Rachel Smith Photography
I cannot say enough good things about Rachel and her photography. From the first email she was quick to respond and extremely helpful! I knew from seeing her previous work that she took incredible pictures. But what I didn't know was what a delight she is to work with! She captured every special moment during our wedding day but she did it in an unassuming, non-invasive way. She got all the pictures but most of the time we didn't even know she was there! She is extremely flexible and fun to work with. She is worth every penny. We will treasure our wedding pictures forever!!
Rachel did an amazing job with capturing the feeling and highlights of the wedding. She truly captures those breathtaking photographs. Some of the shots we didn't even know were happening. We were so glad that we had 2 photographers because that made the pictures go seamlessly and allow for capturing those wedding memories. Would highly recommend Rachel to everyone.
Within 10 days of our wedding we have already received a slide show with an amazing collection of photographs from our wedding. I LOVE THE PHOTOS! I was not surprised that I love them so much because we had an engagement photo session with Rachel and our photos from that session were absolutely beautiful. (I would definitely recommend doing an engagement session with any photographer you hire.) We really bonded with Rachel during our engagement session and I know that added to the experience on our wedding day. I felt that Rachel really knew me and my husband and understood what we wanted out of our wedding photos. She very much wanted to know and understand what we wanted from a stylistic standpoint and also in terms of our friends and family members and who needed to be in which photos, etc. We hired Rachel and a "second shooter" for the day and they both were moving constantly throughout the day. They were taking so many photos that even our guests commented that they were "everywhere" throughout the day and yet they were never intrusive. They caught so many special, candid shots. For example, we have great photos of us and our guests on the dance floor (something we really wanted) and she also caught a few private moments between me and my husband. I cannot say enough about Rachel's talent, professionalism and responsiveness. In addition, Rachel is a fun, pleasant person and isn't that what you want out of a person who is going to be mingling with your guests all day?
Rachel was an absolute JOY to work with. We met with several photographers to find the "right one" and we knew right away that it was Rachel. When we first met with her she was kind, organized, professional and she took the time to get to know us as a couple, which many of the other photographers didn't bother to do. Rachel made the engagement shoot personal for my husband and I (locations that reflected our life) and she made it FUN and effortless. The pictures from the engagement shoot were amazing! I emailed her lots of questions and she always responded promptly and was a BIG help when I needed her. When I returned from my honeymoon she already had my wedding slideshow done! All I can say is WOW!! When I saw the pictures I cried because they were SOOOO beautiful! She has such a creative eye. Rachel catches all details big and small! For example - my mom and I always sign "I love you" to each other with our hands. When I am coming down the isle, my mom is signing it to me and I signed it back. The funny thing is we didn't realize we did that...but Rachel got it!! I have had many compliments on my photographs. One of my best friends who was in the wedding is a photographer and she raves about the high quality of Rachel's work. The second shooter, Arica, was a pleasure to work with also! I highly recommend Rachel Smith Photography - her work is worth every penny!!
Rachel was awesome. We had to reschedule our engagement photos a few times due to bad weather and she was very flexible.
On our wedding day she showed up on time and brought an awesome second shooter. She has an eye for detail and took some very interesting shots of us (one was our reflection from the hubcap of the Rolls Royce). I felt she really took our wants into consideration. We didn't want too many posed shots of us and the wedding party so she took just enough to make everyone happy.
During cocktail hour and the reception she stayed out of the way and took pictures in the background which was exactly what we wanted-we didn't want the photographer up in everyone's face.
Rachel is amazing. When I first started planning our wedding, someone told me that the photographer wasn't that important...that anyone could take a good picture. I knew she was wrong but Rachel proved it. I know for a fact that no one else can take pictures like Rachel does. I'd seen her work more than a year before I was even engaged and I decided then and there that she was the only person I wanted to photograph our wedding day. I have gotten so many compliments from everyone I (and my mother, haha!) share our photos with. Not only did she photograph our wedding, but she also did our engagement photos too. I know that with Rachel we got the best photos money could pay for...but without paying a fortune. Rachel is flexible, quick to respond, sensitive, and an absolute genius with the camera. To summarize, there are not enough good words to say about her and her work. Come to think of it...maybe that woman was right. Maybe anyone can take a good picture. But for our wedding day, I wasn't settling for good. I wanted BREATHTAKING. And for my wedding day, I wasn't settling for anyone but Rachel.
