Smile in 3, 2, 1...

If you didn't already know, I love and I mean love taking photos. I think it started during my early childhood when my dad used to work at this Kodak store in Manhattan developing film and practicing his own photography on the store's Canon ae-1. I would follow him around while he took an immense amount of photos of our family and ask if I could take photos of my own. Throughout my elementary school years, I'd beg my parents to buy me disposables and I'd save up money to develop them at a local CVS. Seeing my own work printed and in my hands was (and still is) the best feeling. I also loved recording mini movies, or what would now be called vlogs, during our family trips to the zoo or to San Francisco. We still bring those videos out during holidays and reminisce of the good times (and I'd get embarrass myself of the weird content I had recorded aka 4 minutes of my brother picking his booger). 

It wasn't until my early teen years that I'd do some research on the web and look at fashion photographers who were basically icons in their industry. Such artists like Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller truly inspired me and I ached to get my hands on my own camera to test out my creativity. Thus began four long years of saving from part time jobs and at the end of high school, I purchased my very own, hard-earned DSLR. I have to say that this camera definitely allowed me to take quality photos and I started using software like Photoshop and Lightroom to edit the various images I took of my family and friends. Self taught and inspired by the greats, I realized that there was a whole community of young students like myself who shared similar passions in photography. I am so glad to have met so many of them and formed friendships that I know are so much more than surface level. 

I started The Rachel Studio as an outlet for my friends, family, and peers to view my work and hire me to take their photos! It is still a work in progress and I definitely have a lot to learn, but I'm glad that people have recognized what I do and it has encouraged me to continue doing what I love doing. I specialize mostly in portraits--I love capturing people's emotions and personalities! I'm so just honored that God has given me such a talent to help others capture a small moment of their lives. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you will be inspired!

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P.S.-A huge thanks to my talented photographer friend, Brianna, for taking these photos! Check out here work HERE