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I'm Rachel (on the right) and that's my sister, Abbie. Together we photograph beautiful stories of life and love. We have 20+ years of experience working together (as proven by that photo on the left) and our talents have included room sharing, friendship bracelet selling, and being sorta-kinda obsessed with weddings from a young age. {We may or may not have had subscribtions to the magazines Bride and Modern Bride in the late 90's...} I have been documenting life with my camera for over a decade and Abbie and I have been shooting together since 2010. I hope you want us to help tell your story. Please like us on Facebook to see more of the amazing and beautiful love stories we have had the honor of photographing.

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May 28th, 2014

I can’t believe so many months have passed since this gorgeous fall day!
I love shooting in the fall for so many reasons -
the air is crisp, the colors are gorgeous, and the golden light is like nothing else.
Deanna contacted me about doing her senior photos and I could not have been more honored!
Senior sessions are seriously some of my favorites.
They really give me the opportunity to channel my inner Tyra Banks (ha!) ;]
Deanna is a gorgeous girl and every shot came out beautifully thanks to her stunning eyes and smile (and may I just compliment that perfect bone structure?!)
Deanna, thank you so much for choosing me to be the one to capture such a special time in your life!
High school for you is a soon to be distant memory and you have the whole world in front of you -
Enjoy every minute and every experience!
xo!

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May 14th, 2014

We met up with Josh and Katie on the most gorgeous fall day.
The sun was amazing and we met up in downtown Portsmouth which always offers such an array of awesome shooting locations.
Josh and Katie were expecting their first baby and decided to wait until he/she was born to find out the gender -
How awesome of a surprise that must be!
They wanted to document this precious time in their lives before they became a family of three.
Katie was absolutely glowing and Josh was all smiles.
To top it off – they are both so photogenic which made my job so easy!

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And then!
A couple of months later the beautiful Madilyn made her appearance!
What an adorable, precious, smiley little girl.
Obviously just as photogenic as her parents ~
(seriously – I’ve never seen such a well behaved newborn! She was perfect!)
Josh and Katie, I can’t even tell you how happy I am for your precious little family of three.
You guys are the best and I’m already so excited about Madilyn’s one year portraits ;]

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May 12th, 2014

Fall certainly feels like a long time ago, doesn’t it?! I mean, I guess it was!
This past fall I offered family mini sessions at Wagon Hill in Durham…
Which seemed like an especially good time with Christmas card season right around the corner!
I am always amazed at how lucky I am to get to do something I love so much for a living.
I wish everyone could understand the immense importance of regular documentation of your family or loved ones -
Exactly as you are… wild and happy kids, sneaking kisses amongst the chaos, little ones that still want to hold hands…
The list goes on.
Time goes by so fast and so often I look around me and wonder how it’s possible that
kiddos grow up, people move on, and so often we are left with only fuzzy memories days passed.
The investment of family photographs is so small in comparison to the years and years ahead of you
in which you will look back on these days that felt oh-so-long and you will wish for a little piece of that to return to you…
even if only for a moment.
Photographs become tangible memories that last forever… Well in to future generations.
There are still days that my siblings and I look through our bin of old family photos and are so thankful that our parents were so great about documenting our childhoods.
What a gift!
I have honestly never worked with a couple or family who has told me they wished they had waited on photos…
I have only ever heard “I truly wish we made this happen more often”.
If you are in need of updated photos, please contact me!
I offer lifestyle sessions in your home as well as being able to recommend beautiful local places where we can go and capture you just as you are.
I will offer mini sessions again next fall – so be on the lookout for those.
Thank you so much to these beautiful people that gave me the opportunity to capture them so perfectly.
Lots of love ~

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May 12th, 2014

Andrew and Cristy are all kinds of sweetness wrapped in adorable.
I met up with them at Wagon Hill for their engagement shoot and I knew instantly that this was one special couple.
Andrew and Cristy are so in love…. Gosh, I love love! ;]
They were friends for years before realizing how crazy perfect they are for each other.
Isn’t it funny how life works out like that? ;]
We had the best time walking around and it’s always fun when I have subjects as beautiful as the background I’m working with.
The way these two look at each other, hold each other, and just radiate love is so inspiring.
These images are some of my favorite…
and I’m even more excited to blog about their beautiful fall vineyard wedding!
All the best to you two – I am so thankful you chose to me to be the one to document this special time in your lives!
Love to you both! xo!

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May 2nd, 2014

Jenn and Anthony are one of my most favorite couples ever -
they are both ridiculously sweet, beautiful, and super easy-going…
Plus Jenn is a designer and she and I have so much in common when it comes to artistic styles.
Jenn and Anthony took us to one of their favorite spots (which I had a feeling would be pretty breathtaking) -
I had never shot here before and it was seriously beyond beautiful!
We walked through the woods and ended up on a secluded part of the beach ~
It was basically perfect :]
Jenn and Anthony – you guys are just so sweet and I love how much they love each other.
Thank you for making my job so easy!

