HELLO & WELCOME!
Hello there thanks for stopping by! I'm Rachel, a family and wedding photographer based on Nantucket Island. I was born and raised here on this wonderful island and so Nantucket has a special place in my heart. When I am not photographing families and weddings you can find me with my amazing husband, Jonathan, and most likely cuddling with our adorable cats Violet and Luna. I am a home body most of the time and enjoy snuggling up on the couch with a cozy blanket and good show. I do get the urge to go on a great vacation and an adventure whenever possible. To me, a life filled with new experiences, endless opportunities to be creative, and being with my wonderful friends and family is a life well lived.
My passion is photographing the genuine moments that are true to you: the ear-to-ear smiles, the uncontrollable laughter, the most sincere love. We all have a unique story tell, and I want to be the one to capture these memories and turn them into a tangible reminder for you to cherish for years to come. I am excited to meet and create a relationship with each and everyone of my clients. I want you to feel comfortable and enjoy your experience with me. I love what I do and I am enthusiastic about each photography session I capture. You just might find me laughing with your family on the beach, or tearing up behind my camera as your share your vows. My heart and soul is all in. I am excited to meet you, hear your story and to create something beautiful.
KIND WORDS FROM CLIENTS
“Rachel Amaral made sitting for a photo so much fun! When I hired her to capture my memories of a family vacation in Nantucket Island, I got more than I imagined. Since Rachel is a Native, her knowledge of capturing the charm of the island is flawless. She was so easy to work with from the initial contact to the final product. Her talent for capturing us in the natural splendor of the natural surroundings was impeccable. Her work stands for itself in that the images she captures are authentic and one with the surroundings. In addition to the beautiful product, the entire event of sitting for her turned out to be a fun event in and of itself. She was sweet charming and above professional. I can’t recommend her enough and hope to shoot with her again on a return visit!”
the sowa family
“We were incredibly fortunate to have worked with Rachel Elizabeth Photography. When you have special moments like a surprise engagement or want engagement photos like we did - you want a photographer who can not only capture the love in the moment but bring out the best in your personality. Rachel is certainly that person. Pictures last a lifetime and we will forever treasure ours. The sessions were fun and easy going - it never felt uncomfortable to be in front of the camera and she made great suggestions of locations and how to relax. Her pictures were in the moment and “non” posing. There were SO many to choose from - it was hard to settle on a few. Whether it’s an engagement, wedding, family photo- Rachel is the person you want in front of you to capture those moments. It’s affordable and incredibly special. We have a lifetime to look back at these moments and we are so glad Rachel was there to capture the best ones!”
karen & mark
“Rachel took photographs of my girlfriends and I for mementos of a special weekend on Nantucket. Not only did the photos come out beautifully, but it was such a pleasure to work with her from the beginning. She began the process with a phone call in order to get to know me and answer any questions I had, and she was in contact the entire time to ensure that I received the proofs and photos and that I liked them. She is detailed oriented, kind, and a professional, and I would highly recommend using her for any occasion! ”
“I contacted Rachel for a family session during our trip to Nantucket. She was quick to respond and so helpful with all the pre-planning. The day of the scheduled shoot , I was forced to reschedule due to one of my daughters not feeling well. Rachel was so understanding and accomdating. We ended up doing the shoot the following day which was Dec 31, 2017. Could not have thought of a better way to end the year- a family photo session with a great photographer!! Rachel was patient with my daughters (as they were freezing and kept running back to the car to warm up) and so so helpful with photo ideas. If you are in the Nantucket area and are looking for a friendly, prompt, responsible, artistic, and talented photographer look no further!! Thank you Rachel you nailed it!”
“Rachel was SO GOOD with my family photos, that I had her come back 2 days later and do a lifestyle shoot for my professional website photos. On both occasions she demonstrated the perfect balance between direction and freedom in order to capture the true spirit of my family and of my business. The photos are gorgeous!! Thank you Rachel!”
“Words cannot even begin to explain how wonderful and amazing it was to work with Rachel during my engagement. She made me feel calm every step of the way. Rachel helped us capture it all in the best possible way. It was everything we; more importantly, Amy, imagined it would be. In short, I planned an extravagant and complicated engagement on Nantucket and I’m not sure that it all would have come together without the care, flexibility, professionalism, personality, and overall pure talent that makes up Rachel Amaral. Thank you, Rachel, from the bottom of our hearts for being amazing at what you do and allowing us to vividly remember that wonderful day for the rest of our lives!”
amy & charles
“What an awesome experience! Rachel did a family photo shoot for us on July 13th 2017 at Brant Point. She is amazing at what she does and we are so lucky to have gotten pictures from her!”
liz & tyler
“Rachel did a awesome job with our impromptu session while we were visiting this past Labor Day weekend! She had a lot of patience with my ideas and was willing to try anything! We had a great time ”
liz & adam
“I found Rachel Elizabeth through Instagram and was very impressed with her photos. My husband and I scheduled a family session with Rachel in the summer of 2017 on Nantucket. We wanted photos taken with our chocolate lab puppy. Trying to pose and photograph a very active puppy is a challenge, but Rachel did an amazing job. We are thrilled with the results. Having photos in our favorite place was a great way to end our summer and commemorate our memories together. We printed the photos to give as gifts to our family and they loved sharing our memories too.”