Alexis + James themed their wedding around fairytales. Alexis’s great grandmother was born in Ireland and shared stories of fairies and magical meadows throughout her childhood. Alexis + her female relatives all have a magical intuition and knowingness that stems from her great grandmother. Through whimsical linens, pastel florals, sparkly bridesmaid dresses, and fairy centerpieces, Alexis found ways to bring her Irish Fairytale to life!

Alexis + James Tampa Wedding

This is one of the most common questions I get asked from other photographers! (It makes sense right… getting started is always the hardest part!) In today’s blog post, I’m sharing 3 tips for those who are interested in entering the world of wedding photography!

1. Start as an assistant, then second shoot.
The world of wedding photography is fast-paced and complex, and it takes time to learn the ins and outs. Unlike portrait sessions, there is no room for error on a wedding day. You don’t want to be learning for the first time, on the job!!
Booking work as an assistant or second shooter is an amazing place to start. Find a local photographer who you like and respect, who’s a step or two ahead of where you’d like to be. Offer to work for them for free, or help carry their gear. Put their needs + clients first, and be a sponge to absorb all the knowledge they have to share!

2. Practice with low-risk clients
Whether it’s family or a close friend, or someone who can’t afford a super experienced professional, booking low-risk clients at first helps alleviate some of the pressure of a wedding day.
My first wedding clients were college friends who I’d recently graduated with, who didn’t have huge budgets for their weddings. It was much more laidback working with people I knew, and it and allowed me to gain confidence all while building up my portfolio!!

3. Refine with education
It’s amazing what skills you can learn on the internet!!! From lighting to posing, marketing to pricing, there is loads of online education at your disposal. I recommend investing in a combination of digital courses as well as in-person workshops to build up your knowledge. Or, if you’re on a tight budget, YouTube is a great resource too!!

How to start shooting weddings

After some frustrating postponements (thanks Covid!), I FINALLY got to host my dream 30th birthday celebration last month!! Anyone who knows me knows that I love all things witchy, so I decided to throw a nontraditional Crystal Visions party downtown Chicago.

My crystal boho birthday party

As we navigate our early 30’s and approach 5 years of marriage, Keith and I often get asked when we’re planning on having kids. I sometimes joke that my baby has four legs + lots of yellow fur… but in all seriousness, the desire to be a mom isn’t currently on my heart. There are obvious reasons why I don’t feel ready… I love to sleep in, I’m busy chasing career goals, I spend almost every second of my free time traveling, and the list goes on!

I’m not sure if I want kids

It wasn’t three months after Tammy and Hunter met that they discovered they were each other’s equals. When they got engaged, Tammy said she wanted a small wedding – just closest family and friends who supported them as a couple. They dreamed of a destination affair in California, outdoors by the water, with pretty string lights and food everyone would enjoy.

Tammy and Hunter’s Half Moon Bay Wedding

Alexis first met James when he opened the door for her at a church meeting. James noticed Alexis over a year later, when he saw her wearing a festive red dress serving as a reader at Christmas Eve mass. He came up with a reason to talk to Alexis and was surprised when she remembered everything about him from the first time they met over a year before!

Alexis + James Sarasota Engagement Session

If I’m being honest, it’s hard to think about finding someone I can trust to care for my clients the way that I do. At the beginning of 2020, I took a big leap and hired my first associate photographer Lauren! Looking back, it was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve made for my biz!!! Between Lauren and myself, we are serving close to 40 couples in 2021. I couldn’t be happier to be bringing our experience to so many sweet + deserving people.

Today… I’m excited to announce that the Rachael Kazmier Photography team is growing AGAIN!

My Team is Growing!!!

I’m continually blown away by the beautiful places + people I’m able to experience as a wedding photographer, and this intimate wedding in Wine Country was no exception! Beltane Ranch is a charming inn and historic landmark in Sonoma. Set among olive orchards, vineyards, heirloom gardens, and even free-range chickens, it’s the perfect California escape. […]

Rustic Sonoma Wedding at Beltane Ranch

Spend just a few minutes in their presence and you’ll feel right at home. They are sweet and caring… both for each other and for those around them. But my favorite thing about Val and Alex?? They truly are the best of friends! You can see it in the warm smiles they share and in […]

Val and Alex’s Peninsula Chicago Wedding

Lilly and Nathan met at a movie night with mutual friends. They quickly bonded over their shared affection of snacks and climbing. Their love was a slow burn… both resisted romantic feelings because they were “just friends”. They couldn’t deny all the things they had in common though – music, food, and a love for the outdoors. Lilly said she realized her feelings for Nathan when she couldn’t stop smiling when talking about him, and finally told him that she had a crush on him. They were officially dating less than a week later, and the rest is history!!!

Lilly and Nathan at the Golden Gate Bridge