capturing small weddings and elopements in California, Hawaii, and worldwide
I love working with people like YOU!! The happiest humans with a soul for adventure!
Maybe you dream of an elopement that includes an 8 mile hike to an Alpine lake! Or a gorgeous intimate wedding surrounded by your favorite people on earth!!! Orrrr maybe it’s a city hall ceremony followed by perusing the aisles of your favorite bookstore after!!!!
However you’re celebrating, I’m here for it. And I’m going to bring the most bubbly and positive energy with me allllllll day long!!!
"Rach, you already know how much we love you! Your energy, your ingenuity, the calmness you bring to the day simultaneously with authentic excitement. Both Dom and I were absolutely blown away, by you as a person and as a photographer. I am just so over the moon we connected, our day wouldn't have been a 10th of what it was without you there.
Rachel is a dream to work with, and by golly, any nerves that were there at the beginning of the day were honestly dissipated within the first 5 minutes of photos! She makes you feel so comfortable, and how she encourages/suggests you pose for photos is so natural you don't even realise you're posing, just there having a wonderful time with your husband/wife. It felt like a day spent with a good friend, celebrating love and having SO many laughs.
On top of her talent as a photographer, she is just a truly wonderful and genuine person. She asks questions to listen and get to know you better rather than just to respond, she shows sincere kindness like you've been friends for decades, and just feels like pure sunshine to be around."
-Jasmine & Dom
THE MOST AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!
I can go on about Rachel forever!! I initially chose Rachel as my wedding photographer because I loved the bright lighting in her photos. I definitely got more than what I bargained for as she is a planner/ photographer/ supporter all in one! Rachel was there for me throughout my elopement process and made the wedding planning so much easier! She’s super easy to talk to and her personality is so bubbly and joyful!
Her expertise on the Yosemite area helped us find the most perfect places to take photos. She knows all the great angles and lighting. I love how Rachel told us how to pose for each photo. She made everything so easy for us.
I cannot express how grateful I am to have Rachel as our wedding photographer as she has been a blessing throughout the whole process. Hire her and you will never regret it!
-Tina & Josh
"Rachel photographed my husband and I's December elopement in Mendocino, and our engagement photos! Rachel is simply amazing at what she does. The whole experience she provides is extraordinary. Rachel has a unique talent at making you feel so comfortable and yourselves! She got us both out of our shells, laughing the entire time, and most importantly, feeling like ourselves and natural! She has such a positive energy and makes you feel so comfortable.
She also can tell you exactly what to do to get the best photos! We are in love with our photos and recommend Rachel to anyone looking for the best photographer out there!"
-Sarah & Alex
Rachel is an absolutely amazing photographer!! We could not be more impressed!!
From the moment we first met Rachel, we immediately felt a connection and felt completely comfortable with her. The second we got off the FaceTime call to her, my husband and I looked at each other and both said “she’s the one we want to capture our love”. Rachel is so organized and responsive. She has been such a help from the start to finish of my wedding planning process. She is so bubbly and sweet and has such a positive energy. She is just one of those people that you love to be around because she radiates happiness. She was also able to be calm and keep me at ease on my wedding day- my hair and makeup was running behind which was going to set my whole wedding behind schedule. I was getting so stressed out, and she immediately came over and reassured me and calmed me down.
Rachel is all around amazing! Not to mention how incredibly talented she is at photography. I cannot stop staring at both my engagement and wedding photos. Her photos are so beautiful, crisp, clear and just all around stunning. I highly recommend Rachel and we will continue to use Rachel for all our photo needs in the future.
-Jenny & Jason
"I swear she was like a wedding planner on the side. She called me and we got a timeline set up for the day. She also reached out to other vendors and my maid of honor and day of coordinator to make sure everyone was on the same page and that things would run smoothly. She is extremely organized and reliable. The day of the wedding, Rachel was exactly how you would want a photographer to be. She has such great energy, she’s positive, fun, personable and makes you feel so good about yourself (I swear I wish I could keep her in my pocket all day to pump me up)."
My friends and family were constantly telling me how much they loved my photographer throughout the night. Rachel sent us some sneak peaks after the wedding to tie us over until we got our gallery. Once we got our gallery, it was so fun to re live the day and again she exceeded our expectations. The pictures are so beautiful! I love her lighting and she captured the day perfectly! We couldn’t be happier! She even created a slideshow for us of our day. I HIGHLY recommend Rachel as a photographer for whatever the life event may be. You will not regret it! Best decision ever!"
-Bre & Sean
"We booked Rachel for a post-wedding bridal session after eloping during the pandemic, and we are SO glad that we did. Rachel provided awesome and clear resources ahead of the session so there were no surprises about what to expect. She also made me even more excited leading up to it with her enthusiasm and thoughtful check-ins! Initially I wasn't sure how I'd feel trying to recreate the feeling of our wedding day months after the fact, but was so pleasantly surprised at how much this session captured the same spirit and magic of that day - and we absolutely credit that to Rachel!
Her excitement is contagious, and her engagement with us both throughout the session made us feel so much more comfortable & natural. She also has such a great eye for making the most of the scenery too (she got to our location early to scope out some gorgeous spots). And, what's more - the finished product was amazing! We are very happy with the photos and will treasure them for years to come. No matter what event or moment you want to capture, working with Rachel will only enhance the day - it certainly did for us!"
