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Photography Magazine Interviews Rachel Good Photography

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Did you go to school to study photography?
I did not. I actually went to school for Psychology. I fell inlove with the art of photography and was self taught since 2010.

How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Since 2012.
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How would you describe your style?
Creative, Bright, colorful and fun. I actually suggest the bridal party to do a silly photo every wedding I shoot. It’s something to just lighten the mood from all the stiff smiles.
How many weddings do you average per year?
 10
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What gear do you carry?
Nikon d750, d610, d600. My 70-200mm { FAVORITE lens!}, {all nikons }85mm, 50mm, 35mm, 20mm – wide angle and Sigma 105mm { great macro }, speedlight, torchled, extra batteries, memory cards,
How important is Photoshop in your final images?
VERY – yes getting the image right the first time SOOC is great, but some Photoshop can make it pop!
Are you a MAC or PC lover?
 PC
What has been your career path? 
I love photography, and I adore newborns and weddings. Two beautiful moments in time.
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How did you make the transition from aspiring photographer to professional wedding photographer (making a living)?
I was a stay at home mom after my kids were born, thanks to my husbands incredible job. He has been my rock and my support in my business. I feel to truly be a professional photographer, you need to give 110%, this is my full time job and between time with my kids, I am constantly following up inquiries and editing and photographing sessions.
What are the ingredients for a successful wedding photography career?
Knowledge, Dedication and Passion! Knowledge- knowing the equipment, the settings around you, knowing how to handle any situation that may arise. Side note- I had a wedding party once show up over 1.5hr for their ceremony, the officiant was about to leave, I had to try my best to get him to stay so the day can go off without a hitch. He stayed, they wed, it was beautiful. Dedication- I am just as dedicated with my clients as I am with my own family. I want to be there for them. I want to help and personalize everything to them as much as I can without changing who I am as a photographer. Side note- I was shooting my 3rd wedding, one of the guest actually was a professional photographer, she told me she was soo impressed on how well I was “with the couple”, she remarked on how she was watching me watching the bride or the groom or whomever was speaking as well as watching all around me to make sure I didn’t miss anything. That’s dedication she said. And Lastly, Passion! If I wasn’t soo passionate about what I do, when I’m scheduled to photograph a wedding in hottest temps { 2014 was the year of the HOTTEST temp weddings!} or in the rain { yep, 2013 rain for all my weddings! } I wouldn’t even have the desire to get out of bed in the morning.
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With the internet making global connections possible, what is this like for you? Have you seen your international clientele grow?
My clients have grown so much do to marketing online and communicating with clients via facebook or instagram or texts. My biggest growth is from word of mouth referrals though. As far as international clientele, yes, the web connected me with a couple from lovely couple from Canada { beautiful chemistry between them, truly my favorite wedding of all time }
What are some elements by which you would consider an image great photography?
Lighting, composition, emotion in the images – I want to feel what I’m shooting- sadness, joy, laughter.

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What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
I suppose my equipment bag, has all my accessories at my finger tips
What lighting equipment do you take on a shoot?
I try to do as much natural light as possible. When lighting isn’t great, I turn to my speedflash or torchled
How do you ensure you remain inspired?
Looking at my past work, seeing how much I have grown as a photographer. Knowing that I have made connections with other photographers who I can rely on to help me when I ever get stuck in a runt with inspiration.
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If you could have one super hero power what would it be?  Why?
I wish I could have more time. I feel like between editing and working, I have been limited on my family time. Or if I could have a way of getting things done in a flash, that would be great too. Every hour of shooting is 3-4 hrs of editing time for me. So time is VERY valuable to me.