Upon completing studies at Brooks Institute of Photography, Rachel launched a highly respected architectural & interior design photography firm in 1997 with offices on the east and west coasts. Rachelâ€™s personal passions are fueled by her love for geographic exploration, mentoring on the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, and building recognition for photography as collectible fine art in the international marketplace.
Rachel decided to leave architectural photography to follow her lifetime desire to be a fine art landscape photographer in 2014. Drawn by the topography, outdoor enthusiast lifestyle and seasonal mountain living in the Vail Valley, Rachel relocated from the beaches of bustling Orange County, California to the tranquil high Rockies of Colorado. Rachel has now gained international recognition as an award-winning landscape and nature-abstracts fine art photographer after launching a yearlong solo-photographic expedition where she spent twelve consecutive months covering 10,000 miles of road & hiking trails in 5 southwestern states including Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Rachel chronicled her expedition daily capturing over 35,000 images by yearâ€™s end, many of which we are sharing with you in our gallery today. During her sojourn she photographed inside a combined 17 state & national parks, monuments and forests. She is currently working on a hardcopy photography-based coffee table book chronicling her adventures. Rachel now conducts on-location photographic landscapes and nature abstract workshops year-round and has worked on-assignment for the Nat-Geo Channel.
The National Association of Professional Businesswoman recently awarded Rachel Businesswomen of the Year for her pursuit in inspiring recognition for photography as a collectible fine art, as well as recognizing her advancements in photographic technologies with the creation of a proprietary photographic architectural mapping software utilized in the large-cap construction and development industry. Rachel has long been involved as a community leader in the support of non-profit organizations. Locally, she is the acting Vice President (Photography) of the Vail Valley Art Guild.
Rachelâ€™s photography celebrates bold, saturated color palettes and a rare 3-D dimensionality factor. She achieves this signature look by creating a multi-layered digital composite from one to ten digital files; each singularly exposed with variations in speed, aperture, filtration, and directional lighting impact.
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