Archive for the ‘Seniors’ Category


Tuesday, April 21st, 2015


I can’t even really put into words how much I love this portrait and why.

It is striking and honest and captures a flash of Charis’ beauty.


I would have been happy with this shoot had I just gotten the above image.  Instead, we got a whole lot more.

Charis was kind enough to be my willing subject the other day so I could sharpen some skills.  Her sister Tana was a great help to both of us.  She held reflectors, carried a step ladder, cleared debris, and provided some comic relief.













Charis, I am looking forward to hearing about this next season in your life.

I know you were a bit out of your comfort zone, but thank you for going on this photographic adventure with me.

Thank you for allowing me to mark this crossroads for you–somewhere between girl and woman.

Gabby (High School Senior)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Gabriela and I met up to take these photos that mark her senior year in high school. She was so easy to work with–up for anything. I enjoyed getting to know her better.

We both worked for this first shot! I think the effort paid off.

Gabby is lively and extroverted. I love how she can look fierce and friendly.


Dear Gabby, can I borrow your hair for just one day? Love, Rachel.

Leslie and the Light Swirl

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Meet Leslie. She graduated from Trinity University here in San Antonio last week and is headed to graduate school. Leslie has been a very special part of our family for 2 1/2 years as she has babysat for our family on a regular basis. Chances are if I have taken your photo, Leslie has had some role in it. She has watched my kids while I’ve shot weddings, edited photos, returned emails, taken photography classes, and met with clients. She has been an important part of Rachel Chaney Photography.

More than that, though, she has been an important part of the Chaney family. She has played with us, eaten with us, and struggled alongside us. She has really gotten to know our family with all of its weaknesses and strengths. And we have been able to get to know her. In a way, we have really lived together. I am thankful for her hard work. I am thankful for how I got a little glimpse into how she changed during her time in college. And I am looking forward to seeing how the story of her life unfolds.

How do you say thank you and goodbye? For me, I say it (in part) with photos. Leslie and I covered a record breaking 7 locations. It was fun to go into a shoot without a firm plan and just search for color, light, and ideas. So Leslie, these photos are for you. I hope you can tell how I appreciate you as you look at them. And I hope that you will think of the morning that we got to spend together taking them.

This first one is my favorite. It’s kind of model-y. It took a few moments to get the light just right. I had been eying this tunnel and thinking about it for over a year. It was worth the wait. I love how the light swirls around Leslie and frames her.

Retro diner tile + pop of blue + amazing red hair = 🙂

The person heading to work after parking their car in the parking lot probably thought I was crazy. But she didn’t see what I saw–the beautiful morning light and the pretty colored blue wall.

In downtown SA, I spotted a large sidewalk-long advertisement for a photography exhibit featuring old photos of San Antonio. This isn’t a Photoshopped photo with selective color. (I have to admit, I don’t like those.) See the horse drawn carriages in the photo of the building? This is my photo of Leslie and an old photo. I kind of like the way it turned out.

Did we find a building that perfectly matched the colors she was wearing? Yes, we did! Thank you, SA, for all of your colorful buildings.

This photo is one of my favorites because it captures some of how I see Leslie.

As many of you know, green is my favorite color. I liked the bit of green in this shot:

Leslie was attending a wedding that I was photographing. My friend, West, was kind enough to take a picture of the two of us. Thank you for the sweet light, West.

I love seeing the playful side of you, Leslie. Thank you so much for letting me get to know you.