How I Went from Jewelry Designer to Wedding Photographer

HELLOOO WORLD

Well, maybe not world just yet, but thank YOU for being here! You could be anywhere else on the cyberwebs looking for wedding inspo or cool film photography but you wound up here! Yay! Now, why should you keep scrolling? I’ll tell you why! By the end of this post you will absolutely fall in love with Baltimore…or at least think of Charm City in a new way. OK, here we go!

A little bit about me, I’m a film wedding photographer based in Baltimore and New York City. I studied photography in New York City (St. John’s University + International Center of Photography, anyone?), focusing on documentary work. While In school I learned I was drawn to photographing people and styled shoots (very un-documentary of me) and absolutely fell in love with film photography..you just can’t get those colors and quality with digital! After 4 years In New York City, I moved back to my hometown Baltimore, working on personal projects and started a jewelry brand (check out Eaarthbones Jewelry, if that’s your kind of thing!). I was burnt out with photography and wanted to explore some of my other interests like fashion and jewelry, crystal properties, color psychology..anything that allows you to learn about yourself, others, and the world around us. 

Fast forward to this past summer when I decided IT’S TIME! I’m getting back to photography and starting a wedding photography business! I went all in, created a new website, LLC’d my business, and started photographing friends weddings. I realized my brand is me so I had a friend Nick Hanyok photograph me around Mount Vernon, a cute neighborhood in Baltimore. The news at the time was saying some not-so-fabulous things about Baltimore at the time so I was inspired to show the beauty of Charm City. I found this amazing shirt from a local shop, Brightside Boutique, and took to the streets! ( Literally. I was literally standing in the middle of traffic because YOU GOTTA GET THE SHOT!)

Serendipitously, a month later, I had the opportunity to shadow my now mentor D’Arcy Benincosa during a Hudson Valley, New York wedding which Is when it all changed for me. The wedding was beautiful and I learned valuable technical skills, but what happened was unexpected. I started feeling butterflies when I knew I captured a magical shot, felt goose bumps at the first look, definitely shed a tear as the bride walked down the aisle, and felt a sense of pride after finishing the 12 hour day. If I had any doubts about going down this path, all of my questions were answered after that weekend. If you’re thinking “why Isn’t she showing us those Images Instead of all of these pictures of herself?”, first of all, rude, second of all, you’ll just have to come back and check out my next blog post. Sign up for my newsletter to stay in the know!

Thanks for checking out my blog! Tell me in the comments, where is your hometown? Do I have any Baltimore babes or guys here?

-Rachel

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