Hi, My name is Rachel and I am a professional photographer, specialising in pregnancy, newborn and family photography. I offer an easy going and relaxed approach to photography, offering sessions either at my clients own homes, in a studio or in a lifestyle environment. I love photography and love to have fun with my clients who share this passion; creating and delivering beautiful and timeless portraits.
In addition to being a photographer, I am also a Mummy to 2 beautiful little girls, which gives me a head start over other photographers, especially when it comes to charming small children, not to mention the opportunity to photograph them at any given opportunity!
I became a photographer in 2008 alongside my husband Mark and together we founded a highly successful Wedding Photography company called eXpression Photography. I found that over the years I developed some amazing relationships with my clients and I always felt sad saying goodbye after the wedding, then one day a client came back to us and announced they had a baby and would I do a newborn shoot for her? I’d been asked in the past and said no as it wasn’t my area of expertise but something made me say yes and along I went! I have to admit, it wasn’t the best session and I swore I’d never do it again, until my best friend fell pregnant the following year and literally begged me to take some pictures of her new baby boy!! This time I did my research, spent hours online researching newborn posing, photo editing, equipment and went in fully prepared! I had an incredible session and took some killer shots and I’m happy to say, I never looked back!
Over the years I’ve worked hard to perfect my skills across pregnancy, newborn and family photography. I made the switch from natural light to flash in 2014 and it changed everything about my shoots. No longer did I worry about getting the perfect lighting, I could take it with me and it opened up a whole new world of opportunities. I’ve invested in training, I’ve won awards for my work and I’ve worked hard to be where I am today. I founded my business as Smile Baby Photography but more recently re-branded to my own name; Rachel Sloan Photography, so that my clients could identify more with me as a person.
I love chocolate, a big mug of tea, walking miles through the Herts and Essex countryside, playing Barbies with my girls, horse riding, latin dancing and on long summer evenings, a cheeky glass of prosecco or two!
My portfolio is extensive but I have chosen a small selection of shots to include on my website. If you like what you see and would like to book a shoot, I would love to hear from you!
Please note I am based on the Herts/Essex border near to Bishops Stortford and whilst I am happy to travel, I offer this on a case by case basis, depending on distance and location.
Photo credit to Hannah Monika in Crete – the one and only photographer I have ever trusted to take pictures of my family! 🙂