Thank you Rachel. You mean so much to us, and we will never forget what you gave us. :)
Our photographer was Rachel Smith and she was amazing - absolutely wonderful.....
1) We had 2 photographers for the ceremony and just Rachel for the reception - so all kinds of angles were captured
2) She was super professional and got along with everyone
3) She came up the night before to photograph the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner, which was more of a cocktail party, we invited everyone.
4) She took so many amazing pictures of all the flowers and some great candid shots of us getting ready and during the ceremony and reception.
5) She really captured the moment and the mood of the day and wasn't in the way at all! She stayed in the background and didn't distract at all, but was still there photographing everything! I make a lot of funny faces and laugh a lot, and she got everything!
6) She kept us on schedule since we had a really tight window from the ceremony to the reception and even were done with all the after ceremony photos EARLY and got to the reception on time!
7) She made a mini slideshow of about 100 photos or so about 2 weeks after our wedding so we could see some pictures and tide us over until the rest of the pics were done. The slideshow was a HUGE hit and was a great way to share the wedding with those that coudn't attend.
8) She gave us direction, but didn't make us look cheesy, which was great because she knew what looked best and how to capture it.
She was amazing and I would use her again in a heartbeat. The whole experience from beginning to end...
If your planning experience is anything like ours was, you are beginning to realize that there are tons of options when it comes to photography. Each one will show you some of their best work and it will all seem very impressive. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to feel out the photographer's intangibles at those initial meetings. And believe you me, the intangibles make the photographer.
If you just take one glance at Rachel's work you will see how talented she is. Our wedding pictures/engagement pictures/Rehearsal Dinner pictures turned out better then we could have ever imagined! She truly has an eye when it comes to lighting, positioning and angles. She’s absolutely amazing! We’ve had so many compliments on how great our pictures are!
To say Rachel is flexible is the understatement of the year. From rescheduling engagement shoots, to standing in the middle of Hurricane Irene just to get the perfect shot, Rachel has NO limits to her flexibility. Rachel also has one of the best personalities in the business. We were both so comfortable with Rachel (which was one of the big reasons we hired her) - and her second shooter Jamie was just as fun and great to work with! Rachel is easy-going, polite, and has a fun attitude that just makes the experience so much better. I hope you take our advice and hire Rachel Smith as your photographer - you will not regret it!
Rachel has been amazing from the beginning. Out of all of the choices you have to make as a bride, photography was the one area where I wanted the best- and Rachel never let me down! She has been very responsive prior to the wedding, even went up a few weeks early to scout our photo sites. She answered all questions promptly and really worked with us to give us the pictures we wanted!
Just last Friday I received one of my very favorite wedding gifts: a little black box from Rachel Smith containing two discs of all our wedding photos!! Upon receiving this exciting treasure, I proceeded to fall into some sort of black hole for the next several hours as I poured over the beauty and detail in each photograph. I couldn't tear myself away from the computer!
Rachel's talent is overwhelmingly evident in every single picture she gave us... and there are hundreds!! She captured my wedding in a beautiful manner that not only reflected the style of the event, but also the love and relationship between my husband and me. Rachel has allowed us to remember our wedding in a "picture perfect" way :)
I'm sure it is different for every bride, but my wedding flew by and I felt like there were parts of it I didn't get to see or experience. When I started looking through our wedding photos I realized Rachel had been there when I couldn't and had captured all the perfect moments of the night forever! Looking through her photos is like watching a story unfold... each picture carries so much emotion and reflects the intense beauty of a wedding. The pictures document such an amazing evening!
