Hi there, friend.
I’m Rachel Waters. I like to think my last name is “Waters” because I was a mermaid in a past life. In this life, I am a wedding + lifestyle photographer based in Oklahoma and Colorado. But you probably knew that by now. What don’t you know? Favorite color: Emerald green. Favorite beverage: iced honey latte; alcoholic: G+Ts. Or anything with lavender. Favorite scent: impending rain. Favorite sound: laughter. Tattoos: 6. Hair: Currently pink. I played the alto saxophone for 8 years and still love picking it up from time to time. Jazz forever. I have a degree in English Lit, but may never use it. The world’s greatest dogs alive are mine (no offense). Ira + Poppy are their names and they bring me so much joy. My closet is 50% black and 50% stripes and I believe in dry shampoo with everything in my being. I daydream a lot, mostly about traveling to far away places and getting a little bit lost. I shout praise for Mexican + Thai food. I listen to my music as loudly as I can get away with. One day, I hope to live in a cottage in the English countryside, surrounded by wildflowers, my own garden, and more dogs. In my free time, you could find me a trivia night with my friends, practicing songs for my first-ever karaoke performance (currently practicing: Ray Charles, Rihanna, Beyoncé and JAY-Z, and, of course, Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard), and making the plans to write my own cookbook. I cry every time I watch Pam and Jim’s wedding on The Office. I cry when I get inquiries with the word “Rustic” in them and unfortunately, they’re not the same happy tears from the Beesley/Halpert Wedding. I wish Apple made a waterproof iMac series so I could edit and work while simultaneously relaxing in the bathtub. Sometimes I consider naps my best friend. Food is better spicy don’t @ me. I want to go to a new country for every year I’m alive. I’m a few behind right now, but hope to make up for that soon (if you wanna help me out with my life goal, hit me up. I’ll make ya a deal.). I am drawn to light; captivated by lines, shadows, and hues of dawn and twilight (It’s a “Hard No” for me, Bob on the Vampire Books, though.). Making people laugh is my favorite pastime, but I know my sense of humor may not be for everyone. I always wanted to be an artist–somehow–but never knew if I’d ever be able to do it for a living. So, being able to make some kick-ass photos for some kick-ass people brings me immense delight. I believe in love, kindness, and standing up for what is right and true. I am a lover of small moments and big moments, of relentless joy, of the warmth of the sun. I believe in something bigger than myself, in making each day a little magical, in mental health days, and in celebrating in gratitude all the wondrous gifts I am given.
I’m inspired by:
Human connection + the present + new places
+ morning light and golden light + good stories + symmetry + nature +
the ocean + emotions + poetry + music–especially while exploring + love.
My favorite things:
Ira and Poppy, my pups (the cuties on the green couch above (RIP, couch…thanks, Poppy) +
slow mornings + traveling + iced coffee + plants + hip hop + tacos + fresh flowers +
lavender scented things + making my brother laugh + watermelon + honeybees
+ stars + the mountains and the sea + light + black/white patterns + minimalism +
+ notebooks and making lists + cooking + Harry Potter + A1 sauce.