-Natalie & Kevin
"Rachel did our wedding photos in Yosemite and we are beyond thrilled for the whole experience! I found her on Instagram and really liked her style of light, bright, colorful, and candid photography. She made the day feel super fun, with her high energy and bubbly personality. She guided us through various poses and we loved how she captured the day.
Our photos came out amazing and we are so excited to relive the day every time we look at them! Rachel brought her friend who helped me carry my veil through the entire hike and even brought a pop-up changing tent for us to change out of as well. She's so thoughtful and kind, I definitely would recommend her because she is so talented, makes you feel super comfortable, and is such a joy to be around!"
-Jane & Warren
"First and foremost, RACHEL IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Her work is breathtaking and she truly is a gem to work with. I hired Rachel to take our engagement photos. Not only were the photos so stunning and perfect. The communication throughout the entire process was exceptional. Rachel was able to prepare my fiance and I for the photo shoot from a distance. She gave us endless amounts of tips on how to prepare for this shoot. Rachel immediately made us feel comfortable and BEAUTIFUL!!! She has true talent when it comes to this. Rachel's personality was what did it for us. She made us feel at home in front of the camera. She made us feel so dreamy and romantic. After receiving our photos, (An entire week early!!!!) our jaws were on the floor. We could not believe it was us in the photos.
We truly LOOKED like models, not just felt that way! We felt beautiful and it really got us so excited about our big day. I absolutely would recommend Rachel Christopherson Photography to anybody seeking professional photos. I was already spouting her name to family and friends before I received my photos. I cannot wait to use Rachel for many photo shoots to come! 5 star work from start to finish!"
-Michelle & JD
"If you are looking for an incredible photographer, Rachel is the full package! We were nervous how our engagement photos would come out, if we were too awkward, if we would feel comfortable, etc. I can honestly say working with Rachel put all my worries to ease and we had the ABSOLUTE BEST time. She had amazing communication and prepped us immediately after we hired her! During our shoot Rachel made us feel completely at ease and BEYOND exceeded all of our expectations. We felt extremely comfortable and she was able to portray some of the most intimate parts of our relationship, with us laughing the entire time!
Her energy and personality is hard to beat. The shoot itself honestly felt like one of the best date nights! We were laughing, dancing, and having so much fun the entire time... and let me tell you it COMPLETELY SHOWED in the photos! All of my family and friends were in such awe as all of our photos came out so stunning and perfect! The lighting and backdrop to all of our photos looked like they came directly out of a magazine. I would genuinely recommend anyone I know to use Rachel for future events. I know that we will be using Rachel for all of our photo needs for years to come!!!"
-Olivia & Mike
"If I could give 10 stars I would! Leading up to the maternity session Rachel was very professional and responsive. Planning a date, time and location was easy and she made it very convenient. She was very flexible. The photo session itself was so much fun. She made both my husband and me feel so relaxed and playful, especially for maternity photos. Her energy and responsiveness to us was contagious and made us feel more like ourselves, in turn creating some beautiful pictures. Being 36 or so weeks pregnant she made me feel amazing and so beautiful, her energy was radiating and it helped us have fun!
Once we received our images, in a very timely manner, we were blown away! The attention to detail and editing was impeccable and we had such a hard time picking our favorites. We loved the variety of poses and variations she provided. All of our family and friends were so complimentary and loved them as well! If you cannot tell I would recommend Rachel to anyone interested in a couple's shoot of any kind or even solo pictures! She was amazing and so sweet and her work speaks for itself!
— Kat & Dan
When we started thinking about getting family photos done we were at a loss for where to start looking. We have a specific style of photography that we like and wanted to hang in our house (our wedding photos determined this). We were beyond excited to see that Rachel offered an extremely similar style with her own little flare. We expected maybe a few perfect pictures to print and were amazed at the amount of stunning pictures she delivered! Not only is she talented but she is extremely fun to work with. She did an amazing job capturing all of the fun and love that we felt that day. She also has a contagious laugh which helped ease us into the session. She guided us into poses to help us look our best but encouraged a lot of candid moments (those are some of our favorite photos). Her pricing is beyond fair for the photos and time she spent with us. We will definitely use her in the future and I have been referring all of my friends, family and clients to use her for their photography needs!
— Erin & Luis
Rachel is so personable and pays great attention to detail. Leading up to the shoot, she'll check in and even send some reminders. A week before the shoot, she would send us parking instructions, what to bring, and a rough agenda for the day (ie: timeline, when we'll catch the sunset, etc).
I knew what I wanted going into the shoot and Rachel went above and beyond that. I brought a couple props with me that I wanted to use and told her in advance of the shots I'd like to take. She took my vision and truly captured each moment so beautifully. I think anyone that's not use to getting their pictures taken can feel uncomfortable in front of the camera (that's 100% how I felt!), but Rachel's sweet and bubbly personality helped ease my nerves. There is no such thing as being awkward with her. She starts off the shoot with some simple shots and poses to help loosen you up. She'll then suggest a variety of poses and even ask you for what you're feeling in the moment. There's tons of candid shots which I love!
— Thy & Van