"It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera. They are made with the eye, heart, and head." Henri Cartier-Bresson
meet your
Xx, Rachel Madrigal

When I was fourteen, I came across a book about Ansel Adams and fell in love. Not in the way I fell in love with my musician husband, of course. I fell in love with the way Ansel Adams saw things through the viewfinder, the patience he showed waiting for just the right light to fall across Half Dome in Yosemite and his impeccable sense of perspective and composition. He processed film in the darkroom (no digital cameras back then), and so did I when I first started shooting. I actually had a darkroom in my little apartment

I am drawn to wedding and lifestyle photography because it is so personal and allows me to tell the unique story of each client, many of whom have become friends.  I look for people who are adventurous, free spirited and who love the outdoors and nature and choose me because they truly appreciate my art, as opposed to those who are shopping around for the cheapest deal.

I prefer to shoot outdoors and in natural light because of the organic connection to nature and the vibe it creates. There is a moody and dark, vintage film feel to an outdoor image captured in just the right light that unveils a subtle grain and warm tone.  Shooting this way has allowed me to establish a unique identity. When clients comment upon viewing their photos that they feel beautiful and empowered seeing themselves captured in such a different way, it is a thrilling and uplifting experience.

Love & passion for creating lead me here

Hello beautiful soul!

I love hosting gatherings

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I have a deep connection to spirit & nature

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I'm also a candle maker on the side

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I love traveling & hiking

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I married my highschool sweetheart

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I love animals

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fun  facts about me


“Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”

Rosie & Jose

"We loved Rachel! From our first meeting, Rachel made us feel comfortable and at ease. Rachel captured the most beautiful moments for both our engagement and wedding photos, and she truly knew how to capture the nature around us (we both love the outdoors!). Our families, friends, and vendors all loved our pictures. We can't wait to have Rachel capture more family photos in the coming years!"

michele & alfie

"Having Rachel take our photos for our big day was one of the best decisions we made in our planning process. Her communication before and the day of was exceptional. We absolutely love our photos and feel truly blessed that she was able to capture such a special moment in our lives!"

love letters from clients

Still gleaming from doing what I love... capturing your love story & enhancing human connection through photography.


I took a leap of faith, left my job & pursued my passion as a full-time photographer!


I dove into the world of business and got my first paid wedding gig.


high school; I realised my life's purpose... photography!


A timeline of passion