my hero. [Rachelle Lee. the personal files]

Whenever there’s a big giant spider all I have to do is yell, “I need you to be my hero!”  And he comes running, and I can run the other way, and know that it will be taken care of.  A few weeks ago at church, I was given a job that was so big and so terrifying that all I wanted to do was run the other way.  I couldn’t eat.  I couldn’t sleep.  And he stood by my side and said, “You are perfect for this.  This job was made for you.”  And this photo?  Yep.  he was standing behind me.  Probably doing something utterly ridiculous that shouldn’t be mentioned on the internet – look at those smiles and that laughter and look at the raised eyebrow of my KDog.  (I need a camera on the back of my head to see what he is up to back there!)

 

 

Love that guy so much.  (happy vday)

:)

–r

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Coach Inspired [Rachelle Lee. What's Hangin']

So I walked into the Coach Outlet the other day and was totally WOW-ED by their wall display!  Does that ever happen to you?  So I stepped back and snapped a photo with my phone (while trying to ignore the really strange looks from the bazillion holiday shoppers in the store).  I loved the eclectic feel and the really large photo in the middle (I LOVE large photos on my walls.  They make me happy).

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Melissa Dean. LM CPM [Rachelle Lee.]

Being a photographer without an “official” studio has it’s challenges.  Aside from the kids running in and out of my office, another one  is that my office is not open to the public, unless of course, you want to make an appointment (if you’d like to see any of my products in person, please call!).  So I wanted to show you one of the places where you can see my work on display!  These images are the 3/4? standouts with the plastic laminate coating.  If you haven’t seen this product in person, they are AMAZING.  The plastic laminate coating not only adds protection, but adds some depth and smoothness too.  LOVE them.

These are both hanging in Melissa Dean’s office.  Melissa Dean is a Midwife, practicing in a cute little office in Morgan Hill.  Both of my sweet little babies were born by Midwifes, and I love the non-intervention personal approach.  you can check out her website here, and learn more about her and her services.  The office is located at 50 W. Main St. Suite D, Morgan Hill.

:)

–r

Jenn - Awww, love my sweet boy.

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The Other Side. [Rachelle Lee. by Carolina]

That awkward moment when all eyes are on you, waiting for you to do something amazing and you realize that you’re just a regular person.  Nothing amazing to you.

As a portrait photographer, I am a strong believer in putting yourself on the other side of the camera.  It is such a great learning tool in so many different aspects.  Starting with the thing every client tells me after they officially book a session, “I don’t know what to wear!”

I don’t know how many different things I tried on.  I really wanted to do a session like this in a dress – but my friend and I were trading turns – and it’s just too hard to take photographs in a dress (I always find myself sitting or laying on the ground).

And then you get to the session, and you get in front of that camera, and nervousness totally creeps in.  And the smiles become fake.  And just standing there becomes so awkward!  And you don’t know where to put your arm, or how to tilt your head and then your eyebrows become really tense (well, maybe not YOURS).  And as you work through all of that, you learn how to be friends with the other side of the camera.  And you learn how to relax.  And you realize – my clients go through this every single time.

Yep.  I totally believe in taking a turn in front of the camera.  It’s uncomfortable.  And looking through all the RAW files is embarrassing (why do I keep making THAT face?).  And you really become aware of the physical attributes that you don’t like about yourself (hello, snaggle tooth) and some things that you do like about yourself (hey, I have some arm muscle!).  And you always remember that Photoshop is your best friend for taking a few years off.

Thanks Carolina at Sweet Portraitsfor such a fun time and for such amazing photos.  LOVE, LoVe, L.O.V.E. them.
(Updated:  Carolina will soon be shutting down her website, if you would like to contact her regarding portraits, please send me en email and I will put you in touch with her.)

:)
–r
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