Rachel Rose Photography: Blog https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog en-us (C) Rachel Rose Photography rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) Sun, 08 Jul 2018 20:57:00 GMT Sun, 08 Jul 2018 20:57:00 GMT https://rachelrosephoto.com/img/s7/v169/u842932631-o101517825-50.jpg Rachel Rose Photography: Blog https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog 120 60 Alex + Kiley | Kauai, HI | 5.9.18 https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2018/7/alex-kiley-kauai-hi-5-9-18 Who doesn't love Hawaii?! Check out this incredible scenery and this intimate wedding I had the pleasure of shooting back in May! The plan must have changed at least 10 times, originally suppose to be in Glacier National Park, then the beach that the wedding was suppose to take place on was destroyed in the floods! Hotels changed & timelines changed, but this small group managed to go with the flow and have a great time!

As luck would have it, I came down with the flu the day I left Reno, so I spent the first two days in Hawaii just trying to maintain my body temperature and stay on top of my medicine. Rather than go zip lining or snorkeling, I slept on the beach and bundled up in my hoodie despite the 80* tropical temperatures. Had it not been for my husband, I'm not sure I would have made it through the wedding, or the portrait day! He carried all my gear, made sure I stayed on top of my medicine and made sure I stayed hydrated. And when my flu turned into bronchitis and we had to repel down a deep rooted, muddy hillside to a waterfall, he helped me keep my patience a waited with me when I had to catch my breath on the way up.
Despite the challenges of being so sick, we still managed to enjoy Hawaii. I mean, IT'S HAWAII! And Kiley and Alex are my kind of people, adventurous and down for anything! We traipsed all over that dang island on the portrait day, taking our time, finding beautiful spots, and stopping for some life changing coffee and food truck sandwiches --which, is why I HIGHLY recommend a second portrait day! When the energy is fun and relaxed, you can take your time and take advantage of the location. If you're going to have a destination wedding, you might was well incorporate as much of the location as you can in photos! Obviously there's always more to see and do, and even with getting up at dawn, and shooting into the evening, we still only managed a small portion of the island!

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Jackie + Lorenzo: New York Wedding https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2018/1/jackie-lorenzo-new-york-wedding From photographing a 12 hour wedding day, straight to Times Square to take photos, back at the hotel and in bed by 3:00am, just to wake up two hours later at 5:00am to be at the Bridge by 6:00 a.m to begin our NYC portrait session. It was a crazy plan and it was a lot of work, but DAMN was it fun! And so, SO worth it! I really enjoy next day on location portrait sessions with my couples.

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Amber + 'Trevor' "we forgot our marriage licence" Bunkowski: 9.9.17 https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/9/amber-trevor-we-forgot-our-marriage-licence-bunkowski-9-9-17 "Oops! Oh well...Where's my drink?!"

If there's one thing I always tell my clients, it's that NOTHING goes 100% smoothly on your wedding day. Nothing. There are too many elements to navigate, too many things to remember & too many people involved. Then when you couple all those working parts with emotions, ego and alcohol, well, something is bound to go wrong. Often times it's something small. When a bride forgot her bouquet at home, I threw one together a last minute from dusty silk flowers in a church bathroom, I've given a bride my shoes, and I've supplied many a safety pin for boutineers that have come without pins. Things go wrong, and when they do, you have to just roll with it. Amber and Travis rolled through a few things on their wedding day with nothing but smiles! These two were the epitome of positivity their whole day and nothing was stopping them damnit!!! If things went wrong, you wouldn't have known it because these two were laughing the whole day!


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Dana + Brett: Makin' a Splash into 'Mawwage!' https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/9/dana-brett-makin-a-splash-into-mawwage "Mawwage. Mawwage is what bwings us together today."


