Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

Amanda and I were college sorority sisters way back when, so when she contacted me last spring to photograph her October wedding I immediately got nostalgic. I knew it would be wonderful to see my sister in all her bridal beauty, and capture such an important day for her. To top it all off, both Amanda and Cory’s friends and family have such a beautiful love for them, you could feel it all around.


Amanda and Cory, I am so honored to be the one to capture your special day for you. I’m touched both as a photographer and a friend.

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I’m showing you a screenshot of my desktop for three reasons:

One – as a little sneak peek to my new re-branding that I’m working on for Rachael Houser Photography. There’s a lot going on in the behind the scenes these days and I cannot wait until it’s already to debut it! Along with the re-brand, I’m bringing in a lot of new business material as well as adding a few new surprises for my clients. Expect the unveiling around the end of December!

Two – It’s a new organizational tool I’ve designed to help me focus on what still needs to be done, as well as what I’ve accomplished. You know that saying “Out of sight, out of mind”? Yea, exactly. I created a background image in photoshop with the following categories: sessions to cull, session to edit, sessions to blog, sessions to print, and miscellaneous. I then place the session or wedding (or misc) folders into whichever box it belongs. That way every time as I log into my computer, I will see what needs to be taken care of right off, without having to open each folder individually to see what has yet to be done. SO MUCH FASTER, I tell you!

And three – If you look closely, you’ll see I only have three sessions/weddings to blog, only one session/wedding to edit, and zero sessions/weddings to cull through – for the remainder of this year! I have a couple sessions currently scheduled for December so those will be added once they’ve happened but just seeing my desktop “emptying” is bitter sweet. The year is coming to a close but I’ve accomplished SO MUCH with my business this year and I’m already booking up next year. It’s a lovely thing, really.

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I was so stoked to photograph my first completely outdoor wedding ceremony, so when I found out two days before the wedding that it was suppose to rain…like pour the entire day…I became worried. I knew that Eva had planned to have the reception site do double duty, but again, I was so excited about it being outdoors and I knew how much Eva wanted it to be outdoors. You can imagine how elated everyone was when that day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous outside. In fact, it was just slightly cloudy right up until halfway through the reception, which is then when it decided to storm like mad. I’m talking power out and everything. Even though my time was about over with, the power outage didn’t stop the party from partying on…nothing a pick-up truck, blasting jammin’ music from its stereo system, pulled up to the front door of the reception hall couldn’t fix! Not only was this wedding loads of fun, it was beautiful!


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I read something the other day, on another photographers twitter account, that a big thing for other photographers and potential clients is to know who they’re working with – yea I’m a photographer, but who am I? My “about” insert gives readers the basics but things change in a matter of months (weeks, even) so in order to organize and diversify my blog a little, I’m starting a monthly blog series: How About An Update? Today’s blog will be an insight to my life.

These bullets are, in no way, in any particular order:

– I have two miniature dachshunds. Aly, who has had her ups and downs with back problems and has had several acupuncture interventions, is doing just fine. Benny, who has never given us much trouble other than a few random seizure-like things, has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy AND mild liver disease. The epilepsy: we saw that coming from miles away. But the liver disease: we’re hoping it’s just a fatty liver that he’s developed from lack of exercise as of late, which would make sense because we’ve yet to install the invisible fence in our new yard and thus, the pups only stay outside long enough to “go potty”. He’s taking two meds for the liver and one for the epilepsy. We’re crossing our fingers that both get under control. In the mean time, both Aly and Benny are staying at my parents’ house during the day while I’m at work and while Neil’s at home asleep. That way someone will be there to monitor for seizure activity AND the pups will be able to run outside to their hearts content.

– Due to either stress or lack of time to eat during my last semester of nursing school, I somehow managed to lose a little weight last spring and was pretty happy with my appearance, until recently… Why have I started to gain weight? That’s a good question, considering my job keeps me active. Whatever the reason, it’s happening and I need to get control of it now before I am in need of a few new larger size jeans. The other night I went to Zumba at my place of work, led by one of my co workers. I’ve been a few times but they just recently changed the time of the meet to right when I get off work. I have no excuse not to go every Monday and Wednesday. I mean, I’m already here! I’d like to start swimming somewhere, so I’ll be on the look out for that too.

– If you didn’t know, I am a full time nurse in surgery. I graduated last May with my associates degree but I have aspirations to be more than just an RN (that is, unless my photography career takes over!). So, I started my bachelors degree in October – it’s keeping me insanely busy. If all goes according to plan, I’ll graduate with my bachelors in May of 2014 at least there’s a light at the end of the VERY long tunnel :/

– And last but not least! We’ve been in our new-to-us home for almost 3 months now. Yes, we’re all moved in, but no, not all of our boxes are unpacked. Mostly because the content of said boxes don’t have homes yet. We’re working on that as we speak: you should SEE our master closet – or what should be our closet :/ Next on the reno list? The hall bathroom! And then MAYBE we’ll start work on my office area off of the kitchen. Then, most of those still-packed-up boxes will get unpacked!

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