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So far Rachel has created 33 blog entries.

Two sexy Texans get hitched in the City By the Bay!

I always say the most stunning brides come from Texas and in this case it's true times two. From what a lot of my gay clients have told me, Texas is not always the friendliest, most welcoming place to be in a same sex relationship or have a commitment ceremony, since legal marriage [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00June 15th, 2015|

Three countries, two people, one magical wedding!

Brie and Andrew met at a friends wedding. In Mexico. Brie lived in Southern California, and Andrew was a resident of the United Kingdom. To make matters even more complicated, Brie had brought a date to the wedding in Mexico! But somehow, by the end of this wedding weekend, Brie knew it was [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00June 8th, 2015|

Two dads and two kids makes for a perfect family wedding!

I honestly think John and Bill, along with their two gorgeous little girls, are the new perfect American family. There was just so much wholesomeness and love, it was insane! They all flew in from Las Vegas for a destination wedding in San Francisco, which would be followed by a "familymoon" in the [...]

2015-05-28T19:58:56-08:00June 1st, 2015|

A True Elopement!

Sometimes you just have to leave everyone and everything behind and make your own space for your wedding vows. Eric and Annie gave everyone the slip, and it's not that they don't love their friends and family, but it's nice that they were able to focus on each other and the excitement of [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00May 26th, 2015|

Seattle Erotic Art Festival…we're IN!

I'm very proud to announce that one of my fine art nudes in going to be in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, this May 30 and 31, and June 1. It was a long shot, but I went for it, and it panned out. I was shooting fine art female nudes before I became a [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00April 7th, 2014|

Engagement shoots, using props at hand!

You never know what you're going to find when you go out to shoot, and sometimes it's those special little details that end up making the day. I wrote recently about Robyn and Lyndseys wedding shoot at the Ferry Building. We had giant bikes and library ladders offered to us. Other times the couple came [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 19th, 2014|

Fantastic wedding shoot at San Francisco Ferry Building!

A few days ago I had two very special ladies fly into San Francisco to get married at our City Hall. Robyn is a dentist in the Navy, stationed in Virginia, and her new wife Lyndsey is a second grade teacher. There are no words for how adorable these two are! Since, in addition to [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 13th, 2014|

Posing tips for engagement sessions!

Just cut and paste the link above if it doesn't load properly. There is just so much going on at Rachel Levine Photography  this year. I'm going to be adding a lot of video content to the blog and writing a lot more as well. We had a huge shift just designing the [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 4th, 2014|

The thirty year engagement.

Tommy and Danny met thirty years ago to the date of their wedding, December 17, 2013. For decades they never thought that marriage was an option for them, so they just quietly lived their lives like so many couples across America do...shopping, traveling, going to work each week. But in the summer of 2013, DOMA [...]

2015-05-28T19:55:04-08:00January 22nd, 2014|

Surprise proposals!

Some men are naturally more romantic than others, but when it comes to surprise proposals you have to be a very good planner as well as able to keep a HUGE seret from everyone who might spill the beans to your intended. Nima contacted me and wanted to hire me to stand off to the [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 20th, 2013|

To engage or not?

So recently I was at a consultation with a bride and groom and they had a *lot* of questions about the whole wedding process. I’m around weddings all the time, but if you’ve never been married and weren’t really listening when your friends went on and on….and on about their own weddings (we don’t blame [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00March 19th, 2013|

Welcome to my new blog!

I’m very excited to start this new blog dedicated to giving professional advice to brides based on my fifteen years of experience as a professional photographer. Recently I made some big changes to my small business and we changed our name to Rachel Levine Photography. While I did have a blog on the old site, [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00February 20th, 2013|

From Susan & Juan

Rachel did our wedding photography on 7/27/12 and we loved working with her. We met her at a bridal faire and set up a meeting with her immediately. She came to our house and went over her packages and everything in detail and we knew we were in good hands and booked her immediately after. [...]

2015-05-28T19:55:04-08:00July 28th, 2012|

From David

Hi Rachel. Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the wonderful photos. We received the disk in the UK a few weeks ago and have been busy showing family and friends. Everyone has said how great the shots were. It's always a big leap of faith arranging a photographer, especially from abroad. You [...]

2015-05-28T19:55:04-08:00March 23rd, 2012|

Dreaming about the wedding shows!

I admit I really didn't sleep a wink last night. I love being a wedding photographer and I love going to the big shows to meet all of you hopefully become your wedding photographer, but there's one area where I haven't been as confidant and I'm hoping that's about to change. Trade show booth design. [...]

2015-05-28T19:55:05-08:00January 26th, 2012|

8 Steps to a piece of cake wedding!

1. Don't panic! I can't stress this strongly enough. This is *your* big day and planning it is a lot easier and way more fun than you think , if you just get and stay a little organized. I always joke with my friends that I could plan a wedding in a week if I [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00January 2nd, 2012|

Blended family? Get the kids involved in the wedding!

I posted a note on my Facebook page asking what blog topics my readers would like me to write about next, and future bride Nicci came up with a great idea! She has been married previously and has two daughters, she wanted to know if there were special ceremonies or ideas to help her kids [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00December 28th, 2011|

How to choose your engagement portrait location.

Happy November brides and grooms! Guess what time it is? It's time for some beautiful fall engagement portraits. The craziness of summer is over and everyone is planning in earnest for next seasons weddings. Fall is the perfect time to have an engagement session because you can use these images for your save the date [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00November 7th, 2011|

What I wish all brides knew!

Hi brides! I have been up to my eyeballs in weddings and wedding fairs for the last week. Two beautiful weddings, one in Cambria near the Hearst Castle and one at the Palace of Fine Art in breathtaking San Francisco. Right on the heels of this I was showing at a wedding fair for the [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00October 24th, 2011|

A Thank You to my girls of summer, the 2011 brides.

It's funny, I was just sitting here working on one of the last weddings of the summer season and I just felt compelled to write a little "thank you" to the couples that I met and worked with during my busiest busy season ever! I have to say I was awe inspired by the absolute [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00September 23rd, 2011|

10 reasons never to hire friends & family to shoot your wedding!

First off, let me say that if you are lucky enough to have a bona fide wedding photographer as a friend or family member, and they really, really want to shoot your wedding, then you're all set, and you have my permission to go for it. Why? Because they know what they're getting into and [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00September 23rd, 2011|

Number 1 mistake a bride can make!

When you read the title of this article, you must be scratching your pretty heads wondering what it could possibly be, right? Am I going to write about pastel napkin colors or which song you should never, ever, do your first dance to? Nope. This one is a whole lot bigger than that, it's about [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00July 27th, 2011|

Bachelorettes do boudoir instead!

I recently made the decision to add a boudoir category to my website www.RachelLevinePhoto.com. At first I thought it was too "racy" to include on my wedding site but after attending a few Bay Area Wedding Fairs, my mind has been changed! To be honest, I have been shooting boudoir style photography, long before I [...]

2016-12-23T19:29:39-08:00February 25th, 2011|