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Rachel O.

Location: Portland Oregon

Fashion & Beauty Photographer

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About Me

I'm a photographer professionally, a stylist by addiction and necessity and an avid makeup junkie. I push the edge of my comfort zone and I've grown quickly because of it. I don't claim to be anything other than a novice on all counts but I've enjoyed some amazing clientele regardless and my work has grown very quickly which has given me the freedom to further express my artistic vision. I am an artist first and a photographer second.

Eye Color: Hazel
Complexion: Tan
Undertone: Neutral
Skin Type: Normal
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Texture: Normal
Birthday: October 27
Age: 33


Booking and General Inquiry:
971.832.2702 (text only)


Where did I get my start?: I am an artist from childhood - painting, sculpting, carving, drawing, sewing, designing. I self taught a great deal, I asked questions, read books, spent hours practicing the most basic of disciplines, got accepted into some art schools, did some interning, studied animation, interior design at university and finally evolved into a photographer as well as a "start up" clothing designer. Allot of exploration before I was 23? Yes, I get engrossed in my work, I never stop and most mediums and canvasses in all art forms are fascinating to me.

When did I go from photographer to stylist/photographer?: When I had stylists and MUAH artists that flaked or couldn't pull out the look I was trying for. I spent my summer as a 15yr old painting faces professionally to buy my first car and so I am more used to being outside the traditional "wedding makeup" box then some makeup artists I've used. I highly value thier expertise however I've learned to explore a bit on my own to get the result that I am looking for. That said I have really worked with some amazing stylists that put me to shame and I can only say amazing things about them!

Do you travel?: Absolutely. I'll accommodate most travel needs if the project is acceptable.

What is your style, in your words?: I love abstract form. I love shape and noise and low lighting. Lana Del Rey's B&W video for "Blue Jeans" tugs at every creative heart string I have. That said I've always described my work as a whole as "simple, subtle" meaning I use allot of natural light, natural form, natural light interference and shadow that allot of photographers try to get rid of. I use would more often use framing in a shot to create drama then a bunch of objects or scenery. I feel the best shots scream something to you - but you cannot tell what it is. Because it is not obvious, it is not literal, it is subjective and emotional. The best images tell a story but it is a different story to every person.