RACHAEL HOUSER » photography for couples & families

This is my absolutely favorite time of the day, but one that can sometimes be difficult to fit in – with everything that’s going on and not wanting to be away from the party too long – but a lot of what you see in my portfolio is shots taken during this time.


I try to keep it short, 20 minutes is enough to get some amazing photos, but if you can spare 30 minutes over the course of the day, that will work perfectly. Almost all of my couples have said how much they enjoyed spending a few moments together. I like to find somewhere away from prying eyes and ask that it’s just us so that you can really relax. We will talk about the best time to skip out and do this, but if it’s bright then the evening light will be much more flattering, or if there’s a passing shower, it could be better the wait until later.


If the light is absolutely beautiful later on, or I spot an amazing sunset, I might ask to borrow you again, maybe between dinner and dessert, to do something creative. Light and the opportunity to relax are probably the most important factors. If you’d like to bring along and incorporate some props then please do.


Natural light is my absolutely favorite, but it indoor or outdoor, but I can work with a little bit of trickery too and we can work together to decide on the best time and location for these photos. I quite like doing one or two after portraits too!


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Friday was America’s birthday! and to celebrate Neil and I joined his family for dinner, s’mores, and fireworks at his parents’ house. Awesomeness ensued!

They have a great yard for fireworks…


Neil let Kolton light a firework… he was incredibly excited to do it but also pretty worried.


Sparklers!!! Even though I photograph them almost every Saturday night after each reception, I still can’t get enough of sparklers!


Aunt Amy and Kolton


Me and Kolton


Nana and Kolton


This took a few (hundred) times but we finally nailed it! Amy and Tim and LOVE :)


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Today marks the first day of our eighth year of marriage. Yesterday was the last day of our seventh year of marriage. It’s weird how we count birthdays and anniversaries, isn’t it?

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Nevertheless. We’ve have officially been married for seven years now. I remember when I would scoff at Neil’s remark after I would answer someone’s question about how long we’d been married… I would reply to said person’s question with the number and Neil would chime in “It’s only been ___ years?!” Being the joker that he is, I know he’s just kidding but I would scoff. Every single time. You know how they say a joke is 50% truth? I took it negatively but I know he never meant it as such. You know men.

But the longer we’ve been married, the more truth I am finding in his joke in a positive way! When I look back on all we’ve been through, all we’ve experienced and done, and how we grown and matured I certainly does feel like we’ve been married so much longer than just seven years.

Since we’ve been married: we’ve both graduated college, both have degrees (even though I’m only partially using mine while he’s not using his at all), both have awesome steady paying jobs, have the cutest two pups ever, bought a house, live in the town we’ve always wanted to live in, have great friends, have found a wonderful church home which we both love, and still maintain that we’re each others’ best friends.

But there’s still so much we want to do before we consider ourselves an “old married couple”! Being the big planner that I am, I’m declaring this blog post as our DREAM BIG list for our next seven years of marriage: have children (working on that), adopt a child, pay off our debt (working on that too), build our dream house, travel a lot, and continue to be best friends. That last one will always be on our list.

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+ This morning I woke up early to make deviled eggs for Neil’s work potluck and this afternoon I will make my go-to broccoli dish and homemade potato salad for tonight’s dinner at Neil’s parents’ house.

+ I’ve spent most of today tidying up the house and doing laundry. It’s funny how much I dislike cleaning but how well I tolerate picking up and laundry. I actually enjoy… sometimes.

+ The two hydrangeas that I planted in the backyard around the end of last summer are coming up nicely. I can’t wait for them to grow to the size of the two on the side of the house. I think they have a few more years to go but they should start blooming in a month! I’m ready to fill my house with hydrangea blossoms! I’ll probably plant two more in the backyard soon!

+ We’re switching from AT&T internet to Xfinity in about a week so get ready for CRAZY fast uploads! Everyone expecting a gallery from me, you’ll be getting yours SOON! It’s pretty much the only reason you haven’t received it yet :/

+ Our pups are going on a new diet. I switched their brand to Blue (Buffalo) a couple months ago AND now I’m limiting their intake. I think Aly will be fine with it but Ben, not so much. He’s the reason they’re going on a diet to begin with so I hope I don’t cave under his begging!

+ It’s a beautiful day to be outside, celebrating with friend and family! I hope everyone has a wonderful Fourth of July!


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