Archive for the ‘personal’ Category


Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Portland photographer Rachel Hadiashar

happy autumn!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

apple eatin' in the autumn!

notes from the field

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Rachel Hadiashar

Many of you know that I have spent the past couple of years finding my voice in the portrait world. I was a full time wedding photographer for five solid years, and enjoyed meeting talented and creative people from the Boston area (and reaching as far away as Bulgaria, England, Ireland, and Kenya for some incredible wedding commissions). For the record, I still consider international commissions and will photograph for good friends getting married, but I have shifted my daily focus to photographing families and creative individuals in an artful style.

I rented out a studio in Massachusetts last year and enjoyed having a place to shoot during the cold New England winter months — but I found that the consistency of the venue was leading to a routine type of photography that did not fire up my neurons and inspire my soul. I’m not the kind of person who enjoys putting different people into the same configuration year in and year out.

After some months away from the camera, I find I am better able to articulate my vision for photography. In a time when it is easier than ever for individuals to start a side business and try out their amateur skills on friends and family, we also see a proliferation of mall studios doing the “kid on a backdrop” thing. You can get your cute monthly portrait there, and it will please the grandparents and fill out the photo album. No arguments here.

What I argue for, and aim to provide, is the investment in a yearly or biannual family portrait session with an experienced photographer who can document your family in a way that is real and beautiful. Someone to make images that inspire you. A portrait session where you walk away with 2 images framed large and ready to pass down instead of a disc full of digital files that may never make it off your computer. And I don’t mean “inspiring” in the hackneyed sense, but creative photos that fire up your neurons — images you want to frame and display on your walls. The type of photography that makes you sigh and tear up, because you know the images will withstand the test of time and technology.

I’m still on the cusp of deciding whether to move toward only classic black and white image production (we currently offer this for our artist headshots and boudoir), but… I have to admit, the color of life remains a strong pull. I still have a few nuances to work out now that my husband and I have relocated to Portland, Oregon.

As my sabbatical draws to a close, I am looking forward to the final months of 2010 as a time to reflect on things that matter and enjoy time with loved ones.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on my upcoming trip to Boston where I’ll be doing family portraits and artisan headshots.

Gisele, by Patrick Demarchelier

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Did anyone see Boston’s Gisele Bündchen in Vogue?

The April 2010 VOGUE had a story on Boston’s local fashion celebrity Gisele Bündchen (married to the Patriots’ Tom Brady). She was photographed by celebrated fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier. GORGEOUS photos. I am particularly stunned by his maternity portrait:

Gisele Bündchen by Patrick Demarchelier

I’m also loving the baby portrait of Gisele with her son Benjamin Rein Brady:

Gisele Bündchen and Benjamin Rein Brady by Patrick Demarchelier

“Where [Gisele] is going now is towards the reality of life and not its appearance.” – interviewer Joan Juliet Buck

I love this supermodel.

Check out the story and check out some photo shoot footage here:


Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Bulgarian boyBulgarian boy

Svetli is a 7-year old boy who lives in Bulgaria. He was my little buddy when we went to Bulgaria to photograph Anna and Ali’s wedding last year. His grin makes me feel like a million bucks!

Erin Ivey, live at Momo’s

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

I love singer-songwriter Erin Ivey. She has beautiful, imaginative songs that range from rousing folksy numbers to sweet and sexy lullabies. I had the opportunity to hear her perform live during my recent visit to Austin, Texas and my jaw dropped to the floor when I realized her voice was even BETTER live in person. In retrospect, this seems like an obvious point but when you’re used to hearing an mp3 and then suddenly you get the full range of tonalities, your entire world is shaken.

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

Erin Ivey live performance Austin TX

Thanks Erin, for rocking my world.


don’t take yourself too seriously…

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

I’ve finally finished up editing photos from my 2007 personal archives and have moved onwards to 2008. Here’s an outtake from my little buddy J. who makes me giggle all the time. This is from a personal playdate I had with the kids.

silly boy outtake photo

Boston’s waterfront

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Boston tall ships film

I am going through some film photos from 2009 and came across a few frames from the tall ships festival in Boston. The black and white image was from 120 film through a Holga camera. The color images are 135 film in a lomo fisheye toy camera.

Boston tall ships filmBoston tall ships film

I love the lady in orange posing for her photo with all the other people in the shot.

how charming!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I am in love with this sock monkey hat and scarf on etsy. This would make such a cute gift item for the children in your life!

…and then they jumped on me.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Boston child family photographer

There’s a reason I love to be around and photograph kids. They’re unbridled. Someone asked me yesterday about my favorite fall memory so far for 2009, and this moment from the October 12 mini-session came to mind. I was showing the girls how I wanted them to lay in the leaves for a photo, and then they spontaneously DOGPILED me. It was hilarious. (Many thanks to my assistant Amanda for taking my camera and grabbing a few frames of the action.)