"I just want to thank you so much for the beautiful photos of the best day of my life! I looked through all of the pictures from our ceremony about 14 times already and I am crying happy tears. Pictures are so important to me and I am forever grateful for the moments you've beautifully captured for us. My dad usually doesn't make it in too many pictures because he's always behind the camera, and seeing him enjoying each moment is priceless. You are a beautiful soul, thank you so much for everything."

~ Sophie J.

Aloha loves!

My name is Rachel & I have been photographing couples, maternity, baby moon's, elopement's, intimate weddings, ceremonies, retreats & families for the past four years.  I'm based on Kauai, Hawaii & love to travel.

I received a Professional Photography Diploma in 2014 from the Photography Institute and continue to take workshops. My goal is to constantly learn & grow with my art & business.

The main focus of my work is connecting with people from all over the world & taking them on adventures & capturing incredible memories of your time here. My goal is always getting to know you so I can begin

I love including the powerful elements of ocean, sky, waterfalls, flowers & plants that also tell the story of the mana (energy) of these islands.

Are you the kind of adventurer who wants to get in the ocean at the end of a photo session? Hike in the mountains of Koke'e with your love to exchange vows? Find a waterfall to propose at? Get some aerial shots with a drone? I am your girl. I am also your girl if you prefer a spectacular spot that is easily accessible... I can help you plan it all and am so excited to hear about your vision!!! 

 telling your unique story.


and let's create something beautiful together!

But first, I will tell you mine.

I'm from a tiny Island off the coast of BC, Canada. 

I have lived in Hawaii since 2016 & am so grateful to call Kauai home!!! I absolutely love the ocean, people, dancing, music & cooking delicious food for friends & family. When I'm not at home with my love working on projects you can find me hiking, surfing baby waves, biking, practicing yoga or relaxing on the beach with a good book.


I met my Husband, Goran while I was studying Lomi-lomi on Kauai. Eight months later he got down on one knee on a sand dune in the Eastern Mojave desert, while we were on a Mainland road trip. Even though we had talked a lot about marriage & family I thought he was joking, at first. We returned home & eloped on Kauai in 2016. I am so grateful for our love & the beautiful life we are creating together.


Now it's your turn, tell me your

Love Story!

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I receive my images?

I deliver your edited, full resolution images in a private online gallery sent via email. You can download, print, share as you like. You can also create high quality wall art and prints right from within the gallery.

How long till we receive our gallery?

My turnaround time for portrait sessions (couples, families, maternity etc...) is two weeks. My turn around time for weddings & elopements is three weeks.

What happens if it rains during our session?

The weather on Kauai can change so fast! Usually if it starts raining, ten minutes later its sunny and we will be blessed with a rainbow. I do continue to shoot in light rain. If its raining really hard and our schedules allow I am happy to reschedule.

What time do you like to do your sessions?

I love to shoot first thing in the morning as locations are quiet, the light is so flattering & it isn't as hot. If you're not into early mornings I love the light quality an hour before sunset.

What should I wear to my session?

I always suggest wearing something that makes you feel fabulous. Mixing earthy neutrals and solids look really good if you have a larger group. For elopements a dress or veil that creates movement in the wind is always fun.

What should I bring to my session?

Please travel light. Bring some water or something to drink. If you are wanting to get into the water at the end of the session then leave a towel and change of clothes in your car.

Can you recommend any florists, hair & makeup artists & other vendors?

Yes! Definitely. I have incredible local artists and florists I work with and am happy to refer. Just ask!

Do you photograph same sex weddings, elopements & couples?

Yes! Definitely, love is love & I'm here for it all.

Do you book photo sessions in other locations besides Kauai?

Yes! I am available for travel to the other Hawaiian islands. I add on airfare, car rental & accomodations if needed. I book a limited amount of weddings/elopements each year on the West coast of Canada & California as my Husband & I do travel to visit family each year. Just ask!


The main focus of my work is telling the story of the wildly in love.

Whether that means you're freshly in love or you have been married over 20 years. We're all in different stages of our journey and they are all so beautiful & absolutely worth documenting. 

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  • Couples Photography

  • Maternity

  • Babymoons

  • Elopements

  • Intimate Weddings

  • Vow Renewal Ceremonies

  • Family Photography


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