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Rachel McFarlin Photography

La Jolla, California

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Rachel McFarlin Photography

La Jolla, California

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K
21 December 2019

Rachel did an AMAZING job with our family photographs this year. She has an incredible eye, was so fun and easy to work with and captured the exact look and feel that I was hoping for at Scripps Pier. She had some great tricks for capturing the natural expressions of our two daughters, even bringing along some little toys to help maintain the attention of my 4 year old. We will, without hesitation, book Rachel again for future family photoshoots. These photos have already become artwork in our home and we will cherish them forever. More...

E
14 October 2019

Rachel did a fantastic job corralling our two boys and making a one hour family photo shoot very productive and enjoyable. We received our photos soon afterwards and they look fantastic and now decorate our home. She is a true professional and also very affordable--the perfect combination. More...

C
1 August 2018

Absolutely stunning results. Could not be happier! Rachel met me at my office today and within a very short time, had taken a series of photographs / head shots that absolutely blew me away! Stellar professionalism and a true delight to work with. More...

A
9 June 2018

I wish I knew someone else who was getting married so that I could so that I could recommend Rachel, I guess a review will have to do!

We knew as soon as we met Rachel that we wanted her to be our wedding photographer. She met us at our venue and talked about all the places we could do photos, she was so passionate about it! She really cares about what she does. Not only did we get our pictures quickly, but they were amazing! We had a sneak peak to us while we were still on our honeymoon, and all of the pictures not too long after. I have gotten many comments from guests about how fantastic our pictures came out. I'm not even sure how she got some of the pictures. Not only did it seem like she was in multiple places at once but she captured some wonderful pictures of our guests without them even realizing it. The pictures came out beautiful and natural.

I started getting stressed about time and she calmed me right now. She was a joy to be around and the wedding party and our family all loved her. Your wedding photographer will be with you on this very important and special day, so you want them to be someone you actually like to be around!

If we need a photographer again we know who we are going to call :)
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A
8 June 2018

I wish I knew someone else who was getting married so that I could so that I could recommend Rachel, I guess a review will have to do!  We knew as soon as we met Rachel that we wanted her to be our wedding photographer.  She met us at our venue and talked about all the places we could do photos, she was so passionate about it!  She really cares about what she does.  Not only did we get our pictures quickly, but they were amazing!  We had a sneak peak to us while we were still on our honeymoon, and all of the pictures not too long after.  I have gotten many comments from guests about how fantastic our pictures came out.  I'm not even sure how she got some of the pictures.  Not only did it seem like she was in multiple places at once but she captured some wonderful pictures of our guests without them even realizing it.  The pictures came out beautiful and natural.I started getting stressed about time and she calmed me right now.  She was a joy to be around and the wedding party and our family all loved her.  Your wedding photographer will be with you on this very important and special day, so you want them to be someone you actually like to be around!If we need a photographer again we know who we are going to call :) More...

A
28 May 2018

Rachel took our family photos underneath the Crystal Pier in San Diego. She did such an awesome job accommodating our group of 13 including 5 small children. She kept them happy and laughing throughout the shoot! We are so pleased with the pictures we received back and highly recommend her to anyone looking for family photos in San DIego!!! More...

D
21 September 2016

We found Rachel online, after researching tons of different  wedding photographers within the San Diego area. What really caught our eye was her unique style and keen attention to detail. After meeting with her and discussing our wedding vision and the type of photography we wanted, we knew she was the right pick for us! Rachel spent some time to get to know us, and was able to create a day-of photography schedule that fit perfectly into our wedding day! She is able to utilize your current surroundings and atmosphere in order to bring the entire picture together in a creative and fun way. I would highly recommend Rachel for any of your photography needs, as she has a wide range of skill that spans across many different domains (wedding, progressional, commercial, etc.). More...

L
20 May 2016

My hubby and I were engaged for well over a year, which gave me plenty of time to nail down what we really wanted for our wedding day. We live in Northern Nevada and were so busy with ending school and work that we really had no time to travel to San Diego. I stumbled upon Rachel's website one day and spent hours going through her blog posts and photos. I instantly fell in love with her work, and how much she actually cares about couples and their happiness! I contacted her immediately via email and knew right away that she was meant to be our photographer! I can't even begin to explain how helpful she was from the start. We had a smaller wedding and a short ceremony at a venue that I chose after seeing her beautiful photography of a wedding there, and she was ON IT with the time frame and making sure we had all the pictures we wanted. I was actually running late coming from my h&m appointment, and Rachel was so calm and helpful with me arriving about 1/2 hour later than expected. She made sure that my dress was on correctly and I had all I needed and was ready to go when the ceremony began, since I was a little flustered. I cannot imagine our wedding with any other photographer! Sometimes planning a "destination wedding" through email and phone calls seems a little crazy, but Rachel seriously was the key to making our wedding day beautiful and exactly how we wanted it to be remembered! More...

