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My closest friends will tell you that the above phrase is far and away one that I use the most, and also seemingly something I have the toughest time following! Growing up, it was no secret I loved to talk and tell stories about anything and everything to anyone who would listen. But what many didn't see or hear were the very quiet moments I spent tucked away in my bedroom, letting my imagination wander for hours while I crafted elaborate stories in stacks upon stacks of notebooks. Looking back on my very busy childhood filled with endless practices, games, and meetings, these moments in my room were when I was happiest.

Little did I know, those moments would be what I began to seek out years later in my adult life. Caught up in the hustle and bustle of my thriving career in education and athletics, I realized that, somewhere along the way, my creative self had disappeared - and in that realization, I felt lost. In an attempt to fill the void, I purchased an entry-level camera, completely on a whim. I told myself that at the very least, I could learn to capture some relatively decent images of family and friends, which would make my Facebook-obsessed mom a very happy camper!

I never imagined that my attempt at finding a new creative outlet would evolve into so much more. And yet, in photography, I have found myself completely lost again. Lost in the wonder of storytelling that I loved so much as a kid. Stories of incredible people, special places, and both extraordinary and ordinary things (because I believe that sometimes the simplest things are what truly mean the most). As a photographer, I seek to capture the exceptionally big moments, as well as the small and subtle ones. My goal is to capture images full of color, detail, and emotion, so that when you flip back through your own life's pages, the pictures tell a story that is uniquely yours.

My closest friends will tell you that the above phrase is far and away one that I use the most, and also seemingly something I have the toughest time following! Growing up, it was no secret I loved to talk and tell stories about anything and everything to anyone who would listen. But what many didn't see or hear were the very quiet moments I spent tucked away in my bedroom, letting my imagination wander for hours while I crafted elaborate stories in stacks upon stacks of notebooks. Looking back on my very busy childhood filled with endless practices, games, and meetings, these moments in my room were when I was happiest.

Little did I know, those moments would be what I began to seek out years later in my adult life. Caught up in the hustle and bustle of my thriving career in education and athletics, I realized that, somewhere along the way, my creative self had disappeared - and in that realization, I felt lost. In an attempt to fill the void, I purchased an entry-level camera, completely on a whim. I told myself that at the very least, I could learn to capture some relatively decent images of family and friends, which would make my Facebook-obsessed mom a very happy camper!

I never imagined that my attempt at finding a new creative outlet would evolve into so much more. And yet, in photography, I have found myself completely lost again. Lost in the wonder of storytelling that I loved so much as a kid. Stories of incredible people, special places, and both extraordinary and ordinary things (because I believe that sometimes the simplest things are what truly mean the most). As a photographer, I seek to capture the exceptionally big moments, as well as the small and subtle ones. My goal is to capture images full of color, detail, and emotion, so that when you flip back through your own life's pages, the pictures tell a story that is uniquely yours.

My closest friends will tell you that the above phrase is far and away one that I use the most, and also seemingly something I have the toughest time following! Growing up, it was no secret I loved to talk and tell stories about anything and everything to anyone who would listen. But what many didn't see or hear were the very quiet moments I spent tucked away in my bedroom, letting my imagination wander for hours while I crafted elaborate stories in stacks upon stacks of notebooks. Looking back on my very busy childhood filled with endless practices, games, and meetings, these moments in my room were when I was happiest.

Little did I know, those moments would be what I began to seek out years later in my adult life. Caught up in the hustle and bustle of my thriving career in education and athletics, I realized that, somewhere along the way, my creative self had disappeared - and in that realization, I felt lost. In an attempt to fill the void, I purchased an entry-level camera, completely on a whim. I told myself that at the very least, I could learn to capture some relatively decent images of family and friends, which would make my Facebook-obsessed mom a very happy camper!

I never imagined that my attempt at finding a new creative outlet would evolve into so much more. And yet, in photography, I have found myself completely lost again. Lost in the wonder of storytelling that I loved so much as a kid. Stories of incredible people, special places, and both extraordinary and ordinary things (because I believe that sometimes the simplest things are what truly mean the most). As a photographer, I seek to capture the exceptionally big moments, as well as the small and subtle ones. My goal is to capture images full of color, detail, and emotion, so that when you flip back through your own life's pages, the pictures tell a story that is uniquely yours.

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Favorite type of photograph?

My heart skips a beat when capturing a true candid moment on film. I also love black and white photos; they are timeless.

Favorite type of photograph?

My heart skips a beat when capturing a true candid moment on film. I also love black and white photos; they are timeless.

You can usually find Rachel eating (or drinking)...

Pizza, red wine, and Haribo gummy bears (no other brand compares!)

You can usually find Rachel eating (or drinking)...

Pizza, red wine, and Haribo gummy bears (no other brand compares!)

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Favorite pizza in Philly?

Santucci’s, no question. My husband and I love it so much we even got a picture taken there during our engagement shoot! Our go-to order is “The Works.”

Favorite pizza in Philly?

Santucci’s, no question. My husband and I love it so much we even got a picture taken there during our engagement shoot! Our go-to order is “The Works.”

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If I could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. This would make my love for travel a whole hell of a lot easier!

If I could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. This would make my love for travel a whole hell of a lot easier!

If I could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. This would make my love for travel a whole hell of a lot easier!

Most likely to be caught daydreaming about…

Being a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake. Yup, I just said that.

Most likely to be caught daydreaming about…

Being a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake. Yup, I just said that.

Most likely to be caught daydreaming about…

Being a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake. Yup, I just said that.

Name one of your proudest moments.

Not exactly a moment but I’m a very proud Notre Dame alum. Loved every second of my experience on campus as a student-athlete (Women’s Lacrosse). Go Irish!

Name one of your proudest moments.

Not exactly a moment but I’m a very proud Notre Dame alum. Loved every second of my experience on campus as a student-athlete (Women’s Lacrosse). Go Irish!