Thursday, August 4, 2011

New England Premier Photographer: Rachel Halsey

As if you have not figured it out yet by my recent slew of family photo-heavy posts, we had our family photos done the day before we left on our vacation... and I am in love with them... every single one. Rachel was such a joy to work with... and so good to roll with the punches... in true Horne family style, we made every moment of the shoot an adventure... it started with Acadia's naked bum. Somewhere between me dressing her and us arriving at the shoot, she had removed her undies. Which wouldn't be so bad if my children did not have a penchant for mooning people at every chance. So Rachel had the pleasure of trying to take shots from angles not showing a naked 2 year-old tushy.

And then, to really challenge her, I requested shots with our hula hoops- which she captured wonderfully: She was able to capture us in all sorts of fun moves while still keeping a picturesque background in mind.

Next up, we walked down to the ocean where Acadia promptly fell into a huge pit of sticky, gray, thick mud. I instinctively scooped her up which then covered me in said sticky, gray, thick mud. (See her little feet and legs and my bum... all covered in mud for the rest of the shoot.)

And then poor Rachel had to deal with 3 sisters in which: 'A' does not want to sit next to 'B', 'B' does not want to sit next to 'C', 'C' does not like 'A' or 'B', 'B' does not want 'A' to look at her face, 'A' does not want 'B' within 10 feet of Mommy... etc., etc., etc. I know from years of trying to get photos of 3 kids... it is nearly impossible, but Rachel has a way with people... and they loved her. She was able to catch great shots of Daddy and his girls:
Absolutely PERFECT pictures of my with my girls:

A few great ones of Colby and I:

And, simply put... she took some plain old kick ass photos:

If you are in northern New England, I would highly recommend Rachel. I am honestly thinking of doing a 10 year vow renewal so that she will do my wedding photos! You spend 1-2 hours with her... get a CD with over 75 full resolution images. Do you know what that means??? You can upload your photos to your fave photo site (Shutterfly, Snapfish... whatever you use) and then send that link out and let people buy their own images! (Right, Mom???) Saving you a ton of money. She gives you full rights so you can get your Christmas cards made or a cool canvas print... or whatever your itty bitty heart desires instead of being locked into whatever she wants you to buy from her. i LOVE full rights to my own photos!

Plus, she's cute and sweet and funny and huggable (I know this because Annika would not let her leave without a hug!) And generous... she said if you mention my name when booking with her, she will give you $50 off!

And, because I love her so much and want to sweeten the pot a bit more, if you all go like her Facebook page and get her to 600 fans, I will give one of my readers any product from my Etsy site! (Just leave a comment here to let me know you stopped by to see her and I will choose a winner as soon as she reaches 600 fans.)

So, what do you think? How'd she do????


  1. I love these photos. I always thought it would be so much fun to have professional photos done like that. My hubby doesn't even want me to have my daughter's photos done yearly (she IS going soon to have them done. haha). I liked Rachel on FB.

  2. Awww, I don't live in New England (a long off dream of ours - maybe some day...) but her photos were fabulous! I liked her on FB - good luck to her reaching 600 fans! :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this. I haven't done a lot of research on great family photographers since moving to New England, but I think you have saved me time. Your family is beautiful...the photography is so dreamy.

  4. I've loved every one of her photos that you've posted!

  5. Awww...great pics! Love the ones of you and your girls. You have a beautiful family. : )

  6. What a beautiful family you have and the photos are amazing!

  7. These pictures are gorgeous! Love the color, the expressions, everything. I'm going to "like" Rachel on facebook.

  8. oh! She is not that far from me. oooo!

  9. I already liked her before your post, but I hope she gets to 600! I can't wait to get my pics back from Lisa so I can get my 2 canvases (love me some Groupons) made!!

  10. These are gorgeous and you are just so beautiful. I want some family portraits.... does she come to NS?