Rachel Rooney Photography


Have you ever met someone who calms your soul? Within minutes of meeting these two, I immediately felt a calming vibe. Not just towards each other, but also towards me. Hannah currently lives overseas, while Ricardo is in Houston. They came back to San Francisco for a long weekend, full of wedding planning and little sleep. Despite their hectic schedules, these two were so relaxed and truly soaked in every minute with each other.

H+R, I cannot wait to shoot your romantic wedding this fall.  


I went on vacation by myself. 

In March, I booked a last minute ticket and flew down to Palm Springs for a long weekend. I was a little apprehensive to take a trip solo, but figured what the heck. Worst case scenario, I would lay by the pool, book and wine in hand, and soak up a few rays. Sounded like a fabulous time to me. 

I had been in contact with an old friend, Steph, before I left and we decided to meet up in Joshua Tree for a shoot. We hadn't seen each other in years but picked up right where we left off while we explored what is now, one of my favorite places. Steph has a blog, www.thesaltyrenegade.com (go check it out!!) and also helped team up with a Phoenix based shop, VIDA | MOULIN, who provided the lovely dresses. 

Joshua Tree is absolutely spectacular. The rock formations are like nothing I have ever seen before. Plus, the spunky little Joshua Trees are not found anywhere else in the world. The golden desert lighting and cotton candy sunset did not disappoint. 

Traveling alone is incredibly liberating. I hope everyone has a chance to experience it at some point in their life. I left this weekend, cup overflowing.


Visit www.vidamoulin.com to check out their shop!


| Let your head be where your feet are |

I am not a big New Year's resolution type of a person. But this year, I figured 'what the heck' I will make a couple and give them a shot. After much thought, my resolution has been to be more present. I have found that when you really soak life in, how increasingly more fulfilling life becomes.

After my sessions, I race home, giddy to start editing. Not just because of the anticipation, but I truly love looking back at the emotion captured between the couples. Going through Cara + Mike's photos, I was amazed how incredibly present they were during our session. These two have such a calming presence about them, but you simply can't ignore their zest for each other. 

If I have one piece of advise for couples throughout their wedding process, it is to get lost in each other. Not in the lists or the tasks; but get lost with your fiancé and be present with them. Your photos and your hearts will thank you. 

Cara + Mike, I could not be more excited to share your special day with the two of you.