What can I say about the personality these two have? This whole wedding was a hilariously good time. Every year, there's a single wedding that sticks out in my mind as 'most fun' and I have a feeling Dana and Brett will take the award this year. When taking bridal party photos, someone jokingly says, "we should all jump in the lake," then groomsmen start stripping down to their boxers, and the mother of the bride says, "I'll do it," and you find yourself in neck deep in the freezing cold water of Lake Tahoe trying not to drop your camera from laughing so hard, you know it's been a good work day.


I say it all the time, and I mean it every time because it really is true, but I have the best clients in the world! Dana and Brett, you are my kind of people. Thank you for these memories, and thank you for choosing me to give these memories to you.


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#radraymers: Gray + Jen 8.19.17 https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/8/-radraymers-gray-jen-8-19-17 Sometimes simple is the best way to be. Grayson and Jen are simple in life, and simply in love. And this wedding was simply rad...


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Susan + Nate 7.7.17 https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/7/susan-nate-7-7-17 This wedding at Winter's Creek Lodge off Mt. Rose was full of good times and good laughs!

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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) creek engagement lake lodge maternity nevada photographer photography rachel reno rose seniors tahoe wedding winters winter's https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/7/susan-nate-7-7-17 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:58:26 GMT
Getting Schmidty: Lindsey + James 4/29/17 https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/5/getting-schmidty-lindsey-james-4/29/17 I loved everything about this 1920's themed wedding! It's all in the details for this beautiful wedding and Lindsey and James definitely didn't cut any corners!


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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) 1920 1920's Nevada Reno bride classic david groom hot lake nevada photographer springs tahoe vintage walley's wedding https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2017/5/getting-schmidty-lindsey-james-4/29/17 Tue, 09 May 2017 04:41:10 GMT
MacKenzie + Austin Galena Proposal https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2016/10/mackenzie-austin-galena-proposal This is one of the most colorful examples of love that I've been so lucky to photograph! Austin, another local Reno photographer, booked me a while back for some couples photos for him and his girlfriend, MacKenzie. The day of the session, Austin messages me and says, "I have a bit of a surprise for the shoot today." It was then that he told me he was going to propose to MacKenzie-- a mere 2 hours before the session. Like what the hell am I supposed to do with that?!?! I wasn't mentally prepared for this! I didn't wake up this morning and ready my brain to shoot a surprise proposal! These things take time, we need to talk about this! This is all moving too fast, slow down buddy! Haha. I didn't want to blow the surprise or screw up his big moment and get blurry pictures. I was also nervous for him! Proposing is so incredibly intimate, and he was about to get down on one knee and ask the girl of his dreams to marry him with me lurking in the background--THE PRESSURE!

Needless to say, everything turned out just fine and Austin and Mackenzie are one very happy engaged couple!



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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) engaged engagement galena lake proposal reno ring surprise tahoe wedding https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2016/10/mackenzie-austin-galena-proposal Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:40:26 GMT
Love, Life, Friendship., and the wedding I almost didn't make... https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2016/4/love-life-friendship  


Here's to old friends...

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I don't exactly remember how old we were when we met, but I remember the day. I remember the instant conversation we launched into about what kind of music we liked, and although we were supposed to be bitter rivals, (*Nsync vs. Backstreet), we bonded over our mutual love of 90's boy bands. We spent the entire night in that garage at Brianhead blasting music from the car and dancing, comparing narratives of our lives lived thus far. It was an instant friendship, a friendship that at one point was as strong as the relationship between some sisters.

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The next 4-5 years of our teenage years were similarly spent like that first night in the garage--dancing and laughing our way through life. We did EVERYTHING together. Anywhere I went, you went, and anywhere you went, I followed. Our friendship was a constant adventure of mostly high's and the occasional unfortunate low that only strengthened us. We carefully navigated high school, got each other through heartbreak, attended as many concerts as we possibly could, and blew WAY too much money on concert merch. All in all, our lives weren't all that bad! It was like that until the day I was forced to make the biggest decision I'd have to make to date--It was with that decision that our previously shared road to adulthood started to divide.

