You probably want to know a bit more about the people you're about to invite along this journey with you. We're happy to oblige! Keep scrolling and we'll tell you ALL the things.
Hail and well met, we're the Bowmans! Jared and I are high school sweethearts turned old married couple. When I started this business, Jared had a curiosity for learning the ropes in case I needed a backup second shooter. Little did I know that he would take to it so well, so we decided to embrace it and now we’re a husband + wife photo team. Thus Rachael Bowman Photography was born and the townspeople rejoiced!
"But like who are you really?"
Jared + Rachael, big ol’ cute nerds that take cool photos. Truly we are home bodies, we would much rather host a gathering with a few good friends + share some laughs than go out to a crowded place. Our activities of choice? Hanging with the herd (yes we're now up to 3 animals), eating the greasiest pizza, enjoying a good beer while crushing some vidya games. Mind you that no greasy pizza fingers are allowed on the controllers, we’re not monsters.
Really we’re just humans who also happen to love making beautiful images of other humans for a living. We want to laugh, cry, and goof alongside you in the most beautiful way. Stuffy sessions are not our thing, we’re going to be open and fun with you and we hope you’ll do the same in return. We value moments over poses and feel that’s where personalities shine. We get it there’s a scary little box pointed your way and suddenly you have wooden limbs + don’t know what to do with your hands. Let us worry about that, you just show up ready to hang out with us and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ve been doing this for years so we have the skills, the posing, and the prompts to help you rock your photos! Our couples mean the world to us, we’re here to build a friendship with you as well as give you the best damn photos we can. Most importantly, we’ve got your back! We’ll be there fixing your dress, calming flyaways, helping herd cats, and getting your timeline juuuuuust right. We’ll be honest with you and we’ll work hard for you because we love what we do!
Head lady running things around here. I spend most days editing photos in my dark cave office.
Beer + Pizza. Name a better combination.
I am a firm believer in quiet morning coffee time and that laughter is the best medicine!
Certified Catan-aholic and not looking to reform.
Sheep for wheat?
We pause our marriage for Catan nights, no favoritism allowed!
The second shooting, dress train toting, reflector poppin' husband to Rachael. Easy on the eyes and good at carrying ALL the things usually at the same time.
Handy man deluxe.
I tinker with all things mechanical and like to work with my hands.
I'm also a mad scientist. Nah, JK! Rachael calls me the brains around here. I'm a process engineer by day, support photographer by nights + weekends.
Jared and I had a very generic and to be honest, fairly average engagement + wedding photography experience. When we look back at those images they don't reflect us in a meaningful way. So when we committed to this journey we knew we didn't want that to be said of our work. We strive to create images that speak to and most importantly OF our couples. To make timeless images that will in live in the home you build together, that remind you everyday of the bond that started it all.
So how the hell do we make that “why” vision come to life? By becoming more than another vendor to you. We’re in this for the long haul and want to be more than just photographers that show up and snap photos. From day one we’re going to be ourselves and be open with you and we hope you’ll do the same in return.
How does this affect your photos? Over the years we’ve found that when we take the time to build a relationship with our couples they are comfortable around us and their photos reflect that. They’re not afraid to be themselves and let their fun, giggly personalities shine through. Jared and I going to give you the encouragement and space to be yourselves, and that my friends is where the photo magic lives!
We want you to know that we’re here to have your back and support you along the journey to your wedding day. It is truly about so much more than making gorgeous images (although that is our favorite part). Most of our couples are getting married for the first time so we super don’t expect you to know how this whole wedding thing works. We do this A LOT so we are more than happy to be a source of info + advice to help you make this a huge success. We will be helping to organize you, build timelines, recommend vendors, and support you in any way we can. When wedding day finally comes you’ll be so much more relaxed knowing that Rachael + Jared “got this ALL DAY!”. You’ll be part of the RBP family and we’ll always be looking out for you!
Rachael Bowman Photography is a husband and wife photography team capturing weddings, elopements, and couples. They serve Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and surrounding areas.