Archive for November, 2011

Buried Treasure

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Harrison and I swung by the neighborhood garden on a crisp fall morning in October. We discovered some buried treasure that day.

My Friend, Heather and Her Family

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

This photo is one of my favorite photos. . . E-V-E-R.
I love my friend, Heather. And I am so thankful that this photo captures a tiny glimpse of her amazing beauty–inside and out.

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” II Corinthians 3.18

There is beauty here too, Heather, in all the hard work you do each day to love your family.

I love this family. This is our third shoot together, and it has been my pleasure to document their family over the years.

Keepin’ it real. . ..

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.

Trick Or Treat

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Greg got home early on Halloween, and our whole family got to go Trick O Treating together. Our street is always packed each year.

I’m not a huge Halloween fan. I LOVE the creative, dress up side of it.
You can find photos of Emmie as a butterfly HERE.
You can find photos of Carter as a clone trooper and Harrison as a police man HERE. I’m not into the gorey, violent, focus-on-death side of of it.

I tried a lot harder to take storytelling photos this year–even in the dark conditions and even with kids moving quickly. I am trying to become a better low light photographer. I hope you enjoy these photos.

See that little Pocahontas looking over her should at the noisy coffin?

It is so fun to live in a neighborhood where you run into friends from school and soccer.

I’m glad that Carter and I returned to the house with the coffin at night to try for this.

Halloween Costumes

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

All my kids are going through a phase where they really want me to take their pictures. Lately, when I’ve picked up the camera to shoot one kid, another kid will ask, “Aren’t you going to take pictures of me???” It sounds too good to be true, but I am enjoying this season–no matter how short-lived it may be.
I’ve already blogged about Emmie’s butterfly costume HERE.
Now it is the boys’ turn.

Carter is sometimes all over the place, but yesterday he really paid attention and enjoyed this time together.
Carter was a Clone Trooper.
(Sorry if I didn’t get the terminology 100% right, you die-hard Star Wars Fans.)

Carter got into the role playing just a bit. He kept reminding me that we were on the same team. I was grateful for that!

I’ve figured out a way to make Carter laugh. I hope this trick lasts for a while. . .

Harrison was a “Police Guy”.

For Harrison it was all about the accessories this year–which by the way is a great trick for getting boys to “hold still” for Halloween costume photos.

Butterfly Fairy

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

I took pictures of each of my kids in their costumes. I planned an outdoor shoot for Emmie because I really wanted to light up her wings and create a fantasy. I so appreciated how she listened to me while I took pictures. I’ve had a million things on my plate these last few days, but I am magnetically drawn to photography and to this set of photos in particular.

A special girl in an enchanted forest. . .

A sleeping fairy. . .

Wake up, little fairy.

It makes me so joyful to create and share these images of someone so special to me. Thank you for enjoying them with me.