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Though I’d known for a couple of weeks already, the public announcement from my dearest friend that her cancer was no longer treatable stopped all my plans on New Years Eve 7 months ago. My phone was blowing up with messages from well-meaning friends who had received the news and in each conversation, it felt […]

on grief.

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If you’re not familiar with the story of my friend, Nancy, go read this blog first. My courageous, loyal, hilarious, talented, and wise friend, Nancy Dawson, died of cancer on April 27, 2020 at 5:53pm. She lived far longer than they thought she would but that was Nancy – never taking too well to being […]

It’s a cry day.

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So you may have noticed…Rachel Spears got a new website, a new logo, and an entire new look! I am so, so excited about this brand overhaul. In 13 years, it’s only the 2nd time I’ve done it and I think it’s fair to treat it like the first since this time I went with […]

New look, same Rachel

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Questions about engagement session attire is one of the most frequent emails I get. Between wanting to make sure you pick something that photographs well and scrolling perfectly curated Instagram feeds, I understand how overwhelming it can be! So, I’m here to help. I want you to wear what you want and what you both […]

What To Wear to Your Engagement Session

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years ago, when i didn’t take an opportunity to say something to someone and then lost the chance forever, i made a decision. i would say things i felt when i could. i would tell people what they meant to me, what i was thankful to them for, and how much i loved them – […]

i am not going to wear pink for you.

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i told you all i would be terrible at blogging. and here i am. terrible at blogging. what can i say – i’m a woman of my word. but i’m so glad you clicked on this one. i hope you read the whole thing. i started to talk about this on our instastory last night […]


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“the deep roots never doubt spring will come.” – marty rubin it’s been like super cold. if you have facebook, you know this. people love to talk about the weather – that didn’t change when we stopped talking face to face and became addicted to screens. #cynic spring’s here now. at least for this week. […]


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in addition to being a pretty awful/awesome nsync song {that i just got stuck in your head, #sorrynotsorry}, these 4 words are basically what weddings are about. right? two people making a promise to share their lives, families and friends promising to support and encourage, groomsmen promising not to get sloppy drunk {let’s just be […]

this i promise you {cincinnati wedding photographer}

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i just want to point out that it’s only been a month since i last blogged and for this girl that wasn’t sure if she was gonna be able to blog more than once a year….once a month is BALLER STATUS. i’ll wait while you clap for me…. ….if you’re done, we can continue {oh […]

oh the places you’ll go

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however it’s pronounced, it’s flippin’ awesome. i’ve photographed a lot of boudoir sessions. they’re kinda my thing. {i know what you’re thinking: aren’t weddings your thing? yes. okay, i have two things. just…go with it.} i’ve photographed women who were PUMPED to do it and women who were SCARED to death… …until they got there.  […]

boudoir! {boo-dwah? boo-dwar?}

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