Poppy Popcorn | Shop Local | Asheville Branding Photography

We’ve been shooting with Poppy Popcorn a lot lately. They’re launching a new website and catalogue and we cannot wait to share more images soon!!!!

Brides! Their Asheville Mix make the best welcome bag stuffers!

Engagement Session in River Arts District | Asheville, NC

We were fortunate to be a part of Haiku I Do’s Couture Collective this spring with so many amazing Asheville wedding vendors like Turner and Co. and Angela Kim Couture to name a couple. We also meet some awesome couples. Enter Janae + Joe!

Janae + Joe were the winners of our engagement session giveaway! We had such a great time with them during their session! I mean, that mustache and those smiles!!!

Congratulations guys! We wish you all the best and many, many years of wedded bliss- keep having fun!

A Proposal at The Omni Grove Park Inn | Asheville North Carolina

Being a part of a proposal is such a fun experience albeit a little nerve wrecking :)

Chris reached out to us mid-March about proposing to his girlfriend, Tiffany, at The Omni Grove Park Inn during their little mountain getaway. They are such a sweet couple and Tiffany was so surprised! The Sunset Terrace is always so beautiful and the mountains were showing off with the first hints of spring!

Pro Tip. You have to have pre-approval from the hotel for any professional photography!

Grand Bohemian Wedding in Asheville NC

Ninety percent of our clients live in other parts of the US and Asheville is a destination wedding location for them! We were thrilled when Emmalyn and Max reached out to us and we learned that they live right here in Asheville. You guys these two are absolutely amazing and it was such a pleasure to be apart of their big day! So much more to come from this intimate wedding but we wanted to post a little sneak peak.

Venue: The Grand Bohemian | Hair + MUA: The Suraj Spa | DJ: Moon Sound Entertainment | Film Lab : Photovision

For the Graduate in your life | Asheville Family Photographer | 2019

This is more than an excuse for a family photography session and such a momentous occasion to be captured on film. I want you to know that I am right there with you with the selfies and the quick cell phone pics everyday of my life BUT there are some moments (graduating high school being one of them) we just HAVE to do better than that.

If you’re interested in creating some amazing photographs of your graduate? Get in touch and let’s set up a portrait session with the family.

We also offer gift certificates if you want to surprise someone in Asheville graduating in 2019.

Maternity Portraits in Asheville NC

Making portraits in the studio these past few months has been so refreshing. We’re excited to offer our clients in Asheville a warm indoor location now and it will be great in the spring to have a rain-back-up.

We created these maternity portraits with Sonia last week and wanted to share some of our favorites.

New Studio Manager

I'm so excited to share some news with everyone! I hired a studio manager!

I have been in business now for 8 years and, up until this point, it has been just me, myself and I. Shooting, editing, handling accounting, marketing, general admin and well, everything. It has gotten more and more overwhelming to keep up with my family and work as my business has grown. Believe me this is a great problem to have, but overwhelming non-the-less. I find myself replying to emails in the wee hours of the morning, and staying up late to keep up with deadlines. This feeling of treading water has started to really bother me. I want to focus on the creative side of my business and I want to spend more time looking for ways to grow and improve my work and offerings as well as serving my clients even better than ever before. I also want to spend more quality time with my family to be honest and doing other creative projects that I keep putting on the back-burner.

Enter Lindsay Whitner. Lindsay and her husband, Zane, hired me to take some portraits of them and their daughter...6 years ago. Years pass, and many more family photo shoots later, we became the best of friends, spending days off together with our families. Lindsay started rolling film and assisting on weddings for me about a year ago as a side hustle. She just quit her job in August to spend more time with her own family and this partnership has just sort of happened organically and at the right time. Lindsay brings with her experience in customer service, marketing, and event management.

Long story short, I can think of no other person that could fit into this role as my studio manager. I trust her completely. She totally gets me and my brand, and understands my business already better than anyone else. 

So if you email the studio now, you may hear from me or Lindsay. She’ll continue to assist on wedding days, help with admin, scheduling, product sales and social media etc. I’m beyond excited and I just know everyone’s going to love her as much as I do! We have a new email address (rachaelmcintoshphotography@gmail.com) and lots of new projects in the works.

So welcome (officially) Lindsay to the team!!

Also want to give a big Shout out to Bren Photography for our new team headshots.

Shea + Blake | A Summer Engagement Session at Biltmore

Shea and Blake are tying the knot in Telluride, CO next year but they wanted to do their engagement session in the mountains where they met. These guys spend all of their spare time hiking and being outdoors and I half expected them to show up in base ball caps and hiking gear. As soon as I saw Shea's dress I knew it would look incredible on film and I'm dying over these yellow and green tones. These guys seriously rocked their session, I'm filing these images under what to wear for an engagement session!

Asheville Anniversary Session at Craggy Gardens

Kelly + Scott hired me to take some anniversary portraits at one of their favorite locations in North Carolina before they made the move to the west coast. We ended up shooting their session a little earlier in the day than expected, due to travel plans and some anticipated afternoon thunderstorms. I typically shoot in the late afternoon, when it's a little cooler and hope for some golden hour but it was such a refreshing change to be on top of Craggy in the middle of the day. The weather was perfect, the rhododendrons were starting to bloom and I love how the images turned out, particularly the blues in the bright sunlight.

Asheville Wedding Guide

Asheville is so excited to have this beautiful wedding magazine in our area and it was such an honor to be asked to be apart of the styled shoot for the inaugural issue. Hannah Chillag (editor) and Alise Taggart created the most beautiful old-world inspired design, full of elegance and gorgeous florals in the Biltmore conservatory. The fact that we have our own wedding magazine now is very telling on how big the wedding industry has become in our little city and what a popular destination it is to tie the knot. We teamed up with some of Asheville's best industry experts (see full list below).

Want to see more? Check out the Asheville Wedding Guide's post here.

Publication: Asheville Wedding Guide | Event Planner: Alise Taggart | Model: Hannah Gantt | Photography: Rachael McIntosh Photography | Film Lab: Photovision | Venue + Cake: Biltmore  | Gowns: Wildflower Bridal | Florals: Floressence Flowers | Jewelry: Fox and Beaux | Stationery: Baggie Goose | Makeup: Blush Asheville | Hair: Salon Zhenya | Rentals: Classic Event Rental |

Kelsey + Jordan | NC Wedding at Brevard Music Center

Kelsey + Jordan's wedding was recently featured in print in The Asheville Wedding Guide and so it seems appropriate to blog some images from their big day at The Brevard Music Center. It was my first time at the venue and I really enjoyed it. Kelsey and Jordan have the most romantic love story and their ceremony was unbelievably sweet. We took portraits by the water and under the trees and while most of the evenings activities and dancing took place under the pavilion, guests mingled outdoors and enjoyed the VW Photo Booth. Kelsey and Jordan treated their guests to brunch items in lieu of dinner as breakfast is their favorite meal! Donuts and cereal bowls were served instead of cake and guests were greeted with cocktails when they arrived. It was obvious from the-get-go they wanted everyone to feel welcome, relaxed and enjoy themselves, and that they did.

Wedding Vendors listed at the Bottom.

Wedding Venue: Brevard Music Center | Catering: Smash Events Inc. | Bridal Bouquets:  Floressence Flowers | Reception Floral Decor: Smash Events Inc | Doughnuts: Hole Doughnuts  | Photo Booth: The Bus Booth   | Hair + MUA: Studio RK Salon | DJ: Andy Stryf | Second Photographer: Olive + West | Film Lab: Photovision |