more about the photographer
I'm Rachel Ashley, a lifestyle, elopement, + commercial photographer, as well as, a cat mom, plant enthusiast, explorer, hopeless romantic + food lover. There are so many titles/labels we can take on as individuals but they're only a small part of who we are, so I'll leave you with my favorite few. Being a photographer is something that has allowed me to live a life fueling my creative passions every single day, I've been blessed to meet some of the brightest souls, witness + document pure love, support other small business, + watch families grow since taking on this role.
I currently reside in Beaumont, CA which I recently moved to from Palm Springs. I am passionate about documenting intimate, honest, + raw love stories through compelling imagery, but I believe the value of photography is so much more than simply capturing the moment. I am dedicated to creating a tailored + effortless photography experience for you.
When I am not out + about with my camera in hand you can find me with a top-knot, lounging at home in sweatpants with my two grey cats (Piper + Zoom), reading books, at the beach or hiking with friends, learning new ways to improve my skill, or binge watching The Office on Netflix. You might also catch me cooking a new recipe in the kitchen, teaching myself graphic design, getting sweaty with a HIIT workout, on the hunt for authentic quesa tacos + consommé, or taking a long drive just to sing at the top of my lungs.
Likes: cute little babies + animals, slightly chilled water, cacti + other house plants, open windows, being different, clean linen, incense, belly-aching laughter, home-cooked meals but also taco trucks + ramen, cloudy sunsets, reflections + rainbows, apple products, giving gifts, making people smile, long nights under the stars with good company, + tequila.
Dislikes: being late, clutter, sudden loud noises, when my phone is charged less than 20%, folding + putting away laundry, being too hot, people who litter, soda + other bubbly beverages, driving alone at night, bad days, deceit, living far away from my closest friends, + the cost of my photography equipment.
my photography experience
Started + based out of sunny Southern California. I like to call myself an artistic lifestyle photographer with a genuine passion for capturing timeless + authentic moments, illustrating your story of love in a soft light and ethereal style for you to cherish for a lifetime.
My photographic journey began in 2011 when I was looking to explore more creative outlets, I loved to write short stories and poems, paint, draw, craft, mix media, and get lost in the artistic energy. I was quickly obsessed with the fundamentals that made up a great photograph including light, shadows, composition, and raw emotion. Real life moments of passion, bliss, and excitement often leave me an emotional mess behind my camera. I like to believe that my clients come back not only for the quality of imagery but also the experience I provide. During high school I completed, and aced, three years of photography classes which led me to some amazing opportunities of shooting my first wedding at sixteen and working as an assistant/associate for other professional photographers before I even graduated high school.
I quickly learned that the intimacy, rawness, and uniqueness of a family's and individual's story is what filled me with the most passion. Couples from all over the world have asked ME to document their love story and, honestly, to say I am honored is an understatement. Currently, I am the newborn photographer at Redlands Community Hospital and outside of that I specialize in photographing newborns + families. My passion to tell stories doesn't stop there, I adore branding sessions for other small business owners to help them achieve their perfect aesthetic to reach their ideal clientele. Photographing intimate elopements is also such a special way to showcase your love to your closest friends + family.
As your lifestyle photographer, I will capture all of the moments that inspire for you to cherish forever + ever. I look forward to capturing your unique story of life, love + adventure,
AWARDS + FEATURES
City of Palm Desert, March 2012: First Place, Mixed Media Art
City of Yucaipa, June 2014: Award for Fine Arts of Photography
Brooks Institute in Ventura, CA June 2014: Awarded Full Scholarship based on Academic Achievement, as well as, Skills, Vision, and Passion for Photography
Inked Magazine, 420 Edition, 2017, portrait of tattooed model Macey N.
FOX Business News, November 2017: Headshot of Tom Tabler for DoNut Disturb at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Commercial
LOCALE Magazine, February 2018, Features of Colima Raspados, Polanco Kitchen, + a Polo Lesson at Empire Polo
SDVoyager, July 2018: Featured Engagement
LOCALE Magazine, October 2019, Feature of Wilma + Frieda's in Palm Springs