Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

Growing up, I was a bit of a shy child. There really wasn’t a reason and thankfully, I grew out of it. Otherwise, I would have never had the pleasure of working with such a great couple! I met Britney while shopping in The Limited one afternoon. She was, in fact, working there and was the one to assist me in trying on a few outfits. She had some great ideas, I loved her style, and she was so sweet! Just when I thought she couldn’t get any better, I noticed she had an engagement ring on… but no wedding band! Lightbulb! I started chatting her up about her wedding and after I was positive that she was the bride for me, I casually asked if she had a photographer. She didn’t! I handed her my card and let her know that I would LOVE to talk more about her wedding and the possibility of working together. Fast forward a few weeks and her mom calls me. They wanted to book me! Now, if I were still that shy person none of that story would have happened and I wouldn’t be sharing their engagement session with you today!


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I arrived at the Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center on the first spring-like day of 2013. Gorgeous could not describe the weather. It was truly a blessing because, since the wedding and reception were inside, I wanted to grab a few outside shots. I started inside the convention center, where both the ceremony and reception would take place later that afternoon.PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

Then I met up with the girls at their cabin down the road. Sunni was already glowing!


I just love cute touches – like matching shirts for the girls!



I got my wish! We headed out behind the cabin to this perfect tree line for portraits.


The boys were patiently waiting for me when I arrived at their cabin. We grabbed a couple shots at the tree line behind their cabin as well.


I love love love first looks! Sunni & Cody’s was extra special <3


Sunni, you are gorgeous!!


Of course there was a cake, but also, there was a candy/treat bar! These are my kind of people!


Married!! Gotta love a wedding party with attitude!


Their first dance brought tears to my eyes. Seeing a couple, so in love, just being together like they are the only ones in the room <3


Sunni and her dad started and ended their dance the traditional way, but the middle was quite a surprise!


Thank you SO much Sunni & Cody! You started my wedding season off in the best way possible!

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A couple days ago, my younger brother commented on a Facebook post that I made about a recent blog post. In the comment, he told me that I need to do a portrait session of our parents’ dogs. In other words, he doesn’t care to read about whether a bride and groom should purchase a wedding album or not, but would like to see me blog about his dogs. SO this here blog post is for you, John :)

It was a beautiful EARLY spring day, probably the prettiest one yet, when I went to my mom’s house to let her dogs out for a mid day sunbathing. My little Benny joined my mom’s two bassets, Daisy and Lilly. Enjoy the cuteness :)


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Even though March was technically the beginning of the season for me, I’m starting this particular monthly blog post in April because it begins my full time photographer status. Which means I have more time to dedicate to my blog and keeping organized. Yay for all!

April also kicks off the month when, from here until November, I have zero weekends open. CRAZY! So crazy, because my business was NOWHERE close this busy last year. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but a challenge I know I am SO ready to face! God’s been preparing my heart for this for a long time, I can feel it.

Personal Goals:
– Finish our bathroom renovation, finally!
– Take a break on house projects
– Plant some flowers
– Start cooking dinner again!
– Start exercising again
– Walk the dogs more

Like I mentioned before, April starts my busy season:
– 2 weddings
– 1 wedding as a second shooter
– 5 engagement sessions
– 2 portrait sessions
– Listen in on the Amazing Life Together, More Time for Love marriage webinar
– Attend the CONNECT Retreat in Georgia at the end of the month

And last but not least, my 27th birthday is in April! Woohoo! Still not sure how excited I am about turning 27 but it’s happening, whether I like it or not! We’ll be hosting a little get together at the house so it’s an even bigger reason to get our bathrooms done… the other reason is because I’m tired of living in a construction zone!

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Thanks so much for sharing the More Time for Love Webinar!!! We are so excited to have you join us! And happy early birthday!! :)

Today, I’d like to share with you something that has been on my mind lately – Albums, to purchase or not the purchase. And lucky for me AND you, I just happened upon Kathleen Trenske’s blog post about exactly that on Huffington Post Weddings
a couple days ago.


