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New Location, New Blog!

Hey everyone! It’s time that I’ve moved on from my humble little blog to a big girl blog! You can check it out at!

And in case you need a little enticing, here’s a quick screen shot of all its glory!


Six Years Gone

It’s been six years, but I remember like it was yesterday. I remember coming home to my mom waiting out front of the house for me. I remember her crying and thinking I was in trouble. I remember the feeling of shock when the words hit the air. “Susan was killed in a car accident today.”

I remember the days that followed. The confusion and anger at God. I remember she was supposed to come see me twirl baton at the high school football game that weekend. I remember the funeral. Sitting in the room with all of the family while Pastor Douglass prayed before the service. Hearing my aunt sob. I remember crying through the whole service.

To this day, I can’t watch Rascal Flatts’ video for What Hurts the Most. It’s too much for me. When Kenny Chesney sings Who You’d Be Today, I think of her smiling face. But through the sorrow, we have hope. Her mama has hope. Susan was such a great witness for God to her friends. Through her death, students were able to see faith lived out. Through her life, through her death, and through her family’s trust that God was in control. Because he has a plan. I may not fully understand it, but he does.

Miss you, Suzy. (That’s us in the middle of the back row!)

Cedar Falls, Iowa Wedding Photography Special!

Second big announcement!

In celebration of my own wedding in January and the move from Lincoln, Nebraska to Cedar Falls, Iowa following my wedding, I want to offer some pretty sweet special wedding pricing.

Here’s the scoop. All day wedding coverage currently begins at $1500, and complete collections (with digital images) begin at $2000. However, the FIRST FIVE Iowa weddings booked will receive the following collection (valued at $2000) for ONLY $1500:

– All day wedding coverage (generally a few hours before the ceremony to an hour or so after the formal dances at the reception)
– Online gallery for purchasing professional prints and products
– Complimentary 1.5 hr Engagement Session with online gallery
– Disk of images with print release and usage rights
– 10% off collection upgrades (albums, etc)

In case you’re like me and need a calculator to do even simple math (5+8 is what??), I calculated it out. That’s a $500 savings! That could get you an extra night on your honeymoon. Well, unless you’re going to Bora Bora or the Maldives where it’s like $2000/night. Tangent…

Obviously, this offer doesn’t just apply to Cedar Falls and Waterloo. This applies to Hudson, La Porte City, Vinton, Cedar Rapids, Waverly, Independence – all of the surrounding area and then some. Des Moines wants in on this deal? I’m game. (Travel fees may apply to areas outside Cedar Falls and Waterloo.)

Here are the details, though. Your wedding must be on or after January 21, 2012. The offer is good for only the first five weddings booked. Your wedding is officially booked when I’ve received your signed contract and retainer payment. This is strictly first come, first served. So hurry!

And since I so rudely didn’t introduce myself above, my name is Rachel. Scroll down for a picture of me. I love people. And photographs. And photographing people. A lot. Mostly because I love bringing out the beauty that I believe everyone has. (Sappy, I know.) If you’ve got some time, take a look at what my life behind the lens is like, read a bit about me, check out my wedding portfolio (which is in the process of getting a total makeover!!), and of course contact me if you have any questions or would like to book your wedding! Also, I love to get to know new people (and not just ramble to them…), so feel free to stop by Facebook and say hi. I swear it won’t be awkward. Everyone needs new friends when they move somewhere new, right?

See you soon, Cedar Falls!