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  • RL Photography by Rachael Lynn: Weddings and Portraits


    I grew up having an interest in art – it was always something I was fairly good at but never gave it much attention. I went off to college to play ball, having never picked up a camera for any kind of serious adventure. A few injuries later, I found myself declaring an art major, holding a camera and loving nothing more than expressing the personality of others and our world through the art of photography. It’s such a pure medium – you bring out the already existing beauty as it’s literally a series of direct reflections recorded to preserve memories. But to photograph, and photograph well, you must learn how to bring as much of the natural beauty out as possible. That’s where the art comes in. Weddings are such a great place to reveal splendor and romance – not only do I capture beautiful gowns, gorgeous women and handsome men, I capture the love and affection of the couple, their friends and family. I pride myself, my photography and my business on photographing from a unique perspective, using creative tones and energy to erupt a fresh view of my clients’ personalities on their special day.


    There are many moments in a photographer’s career that you feel like you have made a large leap of success. It can be your first solo shoot, your first wedding, or maybe after editing you just have this overwhelming feeling that you just “won life.” For me, this wedding was one I felt that I was winning from the very moment I hung up the phone after booking. I specifically remember setting down my phone and breaking out in a Meredith and Christina-esque solo dance party. I had gone to college with the bride, where we became sorority sisters – I knew I was going to be shooting gorgeous people, stunning venues, and a lively atmosphere. Little did I know they would knock my socks off with their undying love and adorable chemistry.


    Upon arriving the morning of the wedding, I was already ecstatic for the day. The bridal party was getting ready at her parent’s house (which was also the reception venue) and I was in awe of everything she had pulled together on her own. What kind of bride is also her florist? – an exceptional one. Everything was coming together as if her parent’s backyard was a magical land out of a Disney movie.


    The church was a small, quaint, and delightful chapel a couple blocks from their home. It seated no more than a couple hundred and was the perfect intimate setting for close friends and family. You hear about fairy tale endings and this was seriously “goals.” They exited the ceremony through a path of bubbles and into a corvette.

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    The reception was exceptional. The lights hung like an enchanted garden, the GORGEOUS tables set up as if she had been a professional florist for 40 years, and the atmosphere was oh so joyous. The bride danced with her grandfather and the groom with his grandmother – one of the loveliest things I’ve seen. The entire day was full of pure love – something everyone dreams of.


    So much adoration for this couple, one of the many reasons why I love what I do.

    COMPANY: RL Photography


    SOCIAL: FacebookInstagram

  • Breathing Moments


    This photography for the adventurers, the hopeless romantics who aren't afraid to show it and the appreciators of beautiful, candid, real moments.


    It might start to rain. Hair is known for having a mind of it’s own. You might decide to go barefoot. You might decide you want your senior pictures taken of you in the windy city, or hiking a mountain, or sitting in a rustic coffee shop. You might decide that bridge jumping would make the best suiting engagement photo with your significant other. Or a pillow fight.

    It’s my passion to capture life. To capture raw, real moments of raw, real people. Compelling and imperfectly flawless.

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    Breathing Moments was launched in 2012 but even before it was my “profession,” photography has always been my passion and a stem of who I am.

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    When I was eight years old, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Nothing out of the ordinary for a young girl. But that soon changed when I found my parent’s small “family camera” and couldn’t put it down.

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    I quickly fell in love with the art of photography, and my loving parents supported me and my passion immensely, even at a young age. I started taking pictures of my friends (the model in these photos, Stephanie, is one of them) and quickly learned how to make them feel beautiful and comfortable in front of the camera to catch more candid moments. It was my goal to create a sort of art that causes it's viewers to feel something.

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    The best birthday present ever was the gift I received from my parents on my thirteenth birthday, which was my first quality camera. From there, I continued to dig deeper in studying this art inside and out (I still have much to learn). The more I grew, the more I loved it. In short, I shot my first wedding near the age of fifteen, and started my official business the following year.

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    What makes a photo come alive is it's authenticity. The spontaneous moments that happened when no one is looking, or when no one knew they were being photographed. They have exquisite value. Natural, intriguing motions and expressions are happening constantly and to be able to capture them is a treasure.


    Once I walked into a bridal dressing room to find six bridesmaids all sharing one mirror doing their makeup, a laughable amount of Starbucks coffee scattered all around the room and a flower girl (who probably already had a long day) had fallen asleep in a chair. The happy, content, radiant bride herself was seated in a corner getting her hair done while eating straight from a box of Oreo's. Later, the bride got butterflies of excitement right before she walked down the aisle. The groom teared up when he saw her and the tears continued as they read their vows. Mom and dad held hands with big smiles on their faces. The speeches and toasts were entertaining and meaningful. The bride and groom tried to steal a few kisses when they thought nobody was looking and later the dance floor was on fire and young-at-heart grandma was voted the best dancer. These are the raw, spontaneous moments I love to capture to be cherished forever.

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    Even when I am "posing" my models, I want them to look authentic. natural. captivating. Whether it's a stylish high school senior or a twitterpated couple gazing into each other's eyes.

    Everyone has a unique story. I believe in capturing real things and real people how they are.

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    Breathing Moments is booking photo sessions/weddings year-around.

    Based in Michigan but available and willing to travel.



    COMPANY: Breathing Moments


    SOCIAL: FacebookInstagram


    Reach out to me anytime!


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