L
20 May 2016

My hubby and I were engaged for well over a year, which gave me plenty of time to nail down what we really wanted for our wedding day. We live in Northern Nevada and were so busy with ending school and work that we really had no time to travel to San Diego. I stumbled upon Rachel's website one day and spent hours going through her blog posts and photos. I instantly fell in love with her work, and how much she actually cares about couples and their happiness! I contacted her immediately via email and knew right away that she was meant to be our photographer! I can't even begin to explain how helpful she was from the start. We had a smaller wedding and a short ceremony at a venue that I chose after seeing her beautiful photography of a wedding there, and she was ON IT with the time frame and making sure we had all the pictures we wanted. I was actually running late coming from my h&m appointment, and Rachel was so calm and helpful with me arriving about 1/2 hour later than expected. She made sure that my dress was on correctly and I had all I needed and was ready to go when the ceremony began, since I was a little flustered. I cannot imagine our wedding with any other photographer! Sometimes planning a "destination wedding" through email and phone calls seems a little crazy, but Rachel seriously was the key to making our wedding day beautiful and exactly how we wanted it to be remembered! More...

M
2 April 2016

I contacted Rachel to take photos of my employees for my engineering company's website, based on her outstanding Yelp reviews.  Needless to say, trying to get good photos of a bunch of serious engineers can be challenging, I actually kind of felt bad for her, ha!  However, as it turns out, I didn't need to worry. Her upbeat personality led to great employee photos for our site. She is really funny, witty, and professional at the same time.  Also, she was very accommodating with the scheduling. I see now why so many people have given her glowing reviews. I would highly recommend her for any of your photo needs, you will not be disappointed!Thanks Rachel!Miles LovelaceLovelace Engineering, Inc. More...

S
19 March 2016

My fiancé and I are so grateful we were able to book with Rachel McFarlin. After 5 of our friends got engaged right around the same time and all the wedding/engagement photos began trickling out, we knew we wanted something that was unique to us. Rachel was able to work with us over email to accommodate our busy work schedules and completely understood what we were looking for. She helped narrow down the selections for where we should take our photos and provided specific sites for us to review before scheduling.

After giving us a few hints on what to wear via email the time came for us to have our photo shoot. She made us feel so comfortable by cracking a few jokes and keeping the mood light. We wanted something a bit less lovey dovey and photos that played up the natural elements of San Diego. We could not be happier!!! The entire shoot was about 45 minutes and we left feeling more excited about our wedding than ever.

Less than 2 weeks later we received an email with a link to our completely retouched, professional photos!! There was also a link to share with family and friends. That is basically unheard of and was SO helpful since we were waiting on them to order our Save the Dates and finish our wedding website.

If you have the opportunity to work with Rachel you are in for a treat! She is a charismatic woman who makes you feel like her most important client! Thank you, Rachel McFarlin!!!!
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S
19 March 2016

My fiancé and I are so grateful we were able to book with Rachel McFarlin. After 5 of our friends got engaged right around the same time and all the wedding/engagement photos began trickling out, we knew we wanted something that was unique to us. Rachel was able to work with us over email to accommodate our busy work schedules and completely understood what we were looking for. She helped narrow down the selections for where we should take our photos and provided specific sites for us to review before scheduling.

After giving us a few hints on what to wear via email the time came for us to have our photo shoot. She made us feel so comfortable by cracking a few jokes and keeping the mood light. We wanted something a bit less lovey dovey and photos that played up the natural elements of San Diego. We could not be happier!!! The entire shoot was about 45 minutes and we left feeling more excited about our wedding than ever.

Less than 2 weeks later we received an email with a link to our completely retouched, professional photos!! There was also a link to share with family and friends. That is basically unheard of and was SO helpful since we were waiting on them to order our Save the Dates and finish our wedding website.

If you have the opportunity to work with Rachel you are in for a treat! She is a charismatic woman who makes you feel like her most important client! Thank you, Rachel McFarlin!!!!
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S
19 March 2016

My fiancé and I are so grateful we were able to book with Rachel McFarlin. After 5 of our friends got engaged right around the same time and all the wedding/engagement photos began trickling out, we knew we wanted something that was unique to us. Rachel was able to work with us over email to accommodate our busy work schedules and completely understood what we were looking for. She helped narrow down the selections for where we should take our photos and provided specific sites for us to review before scheduling. After giving us a few hints on what to wear via email the time came for us to have our photo shoot. She made us feel so comfortable by cracking a few jokes and keeping the mood light. We wanted something a bit less lovey dovey and photos that played up the natural elements of San Diego. We could not be happier!!!  The entire shoot was about 45 minutes and we left feeling more excited about our wedding than ever. Less than 2 weeks later we received an email with a link to our completely retouched, professional photos!!  There was also a link to share with family and friends. That is basically unheard of and was SO helpful since we were waiting on them to order our Save the Dates and finish our wedding website. If you have the opportunity to work with Rachel you are in for a treat!  She is a charismatic woman who makes you feel like her most important client!  Thank you, Rachel McFarlin!!!! More...

T
6 November 2015

Rachel has photographed our family for 4 years. She is truly an amazing professional and artist. She is able to capture moments that I don't even remember happening (and those have been some of the best photos of our children. ..she is always watching for the right moment). She has an amazing eye for finding the look and pulling out the personality of our kids that truly represent who they are...and that's not easy with toddlers. Best of all, we laugh the entire time. I recommend Rachel to all of our friends and family. You will enjoy your time with her and you will receive beautiful photos. More...

