! I would highly suggest Rachel to any bride looking for a wedding photographer. I cannot thank her or her second shooters enough. Thank you, Rachel!!! Read less
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Shmarry
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Rachel May is an absolutely wonderful photographer and a pleasure to work with. My husband and I had a lot of schedule constraints because we were coming in from out of town and Rachel May was accommodating and gracious at every turn, from shooting our engagement photos on Valentines Day to the wedding on her own anniversary. She has a wonderful eye for lighting and composition, provided a lovely wedding gift set, and sent us sneak peaks of our photos right away! Rachel May is a lot of fun to work with and I would highly recommend her to any bride looking for an organized, talented, and experienced photographer.
Rachel May is an absolutely wonderful photographer and a pleasure to work with. My husband and I had a lot of schedule Read more...
Rachel May is an absolutely wonderful photographer and a pleasure to work with. My husband and I had a lot of schedule constraints because we were coming in from out of town and Rachel May was accommodating and gracious at every turn, from shooting our engagement photos on Valentines Day to the wedding on her own anniversary. She has a wonderful eye for lighting and composition, provided a lovely wedding gift set, and sent us sneak peaks of our photos right away! Rachel May is a lot of fun to work with and I would highly recommend her to any bride looking for an organized, talented, and experienced photographer. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Rachel is amazing and I can't recommend her enough. My husband and I loved working with her. Not only does she take beautiful photos, but she is fun and easy to work with. I consider her a friend, and I would give her 6 stars if I could!
Rachel is amazing and I can't recommend her enough. My husband and I loved working with her. Not only does she take Read more...
Rachel is amazing and I can't recommend her enough. My husband and I loved working with her. Not only does she take beautiful photos, but she is fun and easy to work with. I consider her a friend, and I would give her 6 stars if I could! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
5/3/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot possibly say enough wonderful things about Rachel May and having her as my photographer was the single best decision I made for my big day. She is the sweetest, kindest, most generous person and is simply a delight to work with. From our first meeting at our engagement photos she immediately put myself and my now-husband at ease - my husband is especially camera shy and was not looking forward to being in the spotlight but we had an absolute blast that day...it was like hanging out with an old friend. She wanted to get to know us, our love story, and all about our vision for our perfect day...and 8 months later she remembered every word we'd told her on our big day! She also had fantastic suggestions for videographers, florists, and hair/makeup artists - all of which we found because of her and were beyond delighted with! She spent at least 9 hours with us on the wedding day, from shooting getting ready pics to the first look to the ceremony and reception and did it all with the brightest smile and kindest words of encouragement. She is without a doubt the most talented photographer I have seen and her pictures perfectly capture all of the love and joy shared between us, our family, and our friends. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and will tell anyone who will listen how awesome she is!
I cannot possibly say enough wonderful things about Rachel May and having her as my photographer was the single best Read more...
I cannot possibly say enough wonderful things about Rachel May and having her as my photographer was the single best decision I made for my big day. She is the sweetest, kindest, most generous person and is simply a delight to work with. From our first meeting at our engagement photos she immediately put myself and my now-husband at ease - my husband is especially camera shy and was not looking forward to being in the spotlight but we had an absolute blast that day...it was like hanging out with an old friend. She wanted to get to know us, our love story, and all about our vision for our perfect day...and 8 months later she remembered every word we'd told her on our big day! She also had fantastic suggestions for videographers, florists, and hair/makeup artists - all of which we found because of her and were beyond delighted with! She spent at least 9 hours with us on the wedding day, from shooting getting ready pics to the first look to the ceremony and reception and did it all with the brightest smile and kindest words of encouragement. She is without a doubt the most talented photographer I have seen and her pictures perfectly capture all of the love and joy shared between us, our family, and our friends. I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her and will tell anyone who will listen how awesome she is! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
