About Me

Hey – I am so glad you are here!

I am a professional wedding photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah who loves to explore and travel! I can be easily bribed with a large Diet Coke and sunshine. The beach is my happy place and you will find me in my flip-flops all year round – except if there is snow on the ground. ;)

My husband and I met on a blind date in college and we have been best friends ever since. We have 5 children – 4 boys (including identical twins) and a girl at the end. After some nudging from my husband in 2010, I signed up for my first ever photography class and learned how to shoot in manual mode on my camera. I had just had my 4th baby and let’s just say that I became obsessed with everything photography! I have always enjoyed taking images of my kids and thought at that point, that that would be my end goal – better images of my kids. I never imagined I would go into business but I am so glad I did. It didn’t take long to realize that photography is my passion, my creative outlet, and now supports our family! I started out photographing everything from newborns to weddings and realized after about 2 years that I love photographing weddings more than anything else. I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do something I absolutely love every day.

I am a member of NPS (Nikon Professional Services), a regular contributor to the Click Magazine blog, a Clickin Moms Mentor (the largest women’s photography forum online), an Instructor of Click Photo School’s Mastering Manual Exposure and a member of Click Pro. I love giving back to the community that continually pushes me to be a better photographer!

Although I am based in Utah, I do travel for destination weddings and would love to hear from you! Contact me here.

For photographers, check out this page here to learn more about mentoring and workshops.



Expertise | Best wedding photographers in Salt Lake City 2016 + 2017

Manfrotto (School of Xcellence) | Using a New Camera in Manual Mode

Wedding Wire, Sept 2016 real engagements feature

Click Magazine May/June 2016 Issue, ‘The Big Picture’ pages 10-11

Click Magazine May/June 2016 Issue, ‘The Paper Chase’ pages 66 and 68

Brides.com | Winter Engagement Ideas

Shutterfly Family Holiday Portrait Guide 2015

Click magazine Jan/Feb 2016 Issue, ‘The Power of Focus’ pages 38-41

Clickin Moms Mentor 

Click Photo School Mastering Manual Exposure Instructor

Click & Co. The Power of Photoshop Elements E-Course 

Click magazine Nov/Dec 2015 Issue, ‘Print Lab Showdown’ page 10, Voice finalist page 151

Click magazine July/aug 2014 Issue ‘See you in Salt Lake City’ pages 114-121

Voice Collection Finalist | Composition + Design 2015

The Digital Universe (BYU) | Social Media Influences Utah wedding photos

For the Utah Bride Featured Photographer

Brides.com, Top Rated Wedding Vendors 2016

34 Amazing photos that appeared in Click Magazine in 2016

46 photos of love that are good for the soul

Shutterfly – Meet 5 Clickin Moms Photographers

Clickin Moms Click Pro of the Month

Click Away Conference Instructor 2014 + 2015

Click Pro Daily of the Week – Among the Clouds

Lemonade and Lenses Magazine Honorary Dec 2015 Cover

Enchanting Light E-book and Videos – Click & Co.

Click Pro Daily : See it here

Clickin Moms Blog Contributor

Click Magazine Blog Contributor: See all articles here

Inspire Book

Inspire Me Baby | 5 Tips for Amazing Newborn Edits

BP4U Featured Photographer

Rachel Nielsen is a Salt Lake City, UT photographer specializing in modern weddings, engagements, and bridal photography.
Serving Northern & Southern Utah, Park City, Utah County, Logan, St. George, Ogden, Bountiful, Utah Valley, Davis County, and Manti.

Available for travel worldwide for destination weddings.