To speak on Rachel's professionalism, I could not have been more pleased with how helpful she was! We planned a wedding in Maryland from Memphis, but Rachel was easy to reach via email and easily calmed any nervousness I had about planning a destination wedding. She guided my husband and I through the process of preparing for wedding photos, and was there with every step of the way on the day of. She is kind, knowledgeable, patient, and creative!
To close, I would highly recommend Rachel Smith Photography! Rachel has a persistent energy, creativity, and talent that culminate in her ability to capture images that disclose the true beauty of their subjects. She sees things through an artistic eye and looks for ways to highlight the natural splendor of things (as a bride, it was important to avoid those unflattering angles and double chins... :) and she did just that!). Rachel is very aware of the fact that she is giving you a visual memory that will last forever, and she works hard to ensure you are happy about it forever :)
Rachel was so amazing. We have the most amazing engagement and wedding photos. She was so easy to work with and made us feel so comfortable. We are definitely a fun loving couple that likes to have a good time and I can tell you we had a great time doing our photos with her. She brought a second photographer who was just as fun as she was and gave us beautiful pictures of the guys as well. Photographs were the most important aspect of our wedding and Rachel did not disappoint. From the first time I met her I knew her organization and personality were going to be such an asset to our wedding. I love Rachel and the wonderful photos she was able to provide. I would highly recommend using her for your event as I guarantee she will provide you with the best memories!!
I would like to thank Rachel, and her second shooter, Jaimie, for doing a fantastic job during my recent wedding, April 23, 2011. Rachel was extremely professional, friendly, responsive, and easy to work with. I agree with another reviewer in that doing an engagement session really helps to prepare for wedding day pictures. I thought posing for pictures was easy and boy was I wrong. By doing the engagement shoot a few weeks before the wedding it helped us to relax and determine the types of poses we liked best.
As for the wedding day, I could not have asked for a better photographer. Rachel was prompt and started things off right away while I continued to get dressed. Having a second shooter was a great idea and I highly recommend it. She worked with the guys and got all their pictures out of the way early. She also worked with my now husband to have all his family shots done early. She then continued to take shots of the wedding venue and ballrooms.
I worked with Rachel to do my individual, bridal party, and family shots. Everything went perfect and I really feel that we fit everything in!
Rachel and Jaimie worked together to take all the combined family and bridal party pictures, pictures of my husband and I, and all party pictures. I feel all the shots were creative and I have no doubt they turned out great.
I highly recommend Rachel. She helped make my wedding day stress-free, memorable, and fun! Photographs last a lifetime and you want to hire someone that will make those memories last, that is why I hired Rachel.
Rachel was AMAZING! She took our engagement photos as wlel as our wedding photos and she was amazing. She rounded up my family, had great ideas, took great shots, and chose a great assistant. I am so happy with her and I can't wait to see our photos!
My husband previous employer hired Rachel for there events so even though we got married in Northern Virginia, he convinced me to go to Baltimore to meet with her. I am 100% glad I did! Rachel is great! She is super friendly and easy to get along with. I highly recommend doing an engagement shoot with her too! It helped us get a feel for how she works and allowed us to be more comfortable with her on our wedding day! She was great with my 15 month old niece as our flower girl and our dog as our ring bearer! I asked for an extra photographer and she brought along Brian. He was just as amazing!
All we have seen is the slideshow she made for us two weeks after our wedding. She told us to expect the pictures at the two month mark and we are anxiously awaiting them! I have no doubt they will be just as amazing as the few we have already seen!
I would highly recommend Rachel Smith Photography. Her work is better then other photographers and her value can't be beat! Compare prices...you'll agree in a heartbeat.
So I haven't seen all my wedding pictures but from the ones I have seen in our highlight video I LOVE them ! Rachel did an absolute wonderful job of capturing our special day and moments. She is really flexible and was willing to work with us on our idea when it came to the wedding and our engagement pictures. She is a really nice person to top it off who really wants to take care of her customers and is willing to go the extra mile to do so. I thought her prices were fair and I appreciate all of her hard work and cooperation ! I would recommend Rachel to anyone looking for a great photographer !