Y
18 October 2015

Rachel is AWESOME.  There are no words to describe how thankful we were to find Rachel and how happy we are with the results. I googled 'Wedding Photographers in San Diego' and came across her website.  I instantly knew I loved her work, and then upon talking with her over the phone, I knew she was the one.  Once we met her, she felt like a friend we had known for a long time.  Our engagement session in downtown San Diego was so much fun. Her smile and calm demeanor instantly made both of us at ease.  We were relaxed and our silly selves in front of the camera.  We couldn't be happier with our engagement and wedding photos.  She knew our ceremony area well.  It was a simple pop up style wedding at Wind and Sea beach.  She was so helpful in giving us a great time frame and structure for our event.  I was so nervous for the ceremony, I was too afraid to look at people.  She captured some precious moments that I can cherish forever.  Rachel is very talented and extremely professional.  We got exactly what we were looking for.  High quality photos of the "real us."  I absolutely recommend her for your wedding.G&Y Santos More...

S
14 June 2015

I found Rachel on Yelp as our whole family was visiting the San Diego and we wanted to get some nice family portraits.  She was a joy to work with!  She really interacted with the toddlers so we got some nice shots of the cousins together.  She was super easy to work with and also very reasonably priced.  I would highly recommend her.  We would definitely use her again! More...

A
5 May 2015

Rachel is absolutely amazing!  She's done headshots, maternity pics, and family pictures for me...and I loved them all!  I wish that I'd known about her when I got married, cause I know she would have captured our wedding day gorgeously. She's professional, reasonably priced, and fun to do a session with (even when it involves toddlers).  I highly recommend Rachel to capture some beautiful, timeless moments! More...

A
3 May 2015

We were lucky enough to book Rachel for family photos after finding her on Yelp. We celebrated my mom's 70th birthday in San Diego and wanted to capture the special weekend with photos. We are THRILLED with the results. The pictures are amazing - one after another and another. My two young nephews weren't happy about having their pictures taken. Rachel showed up with a bag of toys and many tricks for getting them to take pictures and smile while they did. She didn't stop shooting until she was sure she had good shots.  She was so patient. and creative with the boys.In 70 years, my mom has never liked a picture of herself, and she loves these. That's all I need to say.Thank you Rachel! More...

M
9 February 2015

Rachel was recommended to us by four of our friends that had previously used her services. Kris does not like to take pictures and typically is very stiff and unnatural in pictures. Rachel started with us for our engagement pictures. They turned are beautiful! She helped to make Kris and I comfortable, caught great natural smiles, and made the pictures outstanding!We then hired Rachel for our wedding day. Our ceremony was in a Catholic church and she did a great job of getting pictures from all angles. We then went to Windansea beach for group pictures. All the pictures were stunning. She got great shots of all of the group, caught fun, candid shots and beautiful bridal portraits. Rachel's work is affordable and timely. She got everything back to us within a few weeks. I can't say enough about Rachel personally. She is so kind and was just wonderful to work with. I highly recommend choosing her for your wedding! More...

K
31 January 2015

We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos from Rachel!

Being someone who is typically camera-shy, Rachel did an outstanding job making us feel comfortable and helped us to really enjoy the experience. Rachel also captured the artistic, beautiful details from our venue that I was really hoping for. Most importantly, we love the candid photos Rachel took - they embodied the love and joy we all felt in those special moments.

Throughout the entire process, Rachel was kind, prompt, and very personable. We are so pleased with all of the photos and couldn't have asked for a better person to photograph our wedding. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone who is looking for a talented, thoughtful photographer!
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K
31 January 2015

We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos from Rachel!

Being someone who is typically camera-shy, Rachel did an outstanding job making us feel comfortable and helped us to really enjoy the experience. Rachel also captured the artistic, beautiful details from our venue that I was really hoping for. Most importantly, we love the candid photos Rachel took - they embodied the love and joy we all felt in those special moments.

Throughout the entire process, Rachel was kind, prompt, and very personable. We are so pleased with all of the photos and couldn't have asked for a better person to photograph our wedding. I highly recommend Rachel to anyone who is looking for a talented, thoughtful photographer!
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L
11 November 2014

I hope that Rachel didn't mind the spontaneous hug that I gave her after our recent family photo shoot. I couldn't help myself--she was just so warm & positive, making the experience really fun for all of us. Rachel is high energy and she orchestrated us by connecting with each of us individually, keeping us relaxed & casual even as she moved fast to get a lot of shots and to capture us in different settings and combinations.We gave Rachel a real challenge, too: five people representing four generations of family and ranging from 6 months to 94 years old, plus one recalcitrant cat. We were just in a comfortable family home, too, not a grand or glamorous setting. But Rachel figured out how to make everything work.And I could tell even as Rachel took them that her photos would be just right. Now I've seen them, and they absolutely captured us well: smiling, connected, looking our best. The final images are all bright and sharply focused, too: ideal for prints. Also, at my request, Rachel provided b&w versions, as well. In fact, it's hard to pick favorites, because there are so many good choices.We now have a family record that looks real & feels true. & we'll remember how much we enjoyed Rachel creating that for us.As for the logistics end of things, Rachel also communicated well both before & after. She was on time for the shoot and prompt in providing the final products. Her flat package price seems fair, because she obviously put in time and is a talented professional.I'm happy to have chosen Rachel and therefore pleased to recommend her to others. More...

