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Life & Work with Rachel Weber

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Weber.

Hi Rachel, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve loved taking photographs since I was a kid. I used to run around with my mom’s digital camera and take close-ups of flowers, or my sister and I would model for each other. It was always a fun hobby but I never thought anything more would come of photography. When I finally got my own DSLR camera in college, I used it to take grad photos for a friend, which turned into grad photos for hundreds of other graduates as I dived into learning more about my camera, photography, and what other clients I could photograph.

I was fascinated by the idea of capturing weddings – such a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime moment. I soaked up all the education I could about what photographing a wedding day would look like and how to do it well. Of course, choosing someone to capture your wedding is a big amount of trust to place in a person, and putting that trust into someone new can be a bit of a gamble. So, I knew booking my first wedding would be tricky, but I was eager to work for it. It was a bit of fate that brought my first couple to me. I was wandering around Downtown Ocala during the holidays, taking photos of the lights strung up on the downtown square when I heard people cheering, I walked over and someone had just proposed in front of the Christmas tree. I walked up to them with my camera and asked if they wanted a few photos which turned into the first of many times I would photograph them. Since then, we’ve done engagement photos, their wedding, and anniversary photos and we’ve become good friends. That opportunity really kicked things off for me, and I’ve gotten the chance to photograph couples all over the country and have been a part of so many beautiful moments! I’m so grateful to my first couple to trust me to capture their important memories and to all the couples that have trusted me since then!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Looking back, it all seems like it’s fallen into place, but getting here involved a lot of hard work. I consumed education, practiced as much as I could, and started my business while working another job. It took a lot of late editing nights, a lot of putting myself out there, and mostly a lot of drive + passion for what I do.

I think my biggest struggle has been with burnout. I feel so lucky to be in this position and I love what I do, so I have a hard time saying no to any opportunity that comes my way. But I’m working on niching down and being more selective with the projects I take on so that I can pour more into my couples who are trusting me with their wedding day.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in wedding and elopement photography and I’m best known for my adventurous and creative photos. I’ll photograph my couples jumping into the springs, rolling around in fields of wildflowers, and dancing in front of waterfalls! I want my couples to have an amazing experience, as well as great photos to document it. I’m most proud of photographing couples all over Florida and around the country, it’s always so fun to show up somewhere new and find a creative way to photograph it!

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Above all, the most important thing is the experience. The best photos are made when you’re laughing your butt off or dancing to your favorite music, and when you look back on those photographs, you remember all the little moments you enjoyed.

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Image Credits
Main photo by Dawn Wallace of Daybreak Photo Co.
Additional Photos by R.Weber Photo

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