Your Story Is Unique, and the Pictures that Help You Tell it Should Be Too! 

Our process

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Contact

Fill Out The Contact Form. Please tell me more about who you are and what you are looking for in your wedding photography.

Calendar

I'll check my calendar and, if I have your date available, I'll do a happy dance. 

Questionnaire

I'll send you a fun "Nice to Meet You" Questionnaire (I have a major Questionnaire crush).

Virtual Date

We'll schedule a FaceTime or Skype chat and see if we're feeling the vibe (so important!).

Proposal

If we decide it's meant to be, I'll email you a proposal with your contract and all the important info.

It's Official

You sign your contract, pay the reservation fee, and we're official.

Fun Begins

Then the real fun begins!! We start to plan your engagement shoot, plot the timeline for the Big Day, and get to know each other!! (coffee anyone??)

Get Started

"My husband and I are typically camera shy but working with Rachel helped ease our nerves and made us feel so comfortable while taking photos. The photos are so amazing and beautiful that, just looking at them, my husband and I could remember the feeling in those moments all over again and that is what you want when looking at your wedding photos. Truly, there is no one better that you would want for taking those special moments of your wedding day and turning them into memories that you will cherish for a lifetime."

– Brenna & Matt

"Rachel is an extremely enjoyable person to be around. She made what could have been a really awkward and uncomfortable thing into a fun and laid back experience! We had such a great time taking our photos and we got so many great "in the moment" photos because of the atmosphere she helped to create."

– Beth & Atticus

"Rachel wasn’t just our wedding day photographer, she was literally our cheerleader and therapist. She was so attentive and you can tell how much she absolutely loves every moment of her job. Nothing about her style is staged, it’s real, candid and fun. We are obsessed with our incredible wedding photos from Rachel and can't recommend her enough!"

– Allyson & Dan

"Between her and her assistant snapping away I have every moment of my wedding and reception captured. Almost anyone can take a decent picture of people posing but Rachel manages to show personality in hers. She has a way to get people to relax...you almost forget your even getting pictures taken. I’ve been in so many wedding where you just stand there with a forced grin and I’m so happy it was the opposite with Rachel. We smiled because it was fun!"

– Karen & Jason

"Working with Rachel was a bride’s dream, from the first phone call all the way through final moments of the wedding. Rachel is thoughtful, caring, and was flexible when plans changed. Behind the camera she’s energetic and engaging, super professional, and has a true zest for what she does. We loved how naturally she interacted with guests and how easily she had us laughing, especially during the portraits."

– Kate & Lee

Frequently asked questions

You got questions? Good! I got answers. Most everything should be covered below, but if it's not, holla!! You can reach out any time and I'll get back to you lickety-split. (Now I'm thinking about banana splits...dammit!)  

We love your work...how do we book you? 

First of all, YAY! I'm so excited to meet you and see what makes you, your love & your wedding so special. Secondly, easy-breezy. I check availability and we meet or chat just to make sure we're a great match. If everything is copacetic (I've seriously always wanted to use that word in a sentence!), I'll email you a custom contract, you'll review, e-sign, and provide a $1200 non-refundable fee to reserve the date. That's it! We're official!

Can you hold our date for us? Pretty, pretty please!

Not even with a cherry on top! I'm sorry! I hate to be the bad guy, but "first-come, first-serve" is a firm company policy. I need to have your signed contract & reservation fee in hand in order to reserve your date. 

How much should we expect to pay if we hire you as our wedding photographer?

Every wedding is different, and I'm happy to come up with a custom quote after we have a chat and figure out exactly what you're looking for. Click here for some more info on your investment!

We love your style...will our photographs look like the ones we see on this site?