D
4 November 2014

Rachel McFarlin is AMAZING!!!

Not only are her photographs beautiful, artistic, original yet classic, but working with her "in the moment" has to be one of the best experiences of our wedding, other then the getting married part :-)

It truly was like being with your close friend and creating lasting moments to share forever. Rachel made us feel so comforable and relaxed in a time that can be very stressful (dealing with the family photo time in particular), that that alone was worth having her there.

Thanks Rachel! You are terrific!
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D
4 November 2014

Rachel McFarlin is AMAZING!!!

Not only are her photographs beautiful, artistic, original yet classic, but working with her "in the moment" has to be one of the best experiences of our wedding, other then the getting married part :-)

It truly was like being with your close friend and creating lasting moments to share forever. Rachel made us feel so comforable and relaxed in a time that can be very stressful (dealing with the family photo time in particular), that that alone was worth having her there.

Thanks Rachel! You are terrific!
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Y
4 November 2014

Rachel McFarlin is AMAZING!!! Not only are her photographs beautiful, artistic, original yet classic, but working with her "in the moment" has to be one of the best experiences of our wedding, other then the getting married part :-) It truly was like being with your close friend and creating lasting moments to share forever. Rachel made us feel so comforable and relaxed in a time that can be very stressful (dealing with the family photo time in particular), that that alone was worth having her there. Thanks Rachel! You are terrific! More...

U
2 November 2014

We are so grateful that Rachel was a part of our wedding day! We just received our pictures, and they are stunning and will be treasured and shared and displayed. Not only was the final product amazing, but Rachel was incredibly helpful during the entire process. We live in Washington DC, and I actually found our venue after finding a post on Rachel's blog about affordable places to get married in San Diego. I eventually spoke to Rachel to when researching photographers, and she was incredibly thoughtful and helpful, and provided wisdom on much more than just the photography part of weddings (which was especially appreciated while trying to plan a wedding from across the country). She continued to be professional and responsive during the planning process, and during the wedding day. She is also very fun, and made the photography part of the day a blast. During the ceremony and reception she captured such funny and sweet moments, and did so without us even noticing she was still there. We could not be happier with our choice! More...

U
2 November 2014

We are so grateful that Rachel was a part of our wedding day! We just received our pictures, and they are stunning and will be treasured and shared and displayed. Not only was the final product amazing, but Rachel was incredibly helpful during the entire process. We live in Washington DC, and I actually found our venue after finding a post on Rachel's blog about affordable places to get married in San Diego. I eventually spoke to Rachel to when researching photographers, and she was incredibly thoughtful and helpful, and provided wisdom on much more than just the photography part of weddings (which was especially appreciated while trying to plan a wedding from across the country). She continued to be professional and responsive during the planning process, and during the wedding day. She is also very fun, and made the photography part of the day a blast. During the ceremony and reception she captured such funny and sweet moments, and did so without us even noticing she was still there. We could not be happier with our choice! More...

L
29 October 2014

My husband and I just recently got married in San Diego, CA. We feel so fortunate that we found such an awesome photographer like Rachel. Right from the start when we had the pleasure of meeting her, her vibe was so down to earth and full of energy. I'm one of those types of people who like things a certain way so I shared my thoughts on the style of photos I liked. Not only did Rachel listen to what I wanted but she delivered beyond expectations. She captured such beautiful intimate moments of our wedding we cannot be more pleased with the results. I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone! There's not enough words to describe how happy and excited my husband and I are. Thank you so much Rachel!! More...

L
29 October 2014

My husband and I just recently got married in San Diego, CA. We feel so fortunate that we found such an awesome photographer like Rachel. Right from the start when we had the pleasure of meeting her, her vibe was so down to earth and full of energy. I'm one of those types of people who like things a certain way so I shared my thoughts on the style of photos I liked. Not only did Rachel listen to what I wanted but she delivered beyond expectations. She captured such beautiful intimate moments of our wedding we cannot be more pleased with the results. I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone! There's not enough words to describe how happy and excited my husband and I are. Thank you so much Rachel!! More...

K
8 October 2014

We have used Rachel to take family photos along with newborn and kids photos.  We could not be happier with the way the photos turned out.  Our kids love when Rachel is there and our typically shy kids open up for the pictures.  Rachel is the best and we would recommend her for any occasion! More...

M
20 September 2014

What an amazing family photo session at the PB Pier! It turned out to be such a fun family evening while Rachel took priceless photos of us. Rachel was able to capture the most beautiful photos of our young children and family that we will always treasure. Now the question is, how do we decide what photos to put up on our walls? We may have to wall paper all our walls with all the photos! If you are looking for a professional, creative, personable, top-notch photographer, you have found her! Thank you so much Rachel! More...

