Why should I choose Rachel Konsella Photography?
Rachel is wildly passionate about telling love stories and her talents go far beyond her camera. If you’re looking for a 5 star photographer who promises to be fully present, to listen to what YOU want captured most, and who is compassionate and hard working, you found your match! Rachel takes her work very seriously and genuinely wants her couples to look back at their wedding photos with the fondest of memories. Rachel believes that photographs have the power (almost magically) to allow us to relive the most precious moments in our lives. She considers every wedding an honor to part of.
How do I book Rachel?
First, call or email to check availability. Rachel books on a first come, first serve basis and photographs a limited number of weddings a year to guarantee exceptional service. To book, Rachel needs just 2 things: a signed contract and 50% of the total, as a booking reservation. Please contact Rachel here.
How long have you been photographing weddings?
Rachel has been photographing weddings since 2013. After she graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor's of Fine Art in Photography, her best friend got engaged and asked "do you want to me my bridesmaid, or my photographer...?" Rachel was so honored, and said "absolutely, your photographer." That wedding is what started it all. Capturing the most intimate moments of her wedding day, was truly love at first wedding. The rest is history, Rachel is simply in love with documenting love stories.
What is the price for wedding photography?
Every wedding is unique and different and elopements or small/intimate weddings are becoming more and more common (which are awesome, by the way!) Because of this, Rachel will give you a quote after knowing a bit more about your wedding, what you're looking for in a wedding photographer, and where your wedding will take place. Please fill out the contact form, and Rachel will get back to you asap.
What are my payment options and are there payment plans?
Rachel will need a 50% deposit to reserve your wedding date and the remaining 50% is due two weeks before the wedding date. Cash or check are preferred, but if you’d prefer us to run your card, not a problem. Rachel will send you an email invoice with directions to make a secure online payment.
Payment plans can be created on a per case basis. Rachel wants to be accessible to couples regardless of their financial situation. Please explain what would work best for you, and she’ll do her best to work with you.
Does Rachel Travel?
Absolutely! Rachel is based out of Vancouver, Washington but loves documenting in new places, and adventure is in her spirit. Included distance in her wedding photography packages is 20 miles from PDX airport. This includes all of Portland, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefield, North Plains, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Clackamas, Tualatin, Oregon City, Gresham, Troutdale and Latourell Falls. The rate for weddings outside of a 20 mile radius from PDX airport is $.50/mi (round trip). Example: Let’s say your wedding is in Cannon Beach, and the distance from PDX is 90 miles. 90(mi) x 2 = 180. Subtract the included 40 (mi) = 140. 140 (mi) x $.50 = $70. For weddings outside of Washington and Oregon travel expenses can be discussed on a case by case basis.
Any tips from Rachel for wedding planning?
Always; here’s just a few: + Let your wedding be a day that reflects your unique and combined personalities. This is YOUR day to create however you wish. Tradition is one thing, your genuine happiness is another + Opt in for an unplugged ceremony. Let your guests know you want their full attention for this very special time. You’ve hired a photographer to take the shots; let Aunt Betty sit back, relax, and be part of your support team. Walking down the aisle to a sea of smiles from your loved ones will create a memory that a sea of screens simply can’t + Make choices with comfort in mind. If you’re comfortable, it will show in your photos. Making choices that increase your comfort is a simple way to help the day go smoothly and will help everyone look their best.
What have previous couples said about Rachel?
Rachel Konsella Photography is a 5 star wedding photographer in Vancouver, Washington. Hands down, Rachel’s past couples have loved working with her, and have written in length about how happy they are. Here are a few highlights from her reviews:
“I highly recommend working with Rachel as she was professional, very easy to work with, and took many amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, photos we’ll treasure for the rest of our lives!” + “She was very accepting and sweet, and someone who I felt very comfortable having at our small intimate ceremony. I highly recommend Rachel.” + “Look — there are probably a dozen other photographers you’re considering, but they’re not Rachel. It’s not just the photos that last for a lifetime, it’s also how that person treats your difficult aunty, your drunk friends, or whatever it is in your family. With Rachel we got both fabulous photos, and someone who felt like family. You really can’t beat that.” Find more reviews here.
How do we receive our photos?
Your beautiful, high resolution digital photos are uploaded to an online gallery. Your photos are hosted for one year and the gallery has convenient options such as making photos private, creating favorites, direct and easy connection to my printing lab, and online sharing directly to social media or an email address. You have the option to download individual files, or the entire gallery in just one click.
Why is it important to have a second photographer?
Rachel hands down believes weddings with a second photographer can tell a more complete story. She believes this so much that she includes a second photographer for the entire time in her Gold and Diamond packages! Rachel has photographed many weddings with and without an associate photographer and has found a second shooter is most helpful during getting ready, a first look, the ceremony and during the bride & groom portraits. Rachel can only be in one location at a time, so to have multiple angles and locations, telling a more complete story, she believes reliving your wedding day in the future will be all that more special.
How much is a second photographer, and who is it?
With Rachel’s Gold and Diamond packages, a second photographer is included for the entire time; making these packages an amazing value! For all other packages, a second photographer can be added at the rate of $100 an hour for a minimum of 3 hours. Rachel’s assistant and associate photographer, is her partner, Brian. Rachel and Brian have been photographing together from the beginning and make an amazing team! Brian is just as hard working, genuine and his sense of humor is a great match for the dudes of the day.
What if I have a really small/unique wedding?
These are often my favorites! I've photographed weddings with as few people as 5 - the bride, the groom, 2 witnesses and the officiant. In general, I try to be as discrete and unobtrusive as possible, so I'm a great fit for small, intimate or unique weddings. Contact me and lets talk about what you need and how I can help. Smaller and unique weddings may also receive discounted pricing.
I love your work, but I don't know if I can afford you?
First, I'm honored that you're here, and that you enjoy my life's passion. Contact me with your budget, timeline, and location and we'll work together to find a comrpromise. It never hurts to ask.
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What kind of gear do you use?
Rachel Konsella Photography uses professional grade, full frame, Nikon cameras - the D810 and D610 and she has a variety of Nikon, Sigma and Tamron lenses. For editing, Rachel uses the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for organizing and professionally editing your memories.