“My parents have exactly 18 professional images from their wedding. Eighteen. I know them inside and out. I could describe each image to you so well that a sketch artist would be able to recreate them.

How do I know them so well? Because I’ve looked at them hundreds of times. I’ve looked at them hundreds of times because they were on display, in an album. An album that was made by a professional, filled with prints made through a professional lab and bound in a book available only to professionals. From the time I was a little girl I was fascinated by it — seeing my parents so young, my grandparents and aunts and uncles surrounding them. It was a simple leather book, with the images slipped in and preserved behind plastic but it held up surprisingly well over time. Even though I looked at it more times than I could count. Even though this May those images will turn 42 years old.

But what about couples that marry today? What if they decide to forgo an album? What if they decide it’s not worth the cost? How many images do you really think they’ll put into frames? Five? Ten? Maybe that first year married, they’ll have a bunch. But then, kids comes along. Baby pictures replace wedding pictures in those frames. They move, things change. In 40 years, how many pictures do you think their children will know by heart? How many pictures will they have even seen?

Today, a lot of couples think just getting the disc of images is “good enough.” Here’s the problem with that thinking: it’s not true. Not by a long shot.

Don’t get me wrong, I think that getting the files from your day is great. Today’s couples probably get up to 1,000 images from their wedding, WAY more images than my parents did. After all, what happened to all those other images from my parents’ wedding day? They probably sat, negatives in a box, at their photographer’s studio never again to see the light of day. So I think it’s wonderful that couples get ALL their photos. But what worries me is that even with that option, it won’t mean that today’s couples will necessarily be better off. My fear is that today’s couples will actually end up with LESS than what my parent’s got in 1971.

Think about it, will the computers of 2055 even have DVD drives? USB ports? Will they even have hard drives at all? If the past is any indication, the answer is no. You know what the big technological advancement was when my parents got married? Eight-track players. What if their images were stored on the equivalent of that? How in the world would I see those images today?

But you know what never becomes obsolete? What never goes out of style? Photographs. And not just any photographs. Not photos printed at a drugstore. Professional photographs, printed by a professional lab. Those are the photos you find in an attic. It could be a 100-year-old photo, but it still looks good. Because back then, the paper photographs were printed on was high quality and developing them was an art form. There were no machines that spit out pictures onto cheap paper with inexpensive ink. I actually have to stop myself from intervening when I see people at those automated machines in a drugstore. Whatever they’re charging, it’s too much. Because those prints aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. They will fade. They will curl. They will not stand the test of time. Not even close.

Your memories are worth more than that. And your wedding images? They are worth TONS more than that. These aren’t snapshots from a vacation. They aren’t pictures from your iPhone. You cared enough about these moments to hire a professional to photograph them. Follow that through by having a professional print them. Have that professional print the pictures you put into frames and have them design you a high-quality wedding album that you will cherish for decades.

If you purchase an album through your photographer, you can see a sample in person. You can touch and feel it and make sure it is worth every penny.

I know that albums are expensive. That’s for good reason. They are custom-designed books, usually hand-stitched and hand assembled and made just for you.

But of all the things you spend money on for your wedding, your wedding photographs are the ONLY thing that will increase in value over time. As the years pass, you’ll be more and more glad that you have them. Especially, if you can experience looking through them by flipping through a gorgeous custom-designed album instead of sitting in front of your computer and clicking “next” with your mouse.

So, figure out a way to make it happen. Figure out a way to afford that album. Forgo a centerpiece. Cut back on your guest list. Opt out of the vintage car you’ll drive in for all of 20 minutes.

Don’t just do it for you. Do it for your children. Do it for your grandchildren. Because when they root around in your attic in 2075, they will have no idea what do with a USB key anymore than they would with a laser disc player.”

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