J
17 September 2014

We used Rachel to take family photos this year.  We never get great photos with our young kids because they get bored taking pictures.  That was not the case with Rachel!  Rachel was a TRUE PRO at keeping our kids excited and laughing.  The pictures she shot captured their actual personalities and not their fake forced smiles.  I hate taking family photos, but Rachel made the experience fun.  We were at the beach and encountered one of the few and craziest San Diego rain storms which added to the challenge of taking photos, but Rachel shrugged off the set back as we waited for the rain to pass.  OUR PHOTOS look great!  I cant believe her eye for the lighting and her ability to capture our family's silly moments.  These pictures are incredible and I am very grateful to have awesome family photos to look back on as our family continues to grow!  Rachel is a great person full of positive energy and a true artist.I don't think there is a better photographer in California than Rachel McFarlin! More...

M
1 September 2014

Rachel is the most genuine person and beyond top notch photographer we have ever encountered. She captured the most amazing moments on camera of our 3 young children (2,4,7 year olds) and family! She had such creative ideas and captured action shots down at the beach during sunset. She was able to get our energetic and  fidgety children to relax and do what she needed at the right time. This was such a positive and relaxing experience that surpassed our expectations. We enjoyed the family time together and it turned out to be A FUN photo session that we will always cherish. Our pictures told our story as a family and turned out so spectacular that we can't decide on which pictures to enlarge. We may end up wall papering our entire house with these photos! These photos will be cherished forever! If you are looking for a photographer who is extremely personable, honest, genuine, and beyond talented you have found her! More...

M
22 August 2014

I chose Rachel to take our family pictures while vacationing in Mission Beach simply based on her ratings/comments on Yelp.  She made the session fun for our kids and everything ran so smoothly!  Rachel was easy to communicate with and offered site suggestions.  Our photos turned out amazing!  So amazing that we are having a very difficult time choosing between them!! She was able to capture some great shots that really showed emotions. Thank you, Rachel! More...

K
22 July 2014

Rachel McFarlin is exceptional as a person & a photographer! My family & I were going to be vacationing in San Diego & thought photographs on the beach would be fun. I searched Yelp & reviewed many of the top-rated photographers' websites... & kept returning to Rachel's. There is such life & character captured in her photos. And that's exactly what we got! I am elated with the results. The shoot was easy & fun, yet she kept it moving w/out being pushy or controlling. She is clearly talented, yet also personable & kind. My kids loved the entire experience because Rachel made it light-hearted. One of them said, "I didn't think that having our pictures taken would be so much fun!"We have yet to order our prints because we can't decide which shots we like the most! We could fill our walls with each shot -- a combination of some casually posed & the rest playfully candid. The images stopped time for us... I think that decades from now, we'll be able to view those photos with fond sentimentality. Rachel was easy to communicate with via email & text (admittedly, I never tried to reach her by phone, though I'm sure she's quick w/ that as well). She offered great advice & feedback before & during the photo shoot. Her final, touched-up, digital prints arrived when promised. Book her now! :) More...

M
1 July 2014

What a wonderful experience!  I haven't actually used her talents..YET.. but I was in search of a photographer in short notice.  She was unavailable but asked for my email so she could send some referrals and she did, within minutes!!  Talent and follow through?! Wow. WOW.  Thank you Rachel!! More...

P
18 June 2014

Rachel, it was so great to meet you and the pics you took were beautiful!!

R
13 June 2014

Rachel you are amazing!!! Thank you for making us all look so good and making it so fun! Highly recommend Rachel-you will not be disappointed!!!

J
29 May 2014

Rachel is AWESOME & definitely FUN to work with! She somehow manages to get all of us (4 kids, mom & dad) to laugh and smile at the same time. She truly captures the love and affection we all have for one another. We have hired her on two occasions. Once for family pictures and once for individual shots of my daughter. Both times were great! With Rachel, the kids never dread having their pictures taken. In fact they look forward to seeing her! We're definitely making Rachel a part of our family tradition! More...

D
29 April 2014

Rachel is a truly amazing photographer and a equally amazing person. She has a great eye and impressive vision. She took photos for our civil ceremony in SD and will be joining us in Cabo! Can't wait for the pics. Thanks again Rachel!!! More...

L
13 February 2014

Rachel Rocks! She did our daughters baptism and she was fantastic! She is so professional and so friendly which makes EVERYTHING easy. The pictures came out great and the turn around time was wonderful. I highly recommend her for your next event. More...

S
7 January 2014

How could family pictures be so fun, easy, and magnificently executed?  Rachel made is happen and we are so happy with the results!  She has a great ability with people and an eye for the opportune shot!  We recommend her for your family! More...

