Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky


Ever since I started my business I’ve been parking myself on my living room couch every morning. There’s a perfect dent in the shape of my butt on one particular cushion, which is the only claim I have to my “office”. Tons of people work on their laptop from the comfort of their own couch but do they have the two cushions on either side of them taken up with papers and more papers? My “desk” is a mess and thankfully, we have a huge couch, but it’s trashing up our living room and I know my husband doesn’t appreciate it. SO, I need to change that.

It’s Pro-Con List Time!

The In Home Office, pros:

  • It’s free!
  • I can work in my pjs
  • I can do house chores during office hours, if needed
  • I can stay with my doggies during the day

The In Home Office, cons:

  • it’s hard to stay motivated when working from home
  • I become a hermit and never leave the house
  • my dogs bark at everyone who comes in the door, so no meeting with clients in my home

The Out of Home Office: pros:

  • I can have an actual store front, with a sign and everything
  • I can meet with clients without my dogs scaring everyone away
  • I can decorate my fancy new office any way I want

The Out of Home Office, cons:

  • The added expense
  • I would have to make myself leave the house to go to work… like normal people lol
  • Did I mention the added expense?

There you have it! I think it’s obvious that The In Home Office wins, especially considering it’s free ;) I can’t wait to start planning so look for that soon!

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This image was taken a little over six years ago. Neil and I went to the St Louis Zoo with our best friends Megan & Bryan as a little trip before The Big Day. That big day being my and Neil’s wedding. Yesterday marked our 6th year wedding anniversary!

I wish I had a few wedding images to show you but honestly, I didn’t know jack about wedding photography back then and didn’t hire a wedding photographer to photograph my wedding. You might think I’m just saying that to better prove my point that every bride should really look into who they hire to shoot their wedding and to further my point that every bride should hire an actual professional wedding photographer, and yea, my story helps but it’s also completely the truth.

But this blog post is not about that. That is for another day, another blog post.

Today’s blog post is all about our marriage.

Six years.

To some it might not seem like a long time. To others, it might be something to look forward to.

Considering Neil and I have known each other for 14 years and been dating for almost 10, six years isn’t a long time. In fact, Neil jokes “It’s only been six years??” Haha ;)

I thought about writing 6 Things I’ve Learned in 6 Years of Marriage, to tell you in a very vague manner where we are right now in our lives and our marriage. But I don’t want to be vague.

Right now Neil is in Memphis training for his new job. He left last night, the night of our anniversary, and will be gone until Friday night. Very recently he was laid off a good job he’s had for years. It wouldn’t have been such a deal if I hadn’t just quit my nursing job a couple months ago to take my photography business full time. Business is going well but it will take time to get it to where it needs to be in order to support our family. We were financially stable enough for me to quit nursing and thankfully, enough so Neil could find a good job. We are very blessed that it didn’t take long.

Right now we are slowly but surely working on making this new house our home. We’ve been in the new house for 10 months and so far have fixed a few minor exterior things and have renovated both bathrooms. I’m happy with what we’ve accomplished so far but I’m looking forward to building our house fund back up again to do more.

And right now Neil and I are dealing with infertility. Neil and I have been TTC naturally since August of 2011, obviously with no luck. In March 2012, we started charting and tracking and trying… harder. Finally, in January 2013 we sought help from a OBGYN in town. Tests found that we both have… issues. At first, we didn’t tell anyone but our parents because at first we weren’t too worried. It seemed like, with some treatment, we would be fine. Four unsuccessful cycles of treatment and na-da. We were slowly being torn down by what we felt like was failure on our part. It was crushing. In April we confided in some great friends who made us understand that we are not alone and there’s nothing to be ashamed about. It was only then that we realized we had been relying on our own understanding of the situation and not giving it all up to God.

Our infertility has brought Neil and I much closer together but it could have torn us apart. We are dealing with it together and I think that is the most important thing that 6 years of marriage has taught me: how to.

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Two months ago, I traveled up to Northern Indiana to visit my best friend Megan and to spend time with her little girl, Maddie. One afternoon was spent at a playground close to the hospital at which Megan works and I knew I’d want to grab a few pics of Maddie playing. I’m blogging these now because I get to see this sweet little thing this weekend when Megan and Bryan come down to visit family for the holiday. So excited!!


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June 22nd, Callie & Daniel’s wedding day, was also the first day I met either one of them. I’m always a little nervous when that is the case. Usually, I meet my couples for the first time during their booking meeting. And then again, we meet again for their engagement session, and finally, a third time during their pre-wedding consultation. By the time a couple’s wedding day rolls around, the three of us a very comfortable with each other.

But when your couple lives hours away and have no connection to Paducah, those first three get togethers normally don’t occur. Of course, Callie and I had been emailing for months and Callie, Daniel, and I spoke together over the phone for their pre-wedding consultation but there was a certain excitement that ran through me that morning.

If you’re a RHP bride, you would know that after only a few times emailing back and forth, I am still mostly likely going to hug you when I see you during the booking meeting or the engagement session (if we didn’t have a booking meeting). And then hug you whenever I see you next, and the time after that as well. Yea, I’m a hugger ;) So you can only imagine to hug that I gave Callie the first time I saw her! Their day went extremely smooth and even though it threatened to rain, it held off until after all the portraits. Lucky!


Ceremony Venue | First Baptist Church of Galatia
Reception Venue | Southeastern Illinois College Foundation Center
Florist | Flower Ridge Farm
Caterer | The Bar-B-Q Barn
DJ | Music in Motion
Stationary | Magnet Street
Bridal Gown | David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Suits | Men’s Warehouse

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Months! They are flying by!

June was a bit of a rough month for The Houser Family. First, Neil got laid off from his job which was really scary because he was our main source of income since I quit my nursing job in April. All is well, he was only out of a job for 3 weeks and has landed a 100% better job than the one he had before! The pay is better, it’s only 12 mins away instead of 50, and he won’t be working midnights! AND he can move up the ladder much faster. We are both extremely happy and thank God for this amazing blessing! I know for certain that He was behind it all! Second, Neil’s dad had a heart scare that we initially thought was a heart attack and ended up being pericarditis. Again, praise God!

Great things that happened in June? I completed the rebrand, I got to second shoot for Stephanie Reeder, I started biking every morning with my mom (yay for exercise!!), and I started working on a special project that will be complete in August ;)

So what’s in store for July? 3 weddings, 3 portrait sessions, and a family vacation to Destin Florida. A few personal goals for July? Save up for something I’ve had my eye on for a while and continue working out.

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