Hey, I'm Rachel!
I'm a Canadian published & award-winning photographer based in Port Perry & Barrie, Ontario, with a passion for documenting adventurous and authentic memories. I am a tea addict, avid thrifter, music enthusiast, plant-obsessed, hedgie mom, and adventurer.
I have been obsessed with art from a young age and received my first little film camera around the age of 10. I later received my first digital point and shoot camera which I took outdoors to take pictures of my backyard and neighbourhood. When I got my first job, I saved money to purchase a DSLR so I could have a camera of my own for my high school's photography program. I learned how to shoot in manual on a film camera, how to develop film and create final photographs in a dark room. My graduating year, I won the Henry's Photography Award for my class at the Port Perry High School's 2014 commencement ceremony. Other than my two semesters of high school photography classes, I have been completely self-taught and learning every day using a very hands-on approach and multiple online resources.
Since 2014, I have upgraded my DSLR twice, leaving me with the professional set up I own today. Over the past six years, I have avidly been learning how to grow my business as a photographer, I have been published three times, I've had the privilege of traveling as a photographer on business, and have met many new faces I'm proud to call clients.
Explore my website to learn more or head directly to the inquiry section to say "Hi!". I'm always available to chat if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting you!
As a generally introverted and anxious person, I find it challenging to keep up with the bubbly extroverted photographers I see on social media day-to-day. Although their sense of humor and confidence is admiring, it made me realize that introverted photographers are just as admirable in their way.
Many of my nervous clients have told me that I have this ability to make them feel at ease within minutes of their session. I believe that this quality comes from the fact that I am very uneasy in front of a camera myself. With patience and attention to detail, I put great effort into ensuring that my clients are comfortable and receive everything they hope for during a session with me.
Leading up to your session, I will make location suggestions that make your session more like a fun experience with your loved ones and less like a photo session. I am ALWAYS up for an adventure. If you have a unique location in mind or want to get a little wild, I am here for it! I will walk into a body of water fully clothed, climb rocks and uneven paths, or lay down in a pile of dirt to get the shot. Whether you want the urban city rooftop vibe or complete cottage core feels, I am always ready to wander with my clients.
I am passionate about our home
As a natural-light photographer who values travel, I care a great deal about natural environments, wildlife, and how we, as humans, affect them. Sustainability and eco-consciousness are things I'm trying to incorporate more and more in my daily life; this includes my work. Becoming a Leave No Trace Aware Photographer is a step I'm taking to incorporate my values into my business to help educate and spread awareness. I want the locations that we visit today to be there and thriving tomorrow.
“If you are an individual who is insecure about photos you need to experience a photo shoot with Rachel Callan! She has the incredible ability to make insecurity vanish through the strong positive connections created during photographic sessions. Her artistic talent results in people being able to view themselves differently. From personal experience Rachel Callan has built my confidence and self esteem by making me feel like a work of art.”