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Rachel Shomsky Photography

Livonia , MI
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Livonia, MI 48152 US (map)

PHONE

734-771-8321

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ABOUT US

I’m totally addicted to photography! I take complete joy in my work, I love what I do and pride myself on striving to capture new and original images each new time I hold my camera. I... Read more
I’m totally addicted to photography! I take complete joy in my work, I love what I do and pride myself on striving to capture new and original images each new time I hold my camera. I put my best effort into each shoot and give every client a piece of my creativity that has not yet been given. From the vow exchange to first dance, I am completely enthralled by the many creative possibilities and utter romance that needs documenting at a wedding. Sharing in each moment, from the bride getting dressed, to the tossing of the bouquet, I love it all! I photograph weddings with a journalistic, yet ’fine art’ approach. I feel a bride and groom should be able to look back through their wedding album and recall the tiniest details and memories surrounding the most important day of their lives. Because my experience shooting weddings is fairly recent, I am excited to be offering some very inexpensive wedding packages to clients on a tight budget who are willing to help me add to my wedding portfolio.

My base package starts at just $1,395, this includes a whole day of shooting (along with an assistant photographer), unlimited locations on your wedding day, on line hosting, a uniquely designed wedding album and additional proof prints. Read less
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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, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
I do all my own photo editing and pride myself on my variety of bright colors, textures, unique black & whites, sepiaa, etc. My fine art flare doesn't end with the camera!
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I am familiar and trained in all lighting situations, and while i prefer natural light as much as possible, I do work with strobes when needed.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I am strictly digital for weddings, it is the safest way to capture the most images.
How many photographers do you work with?
I am the business owner, but I will always have an assistant shooter with me capturing more of the days events.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
While I cannot guarantee the unknown, I would make arrangements for a trusted photographer to fill in for me should I be absolutely unavailable to be there.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
I wouldn't book more than one wedding a day, because I offer the whole day, not by the hour. I will book as many as two per weekend.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, absolutely.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I shoot with professional canon digital cameras and several lenses, strobe lights, and tripod. I am all about capturing the natural moment and travel with as minimal as possible.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, any professional photographer should have back-up equipment.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I'm available for the full day.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Really the only break is during the reception dinner. I like to shoot everything that's going on!
Do you charge for travel?
Only if it's beyond the metropolitan area. My area of coverage is pretty big!
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
The images will usually be hosted in about two weeks after the event.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
Website, or you may view them in my studio.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
If paying for proofs or cd, they are yours to keep, otherwise the website will be viewable for a few months after the event.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
I retain all rights to the images I take and may use them for my website or business marketing.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes.
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
I will provide digital files for a fee, $200 for low-resolution images, or $500 for full-size images. These prices are good ONLY after purchasing a wedding package.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes, in about 2 weeks.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer a traditional drop-in matted album, a variety of digital magazine style coffee table albums and some very unique hand-sewn creative albums.
When will the client get the final album?
About 4-8 weeks after design between me and the client is complete.

