Business Name: Rachel Gabrielse Photography
Where are you based out of? Grand Rapids, MI
Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer? Full-time
What is your predominant photographic specialization? Weddings and Engagements
What camera(s) do you currently shoot with? Nikon D750
How would you define your style? Bright, natural, authentic and timeless
What motivated you to become a photographer?
When I was in 8th grade, I informed my Dad that I wanted to be a wedding photographer. He graciously told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. That same year my Mom found a local photographer who needed an assistant and my passion only grew from there as I learned about light and editing and perspectives and lenses and all things photography. So I guess my motivation comes from a deep part of me that has always loved photography.
What is it that you try to convey with your work?
I want to convey real love and connection in my work. I want to capture moments that not everyone sees, but that are incredibly meaningful, behind the scenes moments. I want to show two real human beings interacting in their unique relationship. I want to deliver timeless photos that will be cherished for a lifetime.
How do you accomplish that?
I often turn around during family pictures and not only capture the posed group in front of me, but the tears of the Grandma behind me so is secretly wiping her eyes. Or when I am photographing portraits of a groom I will turn around to capture the look of pure joy on his bride’s face as she gazes at the love of her life.
Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Jill Devries. Hands down. Her creativity and ability to capture small moments is insane. She sees things so many people skip over and captures them in the most unique way.
What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
Having clients fly me out to California and Italy to photograph their weddings are probably my two most memorable achievements (but all praise to God and not myself).
What is one thing you have learned during your career?
Perfectionism is overrated. I am a Type A perfectionist who used to only post pictures that were flawless. For example, I used to edit out wrinkles, but honestly, wrinkles are a sign of a life well lived and are part of who a person is, so I’ve since stopped that practice. Or if the wind blew a bride’s hair and it covered her eyes, I wouldn’t post it. But those little imperfections are what life is all about and now I’m learning to embrace them.
Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
I order their 16 and 32 GB wooden engraved flash drives every year – big fan.
How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
Receiving a package from your wedding photographer with all of your wedding photos is already an exciting event, but when I can deliver not only their photos, but also a beautiful keepsake, I think it only elevates their experience.