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Along side my husband of over a decade, I photograph people in love with each other and in love with their lives. We're based in Paducah Kentucky but gladly will go anywhere you want to take us! We are so glad you've stopped by to follow our most recent adventures! Grab your favorite drink and snack and get cozy... there's plenty to see!

Happy 2 Year Anniversary!

October 24, 2012

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!