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It was only a few days after making the initial decision to leave home that I was saying goodbye to the one person that meant the most to me at that time in my life. When your home life isn't the greatest, you make your friends your family, and you were the sister I needed during those difficult times. In fairy tales, a prince on a white horse always saves the girl—I just so happened to have a girl in a Honda Civic come whisk me away from home.

The night before I left, we spent the whole night driving around the Las Vegas Strip doing what we did best--listening to music, killing time, and just enjoying being silly and stupid together. The mood shifted dramatically though when you started heading back to my house to take me home for the last time. That 10 minute ride felt like forever as we rode together, both of us silently crying, afraid to look at each other. Though we vowed to stay close, I think deep down we both knew that things would never, ever be the same.

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Where I went, you followed....

It was only one year of high school we had to get through until we could be reunited. In the fall of 2004 we were moving our things into our college dorm, happy to be together again, and excited to be roommates and sisters at the most exciting time of our lives! We were college freshmen--on our own, but together!

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Like most 18 year olds with their newfound freedom and plethora of social circles and activities, we were finding out who we were and who we wanted to be. It was during that time that our differences were revealed, and we started growing in separate ways. At first it was gradual, but by the end of that first year of college, we were practically strangers, barely even speaking to each other. There have been many times where I've tried to pinpoint exactly what went wrong, but it's not exactly something I like to sit and think about as I was once again losing the most important person in my life.

What I do like to reflect on are my thoughts on love. It's my personal belief that when you love someone--truly love them for who they are, that love never goes away. That's why it baffles me when two people break up and put so much effort into painting the other person as some horrible monster, as if they never cared for them at all. How can that happen? Are they not the same person with the same core beliefs? Do all those previous happy moments shared together suddenly not count? Much to the dismay of people, you can't erase the past, and as hard as you try, how the past made you feel will always remain, if even just slightly. It's those beliefs about love that make me incredibly, sincerely happy for you, Jessica. I would never want anything but success, happiness and love for you-- for the woman you are today, for the person you were when we were 17, and for your future self.

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If someone would have asked my 17 year old self whether I'd be standing next to you years down the road on your wedding day, I would have said "fuck yeah!" without a second thought-- It wouldn't have even been a question. 5 years ago, and even 5 months ago, I would have only thought I'd skim across an update on facebook. After how far we've ventured, I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to attend your wedding, in whatever fashion that may be. It means a lot to me that you asked me to photograph this moment in your life--that you would trust me with that task.

So, as I sit here writing this blog, I'm thinking about how funny life is. I was fortunate enough to still there next to you on your wedding day, I just happened to be a few feet down the aisle looking up at an old friend on one of the most pivotal moments of her life, smiling, seeing both the girl you used to be and the woman you are today.

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It was my honor, and my pleasure to be there with you on this day in your life. I hope I captured your most cherished memories for you, and I hope you carry these memories with you for years to come.





My life is fairly free from drama and chaos, I don't have many circumstances in my life that provoke stress, and I don't like to involve myself in anything that may cause me to lose control or my ability to rationalize. All of that was shattered to shit last Wednesday when I missed my flight to Mexico for Dan and Jessica’s wedding. It being my first destination wedding, I thought I planned it all. I carefully selected what gear I needed to take, made sure I had all the right documents, considered every possibility I might run into shooting a beach wedding, and refined my timeline and checklist with the kind of detail a CIA agent could appreciate. What I didn't plan for was the hour long TSA line (the longest line I’ve EVER seen at Reno Tahoe International), the trainee at the front desk who was less than speedy getting our bags checked or the 1,000 other 5 a.m. travelers (seriously, who fucking flies that early?!?). I didn't plan on sprinting to my gate, only to see my plane sitting there, door closed, (7 minutes ahead of scheduled take off) with an unsympathetic gate attendant whose only response was, "I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do." I didn't plan on my flight being the ONLY Southwest flight that could connect me to Mexico before my wedding the next day, and I definitely didn't plan on a DEFCON 5 level meltdown in the airport lounge that would make a 5 year old blush. Nope, that was definitely not part of the plan....


