Hmmmm where to start......well I guess the beginning. Hi my name is Rachel and I am just a girl who loves photography and volunteering/fostering with shelter animals. A love for photography and animals has always been something in me, but as I got older I never knew how to combine the two in a way that could help. So for a long time I just focused on photography, going to school and studying what I could and finding my style. I am fascinated with texture, incorporating mixed media, finding the beauty in all things and post-production work. Once I found my style, I just started to experiment and to this day, I am always trying to improve my art form. For me, this comes by learning from other artists and learning from my mistakes (and trust me I make plenty). But even so, I always felt like I could be doing more and I just did not know what or how at that point. I was always interested in volunteering at local shelters, but I was apprehensive at the same time. Then one day my mom, being the smart woman that she is, told me something (that I still go back to to this day) that opened my eyes instantly, so I filled out the volunteer paperwork and went to my local shelter to volunteer. At this point, I was still unsure how my passion for photography and my love for animals would come into play. Well the more I worked with my local shelter, educated myself and networked with other shelters and rescues, I soon realized what my mission had to be.
In this day and age, social media and networking is so important for shelter animals (it really is life or death) and getting the animals posted is important in order for them to get adopted and rescued, getting information across to millions and just coming together to help the voiceless. So I started to take pictures at my local shelter of the dogs that would come in (although we already had photographers doing this, I just wanted to help) and post their images on my social networks. It started off as something small and sort of became a mission of mine to help as much as I could. The more I volunteered and worked with people in rescue and worked with the dogs, the more I learned. I learned so much (the good and the brutal truth of the bad that comes with this type of work). I think what surprised me is how much the dogs taught me and gave me more and more strength inside of myself. There were a few dogs in particular and between them and myself, I knew I had to use my skills to carry on a promise to them. Leaving my politics and views aside (but I am not shy at voicing my thoughts and if you ever ask me I will proudly tell you what they are), I still want to educate and I will never stop fighting and being their voice.
Right now I am working on continuing my portfolio, trying to find freelance/contract work and taking care of my special needs foster, Bronwyn.