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Megan
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
I was referred to Rachel though a friend at work. I fell in love with the pictures on her website and just had to have her. She was excellent. She is a very creative person and trys to make your pictures unique and your own. She works with you to do exactly what you want yet I asked her for lots of advice as I was clueless. She takes awesome candid pictures as she tries to just capture the moment. Those pictures were by far my absolute favorite ones. She also picked the most amazing space to take post wedding pictures in a downtown area with a park, which is exactly what we wanted. We have receive so many compliments on how great the photos are. The quality and resolution of her pictures are outstanding. My husband and I enjoyed working with her and I highly recommend her!
I was referred to Rachel though a friend at work. I fell in love with the pictures on her website and just had to have Read more...
I was referred to Rachel though a friend at work. I fell in love with the pictures on her website and just had to have her. She was excellent. She is a very creative person and trys to make your pictures unique and your own. She works with you to do exactly what you want yet I asked her for lots of advice as I was clueless. She takes awesome candid pictures as she tries to just capture the moment. Those pictures were by far my absolute favorite ones. She also picked the most amazing space to take post wedding pictures in a downtown area with a park, which is exactly what we wanted. We have receive so many compliments on how great the photos are. The quality and resolution of her pictures are outstanding. My husband and I enjoyed working with her and I highly recommend her! Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
I couldn't be happier choosing Rachel as our photographer for our wedding. While I haven't seen the wedding photos yet, I completely trust her! She did our engagement photos for us as well and they turned out amazing and she had them back to us so soon! She is a very down to earth and friendly person and I hope to get the chance to work with her again!
I couldn't be happier choosing Rachel as our photographer for our wedding. While I haven't seen the wedding photos yet, I Read more...
I couldn't be happier choosing Rachel as our photographer for our wedding. While I haven't seen the wedding photos yet, I completely trust her! She did our engagement photos for us as well and they turned out amazing and she had them back to us so soon! She is a very down to earth and friendly person and I hope to get the chance to work with her again! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rachel is a very talented and professional photographer. Our wedding pictures were absolutely incredible and Rachel captured it so beautifully. Our wedding book is one of our most cherished possessions and is a wonderful reminder of our wedding day. I couldn't have picked a better photographer for our wedding. She also did a wonderful job with our engagement photos, which she happily took outside on a bitterly cold day in Lansing.

Rachel made us feel very comfortable and gave us great ideas for shots, but also gave us freedom to do whatever we wanted. I've given her name to many many people after our wedding who have asked who took such great photos. She captured all the details that I'd spent so much time on, but that I didn't truly get to enjoy on my wedding day since I was so busy. Looking back at our photos, I realize how lucky we are to have found her. She comes HIGHLY recommended by this couple.
Rachel is a very talented and professional photographer. Our wedding pictures were absolutely incredible and Rachel Read more...
Rachel is a very talented and professional photographer. Our wedding pictures were absolutely incredible and Rachel captured it so beautifully. Our wedding book is one of our most cherished possessions and is a wonderful reminder of our wedding day. I couldn't have picked a better photographer for our wedding. She also did a wonderful job with our engagement photos, which she happily took outside on a bitterly cold day in Lansing.

Rachel made us feel very comfortable and gave us great ideas for shots, but also gave us freedom to do whatever we wanted. I've given her name to many many people after our wedding who have asked who took such great photos. She captured all the details that I'd spent so much time on, but that I didn't truly get to enjoy on my wedding day since I was so busy. Looking back at our photos, I realize how lucky we are to have found her. She comes HIGHLY recommended by this couple. Read less
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Rebekah
Wedding:
9/14/2008
5.0/5.0
I am the bride who appears on the very first page of Couture Focus Photography's website (www.couturefocus.com), and my wedding is featured in the galleries and slideshows on the site. You only have to see the photos to know that Rachel does amazing work, both while shooting the photos and during editing. She has an eye for capturing candid moments as if they are still shots of fine art. She sees people and their surroundings as art--I've never met anyone else like her. I was beyond thrilled with the photos of my wedding, and I absolutely love my album--it is state-of-the-art with layouts of multiple photos on each page (which were also designed by Rachel). I whole-heartedly recommend Rachel to anyone who mentions a need for a photographer. She is simply one of the best available, and is very much worth the price. I can absolutely guarantee that you will love your photos--of any event for which you are fortunate enough to hire her. You will not be disappointed!
I am the bride who appears on the very first page of Couture Focus Photography's website (www.couturefocus.com), and my Read more...
I am the bride who appears on the very first page of Couture Focus Photography's website (www.couturefocus.com), and my wedding is featured in the galleries and slideshows on the site. You only have to see the photos to know that Rachel does amazing work, both while shooting the photos and during editing. She has an eye for capturing candid moments as if they are still shots of fine art. She sees people and their surroundings as art--I've never met anyone else like her. I was beyond thrilled with the photos of my wedding, and I absolutely love my album--it is state-of-the-art with layouts of multiple photos on each page (which were also designed by Rachel). I whole-heartedly recommend Rachel to anyone who mentions a need for a photographer. She is simply one of the best available, and is very much worth the price. I can absolutely guarantee that you will love your photos--of any event for which you are fortunate enough to hire her. You will not be disappointed! Read less
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