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Every thought possible entered my brain within the time frame of 3 minutes: How can I get on another flight? ARE there any other flights? How much money am I going to have to throw down? Will it get me there in time? Can I drive? Dear God, why me, why now? HOW CAN I FIX THIS?!?! It was without a doubt, the worst day of my life that I had experienced in more than 15 years, and every wedding photographers worst nightmare. My brain was pounding, my stomach clenched tight and my nerves kicked it. I truly thought I was going to miss the wedding, I was going to let my friend down and I was going to leave her stranded without a photographer on the most important day of her life.

Before my original flight had even entered the taxi lane, I had multiple browsers on my computer open and a Southwest agent on the phone. I sat there in the airport lounge, scouring all the possible flights that could get me to Mexico before 11 a.m. the next day, praying that I didn’t just miss the last one. There was one flight left--just one. One flight, and one seat left on that flight. Without batting an eye, I pulled out my wallet and started entering credit card information. It was a redeye flight that would get me to Cancun at 6 a.m. the next day—I’d shoot my first destination wedding with no sleep and no assistant, but damn it, I was going to get to Mexico if it killed me!


I’m not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t managed to make it to Mexico in time to shoot Dan and Jessica’s wedding. The thought alone gives me a sickening feeling. Weddings are a one-time deal, no do-overs. We are capturing the most important day of people’s lives and if we slip up, that moment is gone forever. Being reliable as a business owner is so incredibly important—it makes or breaks your name in the industry. If you can’t be counted on to deliver, then word spreads fast in a small community like Reno and you’ll find yourself clientless with no business. Rachel Rose Photography was the least of my worries as I sat there in the airport lounge, still trying to get over the shock of what just happened. I was thinking about Jessica and Dan and how they weren’t going to have pictures of their wedding day to show their children. I though of Jessica’s phone call she made to me 5 months ago and how stressed out she was in an effort to secure a photographer, and I thought of an old friend who has countlessly been there for me in times of need growing up who asked me to do ONE THING for her.


An overnight flight isn’t something I recommend to anyone who has to go work 10 hours the next day. Pumping your body with 6 shots of espresso and little food isn’t something I recommend either, but hey, it’s better than cocaine! (that’s a joke, people.) Getting to Mexico nearly did kill me (at least it felt like it the next day), but it didn’t. I still went and shot Dan and Jessica’s wedding with as much energy as I would have had on a full nights sleep (adrenaline anyone?) and their wedding photos even turned out to be some of my favorite I’ve ever shot. Let’s consider this a learning lesson. ;)


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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) cancun destination friends friendship lake life love mexico nevada photographer reno sparks tahoe wedding https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2016/4/love-life-friendship Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:37:43 GMT
Ruby + Brendan--Winter Wedding. https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2016/2/ruby-brendan--winter-wedding  

How do I dare describe this weekend? It was beautiful, it was crazy, it was cold, but it was fantastic! It was nothing we planned for, and it all worked out perfectly... Ruby and Brendan put their trust in me and two of Reno's finest (Jenny O. @ Jensen & Co. and Sandy Rose Naughton @ Petal to the Metal Reno) to whip up their wedding day with no restrictions. It was free rein all the way, and non-traditional matrimony at it's finest!

I have always wanted to stylized wedding. It's a common thing for photographer to do--it allows them to collaborate with other local professionals and showcase their talents. Reno has some amazing creatives in the area and what better way to work with them than on a beautiful wedding? Like all creatives, I've had my share of wedding inspiration pictures pinned on Pinterest and I noticed how similar they all looked. It was the same smiley blond in her couture lace gown with the tall dark and handsome husband IN. EVERY. PICTURE. I understand the appeal, but c'mon people is that real? Where's the diversity? Where are the black brides, the Hispanic brides, the curvy brides, the tattooed brides, the 40+ brides? They're out there, yes, but not as common as Cinderella and Prince Charming and to be honest, it's kind of boring! It's kind of disappointing actually...

