Hello, I am Rachel and so glad you found my page! Just so you have a brief view of who’s behind the camera, I have been in business for about six years now (although have been studying photography and photoshop for over a decade) and since the beginning have been specializing in newborn, children, and family portraiture. I know how fast time goes, and how in the blink of an eye our children go from a newborn, to waving goodbye on their first day of school. It’s a passion of mine to be able to freeze time just a little bit, and give everyone a beautiful representation of their life every step of the way.

Form a technical standpoint, I shoot with a Canon, and use Lightroom and Photoshop as my editing tools. I love both lifestyle photography, capturing the every day life, as well as composites and imaginative photos, where little one’s imaginations and dreams can come to life. It has always been a favorite of mine to do composite artwork, but it has grown the past few years as I’ve navigated the world through a new lens of mothering an incredibly imaginative boy with a very beautiful mind. So while we record the day to day, I also find so much joy in bringing his imagination to life…

From a personal standpoint, I am a therapeutic foster parent with Berkshire Farms Children and Family Services (feel free to contact me about that too if you are interested in fostering - that is my other biggest passion)! Through that agency I have adopted my amazing son! He’s been home for about three years, but our adoption was finalized November 2016 - which stands as the best time in both of our lives to date. Being a single parent to this amazing child — a boy overflowing with curiosity, excitement, and hunger for life—leaves less time for sessions these days. He is discovering the world in a new way every day and it’s my pleasure to step into it with him and discover right alongside him. This is part of the reason I am currently taking less clients. Where I used to be able to fit in 4-5 sessions a week and stay up until 4am editing away… I now have a very different life. That’s why I encourage everyone to send me a message as early as possible for a session, because I can only take on a few sessions a month, so that I can truly pour my whole self into your session and give you my best work possible. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me through the contact page, or at rachel@rlvphotography.com. I look forward to hearing from you and working with your family and children!