more from the new studio

February 3rd, 2012

Studio portrait Portland Oregon

I’m thrilled to be shooting in a new space in SE Portland. These kiddos helped me christen the studio with giggles, snack crumbs, and a wiggly dance party!

Studio portrait Portland OregonStudio portrait Portland Oregon

Studio portrait Portland OregonStudio portrait Portland Oregon

On the rare occasion when I photograph children and families, I work really hard to get photos that are both natural, and of such a quality that will last through the years without looking dated or trendy. I love this family portrait:

Studio portrait Portland Oregon

More from our session in this gallery here.

If you’re interested in coming into the studio for some of my Artisan Portraits, here’s some information and a way to get onto our mailing list.

the alternate aspects of despair and hope to which mankind is forever subjected

January 25th, 2012

despair and hope

“[Robert] Frank once said to me that black and white are the true colors of photography, because they symbolize the alternate aspects of despair and hope to which mankind is forever subjected. I could not agree more.”

–Keith Carter

despair and hope

seize something significant through that act

January 16th, 2012

“Practicing photography for more than 40 years, I have become aware of how seldom a photograph — a truly successful photograph — is made. How easy it is to click the shutter, and how nearly impossible to seize something significant through that act.” — Abe Frajndlich

NYT piece here.

SHOP LOCAL!

January 5th, 2012

Supportland Shop Local Incentives Portland

Supportland Shop Local Incentives Portland

I photographed the Supportland team this week for their January newsletter. Good people.

Supportland Shop Local Incentives Portland

Supportland Shop Local Incentives Portland

Recent Press that Features Rachel’s Portrait Work

December 16th, 2011

My musicians have been busy being famous this holiday season!


Vocalist and Resonance Ensemble Managing Director Stephanie Kramer was featured in this nice piece in Oregon Music News: Life as a Professional Choral Singer.

 

“Singing, and all of the experiences that come along with it, is one of the greatest joys of my life.”

 

Musician portraits headshots Portland OR


 One of my luminous portraits of Kathy FitzGibbon is used on the Lewis & Clark news piece here. It looks great in context.

Musician portraits headshots Portland OR

Are you into classical music?

pretty, pretty things in Portland

December 16th, 2011

I’m not a big shopper, but I LOVE beautiful designed clothing and jewelry and art. I had the opportunity to visit Tilde shop in Sellwood when Jill Bliss did a tiny show there a few months ago – and fell in love with Debbe Hamada’s curation of lovely home and personal objects. It’s the only store I have ever told my husband “you can buy anything in here as a gift for me, and I am sure to love it.”

Recently, I was charmed to find Debbe had stocked some SkLO jewelry, handmade in Sonoma, California. These necklaces feature glass (!) bulbs and lightweight nautically color knotted string work; the one I picked up is basically the most interesting, yet wearable necklace I have ever seen.

Here’s what Debbe has to say in her newsletter about this work:

skLO We stumbled upon this new jewelry line during our summer travels. These are ‘pieces’ as my grandma would say. Showstoppers. And we think on special occasions you should pull out a showstopper. These particular beauties feature hand blown, clear glass and knotted linen designed by SkLO co-founder, Karen Gilbert. Karen’s work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe oft acquired for multiple permanent collections. Her work is rooted in craft with an educational resume that includes metal smithing at the California College of Arts and glassblowing at the Pilchuck Glass School. In shop and available now.

Here’s some more information from Karen Gilbert and SkLO about their current jewelry collection: LINK.

Anita, Maternity

November 23rd, 2011

film portraits maternity
film portraits maternity

[ July 2011, Ventura California = FILM ]

expunged…?

November 21st, 2011

“The truth is no portrait of substance has people smiling. Look at the history of painting, Rembrandt, Titian, Goya, Velasquez, Sargent, Vermeer, DaVinci, etc., the subjects gaze to the viewer is neutral at best, neither inviting nor forbidding. It is there for the viewer to see and feel. Smiling is like much of American popular culture, superficial and misleading. It is part of our vernacular, but it should be expunged in photographs.”

– Rodney Smith

A Persian Wedding

November 17th, 2011

Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd
Persian wedding sofreh aghd


[ October 2010 – University Club – Palo Alto, California – FILM ]

Ali and I attended a cousin’s wedding in October 2010 in Palo Alto, California. I used an uncle’s film camera and shot just one roll. I like the way these uncorrected images turned out. I don’t remember what kind of film I used; the color is definitely off but the photos convey the exact mood of the elaborate spread and the boisterous family celebration. Persian weddings are my favorite!

The Sofreye Aghd Wedding Spread (sohfreh/sofreh) is a collection of symbolic and beautiful elements spread before the couple. I love the ancient traditions brought forward in today’s Iranian wedding ceremonies; you can tell from these photos that I spent most of my roll of film on the photogenic table spread!

wedding photos, guest

November 15th, 2011

[ July 2011, Malibu California ]

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[film: ilford hp5plus]

 

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[film: CVS brand]