You guys know how to make a girl blush!! To answer your question...yes & no. Your wedding is your own, one-of-a-kind celebration so nothing will look excactly the same as the photographs displayed here. Because of my documentary-style, I do a lot of very natural, spur-of-the-moment, candid work and that sets each of my weddings apart. I hesitate to try & duplicate shots or poses you've already seen because I find that they often just don't ring true and tend to get lost in translation. If you have a pose you absolutely need (want to hold each other the same way mom & dad did in their wedding photo? LET'S DO THAT RIGHT NOW!!!!), we can of course make that happen. I just don't recommend showing up with a giant list of Pinterest shots...I promise, at the end of the day, those will be your least favorite photographs. Your photos will however, have a similar style to the ones you see here. I love bright, warm, colorful photos that are full of dramatic light & I'm totally passionate about breathtaking, high-contract black & whites.

Can we give you a shot list?

I try to avoid working with a pre-designed shot list, but I have a really good reason why! If I'm in my head stressing about which shots I've crossed off your list, I'm not present in the moment and I missing the really good stuff that makes your wedding unique. Boo! Bad Rachel! I am, however, happy to work with you to come up with a "Formals" list for your posed family group shots. That way we make sure everyone is where they are suposed to be and we're not wasting gorgeous evening light hunting down Aunt Susan. I chose to only have candid photos at my wedding and, while they are gorgeous, I kick myself for not having beautifully composed family formal shots. I DON'T HAVE A SINGLE PHOTO OF MY MOTHER & I AT MY WEDDING!! KILL ME! But I do still recommend keeping that formal shot list to be no more than 15 groupings...beyond that and we're going to start cutting into your ceremony or cocktail hour, and that's going to make for cranky guests and a stressed bride & groom. No bueno.

We look terrible in pictures and are not comfortable in front of the camera. What can you do for us? 

Give you a big hug. Seriously. It's totally okay to not feel like Angelina or Taylor in front of the camera. And don't spend another minute worrying about it. Again, because of my documentary-style, a lot of my work is candid. I catch you when you're laughing with your friends, smiling at your siblings, loving on your spouse (!)...you're going to look gorgeous, because you're happy, relaxed, and in love. You cutie, you. And you're not going to have a camera jammed in your face. I make it a goal of mine to fade into the background and be a fly on the wall as much as possible. In terms of the posed photos...I'm calm, funny, silly, and willing to do/say/be anything to get you all comfortable, at ease and smiling naturally. I also always carry lollipops in my bag and am totally not beneath bribing bored kiddos. 

When we take the portraits of you together, as a new couple...I encourage you to ignore me as much as possible. I give you time to breathe, be together, and take it all in. But I am there to gently pose you and give you suggestions and directions to get the best out of those first sweet moments together.


How many pictures will we get & how long will it take to get them? 


It very much depends on your wedding, but I typically deliver around 75 to 100 photos per hour of coverage. I take many more, but go through them carefully to remove any that are not up to my very high standards. I then personally edit every single photo I deliver to you.

During peak season (May-October), it takes me six weeks to get each of your photos individually, hand-edited and uploaded into your gorgeous online album. Because I'm not a monster, and I remember the distinct torture of waiting for pictures, I always post a small sampling just a few days after your wedding on my professional Facebook page. I also aim to have your blog post, with photo highlights & details, up a couple of weeks after your date. So, it's still torture, but I try to soften the blow! Wedding albums, once I have final approval from you, take up to three months to design, craft, and deliver.  


May we have the unedited RAW files of our wedding photographs? 



The easy answer here is, no. I think of it kind of like asking your dressmaker to send you all the leftover scraps of material from your wedding dress, because you might like to make a pants suit out of it someday (pants suit??). It just doesn't make sense. RAW images are enormous, unedited files that you can only open in specific programs. They jam up your computer, and generally drive you nuts (unless you know what to do with them). The other reason I always say no to this request is because I carefully edit each one of the photos I deliver to you. Myself. By hand. It takes a tremendous amount of time, patience & love, but it's important to me because it's my work, my style, and my name. It just doesn't feel right to me to release photos that I'm not 100% satisfied with. The others are discarded and not available for viewing or purchase.

Your high-resolution edited files, however, are absolutely available for direct download, allowing you to print & share. And remember, all my clients receive every one of their retouched digital images. We're cool like that. 


Do you offer a second photographer?  




Yes. Every single time. For every single wedding.

