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RACHEL DOWNEY PHOTOGRAPHY

How to shoot a portrait session in 10 minutes

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 […]

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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 […]

How to stay inspired as a creative entrepreneur

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Anniversary session on the Santa Cruz bluffs with Mary and Adair

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. […]

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How’s the new year treating you so far? Feeling productive? Feeling good? Slowly losing your mind and need some help? If you haven’t read part I yet, go check that out first, and feel free to take the time to implement these productivity tips at your own pace. No one can do everything all at […]

Productivity hacks to beat the burnout and get shit done: Part II

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Productivity hacks to beat the burnout and get shit done: Part I

Welcome to 2019, kids; time to get shit done. I’m a firm believer in starting “now” rather than waiting for some date in the future (think of how much you could have done by then!), but it’s a brand new month in a brand new year, and that’s always a kick in the ass. I […]

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This year, for the first time, we spent Christmas in Cambria. My parents bought the house down there almost five years ago–they knew they wanted to retire there, but they figured they’d look for a house early so they could enjoy it before the official move. We’ve been down for a few days after Christmas […]

Christmas in Cambria

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Engagement session in Big Basin with Topher and Steve and the redwoods

It’s weird, the things that draw people together.  After a Google search, Topher and Steve came across my website and noticed that I was really into plants. And they were like, “Hey we like her work, and we’re super into plants too.” Only. Their plant collection more than ten times the size of mine. I’m talking […]

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Does anyone else feel like 2018 had one of the strangest cadences? January was about 6 years long, February was over in 2 days, April through June is a blur for me, July was several months long, August-October didn’t even stop in to say hello, and here we are at the ass end of the […]

2018 Year in Review

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6 Tips for photographing your family during the holidays

Have you ever tried to photograph the goings on of your family during the holiday season? If they turned out exactly how you wanted them to, and you routinely print them and hang them all over your house, and life is perfect, you can send this link to someone else and feel good about yourself. […]

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In-home portrait sessions don’t seem like they would be all that different from shooting outside, but they’ve got their own set of challenges. If you’ve been around here for anything length of time though, you know that shooting inside, at home, is one of my favourite things. Whether it’s just me and Duncan, or my family […]

8 Tips for in-home portrait photography

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