We LOVED working with Rachel, she was amazing and our pictures are beautiful! The day of the wedding was so hectic and Rachel and her 2nd photographer helped to make us feel calm and at ease, which went above and beyond. I love the idea of the 2nd photographer and I think that our day went more smoothly with two photographers, which is something that you don’t get with a lot of other photographers without paying an arm and a leg. The wedding party as well as many of the guests raved about the professionalism and the all around great attitude of both photographers. Everyone who has seen the wedding picture slideshow that Rachel makes available shortly after the wedding has been in awe of the beauty of her pictures. There is such a wide array of photos, with candid snapshots of the guests, beautiful shots of the surroundings and great photos of the wedding party. I can not express how happy I am with Rachel and how glad that I am that we went with her as our photographer. I would highly recommend her to ANYONE!
We cannot say enough about how great of a photographer Rachel was. Leading up to the day she was organized and helpful. When our DJ had to cancel a few months before our event, it was Rachel who recommended a great replacement. Her experience was obvious and her professionalism was unmatched this is all in addition to the more than reasonable pricing. The day of the wedding she couldn’t have been more accommodating, helpful, or friendly. The pictures are phenomenal! She managed a huge crowd of sometimes rambunctious guests, made sure to get all of the posed photos we requested and tons of candids that really captured our day. The photos she took are a true reflection of the best day of our lives.
It was a joy and pleasure to work with Rachel Smith for my wedding photography in June of 2010. We felt very natural and comfortable with Rachel yielding just beautiful formal photos, many with a slight twist that Rachel's quick eye was able to catch. Neither my husband nor I remembered being photographed the entire night, a true testiment to Rachel's professionalism and skill in capturing wonderful moments without intruding on our beautiful day. Our jaws dropped when we reviewed our first installment of pictures, they are out of this world and Rachel captured all the joy, love and excitement we remember of our day.
I was extremely please with Rachel Smith. Seriously, the work was worth every cent we paid. I received several compliments on the pictures afterwards. She always checked in to make sure our wedding plannning was comng along nicely. I would definitely reccommend to any bride.
We chose Rachel as our wedding photograoher soley based on her excellent wedding wire reviews. Here is another one to add to the list! Rachel and her assistant, Wendy, were calm and great at getting the pictures we wanted. Some formal shots and some candid ones - they worked well together and even managed to keep my mom in line as she used to be a wedding photographer and wanted much input. Rachel was great at listening to what we wanted and making that happen.
I've been in and at weddings were the photographers were so obnoxious and annoying. Not the case here, we barely noticed Rachel druing the ceremony and at the recpetion. Before she left she came and asked me if there was anything else I wanted her to capture, which was great.
I would highly suggest to brides to see your groom beforehad to get a lot of the pictues done before the ceremony. It helped calm both of our nerves and Rachel set up a special 'revealing' moment where we saw each other alone for the first time. These are my favorite pictues of the entire wedding. It was nice to have the first time we see each other just be us - it was very special.
Oh yeah, and the pictures she took were amazing - eveyone keeps commenting on them! You will not be disappointed with Rachel as your wedding photographer.
Rachel was WONDERFUL! She was nice and easy going and great to work with at the initial meeting, engagement session, and actual wedding. Plus, most importantly, the pictures she took are gorgeous. She took a good mix of creative and traditional pictures. She really listened to what we wanted and made sure to capture all of the important moments of the night. We are SOOO happy that we hired Rachel - you would be lucky to have her!
Rachel was amazing! She was so sweet, responsive and helpful during the planning phase and then on the wedding day she was extremely calming and just did her thing... not at all in the way or pushy like some vendors can be. All of the guests adored her... and most of all, her beautiful WORK! I will certainly recommend her to friends and family.
rachel was very professional, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. We haven't seen the pics yet, but we feel confident that they are lovely!
