I’m a creative who uses photography & design to help you tell your story



How can I
serve you?

Thanks so much for visiting my digital space.

In case you don’t already know, I’m a lifestyle photographer and designer. That means I specialize in capturing you in the best light and providing you materials to help you tell your story.

Whether you’re looking for captures for your brand, logo design, mementos of your wedding, professional shots of your home design, or candid documentation of your family, I aim to provide you pieces that tell your story in an artful and true-to-you-way.

Let’s get in touch!


My photography & design approach is two-part:


I photograph and design to remember, to uncover, to understand, and to – ultimately – help you tell your story. My aim is to provide you time-pieces and branding materials that not only artfully enhance your life, but also help you communicate your mission. 

Whether it's a branding session or a styled home; from fleeting and nuanced to milestone, I delight in using imagery and design to elevate the commonplace and most profound moments of life.


More than providing you images and design work you’ll love, my goal is to create an experience you'll love. My work is not transactional to me. It is relational. And it's an honor.



"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv." — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” — Bill Bullard

"We do not enjoy a story fully at the first reading. Not till the curiosity, the sheer narrative lust, has been given its sop and laid asleep, are we at leisure to savour the real beauties." — C.S. Lewis





About me

Whether it’s photos, graphic or floral design, here's a little more about me and what I can offer you:

I photograph a lot of things!

Portraits for branding, families, weddings, Our Chicago Stories, interiors (like for Houzz), stylings, food, flowers, and more. 

I do Graphic design

I’ve been doing graphic design work for the past decade. I offer brand styling, logo design, and website creation.

I also take on floral Design!

Floral design has turned into a real passion of mine. If you’re interested in considering me for your wedding day or event, visit my floral page. I’d love to hear from you.

it all comes down to storytelling

I'm a storyteller and documentarian at heart. And I see design in everything. It's a lifestyle. My work was was born out of the need to create and to use my giftings (where my skill-set and calling overlap) to serve.

I capture the nuances of the day, the shifts in light, and the in between moments. I carefully consider fonts, color palettes, and how they can optimally work together.

I love creating portraits that reveal your most natural, truthful, and beautiful self. Whether it's your brand, special day, time, person, place, event, or connection, I'm humbled and honored to provide photography and design for you in a truthful and artful way. 


Storytelling with my

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Client Responses

"Rachel is such a creative photographer. But the best thing about working with her is how natural the process is, which in turn, makes the best photos. The process feels more like a fun family outing than a photo session! I highly recommend her!"

Melissa Nutter

"Rachel's talent blows my mind. Her ability to capture real moments and the small details is amazing. She has such a unique talent so many people attempt but not everyone has an eye for. She has the ability to tell a story with the details. And I think what makes them so beautiful and genuine is the passion behind them." – Devin Sutter





"I cannot describe to you how giddy I was when I got [your] email this morning. We are so pleased with the photos & you did a masterful job...

We have such a balanced blend of romantic and playful and artistic, but it all still feels like us.

Thank you for the memories and for making this milestone so special with us and for us." – Caitlin Dickinson




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Rachel just took THE BEST PICTURES of my family EVER!!! I'm so in love with them!!! They are everything I hoped they would be, and she was easy to be around, casual and fun!! BOOK HER PEOPLE!!!!

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