RACHAEL MCINTOSH 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!
We’ve gotten to work with Kara and Tick Tock Concierge for a couple of years now and we really admire her dedication to her brand and presence online. Professional photography will really make your business stand out and we think having consistent imagery that showcase’s your business and tells your story is so important. We recently did a Spring inspired shoot with TTC to create some social media content and loved it so much we wanted to blog some of our favorites.
We always try to incorporate some little vignettes and lay-flats into our session as well as some great portraits and lifestyle images of Kara. Thus creating a great mix of visual content for Kara to use on social and web.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan had planned the most romantic and perfect weekend for Jordan at the Biltmore estate. I was honored to be a small part of it.
Ringing in 2019 in style! Congratulations you two!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Snow often means no school here in Asheville and I love these extra special lazy days together.
Bryan whisked me away to Key West for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I didn't take too many photographs but thought I'd share a few here. We stayed at The Southernmost Beach Resort and just had the BEST weekend. We sat around the pool, rented bikes and explored. Hit Mallory Square, drank a beer in Sloppy Joes, found the Buoy and toured the Hemingway house. We found a French cafe with to-die-for croissantst, a great spot by the harbor for Oyster's during happy hour and had a lovely dinner at Louie's Backyard. I loved that there were Roosters everywhere and learning more about Ernst Hemingway and his cats was really fascinating. The drive down to the Keys was pretty cool. I think it took about 3 and half hours to get to Miami. We spent our last night in Miami beach and ate an incredible dinner at José Andres's restaurant The Bazaar. In case you wanted some travel tips ;)
A lovely Engagement session in Key Biscayne, Florida this past February with Danielle + Matt.
I love photographing weddings at Biltmore estate. I've been so fortunate to spend so much time there with some amazing clients and I wanted to share some of my favorite locations and wedding venues with you here.
This magical place has such a big place in my heart. Before my photography business became full time in 2011 I was a restaurant manager there for over a decade. I met and married my husband at Biltmore and I was pregnant with all 3 of my children while working there. My kids grew up exploring the grounds, eating amazing restaurant food and have fond memories of employee Christmas parties. I worked so many hours with some of the best in the business. I learned about food and wine, co-ordinating events/weddings and spent (and still do spend) my days off running and biking on the trails. I know it like the back of my hand and it never gets old.
The gardens were designed to always have something going on, something in bloom and so no matter the season there's unlimited opportunities for photography backdrops. I challenge myself now to find new locations that are different and to take photographs for my clients that are special to them. However, there are a few spots that I show to all of my couples. They're too epic not to, and I have to remember that they will always be unique to them. Especially as for most of my clients, it's a destination wedding and this might be their once in a lifetime visit to Biltmore. Some of those spots are the Rompe Deuce, the famous South Terrace with gorgeous mountain views and the Tennis Lawn. The Walled Garden is an absolute favorite and of course we often start up at the Statue of Diana.
The best thing about Biltmore (besides the house of course) is that they have several venue options and ceremony sites, their own catering teams AND a winery. It's so convenient and there's lots of activities for everyone to do so you don't need to leave the grounds. Biltmore used to have a massive advertisement on 1-40 that simply stated 'Rest Stop' with a beautiful image of the house behind it. It's that simple. Your guests arrive, check-in and the rest takes care of itself. Anyway, I could rave for hours! Hop over to their website to learn more and here's a handful of images showcasing the different venues.
It always amazes me how the staff can quickly flip those spaces from ceremony sites to stunning receptions during cocktail hour and they always have a weather back-up plan. Their hotels provide beautifully lit locations for bridal parties to get ready in and I can always find a secluded and gorgeous spot for the "first-look" and portraits no matter how busy the estate is. I do always recommend organizing some form of transportation for everyone to travel together and especially for photographs around the grounds. Whether it's a Biltmore shuttle or Trolley it's easier to navigate that way, less stressful and way more fun.
No matter the size of the wedding it seems like Biltmore Estate can cater to it all! It has been a true gift to document so many gorgeous weddings here.
I am just going to list some of my favorite wedding vendors that I've worked with and whose work is showcased here at the bottom of this post if you're interested.
Thanks for reading along!
WEDDING PLANNERS | Mary Bell Events, Two Sweet Sparrows, Asheville Event Co., Weddings with Tara, Honey Darling Events, Belle Soire Events |
FLORAL DESIGNERS | Floressence Flowers, The Bloom Room, Blossoms at Biltmore Park, Flower Gallery of Asheville, Two Buds and a Blossom, Flora of Asheville, Biltmore Estate Floral Team |
HAIR + MUA | Lola Salon, Blush Asheville, Powder me Pretty, Pop of Color Asheville, Makeup by Ali Lawless |
VIDEOGRAPHY | Magic Hour Creative, Almond Leaf Studios, |
DJ'S + BANDS | Spintastic Sounds, DJ Dillion,
WEDDING GOWNS | Wildflower Bridal Boutique
TRANSPORTATION | Elite Limousine + Mingle Events | EVENT RENTALS | Classic Event Rental |
I know I'm forgetting someone here! If you're looking at these for your wedding be sure to look at your Venue's preferred lists as they will be the most professional, tried and tested!