Rachel Smith was an absolute joy to work with for both our engagement photos and wedding photos. Although she is based in Maryland, we took our engagement photos in DC and our wedding was a ways out in Virginia, so she is willing to travel to you. I can�t express enough about how professional, charismatic, and easy to work with she was. She was on time and willing to try all the different types of shots I suggested.
Our engagement photos are absolutely fabulous. We had our photos taken around the National Mall near the Reflection Pool, Lincoln, WWI, and WWII Memorials. The late change in the leaves of November this past year made the backdrop to all of our photos amazing. Although we only had an hour to work with her, I think she may have taken around 400 or more photos. She not only captured us but also the beauty of nature surrounding us. I will continue to enjoy these photos for years to come.
Although we have not received all of our wedding photos back yet, the slideshow she provided us and the few photos she sent me for newspaper announcements are fantastic. My husband and I are both down-to-earth realists, but she managed to capture the enchantment of our wedding. I am astonished at how gorgeous the photos are, and am so glad we chose Rachel to be our photographer. We will definitely use her again for future important life events.
Rachel Smith was a very professional, unassuming photographer. I was most pleased with the amount of photos she and her collegue took. They were taking pictures all night! She was punctual and showed up with a smile at both the engagement shoot and on the wedding day itself. The quality of her photos and her creative eye was just what we were looking for.
The only way I know she was actually at the ceremony is because I saw the pictures she took and some friends caught her in some of their pictures. I even had to ask if she took pictures after the ceremony was over...I was definitely NOT focusing on her and she did an outstanding job remaining behind the scenes at the ceremony.
She got some great shots at the reception and really did a great job making the rounds trying to get all guests in photographs. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing a photographer. She has a creative eye that catches those shots that go unseen by most people.
Thank you, Rachel. Great job!
We booked Rachel Smith Photography for our wedding outside of Bradford, Pennsylvania. Rachel went above and beyond her contractual duties and my wedding pictures are beautiful!! She covered every aspect of my fall wedding and I have pictures that will serve as wonderful memories for many years to come!!
I had the opportunity to meet Rachel when she photographed my best friend's wedding. So, I immediately booked her as soon as I had the date for my wedding. She was an absolute pleasure to work with from the very beginning. And she took the most amazing photos of our wedding! It has been almost 4 months since our wedding, and I still can't stop looking at them! Everyone who looks at our photos comments on how beautiful they are. And we had such a good time at our wedding with Rachel, too. She truly is very talented, and we are so grateful for all the little moments she captured. Thanks again Rachel!
From the mother of the bride:
Rachel was a pleasure to work with, beginning with our first meeting with her in July 2007. At that time, she showed us samples of her work and helped us find ways we could keep the photography costs within our budget.
On the day of the wedding, she and her assistant were wonderful to work with, friendly and accommodating. All the formal photos were taken ahead of time, so the wedding party wasn't delayed in getting downstairs for lemonade after the service
or to Maggiano's for the reception.
The photos are excellent, a wonderful mix of formal and informal. The church, which is aging and in need of repair, looks fabulous in the photos. Rachel and her assistant brought fun into some of the formal shots and caught the spirit of the wedding, both its blend of traditional and nontraditional and its mix of joyful and more poignant moments.
At the reception, Rachel set up a laptop displaying photos taken earlier in the day.
I can recommend Rachel Smith Photography without reservation.
Rachel was a fantastic photographer for our wedding!! She was flexible with her time and our budget, easy going, comfortable to talk to, and very responsive. The process of interaction throughout our wedding experience was a real pleasure.
Before and during our wedding and reception, Rachel and her assistant managed to capture the most intimate moments, making our collection very personal to our wedding style. I was very happy to see these results. She took photos of us both in a formal style, and of us "in the moment", smiling, laughing, walking. By capturing all of these poses, she made our pictures come alive and this is the most salient aspect of her skill. It made our collection unlike any other I've seen and it will be a real pleasure to view them over and over again!!
