You, Not Pinterest, Are the Secret Criteria for Having Awesome Wedding Photos // Rachelle Rawlings Photography

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Rachelle Rawlings is a Bay Area photographer that understands the importance of LISTENING to her couples — getting to know who they are, what's important to them, and what they really want out of their wedding day. While she loves details, and can clearly capture a gorgeous detail photo, she's here to serve her clients and capture their celebration of love, and that includes all the moments of the day, not just the Pinterest-worthy ones.

Because of this, and her commitment to inclusivity, we are so thrilled to have Rachelle in our vendor community! Find out more about her and her work here. 

What's Rachelle Rawlings Photography's mission?

I believe that being a photographer is about more than taking photos — it’s about people. I love getting to know you, helping you feel comfortable and excited about being photographed, and creating something beautiful and meaningful together. My approach to photographing weddings, couples and families is laid back and simple. I strive to capture you and your love as it really is!

What is your company's origin story?

Despite never thinking of myself as a “wedding person” (I even tried unsuccessfully to convince my husband to elope), I truly fell in love with weddings and everything they can represent from the very first wedding I photographed. I quit my job just a few months after that first wedding in order to photograph weddings full time and I've been doing just that since 2013.

What is one of your favorite projects you've ever worked on?

It's impossible to choose! I work with so many couples and families who are each unique and special in their own way and what I love most about my job is getting to discover what makes them “them” and then make amazing photos that highlight exactly that.

How are you a "wedding space disrupter”?

It's very important to me to stop and listen to your story and what you want from your wedding day and from the photos I capture. I combine my experience with seeing your day for what it is outside of the expectations of the wedding industry. I want to know what YOUR priorities are, not what magazines and blogs think is important. I enthusiastically support ALL couples and families!

What three ingredients are necessary for a great day at Rachelle Rawlings Photography?

Lists, laughter and champagne! You never know what's going to happen on the wedding day so I believe that having lists and backup plans are crucial. That allows us to roll with the punches easily because we've already figured out the basics. Laughter and champagne are the other side of that equation — the part where you get to stop the planning and just let loose and enjoy your day!

What are some traits of your ideal client?

My ideal clients are super in love and excited to get married! They are truly equal partners who are looking forward to having the people they love together in one place to enjoy the day together. They love bold, bright colors in their photographs and want to have the moments of their day captured authentically.


Hello, I’m Rachelle! I photograph weddings and families in Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California. Spending my weekends at weddings has continually reminded me what the most important things in life truly are — love, laughter, family, friends and celebrating our good fortune together!