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Hey there

I'm a full time wedding and elopement photographer currently living in Oceanside, CA just north of San Diego! I love living here with my husband, we're about an hour and a half away from the mountains, a little less than 2 hours to the desert and only 10 min from the beach! My husband and I love to be outside and explore new places often in our Tacoma that we take everywhere! Living somewhere so diverse allows me to spend hours weekly soaking up all the fresh air and sunshine while always scouting for new spots to shoot!

I have dual citizenship with New Zealand (thanks mom!), I think aviation and spaceflight are both so interesting and I love watching Space X rocket launches!  I love boba, my plants, off-roading in our Tacoma, trying yummy new foods, and pretty much all animals (even creepy crawly ones). I love making friends and I promise we will be great friends by the end of your elopement, session or wedding! It just happens! 

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My name is Rachel

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Always out exploring somewhere 

Some Favorite photos I've
Recently taken while exploring this beautiful state of ours

Local Deserts!

Carmel's Coastline is AMAZING!

Joshua Tree Astrophotography of a Comet, this was so fun!

How I photograph you:

My goal when photographing you is to get you to relax and feel as comfortable as possible in front of the camera. I want you to be ok with laughing your face off but also snuggling up together as if I'm not even there. I do a mix of light prompting and subtle posing with a bit of directing, like how to place your feet and where to put your hands so you look more natural.  I'lll pose and direct you based on where we are and what natural elements are around us that we can incorporate (ex: tree stumps, in a canyon, beach waves, etc.). I think being able to incorporate little bits of our surroundings into a part of a photo is so special and fun. It really challenges me to use my surroundings to make your photos amazing!







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I try to avoid cheesy prompts and can usually get you to laugh and feel comfortable within a few minutes with a bit of light fun movements  with each other. The goal is to get you distracted from the fact that I'm there staring at you with a camera in hand, because I know how scary that can be! I do try to get a LOT of those more natural candid shots and we'll have a ton of fun getting them! I'll also get those posed smiling at the camera photos for mom and grandma because I KNOW they always like (and expect) those! 

Its seriously
so fun

WhY PhoToGRapHy?

I really was that kid with a camera ALL THE TIME. I think I asked for a camera for every birthday until I had a job and purchased my first ever DSLR camera back in 2010. I started taking photos of everyone and everything it was the best hobby and I loved taking photos for friends and families!

Fast forward to about 2018 my boyfriend (now husband) and I started off-roading in our Tacoma all over southern California and we would find the COOLEST places. I was always telling him I wished I could photograph people in these spots and thats when I started looking more and more into photography as a profession.

At the end of 2018 my husband proposed to me (you bet I had my camera on me) and we decided to elope in Maui shortly after in March 2019! After how much fun we had with our wedding photographer and seeing all the beautiful photos I was hooked! I decided I wanted to capture other couples in love surrounded by nature and thats when I decided to put all of my effort into pursuing photography professionally.


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More recently photography has started to mean so much more to me than I could have ever imagined. My dad was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (brain cancer) in March 2020 and lost his battle in October 2021. One of my most prized possessions are the photos of my dad at my elopement. I am so so grateful and happy to have the photos of him seeing me in my dress marrying the love of my life and just knowing that he was there comforts me. I think because of that I have this bigger understanding of what it means to be a photographer and how intimate elopements and small weddings can be. I strive to make sure I can get all the sweet moments with loved ones and the quiet moments with just you and your partner. I want you to have the photos I take so you can feel the way I do when I look at the photos I have of my dad.

A newfound deeper meaning:

Why I care about elopements and Micro weddings:

Obviously I can say that I think eloping is the best because I did it and it went amazingly well. BUT I have about a million reasons why I love elopements and intimate weddings. To me they are so freaking flexible! They allow you to have YOUR day. The day all about you and your future spouse, not about who is invited, who will sit next to who or how much money you spend on food (BUT IT CAN BE IF YOU WANT IT TO BE). Thats the best part. You can put your energy and money into things that matter to YOU. It provides so much flexibility and freedom compared to a traditional wedding day and you'll end your day so filled with happiness and love. 






I love getting to photograph elopements and intimate weddings because they allow me so much creative freedom as a photographer and I LOVE being in beautiful places. I am obsessed with being outdoors and traveling to new places which is where my love of photography began so getting to be outside in a beautiful place watching you marry the love of your life is a dream come true for me!




I personally love getting to photograph elopements and intimate weddings because they allow me so much creative freedom as a photographer and I LOVE being in beautiful places. I am obsessed with being outdoors and traveling to new places which is where my love of photography began so getting to be outside somewhere new watching you marry the love of your life is a dream come true for me!


Obviously I can say that I think eloping is the best because I did it and it went amazingly well. BUT I have about a million other reasons why I love elopements and micro weddings. To me they are so freaking flexible! They allow you to have YOUR day. A day all about you and your future spouse, not about who is invited, who will sit next to who or how much money you spend on food (BUT IT CAN BE IF YOU WANT IT TO BE). Thats the best part. You can put your energy and money into things that matter to YOU. It provides so much flexibility and freedom compared to a traditional wedding day and you'll end your day so filled with happiness and love. 

My mom and I at my elopement in 2019.
I LOVE this photo!

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Getting to photograph this Las Vegas elopement was a dream! >>>

Let's get to know EACH OTHER a little better!