Rachel first moved to the Coastal Bend after returning to the states from Belize with her family when she was about 4 years old. They stopped at Mustang Island State Park for the first time and lived on the beach for a little while, where Rachel’s dad eventually became a Park Ranger. She and her family settled down and bought a house in Corpus Christi in 2003. During her nomadic child- hood, while living on a ranch in North Carolina, she experienced her first encounter with photography. With an inexpensive 35mm camera, she chased around a group of ducks, hoping to get a good photo. Later, her mom purchased a digital camera as another school subject (she and her siblings were homeschooled), and her fascination with photography took off. She started shooting weddings at age 17 for free to gain experience, and she launched her business in 2008.
Since the first issue of The Bend Magazine, Rachel has shot many of the stunning images gracing the covers and spreads throughout the magazine. She has a God given ability for capturing the beauty all around us and telling stories with her photos. She never backs down from a new challenge and is o en so determined to get the perfect shot that you have to convince her it’s alright to stop taking photos.
Along with photography, traveling is a big part of her life. She loves going places, meeting new people and seeing God's creation up close. The first mission trip she went on was in 2011 to Joplin, Missouri a er the Tornado. In December, she went to Mexico and served with a church at a Children's and Women's Shelter. Rachel says her parents are her heroes and mentors. Her mom passed down a heart for loving others and her faith in God, and her dad taught her so many life skills she is grateful for.