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RACHEL DOWNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Redwoods engagement session and hike

I love a good redwoods engagement session. I’ve done several in the last few months, and I’m stoked every time. This time, though, I wanted to find somewhere new for Christina and Nick, somewhere I hadn’t been before. I found a more remote spot, we decided to gamble on both the minimal parking and the […]

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If you’re engaged, or have been engaged, you know what wedding planning is like: people have your very best interests at heart, and they just want you to have a beautiful wedding, but sometimes…they can’t help but overstep.   “You have to do this! You should do that! What? No, you can’t possibly–” Planning a […]

5 Tips for getting through wedding planning when everyone has an opinion

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Developing a wedding timeline for amazing photos

Let’s get on the same page: what do I mean when I say wedding timeline?   It’s basically the schedule of your wedding day. Depending on how many things are happening, a wedding timeline can get pretty complex; it’s important to sort it all out and make sure everyone knows what’s going on. Early in […]

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More and more people are eloping these days, but how do you know if eloping is right for you? What even is eloping?    For starters, “eloping” used to exclusively mean: “the two of you run off together and no one knows you’re getting married.” These days, the definition has broadened to include “intimate weddings” from […]

How do you know if eloping is right for you?

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5 ways to stop stressing about wedding planning

There’s no getting around the fact that wedding planning can be stressful.   I’ve been hearing more and more and more about this from my couples this year. Favourite part of the planning process? “The end.” “We scrapped our big wedding because it got to be too much.” I can go down an incredible side-note about […]

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Welcome back to the styled shoot series! If you missed part 1: why do a styled shoot, you can check that out here. Today we’re going to be chit chatting about the details involved in pulling this off. If you want, you can always get a planner on board and hand it over to them. […]

The styled shoot series: how to pull it off

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The styled shoot series: why do a styled shoot?

Welcome to the styled shoot series!   This is a 4-part blog series dedicated to the whys, hows, and wherefores of styled shoots. My experience is obviously that of a photographer, but I’m hoping this will be helpful to other vendors too. I’ll try to keep things general rather than too photography-specific. Styled shoots definitely […]

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We’d all love to have a full hour or two to just hang out with our couples and take our time to nail every shot. We’d love to ramble around and switch smoothly back and forth between energetic and quiet moments. Except. Surprise: sometimes that doesn’t happen. Sometimes, due to schedules or traffic or weather […]

How to shoot a portrait session in 10 minutes

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How to stay inspired as a creative entrepreneur

Being both a creative person and a business owner poses a unique set of challenges, one of which is: how do you stay inspired? How do you stay motivated, creative, artistic, whatever you want to call it? It’s just the nature of the beast that “inspiration” is going to ebb and flow. We’re artists, and no […]

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I met Mary and Adair through one of my new friends, Bahara. Bahara was doing a mentorship with me, and after all the business talk, we wanted to shoot down in Santa Cruz on the bluffs. She said that she knew a young married couple there, and that they’d be happy to help us out. […]

Anniversary session on the Santa Cruz bluffs with Mary and Adair

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