behind the lens...

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a little about me

I'm Rachel Ashley, a lifestyle, elopement, + commercial photographer, as well as, a cat mom, life enthusiast, adventurer, + food lover. Being a photographer is something that has allowed me to live the life I always dreamed of while still fueling my creative passions every single day.  I currently reside in Beaumont, CA which I just 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 lounging at home with my two grey cats (Piper + Zoom), reading a new book,  learning new ways to improve my skill, or binge watching The Office on Netflix. You might also find me cooking a new recipe in the kitchen, doing graphic design, or taking a long drive just to sing at the top of my lungs. 

 

You can email me directly at rachelashphoto@gmail.com with any additional questions you may have for me.  Make yourself at home and I hope to hear from you very soon!

Likes: animals, slightly chilled water, cacti, open windows, dying my hair, clean linen, incense, belly-aching laughter, home-cooked meals, cloudy sunsets, apple products, long nights under the stars with good company, + tequila.

Dislikes: being late, clutter, waiting in long lines, sudden loud noises, when my phone is charged less than 20%, folding + putting away laundry, being too hot, not being respected simply because I am young, soda/bubbly beverages, the cost of my photography equipment.

my photography experience

Started + based out of Palm Springs, however, I currently reside in Beaumont, 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 and 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. 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

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