U
13 November 2013

We met Rachel at a street fair in Pacific Beach. We were immediately drawn to her beach photo since we knew we wanted a beach wedding. She has such a great personality and we knew that she was going to be fun to work with on our photos. She was very flexibile with our time schedule to hurry with our engagement pictures to send out save the date cards. Then she was great and accepting to give us a 2nd engagement shoot since we had been training to look our best for the big day and create a guest book with her beautiful pictures.
Lastly, she captured some really great moments at the wedding that could not have been set by those who did not want their picture taken. She met all of our needs and requests as though I feel I am a demanding person. She really wants to make you happy and will all she can to keep it that way.
I would recommend her for her affordable prices, great personality, and the way she can capture all the right moments.
Thank you Rachel.
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U
13 November 2013

We met Rachel at a street fair in Pacific Beach. We were immediately drawn to her beach photo since we knew we wanted a beach wedding. She has such a great personality and we knew that she was going to be fun to work with on our photos. She was very flexibile with our time schedule to hurry with our engagement pictures to send out save the date cards. Then she was great and accepting to give us a 2nd engagement shoot since we had been training to look our best for the big day and create a guest book with her beautiful pictures.
Lastly, she captured some really great moments at the wedding that could not have been set by those who did not want their picture taken. She met all of our needs and requests as though I feel I am a demanding person. She really wants to make you happy and will all she can to keep it that way.
I would recommend her for her affordable prices, great personality, and the way she can capture all the right moments.
Thank you Rachel.
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J
29 September 2013

Rachel is AWESOME & definitely FUN to work with!  She somehow manages to get all of us (4 kids, mom & dad) to laugh and smile at the same time. She truly captures the love and affection we all have for one another.  We have hired her on two occasions.  Once for family pictures and once for individual shots of my daughter.  Both times were great!  With Rachel, the kids never dread having their pictures taken. In fact they look forward to seeing her!  We're definitely making Rachel a part of our family tradition! More...

S
15 September 2013

Rachel makes taking family photos FUN! We have used her services twice over the last year and without a doubt I have found the ONE photographer who truly makes her shoots about the family; creating memories while capturing special milestones! I highly recommend Rachel; she is amazing! More...

K
19 July 2013

Rachel is not only an amazing photography, but a wonderful person. We hired her for our wedding on June 28, 2013 at the Bahia Resort. This was a challenging job because we had two separate settings: a beach and a large boat with several floors. From the first day we met she worked me on my budget, ideas for photos, and really got to know what we were looking for with our wedding photos. She also got to know our personalities as well so she knew the best way to work with us. Rachel met me prior to the wedding at the Bahia to check out the various sites for pictures and explained which areas would be best for lighting. On the day of the wedding, Rachel had an amazing way to make everyone (including the guys) feel comfortable about getting their picture taken. She gave great direction on how to position our bodies to make the photos come out great as well as having the best lighting for each shot. Getting married is such an overwhelming thing and it really helped to have a photographer who knew what she is doing. However, what impressed me the most about Rachel was her positive and upbeat attitude the whole time. She was not overbearing and was so sweet that everyone really responded to her direction. Several of my bridesmaids commented that they loved her photography style and personality. I can't say enough about Rachel and would absolutely recommend her for your next event. I just received my preview shots and they are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the rest! More...

K
19 July 2013

Rachel is not only an amazing photography, but a wonderful person. We hired her for our wedding on June 28, 2013 at the Bahia Resort. This was a challenging job because we had two separate settings: a beach and a large boat with several floors. From the first day we met she worked me on my budget, ideas for photos, and really got to know what we were looking for with our wedding photos. She also got to know our personalities as well so she knew the best way to work with us. Rachel met me prior to the wedding at the Bahia to check out the various sites for pictures and explained which areas would be best for lighting. On the day of the wedding, Rachel had an amazing way to make everyone (including the guys) feel comfortable about getting their picture taken. She gave great direction on how to position our bodies to make the photos come out great as well as having the best lighting for each shot. Getting married is such an overwhelming thing and it really helped to have a photographer who knew what she is doing. However, what impressed me the most about Rachel was her positive and upbeat attitude the whole time. She was not overbearing and was so sweet that everyone really responded to her direction. Several of my bridesmaids commented that they loved her photography style and personality. I can't say enough about Rachel and would absolutely recommend her for your next event. I just received my preview shots and they are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the rest! More...

E
2 November 2012

I don't even know where to start, if I could give 6 stars I would. I just got married last weekend 10/28/12 and Rachel photographed it all. As an avid yelp user, I had searched high and low and contacted several different photographers to capture our special day. Finally, we found Rachel. She was extremely easy to talk to, quick to respond, and had very competitive pricing. We met up with her only about a week after our first phone conversation and made arrangements to talk about our day. She had laid out amazing photos from previous weddings and talked to us about our different options. I felt as though I was just talking to a friend which was extremely comforting. I walked out of the meeting knowing that our day would be perfect.

We used Rachel for our engagement shots as well which turned out great. I was really nervous about doing any posed pictures in front of random people on the beach but she made it fun and it shows through in the pictures.

Rachel made our wedding day photos fun, quick, and painless (as I have several family members that hate to be in front of the camera). Every time we relaxed between shots Rachel was able to sneak in a few candids of everyone looking natural and having a good time. I barely saw her throughout the event because she was always in the background, hiding in corners, or up on stage capturing amazing shots of ourselves and our guests. My husband and I actually joked about it a few times throughout the wedding asking if she was still there because we figured it would be a day filled with cameras flashing in our faces, but once you see the body of pictures that she captures you would think it was a 3 man job.

