Timeless, romantic, beautiful…if those are the words you want to describe your wedding day, then I’ve found the photographer for you. The work of Rachel Peters is all of those and then some. Rachel has built a business based on capturing romance, love and amazing moments. Whether she’s capturing a lighthearted smile, an intimate, candid moment, or all of the details of your big day, her photos are bright, crisp and out of this world beautiful. She focuses on the emotions and love while also paying careful attention to the ways that make your wedding personal. If you’re looking for a photographer whose images are light and airy but also someone that provides top-notch service along the way, then look no further.
MORE ABOUT RACHEL
Tell us about your company and how you got started.
I started to photograph when I was young. As we drove through PEI, I would be in the back seat of my parent’s car and see such beauty. I would say, ‘wish I had a camera!”. My parents gifted me a camera and it was love at first shot.
I started my business about 8 years ago. I left a full-time government job to work towards my photography dreams and haven’t looked back.
What makes your work unique? Why should couples hire you?
This is such a difficult question. Each couple is looking for a specific style of photography. If the couple’s style matches with mine, and they feel comfortable with me, its a match! There is a certain style for each couple, and a photographer to match that!
What is your ideal client like?
My ideal client is a caring couple in love that loves adventure, romance, and PEI. About 90% of my clientele live off island and are traveling back to PEI or off island for their wedding. One in two couples are typically from PEI.
How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? Do you tell the whole story of the day?
I am a laid back shooter with a plan. I love having a plan so that I can capture the moments in between the formal part of the day. A plan also helps with wedding day jitters for the couple and family involved. I have a second shooter with me and they also capture a lot of the behind the scenes images and helps things run smoothly.
How do you make couples feel relaxed in front of the camera?
I have some little tricks that I do to help people relax in front of the camera. I also don’t love getting my photo taken so I understand how it feels to be nervous. We call that understanding the ’empathy meter’.
What trends when it comes to wedding photography are you seeing among Maritime couples lately?
I am seeing a trend of smaller weddings and elopements. Elopements are my favorite to shoot. Last year alone, I had 12 elopements with 5 or fewer people involved. Another style detail I am noticing is colored wedding dresses. The dresses are beautiful muted pastel colors.
What is your favorite thing about weddings in The Maritimes?
It is 100% the scenery and the people. These two combined can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Which wedding venues in The Maritimes do you love and why?
The venues I most enjoy shooting weddings at most include smaller venues with a lot of character. I love the beach for evening weddings!
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to book their wedding photographer?
-Please remember that your photographs are one of the only things you would have left after the wedding day!
-It is important for you to have a contract with your wedding photographer, with clear communications leading up to the wedding day.
-Ask to see more than 1 full wedding from them!
Quick! Give us an answer for our lightning round questions…
Favorite wedding flower?
Not really a flower person but…peonies are my favorite flowers…White and Green Bouquet! David Austin Roses / Ranunculus / ton of greenery. I am so excited for that the Pantone color of the year is greenery. I cannot wait to see greenery being used in every aspect of the wedding day!
Favorite first dance song you’ve heard?
I love when couples do their first dance to an artist song that is local. I love finding a new favorite song to play on repeat.