My favorite second shooter is my crazy-talented husband, Raul. He works with me most of the time, and he's amazing. Not just at taking pictures, he's also THE BEST at making everyone laugh, flipping veils in the air, holding umbrellas, carrying all the gear, organizing family photos, and packing all the best snacks in his pockets. Also, he's super cute, just sayin'. When he's not available though, I have a list of lovely colleagues I count on whose work inspires me. 


Will you travel to photograph our wedding?





 I love to travel. I love weddings. Combine the two? Happy Rachel. I've covered weddings all over the United States...Denver, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, New York, farm country-Ohio, Pittsburgh, Virginia Wine Country, The Poconos, Chapel Hill, the Carolina Coast, The Gulf Coast, and way out there Wyoming! And yes, I consider Block Island, Nantucket, the Cape, and the Vineyard to be destination weddings! I love photographing weddings there, I just ask that you cover extended travel costs. Please reach out for a full custom quote for your destination wedding coverage.


What if you're too sick and can't make it to our wedding?  






Man, I would have to be on death's door to miss your wedding (it's never happened to me in the almost six years I've been doing this), but it's so important to be prepared and I completely understand that. I have an excellent network of colleagues who would back me up -JUST IN CASE- my arm falls off, or I'm struck by lightning, or I disappear into the Bermuda Triangle. You just never know what crappy things can happen and it's not an option for me to let you down on one of the most important days of your life. Not happening. No way, no how. This is all very clearly spelled out in your contract. You are protected. 



What kind of gear do you work with? Do you carry backups? 







I am a Nikon girl. I can generally get along with Canon people though. I carry two professional Nikon DSLR digital cameras on me at all times, and two back up camera bodies are on call in my gear bag. I work primarily with fixed Prime lenses, but I have an excellent zoom lens in case I'm required to stay far away. I also have enough lighting equipment to illuminate the Sistine Chapel. I prefer to use the natural light provided by your venue, but I also love the drama & dimension pro lighting gear can bring to photos. So I dabble in both. All of my cameras have two memory card slots, so even if one was to corrupt (or spontaneously combust), I'd still have everything preserved on the second. I take this stuff really seriously...my backups have backups. 


Last stuff...do you have insurance? What will you wear? Do we need to feed you? 


Yes, of course. And I'm happy to send proof directly to your venue. Most will not allow you to shoot there without insurance. It protects me, you, and your guests.

I typically wear a black dress in the summer, and black pants and a black top in the winter. I'm always rocking comfortable black shoes, bangin' jewely, and bright lipstick. BUT, I understand that some celebrations require fancier attire and that isn't a problem at all. I have several lovely dresses. But I'm not budging on the comfortable shoes thing. I wore heels to a 10-hour wedding once. A part of me died that day. Please don't ask me to suffer like that again. 

No, certainly not. But it is greatly appreciated. A vendor meal is fine, I don't need filet & lobster. Regardless, I do require a brief break during the time you sit down to eat to recharge batteries (and humans), switch memory cards, back up files, chug about a gallon of water, and power eat something at least vaguely resembling food. That way, I'm clear-headed and ready to go again by the time you're finished eating, fresh lipstick and all. If you will not be able to provide a vendor meal, please let me know in advance so I can be prepared & have the hubs make me a PB&J in the morning! 


Find the Investment Details

Listen, don't panic. You're here because wedding photography is important to you. It's something you want to make a priority and I love and respect that about you. Reach out and I will email you a booklet explaining The Rachel Abell Photography Wedding Experience. Read through that, and then let's talk. I think it's worth taking the time make sure we're on the same page when it comes to how you want your Wedding Story told. After all, it's your beautiful, unique, magical story and it deserves to be told with reverence and deep devotion. That matters to me.

My wedding coverage includes 7 hours of coverage, two photographers, and a complimentary engagement session. Most couples working with Rachel invest between $4500-$6000 on their wedding photography and album. I am always happy to sit down with you and come up with a payment plan that works for everyone!!

I do offer discounted rates for Monday - Thursday weddings and courthouse ceremonies/elopements, so please reach out to me for a full pricing breakdown." 


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