Overall, if you are looking for a fun, responsible, and creative photographer to capture your wedding...Rachel McFarlin all the way!
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E
2 November 2012

I don't even know where to start, if I could give 6 stars I would. I just got married last weekend 10/28/12 and Rachel photographed it all. As an avid yelp user, I had searched high and low and contacted several different photographers to capture our special day. Finally, we found Rachel. She was extremely easy to talk to, quick to respond, and had very competitive pricing. We met up with her only about a week after our first phone conversation and made arrangements to talk about our day. She had laid out amazing photos from previous weddings and talked to us about our different options. I felt as though I was just talking to a friend which was extremely comforting. I walked out of the meeting knowing that our day would be perfect.

We used Rachel for our engagement shots as well which turned out great. I was really nervous about doing any posed pictures in front of random people on the beach but she made it fun and it shows through in the pictures.

Rachel made our wedding day photos fun, quick, and painless (as I have several family members that hate to be in front of the camera). Every time we relaxed between shots Rachel was able to sneak in a few candids of everyone looking natural and having a good time. I barely saw her throughout the event because she was always in the background, hiding in corners, or up on stage capturing amazing shots of ourselves and our guests. My husband and I actually joked about it a few times throughout the wedding asking if she was still there because we figured it would be a day filled with cameras flashing in our faces, but once you see the body of pictures that she captures you would think it was a 3 man job.

Overall, if you are looking for a fun, responsible, and creative photographer to capture your wedding...Rachel McFarlin all the way!
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E
2 November 2012

I don't even know where to start, if I could give 6 stars I would. I just got married last weekend 10/28/12 and Rachel photographed it all. As an avid yelp user, I had searched high and low and contacted several different photographers to capture our special day. Finally, we found Rachel. She was extremely easy to talk to, quick to respond, and had very competitive pricing. We met up with her only about a week after our first phone conversation and made arrangements to talk about our day. She had laid out amazing photos from previous weddings and talked to us about our different options. I felt as though I was just talking to a friend which was extremely comforting. I walked out of the meeting knowing that our day would be perfect.We used Rachel for our engagement shots as well which turned out great. I was really nervous about doing any posed pictures in front of random people on the beach but she made it fun and it shows through in the pictures.Rachel made our wedding day photos fun, quick, and painless (as I have several family members that hate to be in front of the camera). Every time we relaxed between shots Rachel was able to sneak in a few candids of everyone looking natural and having a good time. I barely saw her throughout the event because she was always in the background, hiding in corners, or up on stage capturing amazing shots of ourselves and our guests. My husband and I actually joked about it a few times throughout the wedding asking if she was still there because we figured it would be a day filled with cameras flashing in our faces, but once you see the body of pictures that she captures you would think it was a 3 man job. Overall, if you are looking for a fun, responsible, and creative photographer to capture your wedding...Rachel McFarlin all the way! More...

U
8 October 2012

We used Rachel for our engagement and wedding photography. She was really affordable, and we got the CD of images in a month. (Used CostCo for developing ~ awesome prices and the pics looked good.)
She was really fun and easy to work with. All of our bridal party really liked her. I knew that my bridesmaids would have fun with the photos, but what I was surprised by was how much the guys actually had a good time with it too. She is really good at making people feel comfortable and knowing how to help people pose. Her ideas for cool shots were totally unique. A big thing that she did was work really quickly ~ that was important to us as we wanted to get down to the party asap. (Her schedule ideas were super helpful!) I would definitely recommend her!
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U
8 October 2012

We used Rachel for our engagement and wedding photography. She was really affordable, and we got the CD of images in a month. (Used CostCo for developing ~ awesome prices and the pics looked good.)
She was really fun and easy to work with. All of our bridal party really liked her. I knew that my bridesmaids would have fun with the photos, but what I was surprised by was how much the guys actually had a good time with it too. She is really good at making people feel comfortable and knowing how to help people pose. Her ideas for cool shots were totally unique. A big thing that she did was work really quickly ~ that was important to us as we wanted to get down to the party asap. (Her schedule ideas were super helpful!) I would definitely recommend her!
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M
4 October 2012

I absolutely LOVE Rachel! I found her by chance when I googled "Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens wedding pictures" and was so excited after looking at her pictures and seeing that she was in my price range. After meeting with her, I booked her for my engagement pictures and wedding pictures. During our meeting I liked that she gave me a realistic estimate on how much time she thought that I really needed her for to get the shots that I wanted. She didn't try to up-sale me at all on time or prints which I appreciated.My husband was kind of nervous as we were driving to meet her for our engagement pictures because he didn't want to spend hours taking a bunch of cheesy pictures, but Rachel really made him feel comfortable and got a lot of great shots quickly. Rachel gave me a good picture time line for our wedding day an accommodated the fact that we wanted to take most of our pictures before the wedding so that we would really enjoy the reception. Rachel was was great with our huge wedding party and was able to wrangle everyone in for the group shots. Our whole wedding party loved her and I was so happy when after the ceremony we were able to enter right away and start greeting our guests.The day after our wedding Rachel e-mailed me some preview shots and we got all of our pictures 4 weeks after our wedding. Rachel also does family photographs and we will definitely be using her again! More...

