My name is Rachel & I have been photographing couples, elopements, intimate weddings, proposals, vow renewals, entrepreneurs, retreats, maternity & families since 2017. 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 continuously learn & grow with my art & business.
Are you looking for a photographer who can capture candid movement & emotion but can also gently direct you to get "the shot". More than just someone to show up on your day, I am your Kauai connection, happy to share knowledge of my favorite vendors, restaurants, cute shops, hikes & beaches.
I love including the powerful elements of ocean, sky, mountains, flowers & plants that also tell the story of the mana (energy) of these islands.
Are you the kind of person who wants to get in the water towards the end of a photo session? Hike with your love to exchange vows at a beautiful spot?
Want to find a secluded location to propose at? Have a family session filled with beautiful flowers, not matching aloha shirts?
If you were nodding your head, I am your girl. I am also your girl if you prefer a spectacular spot that is easily accessible... Kauai has it all.
I would love to help you with your plan & look forwards to hearing your vision!!!
TELL ME YOUR STORY
and let's create something beautiful together!
But first, I will tell you mine.
I'm from a tiny, Island off the West coast of BC, Canada. I was raised to have a deep connection to the land, to nature & the ocean. To art & creativity as a way of life. To light & the way it plays across landscapes.
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, biking or relaxing on the beach with a good book.
I met my Husband, Goran while I was studying Massage on Kauai. Eight months later he got down on one knee on a sand dune in the Mojave desert, while we were on a road trip. We returned home & eloped on Kauai in 2016, with just our two moms present. I know first hand how special & unique creating your elopement ceremony is. The best thing about it is its your day, your way.
I am so grateful that you are here & I look forwards connecting & creating together. Please put in an inquiry through the Inquire button below. My dates book out in advance so I do recommend planning ahead as much as possible.
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 & I will share my preferred vendor list!
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 4 weeks. My turn around time for Elopements & Vow Renewals is 4-6 weeks. I do always aim to send out a sneak peek of 3-5 images from your gallery within a few days.
What happens if it rains during our session?The weather on Kauai can change so fast! Usually if it starts raining, ten minutes later 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. I also check the weather diligently leading up to your session & if we can pivot to a sunny side of the island I am always flexible. Will pack some umbrellas too if its looking like we're going to get a little sprinkle. Some of the most beautiful sessions have been with a little rain & the couples, families embracing it & still having lots of fun & getting beautiful images. Kauai is known for being a lush & wet place after all.
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 families it can be really helpful to pull one piece (ie dress) that has a colorful pattern, then pull colors out of that pattern & create the other outfits with solid colors based around that palette. You can really mix it up & it will look great. For elopements a dress or veil that creates movement in the wind is always fun. Also heals in the sand are really tricky.
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.
Do you photograph families with kids & what are your tips & tricks for a great session with littles?I do love photographing families. Here are a few tips for a fabulous session with kids: Get the kids excited about the session, let them know you are planning something fun & help get spirits high before the session. Make sure they are well fed & well rested. Bribery?! Pack a little treat, or favorite snack to pull out if needed. Let them play & be themselves. Have fun getting them ready so everyone is relaxed & not feeling stressed. Focus on the love you have for each other, not perfection & it will be a beautiful experience for everyone.
Do you photograph LGBTQ+ 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 sessions & elopements each year on the West coast of Canada & California as my Husband & I do travel to visit family each year. Just ask!