When I was in elementary school, I picked up and immediately fell in love with the flute. I would spend HOURS every afternoon after school ended, practicing and playing, falling in love with mastering what quickly became my craft.
Fast forward 7 years, smack in the middle of high school/pre-college music programs and I have a HUGE community of musicians! I began doing head shots for friends who needed unique, creative photos for their albums and promotions. And I LOVED it. For the longest time I shot soloists - and then moved to duos, small groups - and realized I loved exploring and documenting connection, playing with their interactions.
While continuing to shoot musician portraits over the course of my time studying music in my undergrad & grad years, I worked part-time at a ring store (I’m diamond certified!). One of my first weeks there, I bonded with an engaged gal who kept coming in to look at wedding bands. We ended up becoming fast friends and I became her wedding photographer!
It was my first time entrusted to photograph a wedding and I was SO. PSYCHED. I said: “Heck yes!!” (My go-to phrase and yes expect it in your emails :)
That very first wedding was so personal, intimate and real - but her father was sick and could not attend. After delivering her gallery, he sent me an email to personally thank me, saying “I just felt like I was there.” I was hooked.
I’m a people person through and through - your guests will often mistake me as your friend, not another vendor. But truly - I love bringing joy to people’s lives whether through the flute or with my camera. Weddings quickly became an extension of my love of giving.
I’ve since photographed over 100 weddings, documenting the connections of couples around the world. When I pick up my camera, I tell the story of you. And just like a song, composed of so many notes and phrases - your love story is not a single moment or emotion but a combination of many.
Rachel Rodgers is a NYC wedding photographer specializing in emotionally bold and vibrant imagery that captures the love between you -- the romantic, the goofy, and the raw that encapsulates your spirit as partners.