I'M RACHEL Smak!
I’ve always been a little unconventional. That’s why when I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding in the summer of 2007, I left behind my stuffy corporate finance job picked up a $500 camera and chased after the dream of being my own boss. ⠀⠀
I had no idea how to go about the task of documenting such an important day, I didn’t really know what I was doing (literally), but I figured it out as I went along. In the first few months, I learned the difference between shooting RAW versus jpeg, that my relatives while a free choice in labor, didn’t make for the best second photographers, and that coffee shops were noisy places to hold potential client meetings.
With no formal training or college degree, I learned everything about photographing people, making others feel comfortable in front of a camera and story telling through personal experience. I had my self doubts at first, but I plugged along because I was in love with the fluidity of shooting to create and tell a story, the way my camera made my soul come alive, and the emotions and meaning weddings held for my clients. ⠀
Wedding photography for me is more than just showing up, posing people and clicking a button and over 10 years later, I’m still falling in love with my craft and my clients every time I pick up my camera.