4/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Rachel is amazing! I couldn't have asked for any more. Though we opted out of engagement photos and didn't meet Rachel in person until our wedding day, it didn't matter, she still went above and beyond in capturing our love in the photographs. I would recommend her a million times over!
Rachel is amazing! I couldn't have asked for any more. Though we opted out of engagement photos and didn't meet Rachel in Read more...
Rachel is amazing! I couldn't have asked for any more. Though we opted out of engagement photos and didn't meet Rachel in person until our wedding day, it didn't matter, she still went above and beyond in capturing our love in the photographs. I would recommend her a million times over! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.0/5.0
After 6 months since my wedding day, I decided to write a review. I'm writing this becuase I dont want other brides to feel the way I did, and still do. Rachel May truly has a talent, however my husband and I felt throughout our process that she didn't connect with us. It seems she bonds very well with her brides and grooms. The morning of my wedding I waited so patiently to see which engagement picture she would choose to post on social media as she had for all weddings in 2014, and for some reason she didnt. We were her last wedding of the year and rather than being excited to share our day with us, she portrayed a sense of relief that she had made it to her last wedding. She exudes an excitement and passion for what she does and that is why I picked her, however I was disspointed. Also, she is a natural light photographer and stresses it. Being a December wedding, we had an inside ceremony and reception and the sun set early. We had more than enough time for outdoor photos however they were rushed. Overall, we were happy with our photos but feel as if the treatment and professionalism was different than any other couple has received.
After 6 months since my wedding day, I decided to write a review. I'm writing this becuase I dont want other brides to Read more...
After 6 months since my wedding day, I decided to write a review. I'm writing this becuase I dont want other brides to feel the way I did, and still do. Rachel May truly has a talent, however my husband and I felt throughout our process that she didn't connect with us. It seems she bonds very well with her brides and grooms. The morning of my wedding I waited so patiently to see which engagement picture she would choose to post on social media as she had for all weddings in 2014, and for some reason she didnt. We were her last wedding of the year and rather than being excited to share our day with us, she portrayed a sense of relief that she had made it to her last wedding. She exudes an excitement and passion for what she does and that is why I picked her, however I was disspointed. Also, she is a natural light photographer and stresses it. Being a December wedding, we had an inside ceremony and reception and the sun set early. We had more than enough time for outdoor photos however they were rushed. Overall, we were happy with our photos but feel as if the treatment and professionalism was different than any other couple has received. Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Ray May is simply the best! Not only is she amazingly talented she has a heart of gold. She is kind, sweet, and has one of the most beautiful personalities I have ever known. We hired Rachel for our wedding day and also our engagement photos. I planned a wedding long distance and she was always there to answer my questions or provide me with tips. My husband isn't much of a picture person and we don't usually take a lot of photos together, but Rachel made us feel completely at ease in front of the camera and captured images we will cherish forever. Hire Rachel! You won't regret it!
Ray May is simply the best! Not only is she amazingly talented she has a heart of gold. She is kind, sweet, and has one of Read more...
Ray May is simply the best! Not only is she amazingly talented she has a heart of gold. She is kind, sweet, and has one of the most beautiful personalities I have ever known. We hired Rachel for our wedding day and also our engagement photos. I planned a wedding long distance and she was always there to answer my questions or provide me with tips. My husband isn't much of a picture person and we don't usually take a lot of photos together, but Rachel made us feel completely at ease in front of the camera and captured images we will cherish forever. Hire Rachel! You won't regret it! Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough amazing things about Rachel! Her work is beautiful and we couldn't be happier with all of our engagement and wedding pictures. She got a picture of every single person at our wedding, and we will treasure the BEAUTIFUL images forever.

