Well, that’s a loaded question! I believe I have lived my life through the viewfinder for a long time. I always wanted to be the one taking pictures from very early on. I was fascinated with crazy angles and dropping off the roll of film waiting in suspense to pick it up and see what turned out. My first camera was a Polaroid 600 and I still have it. I’m happy photographing people, places and things to simplify it.
How would you describe your style?
My goal would be to tell a story through my images. I like close up portraits because I think it’s true that the eyes are the window to the soul. I like to photograph emotion and I like to make a picture when you’re paying attention and most times when you’re not. I have no problem laying on the ground or climbing a tree if that’s what it takes to get the shot. I’m addicted to natural light and romantic and vintage styles. I also like to play around with off camera flash for unique visuals. I like it best when my subjects just have a good time with me and that’s the story we tell.
Do you release the digital images?
Yes. Depending on the package chosen you will receive a DVD with the edited images at high-resolution with limited reproduction rights.
How do I contact you for more details?
Absolutely get in touch! The best thing is for us to meet face to face and make a connection while we discuss what your needs are. We’ll usually meet at a local Starbucks and have some coffee (who doesn’t like coffee?). But first, let’s get the ball rolling with some emails (the best way to contact).
How soon do I receive the images?
For weddings, the images will go online in a password protected gallery 10 days to 2 weeks after your event. You will receive the DVD approximately 4 to 6 weeks after your event.
For portraits, the images will go online in a password protected gallery approximately 1 week after your session. At that time you may order prints. The DVD will be available within 2 weeks after that.
Some ‘sneak peek’ images will be posted to Facebook while I’m working on them.
May I use the images on social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
Of course! We all want to share our special moments. I just request that you include ‘Images copyright of Rachel Wallace Photography’ in the caption for each image and www.rachelwallacephotography.com in the album info.
Why a “first look”?
So it bucks against tradition. You’ve always imagined your groom seeing you for the first time in your wedding gown as you walk down the aisle. And that’s still fine! But….let me tell you why I recommend seeing each other before. After you both are all dolled up and ready to go, we leave behind all the hoopla and go to a location predetermined by you. Your groom will be waiting with his back turned and I will fade into the background as you initiate him seeing you for the very first time on the day that you will become husband and wife. Just the two of you (well, and me, of course). The moment is captured and then we have a fun portrait session to get those images you have been imagining in your head with no pressure that you are missing the fun of cocktail hour. After that we throw your close family and bridal party into the mix and [bam!] we just rocked the wedding portrait session and now you two can go get married!
Why an engagement session?
Because I am basically “gonna be all up in your bizness” on one of the most important days of your life, getting to know each other ahead of time is key. At the engagement session, we introduce ourselves, share some laughs, explore locations and poses and what makes you smile or not smile, and make some really great images. You get comfortable with me and I get to know you and your style. These images are timeless and are great for ‘save-the-dates’, holiday cards, announcements, etc.
Do you choose the location of our session?
Not completely. I like to collaborate on some ideal locations but only you know your style and have what you want to portray in your head. I am happy to provide ample location suggestions.
What is your editing style?
I usually edit in my pajamas listening to Pandora. Oh, that’s not what you meant? Just kidding! I have a love/hate relationship with editing. It is absolutely necessary to examine each photo one-by-one and tweak it in order to produce the best possible quality image for printing. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time. That’s the hate part. Looking back through the images from an event or session and remembering what a good time was had rocks. Creating artistic differences with black and white or vintage tones is a ton of fun. I adore actions and presets! That’s photographer lingo for making interesting colors and tonal qualities in the editing software. I like to make the images stand out and not be like everyone else’s. Editing should be about enhancing the image but not be so overly done as to take away from what your really looking at. That’s the love part.
If you have any questions that I didn’t answer here, I would love to hear from you!