Archive for the ‘accolades’ Category

comfortable and fun

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

thank you so much for a comfortable and fun photo shoot. I haven't laughed that much in a long time.


Friday, February 10th, 2012

clients love Rachel's portrait work.

gallery of bliss

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

photo gallery of bliss


Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

“These portraits are awesome! I totally love them. Can’t decide if I like the color or bw more, but I know I’ve never looked so good in photos, ever. You totally caught how I think I look, and that feels great. -Joanna, Portland Feldenkrais practitioner

“This is a big step for me to be able to let someone photograph me and me being comfortable with it. The fact that you captured me as the person I am and want to be is such a big deal to me. Thanks for capturing ME!”

“I am feeling blessed that I got to experience how powerful a photo session can be when you’re on the other side of the camera. Definitely something that can be healing to your spirit. Thank you Rachel for giving me such a wonderful gift.” 🙂
-Margaret, Portland Photographer


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

“Wow, the photos are stunning. THANK YOU SO MUCH! It was nice to work with you; you did such a beautiful job!”

– Vicky, business owner and mother


Friday, August 19th, 2011

“Let me just say again that never, and I mean never, have I liked more than a handful of pix of me in my adult life and I like almost all of these. This to me says a lot about your skill.”

– Camille, author


Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

I just got a sweet comment on one of my old wedding blog posts:

“I absolutely adore how refreshing your work is. You take a ho-hum location and make it look extravagant! Love your work and will keep following your site. And thank you for inspiring me.”

Thanks Jessica, I appreciate that you took the time to leave a comment!

Artisan Portraits, Stephanie Kramer

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

musician headshots portland oregon

I was up for the challenge when multi-talented singer Stephanie Kramer came into the studio telling me that her current profile photo was an old snapshot from a trip to Disneyland. As Managing Director of Oregon choral group Resonance Choral Ensemble, Stephanie is actively involved in the musical scene in Oregon. (Earlier today I saw her trying to round up more ushers for the Oregon Bach Festival programming!)

I grew up obsessed with classical music and have seen my share of ho-hum biographical photos in concert programs. Worse, today with facebook people have access to all kinds of “candid” photos of themselves that sometimes make their way into official programs for lack of a professional alternative. Call me old fashioned, but if you perform for a living it’s not optional to have a fantastic, expressive headshot ready to submit for your summer festivals.

We took all of these images within a very short timeframe. The beauty of being in a controlled environment such as a studio is that the images are all about your personality – there’s a timelessness but also an opportunity to go beyond being just another generic photo on a gray paper background.

I don’t know how Stephanie will react to her photos, but I just received feedback from another recent client who came in to do a headshot for her acting portfolio. She writes:

“I have spent the past 30 minutes in AMAZEMENT. Rachel, there are SO many good photos here!! I wouldn’t even know where to begin to choose the right headshot because there are SO many to choose from! You did an incredible job. I have seriously never had a shoot where so many of the pictures were so usable. You are so, so talented. THANK YOU times a million.”

I’m trying to keep my summer session fees as low as I can to accommodate musicians, artists, and small business owners. I’d love to meet you and learn about your art, then provide you with a small portfolio of images you will love. This summer’s Artisan Portrait days are July 13, July 27, August 24, September 14 when I am offering short 30 minute sessions in the studio for $125. Wheee!

musician headshots portland oregon

Subject: Random thought

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Hi Rachel,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the West Coast!

I put up a picture in my office at work of my parents that you took at the rehearsal dinner back in 2009. I have to tell you, every single time I look at the picture of my Dad, it makes me smile. He has this smirk that I have seen him make a million times over, but NEVER has it been captured on film. I LOVE that I have this picture of him making a “classic Dad” face that otherwise I may never have had. So, thanks, for catching that moment. It brightens my day.


why Carol loves professional portraits

Friday, October 1st, 2010

family portraits by rachel hadiashar

Hi Everyone,

Let me first introduce myself — I’m Carol, and I’ve been Rachel’s assistant for about a year now. I’ve probably met some of you before from assisting her shoots, if not in person then definitely virtually from editing photos! I really love the work Rachel does, especially her family portraits.

As a mother of a toddler, I’ve come to really value Rachel’s creative eye & talents. Sure, I follow my son constantly with a camera to try & capture his best faces and smiles, but my dated digital camera can only do so much. And given that he’s almost 2 and the most active kid I know, most of my shots turn out blurry!

I was amazed with the shots Rachel was able to get when she photographed Jeremy last. She captured his adventurous & playful spirit spot on. Photography is something I invest in because when he’s 15 & all grown, I will want beautiful portraits to remind me of his most fun age. And quite frankly, my photos are nowhere near as beautiful as Rachel’s… hard as I try!

We’re sending out one last offer to the email list today, so if you’re interested in booking one of Rachel’s last spots before she heads back to Portland, Oregon next week let us know and I’ll try to work you into her schedule.


family portraits by rachel hadiashar