I work with Ruby and she's kind of a bad ass. Not only is she once of the most real chicks I've come across working at Costco, but she's not "too good" either. She's a very "what you see is what you get" kind of girl, and I have the utmost respect for people with that kind of attitude. When I learned that Ruby was pregnant, I instantly threw down the "I'M TAKING YOUR MATERNITY PICTURES" card. End of story. I didn't even give her a chance to decide whether or not she liked my photography style or even if she wanted maternity pictures for that matter--hell, I don't even think she knew I did photography at the time. It was happening whether she knew it or not! When her belly started getting bigger and she started talking about maternity pictures my mind took off! Oh the possibilitiesss!!!!! And then before I knew it, I planned a wedding.... Well, how did THAT happen?! It really comes down to simple math...

1 ever-growing pregnant woman + 1 patiently waiting fiance + 1 wildly spontaneous photographer = overnight wedding.

BOOM. That's how it happened. Ok, so it wasn't overnight, it was about a weeks worth of planning. We kicked around some ideas, went shopping, I made some calls, and then before ya know it, Ruby and Brendan are standing on a dock at Donner Lake in some of the heaviest downpour we've seen in this area in years. As the clouds got darker, the more wet they got, but they didn't complain once. It was obvious they were taking the moment in, maybe finally realizing that they were ACTUALLY getting married and it wasn't just a set up for some pretty pictures. Though we did get some pretty awesome pictures-even though we had to call the shoot & go back up the mountain the next day ;)

Thank you to my amazing team (Jenny, Sandy, and RUBY) for being so flexible, so willing, and so inspiring. It's one of my favorite things in the entire world when a group of awesome people can work together and create magic. You ladies rock, and Ruby, you were just downright easygoing. I think we pulled of something memorable!




From start to finish, Ruby + Brendan.....

Hair and makeup AND officiated by the talented Jenny O. @ Jensen & Co. She sings too, people!

Flowers by the AMAZING and AMAZINGLY FAST Sandy Rose Naughton @ Petal to the Metal Reno

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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2015/10/nick-lauren-10-17-15 Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:50:19 GMT
I don't do weddings... https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2015/9/i-dont-do-weddings I also don't blog. And yet here I am blogging about my wedding this weekend.... But I'm going to make this a picture blog because I'm not one for flowery words, and there are no words to describe how beautiful this wedding was. So see for yourself...And if you like, share. :)


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rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) boho horse quincy reno wedding https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2015/9/i-dont-do-weddings Mon, 14 Sep 2015 22:37:23 GMT
It all started with a dog... https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2014/12/it-all-started-with-a-dog
I have always done photography. When I was younger, I always had a disposable camera on me, and when I was in college, I always had my point and shoot. I did small shoots with my friends, shot my boyfriend, and other various things that I thought looked cool--nothing too elaborate, I just took a lot of pictures! I never really had the time to take my passion for photography seriously while I was in school, there was always something eating up my time. It wasn't until I graduated college, that I suffered a great deal of boredom with all my new-found free time and It was then that my husband and I got Arthur. He was my muse, and my reason to snap away (pretty good subject, right?) I took pictures of everything he did--some with an element of art to them, others just normal snapshots... My husband saw how passionate I was about taking pictures of the dog that he felt I should have a proper camera--the rest is history!

Some people ask me why I'm a Nikon user, and my answer is simple, "it's what was on craigslist!"

rachel.eliakis@gmail.com (Rachel Rose Photography) https://rachelrosephoto.com/blog/2014/12/it-all-started-with-a-dog Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:26:32 GMT