Even better than the quality of her work, is her professional and personable demeanor. We were both a little nervous about getting professional pictures taken, and she made us feel so comfortable! She talked to us like we were old friends, and it definitely helped us relax and enjoy getting our portraits taken.

She helped us figure out a reasonable timeline for our wedding day, and she was super flexible and efficient when things were running behind. When we realized we had forgotten the sparklers for our exit, Rachel had the brilliant idea for our guests to wave the string lights that had been table decorations. It was so beautiful and looked amazing in pictures.

She is so talented and such a genuinely nice person. We can't recommend her highly enough!!
I cannot say enough amazing things about Rachel! Her work is beautiful and we couldn't be happier with all of our Read more...
I cannot say enough amazing things about Rachel! Her work is beautiful and we couldn't be happier with all of our engagement and wedding pictures. She got a picture of every single person at our wedding, and we will treasure the BEAUTIFUL images forever.

Even better than the quality of her work, is her professional and personable demeanor. We were both a little nervous about getting professional pictures taken, and she made us feel so comfortable! She talked to us like we were old friends, and it definitely helped us relax and enjoy getting our portraits taken.

She helped us figure out a reasonable timeline for our wedding day, and she was super flexible and efficient when things were running behind. When we realized we had forgotten the sparklers for our exit, Rachel had the brilliant idea for our guests to wave the string lights that had been table decorations. It was so beautiful and looked amazing in pictures.

She is so talented and such a genuinely nice person. We can't recommend her highly enough!! Read less
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kristen
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Rachel is simply exceptional and outstanding! Rachel is a warm, funny, and caring person. Having her with us on our wedding day was wonderful and my entire family enjoyed meeting her. We did engagement photos in the spring and our wedding was in the late summer and our photos are just incredible. Her photos captured elegance and romance and my husband and I will treasure them forever. Choosing a photographer was my number one to-do as a bride and Rachel was hands down the best choice.

From day one Rachel went above and beyond. She sent us adorable care packages and sweet notes. It added to the excitement and joy of being engaged. On our wedding day Rachel (and our second shooter) were punctual and so sweet. Rachel knew every single shot that we wanted and I knew I could enjoy my day and not worry about if this or that was getting captured. During portrait photos with my groom and myself (my favorites) for both the engagement photos and the wedding day Rachel knew where to place us to get amazing shots. I was worried about what we would do if it rained because it was an overcast day, but Rachel was always calm and had a plan no matter what the weather turned out to be. When I saw the photo of our first kiss I couldn't even believe it! The perfect moment was captured. So for both spontaneous and more portrait-type photos, her skill and direction as a photographer shine. I cannot say enough good things!!
Rachel is simply exceptional and outstanding! Rachel is a warm, funny, and caring person. Having her with us on our Read more...
Rachel is simply exceptional and outstanding! Rachel is a warm, funny, and caring person. Having her with us on our wedding day was wonderful and my entire family enjoyed meeting her. We did engagement photos in the spring and our wedding was in the late summer and our photos are just incredible. Her photos captured elegance and romance and my husband and I will treasure them forever. Choosing a photographer was my number one to-do as a bride and Rachel was hands down the best choice.

From day one Rachel went above and beyond. She sent us adorable care packages and sweet notes. It added to the excitement and joy of being engaged. On our wedding day Rachel (and our second shooter) were punctual and so sweet. Rachel knew every single shot that we wanted and I knew I could enjoy my day and not worry about if this or that was getting captured. During portrait photos with my groom and myself (my favorites) for both the engagement photos and the wedding day Rachel knew where to place us to get amazing shots. I was worried about what we would do if it rained because it was an overcast day, but Rachel was always calm and had a plan no matter what the weather turned out to be. When I saw the photo of our first kiss I couldn't even believe it! The perfect moment was captured. So for both spontaneous and more portrait-type photos, her skill and direction as a photographer shine. I cannot say enough good things!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rachel is an awesome photographer with a cute personality. She came early on the wedding day to take pictures, then at the wedding made sure we got the pictures we wanted taken, and to boot drove to Alexandria from Charlottesville area on the wedding day (July 4th!). She was everywhere taking pictures that you didn't even know where she was; just blended with the family and other attendees. Can't wait to see all of the pictures! Highly recommend using this photographer!!!
Rachel is an awesome photographer with a cute personality. She came early on the wedding day to take pictures, then at the Read more...
Rachel is an awesome photographer with a cute personality. She came early on the wedding day to take pictures, then at the wedding made sure we got the pictures we wanted taken, and to boot drove to Alexandria from Charlottesville area on the wedding day (July 4th!). She was everywhere taking pictures that you didn't even know where she was; just blended with the family and other attendees. Can't wait to see all of the pictures! Highly recommend using this photographer!!! Read less
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