Spoiler alert: I actually just shot this amazing couple’s elopement on the Cape a few weeks ago!
Talk about dreamy!
I can’t wait to share those images as well… Stay tuned :]

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May 2nd, 2014

What I absolutely love about this family is that they are firm believers in the fact that it is never too late to have family photos taken…
Both Lisa and Ned are beautiful, successful twenty-somethings with busy lives of their own and yet,
they realize the importance of documenting their love as a family together with their gorgeous mom Karen
(and I know, she looks like another sibling! I still think these three may actually be triplets) ;]
This photoshoot was a gift for Karen from Lisa and Ned (so sweet!)
They told me that they hadn’t had family photos done since they were little -
and obviously that needed to change!
From the very first moment, I loved these three.
Their love for each other is so evidently beautiful and genuine ~
I don’t think I’ve ever met a family this gorgeous either – all three of them could seriously be professional models!
I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph this family and I really hope I will get to work with them again in the future!
All my love to you guys!

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May 1st, 2014

Dan and Caroline are seriously two of my favorite people (although now closely tied with Caleb and Lyla) ;]
They are just so sweet, hilarious, genuine, and obviously good looking.
What more could you ask for from dear friends?!
I knew these two amazing people were bound to create some pretty-darn-amazing children.
And not to brag, but I was totally right.
These two babies are the best… sweet and snuggly and just way too adorable.
My favorite thing is how these two are literally best friends…
For instance, they hold hands on the reg (among other mind blowing adorableness)
(I mean, are you kidding me?!!?!)
I seriously had some major baby fever after this shoot ;]
I am so thankful for this sweet family and what they’ve meant to us in the time that we’ve known them.
They are a family of kindred spirits and I am so excited for the years of photographs ahead
and watching these two beautiful little people grow in to the awesome people they are going to be
(and already are!)
How lucky am I that this is my job.
So thankful.
I’m also going to include a recent photo of this precious family at the end of this post so that
A. you can see how terribly awful I am about blogging within a reasonable amount of time and
B. so you can see how (somehow) these guys just get cuter and cuter every day!
It’s a scientific phenomena, I’m telling you ;]
Love all four of you to the moon and back!

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May 1st, 2014

Jonathan and Rebecca’s engagement shoot makes my heart smile.
Not only are they perfect for each other and super in love – but they had Abbie and I come
to their recently purchased property for the shoot and we were literally blown away by the beauty.
Their adorable house sits on rolling hills of green grass with the most quintessential rustic barn right in their backyard.
Can you hear me swooning?! ;]
Rebecca is a natural beauty with striking features…
I love how much her sweet personality can be seen in these photos.
Jonathan is awesome and so funny and he made Rebecca genuinely smile and laugh out loud throughout our entire shoot.
Throw in the most amazing golden light right before sunset and there you have it folks -
The most perfect summer evening engagement session!
And I just love how much more personal these photos are because they were shot at this couple’s home -
How awesome and cool is that?!
Stay tuned for the gorgeous November wedding that followed that I will (hopefully) be blogging very soon!

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April 30th, 2014

Okay, so I didn’t quite get around to blogging this (or any other) wedding as quickly as I would have liked ;]
I seriously can’t believe that this wedding took place last summer – where does the time go?!
Wedding season has already started again for me but before I’m up to my eyeballs in editing,
I really really really wanted to make sure you saw this wedding.
It’s that magical.
Pete and Emily  are literally two of the sweetest people I have ever met.
Their love for each other is not only evident -
it just pours out of them and lights up the whole room.
Their wedding was nothing short of amazing.
From all the girls getting ready with Bridesmaids playing in the background,
to the tearful toasts that spoke of real love and the beautiful love story Pete and Emily were already writing together -
Every single detail made me so grateful not only for my incredible job, but for the opportunity to witness such a great and beautiful love.
This wedding will forever be etched in my heart as one of the most stunning, beautiful, and heartfelt events I have ever had the privilege of photographing.
Pete and Emily: thank you so much for being such a dream.
I loved every moment of your amazing day and I truly hope that life brings us together again one day in the future!
All my love to you both!

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April 28th, 2014

Renee and Derek are dear friends and I loved every second of their maternity shoot.
We started off in Grace’s nursery -
(that of course was so lovingly put together by her talented and creative mom~)
After taking some photos in the lovely nursery and even getting “big brother” Benny to pose for a few shots ;]
we headed to Rye beach for some more photos… a quick outfit change…
and a few more photos of these wonderful people in their last days as a “duo”!
Love you guys!

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And then I was able to meet Grace a couple weeks after she was born!
(Which wasn’t too long after these maternity photos were taken!)
Welcome to the world, Grace!
You are one loved little girl!

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