Meet Rachel Fesko Photography. Rachel was introduced to me by another vendor-friend Kymm McLean. I love meeting new vendors in the industry, hearing their stories, their successes, their struggles, their pride in owning their own business. Makes me feel like I’m amongst friends who relate to all of the ups and downs of this industry. Rachel was no exception. Before we knew it, 2 hours had flown by at Starbucks. So grateful to have made a new friend. Please enjoy a few (ok, more than a few, I couldn’t decide!) images and an interview from Rachel! How and why did you start a photography business?
I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t have a camera in my hands. My parents were always developing film for me, not to say that all of the pictures were mind altering at the age of 5! When I turned 10 my grandfather gave me his old manual Olympus, and I was hooked. The business really began to bloom when my aunt approached me after getting engaged, and asked if I would take her wedding pictures. To say I was freaked out would have been an understatement. I did all the research I could, asked a ton of questions from anyone that would give me time and then jumped in. After blogging the images I had two more inquiries from brides getting married, and the snowball just started rolling. Four years later, it’s bigger and better than I had ever hoped it would have been at that point.
What inspires you?
Honestly, I saved this question until last; because it’s not easy for me to answer. Mainly, it’s the couple. I never want to overstep my bounds as a photographer, take over and transform my clients into something they’re not. If they’re laid back, I shoot from the heart. If they have an inspiration or idea for how they want the shoot to turn out, then we collaborate. The goal is to make it the most fun, and best shoot they’ve ever had. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and said, “Well, I just don’t look good in pictures.” My answer? “Well, then you haven’t worked with me yet!” The goal is to get them to relax, pretend the camera isn’t there and just be themselves. How would you describe your style in 3 words?
Clean. Bright. Timeless.What would be your DREAM wedding to shoot?
Is it okay that I have two?? First dream wedding to shoot, and maybe because it’s of a recent visit, would be at The Biltmore. Ceremony on the front lawn, open air reception on the terrace with string lights, tall centerpieces, and that new Lazaro gown that’s in J Majors window (squeal!).
Second wedding dream wedding would be in Tuoro sul Trasimeno, Italy at the Villa Baroncino. It’s an old Italian vineyard that they use to host weddings in. If you’ve seen French Kiss, then you understand what the grounds look like.Both weddings would have a super fun couple that would allow me enough time to create these amazing images (first look, hint, hint), and have a flawless wedding planner… oh, and Kymm McLean along for makeup and sanity checks.What is your favorite part of shooting weddings?
For me, it’s not just shooting the wedding… it’s the whole process. It’s getting to know my couple’s. There’s a reason why I will never call my couple’s “clients,” because to me they’re always more than that. They will always be the couple that allowed me into their lives for a short season, and trusted me to capture one of the most important times in their lives. They allow me to be the window through which their friends, family… and more importantly, their kids, are transported and given an inside look into who they were during this time. It’s why I love my job. Not everyone is given that opportunity, and I feel so blessed that I am.