Elopement and wedding photographer Rachel NielsenCongratulations on your engagement! There are so many things to consider when planning your wedding or elopement – it can easily become overwhelming. Knowing that you can just focus on each other because your day will be beautifully captured is one less stress for you!

I love shooting the moments that naturally happen throughout your day – those moments that show how you love each other, how he looks at you, and those moments that instantly make you smile big and your heart race. I want you to focus on being together and enjoying the day to the fullest. Don’t worry, we will still get those beautiful interactive posed moments too but without stiff posing or not knowing what to do. I will always make sure you are comfortable in front of my camera!



Take a look around and if you think we would be a great fit, please contact me to see if I have your wedding day available.





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How far in advance should we book our wedding?

I would recommend booking as soon as you start your planning process. Dates fill up quickly, so I would recommend contacting me as soon as you can to make sure I have your date open!

When should we schedule our engagement session?

I would recommend scheduling your engagement session 2-3 months before your wedding. It takes about 2 weeks to receive your images, so you will want to make sure we take that into consideration when scheduling.

How long have you been a wedding photographer?

I been in business since 2010 and started photographing weddings full time in 2014. I specialize in weddings because it is what I loooove! I would love to be a part of your big day!

What time of day do you normally schedule your sessions? And can you help me with my wedding timeline?

The best time of day for a session is about an hour before sunset and early in the morning at sunrise. Since most of my clients don’t like the idea of waking up before 6am (and I don’t blame you!) almost all of my sessions are scheduled in the evening. If that time doesn’t work for you, we can absolutely shoot at a different time of the day.

And yes, I can absolutely help you with your wedding day timeline. I have several example timelines that I would be happy to share with you as well as customizing one just for you to make sure the most important parts of your day are covered!

How many weddings do you shoot a year?

I give my clients my complete attention and so I do limit how many weddings I take each month. I typically like to stay around 35 weddings a year.

How do you conduct yourself at weddings? What is your approach?

I am very friendly, easy going and a great people person. Having 5 kids, I stay relaxed during any situation (ha ha), and I adapt easily! I will be involved as much as you would like me to be and will always make sure we get the shots you want for your wedding day.

Would you travel to photograph my elopement/wedding?

Always yes!! I am an experienced traveler and have been all over the world (and I lived in Italy and France too)! I am very comfortable traveling to new places and would love to meet you! Please contact me for my full destination pricing!

Do you charge separate travel fees?

No! The travel costs are built into all destination sessions, elopements and weddings. I want you to have one less thing to worry about!

What camera gear do you use?

I use top of the line Nikon gear. I shoot with a Nikon D850 and I have various Nikon lenses and flashes. I also have a backup camera, lenses and flash gear as well.

Are the digital files included?

Yes! Every session, elopement, and wedding package includes unlimited downloads of your final digital images in a beautiful Pinterest style online gallery (online backup for 10 years included!). They are all beautifully edited and a print release is included. You can print them anywhere - as many times and as often as you would like!

How many images do we receive from our wedding?

It depends on how many hours I am there on your wedding day, as well as how many locations. You can plan on about 50-75 images per hour. They are all beautifully edited and ready to print.

When will I receive my images?

You can expect to see your images from your engagement/anniversary session around 2 weeks after our session and wedding images around 3-4 weeks after your wedding day.

What file type do you photograph in? RAW or JPEG?

All images are shot in RAW format, developed and 100% edited in my digital darkroom and given to you in JPEG format.

Can I have the unedited files? I want to do some editing of my own.

Asking for the unedited files from a photographer is like asking for the leftover food the chef used to make your meal with. I do not release my unedited or RAW files. You will receive a 100% beautifully edited finished product.

How do we book you?

It is really easy. A signed online agreement + 50% retainer need to be completed to hold your date. This is non-refundable and will be applied to your total balance. We can do this 100% online. The remaining 50% is due at least 30 days before your wedding. Contact me here to get the process started!

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes! I accept all major credit cards, cash, and check.

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.