Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

When Lacy and I first scheduled a portrait session for her two little ones, we planned to take them to Noble Park after utilizing their family home in Lone Oak but after seeing how lovely it was outside… and knowing how cool it was going to get, we decided to just stay at their house. Good idea because poor baby M was too tired to put up with me for very long, though big sister M loved my camera!

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Lacy, thank you so much for choosing me out of many photographers in the area to photograph your adorable children. I hope I get the pleasure to do so again soon!

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What can I saw about this gorgeous and bright young woman? I enjoyed her company so much during her senior portrait session that by the end of it I was praying for the light to stay just a little while longer and I made her promise me that I could photograph her again…soon! We started her session off at my parents’ house, which is quickly becoming a very popular location, and then drove down the road to a farm setting. You really can’t get any more fall-like than a barn and field, am I right? Haley’s session was the first time I brought a prop – the green leather chair – and I am so pleased with how well it complimented her! Please enjoy just a few of my favorites from her session.

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Haley, thank you so much for hiring me to photograph your senior portraits. I know how big of a deal it is to choose someone to capture exactly how you are in this time of your life and I am so grateful that I could do that for you!

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Did you know that two weeks ago Rachael Houser Photography celebrated its two year anniversary? That’s right! It was exactly two years ago that I photographed my very first engagement session and decided, after editing and blogging the session, that I really wanted to do this. I really want to be a photographer and open my own business. I had done a few portrait sessions here and there, just for friends… 5 in 2009. At first, I only thought of shooting portraits. In fact, when asked, I would quickly answer with a huge NO to whether or not I would shoot weddings. Even though I knew my confidence would grow with more practice, I knew saw myself as being “good enough” to be a wedding photographer. I’d been following photographers of all kinds (their blogs, anyway) ever since I received my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XSi, in March of 2009, so I felt like I knew that I could never do what they did.

I announced on my personal Facebook that I was offering portrait sessions for free to build my portfolio. After a handful of freebies I had to start charging… I was getting more interest than I expected! I photographed a total of 12 sessions in 2010! Fast forward to the end of January 2011, when I took a leap of faith and emailed a local seasoned photographer, asking her to coffee. She accepted, much to my surprise, and during our date she offered to take me under her wing. I second shot three weddings with her that spring.

But before I ever got to that first wedding, a friend of one of the client’s I had done a free session with was getting married… and wanted ME to photograph the wedding! I told her, plain and simple, I’d not shot a wedding before. Her’s would be my very first. Fortunately for me, she didn’t care! I second shot one wedding a couple weeks before I photographed my own first wedding and then second shot two more weddings before my mentor and I decided I was ready to be on my own. In 2011, I photographed three weddings and 34 sessions. This was all while I was working part time at a pharmacy and in nursing school full time. Even though I knew then that I wanted to do photography full time, I wasn’t sure if I could…or if I should.

In May 2012 I graduated from nursing school and started working full time as a nurse. Needless to say, it’s put a bit of a damper on the growth of my photography business; I’ve photographed 7 weddings, second shot 1, and photographed 20 sessions (so far). I still have 4 sessions scheduled this year to shoot and a few more in the works. I’ve booked three weddings for 2013 and am looking to book more – I have a few goals I’m tinkering with. There are definitely some things I want to change and only time will tell but I’m praying about it daily and hoping I’m able to make then happen!

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Let me tell you just how adorable this little family is. I’m talking gorgeous mother, handsome father, beautiful and charming little girl and a cutie-patootie baby boy. They’re the whole package really. I was thrilled when Sarah first asked me to take a few pictures of Baby Dakota and now that the session is over and I’m blogging it, I just want to share with you all how blessed I feel to have such great clients. Please enjoy this adorable little session.

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Mel -

These are so gorgeous! I can’t wait for maternity shots. :)