M
28 September 2012

I absolutely LOVE Rachel! I found her by chance when I googled "Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens wedding pictures" and was so excited after looking at her pictures and seeing that she was in my price range. After meeting with her, I booked her for my engagement pictures and wedding pictures. During our meeting I liked that she gave me a realistic estimate on how much time she thought that I really needed her for to get the shots that I wanted. She didn't try to up-sale me at all on time or prints which I appreciated.

My husband was kind of nervous as we were driving to meet her for our engagement pictures because he didn't want to spend hours taking a bunch of cheesy pictures, but Rachel really made him feel comfortable and got a lot of great shots quickly.

Rachel gave me a good picture time line for our wedding day an accommodated the fact that we wanted to take most of our pictures before the wedding so that we would really enjoy the reception. Rachel was was great with our huge wedding party and was able to wrangle everyone in for the group shots. Our whole wedding party loved her and I was so happy when after the ceremony we were able to enter right away and start greeting our guests. The day after our wedding Rachel e-mailed me some preview shots and I can't wait to see all of them!

Rachel also does family photographs and we will definitely be using her again!
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M
28 September 2012

I absolutely LOVE Rachel! I found her by chance when I googled "Karl Strauss Brewery Gardens wedding pictures" and was so excited after looking at her pictures and seeing that she was in my price range. After meeting with her, I booked her for my engagement pictures and wedding pictures. During our meeting I liked that she gave me a realistic estimate on how much time she thought that I really needed her for to get the shots that I wanted. She didn't try to up-sale me at all on time or prints which I appreciated.

My husband was kind of nervous as we were driving to meet her for our engagement pictures because he didn't want to spend hours taking a bunch of cheesy pictures, but Rachel really made him feel comfortable and got a lot of great shots quickly.

Rachel gave me a good picture time line for our wedding day an accommodated the fact that we wanted to take most of our pictures before the wedding so that we would really enjoy the reception. Rachel was was great with our huge wedding party and was able to wrangle everyone in for the group shots. Our whole wedding party loved her and I was so happy when after the ceremony we were able to enter right away and start greeting our guests. The day after our wedding Rachel e-mailed me some preview shots and I can't wait to see all of them!

Rachel also does family photographs and we will definitely be using her again!
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S
4 July 2012

Rachel was the photographer for our May wedding at Admiral Baker Golf Course.  We interviewed a few photographers before picking Rachel, but as soon as we met her I knew she was perfect for the job.  We clicked right away and we felt totally comfortable with her.Come wedding day, she did a FANTASTIC job!  She was so easy to work with, was totally professional, and just a joy to have shooting my wedding.  She got all the shots I was hoping for and they turned out just beautifully!  As extra bonuses to my experience, she invited my fiance and I down to the beach for a complimentary photo shoot during her annual "Santa at the beach" photo session.  We used the pictures on our Christmas card, and they turned out totally fun!  I highly recommend Rachel for any of your photography needs! More...

B
27 February 2012

Rachel has been photographing our family for 4 years now. She always finds the best locations and unique shots that make a picture memorable.  Rachel is great with kids and can always get them smiling and having fun.  I have beautiful memories and for that I can't thank Rachel enough! More...

A
13 October 2011

I love Rachel's photography! She photographed our engagement pictures and wedding reception and handled difficult relatives, large group shots and last minute changes with ease! Rachel was enthusiastic and creative and made my camera shy relatives feel very comfortable, while also getting great shots of all. She has done many of our friends weddings and I love that she is able to take images that are unique and really reflect each couple. More...

S
8 September 2011

Rachel McFarlin is an amazing photographer with natural talent.  She truly knows how to capture your family being themselves without that forced and set up look.  She took pictures of my 2 week old baby girl.  We were so in love with these pictures and were blown away with the whole overall experience.  I would recommend her to anyone!!We will definitely be using her again soon!!! More...

J
7 September 2011

Rachel did our wedding last Fall - we were very happy with the results.  My husband's favorite part was that Rachel was able to get some amazing shots in a relatively short amount of time (his request)  She was able to get everything we wanted and needed without it taking over our entire day.  We could concentrate on what was really important - celebrating the day with our families!My favorite part was getting the pics after - I had a huge selection of pictures to choose from for sharing and framing.  I felt like she was able to capture the fun and love of a great day.We look forward to using Rachel in the future :) More...

A
26 April 2011

Amazing! I don't find myself to be the most photogenic person or particularly comfortable in front of a camera but Rachel made me feel comfortable and ended up with more great pictures than I could have hoped for. You will not be disappointed. She is now our official family photographer :) More...

A
14 February 2011

I found Rachel through a friend,and  thank goodness!I have used her services for the windansea pictures with santa last year.  She did a family shoot at the same time and wow!  We got the digital images and sent them to be blown up for a big canvas print.  Amazing.  Best pictures!Just hired her again for a shoot with my dad's side of the family.She is great with kids, she really "gets" them and brings out the best.Original perspective and solid photos.  She has always been on time and the price is right! More...

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