Rachael Renee’ first picked up a camera in 1998 and began shooting on film. She photographed her ever changing hometown of Portland, Oregon, her solo travels to France and Russia, trips around Oregon with her husband, and touring the American West with her band, The Moonshine. She carefully tucked the photos away in binders, photo albums and hard drives. Photography was purely a meditative act, and a way to fully absorb herself in the sights she saw in her travels. The images were to be reviewed when needing to forget the present and wrap herself into the feeling of a place she once was.
Rachael loves helping architects, interior designers, developers and business owners grow their business by showcasing their hard work, and beautiful spaces and products. Rachael lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband, Michael; her horse, Bella and two cats, Ruben and Cecelia.
Eventually, she fell into photography-as-career, when a realtor asked her to photograph his listings. She built a real estate photography business and was eventually shooting 400+ houses per year in the busy Portland, Oregon market, and along the way also transitioned into shooting architecture, food and people.
Rachael's other passion is horses. She began riding before she was born and worked at Portland Meadows for a time, grooming and exercising racehorses. Rachael has trained a number of horses, including her personal riding horse. It was only natural that Rachael would eventually photograph horses.