Thank you Rachel - you delivered a wonderful style to our photographs that make them very special and engaging.
Rachel was fantastic. From the very beginning, she was a pleasure to work with. She was always willing to answer our questions, and was flexible when we made changes to the wedding day schedule. At the wedding, Rachel and her colleague were constantly walking around taking pictures, and they managed to cover the event even more thoroughly than we had hoped for. They were always friendly with the guests, but were also able to keep the formal group shots moving efficiently. And the end product was phenomenal. They captured all of the right moments and important little details, giving us a range of incredible pictures, from the classic to the creative. At the same time, Rachel offers an amazing value. We couldn't have been happier.
Rachel was an amazing person to work with. we knew what we wanted in our wedding photos, and she delivered. Not only was she supportive when we needed her on the wedding day, but seamlessly worked through the large crowd of wedding guests to get some really special shots, all while having as much fun as the rest of the folks. I'd highly recommend her services!
Rachel did an awesome job on my wedding photos! She was fun to work with and captured everything that I'd hoped for. When I look at my pictures I am thankful that I chose Rachel as my photographer! She has a talent for capturing details and telling the story of your day.
Rachel did an incredible job on our wedding day photography! It was such a pleasure to work with her throughout the process - from the initial meeting to the day we received our proofs. I could not be happier with the way our photos turned out. Rachel beautifully captured the spirit and happiness of the day, while seamlessly blending in during the ceremony and reception. Rachel is a truly talented photographer and I highly recommend her!
Rachel and her associate are amazing photographers. They captured not just quality moments of our wedding but real pictures of my husband and I. We laugh a lot together and her photos captured every one of those fun moments.
Rachel is very professional and an incredibly nice person. She's very easy to work with and was very patient with our crazy families.
When I hired Rachel to photograph our wedding in 2009, I was looking for a photographer that offered great value, creative imagery and a fabulous personality that could embrace all the craziness that our family exudes. I received so much more than that. Almost five years later, I treasure every second that she captured in our photographs - ones I remember and those that they remind me of. She goes above and beyond; She even cleaned up the mess my stylist made of my false eyelashes!! I highly recommend her to every bride I meet, you won't find a better wedding photographer!
Rachel is amazing! Super easy to work with. She takes some great photos that show the emotion and energy of the evening. Book her!
Rachel is an AMAZING Photographer. We recently worked with her on a wedding. She sent the link to us to view the entire gallery and I emailed her asking if we could use almost all of them. I see many photographers work and Rachel blows them out of the water. She shot with a beautiful blend of creativity and photojournalism without missing the key shots you'd want for your wedding. You will not regret hiring Rachel for your wedding!
Simply said, Rachel Smith Photography is amazing. She is great to work with, and all of her thrilled clients speak volumes. She is a true professional and we can always count on seeing beautiful photos come from her trained eye and lens.
Rachel Smith is truly a professional, very thorough and conscientious. She is very cooperative to work with on weddings. That means a lot to me when I am filming weddings along with her. We work together well and do not get in each others way. It makes for a pleasant working atmosphere when you have both photographers and videographers working along side each other.
I met Rachel while performing make up artistry for a wedding. She has a creative eye and captured amazing shots of the bride. I recommended her to my company for corporate shoots and we have used her for several events ever since.
She captures telling, emotional, exciting images from events, she is truly talented.
Rachel is one of the best local Photographers I have ever had the priviledge to work with!
Rachel Smith Photography is an outstanding and professional wedding service. Brides and Grooms will find that working with Rachel is a true delight and that holds true also for a wedding professional such as myself as she is organized and on time which makes weddings flow effortlessly.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Rachel. She is a true professional. She and her team are absolutely amazing - making sure to capture every single special moment.
She moves like a ghost and is in tune and works well with everyone!
I will always highly recommend Rachel!
Rachel Smith is an awesome photographer! I have worked with her on many occasions and she is always creative and professional. If you are looking someone with a great eye who can also make you laugh on your wedding day she is the gal!