Rachel McCord Creative | Photography & Such

Sam | Lands End Portraits

Everyone needs a Sam in their lives. My particular Sam, is the first to suggest celebratory drinks, host an elaborately themed party, get her clay-wielding hands dirty, and better yet - lend one of those hands to someone who needs it. She loves marking seasons changed as much as I do, and I’m thrilled to watch her grow in a new challenge. The only thing that could’ve made our foggy morning shoot at Lands End better is if she had worn her trademark sequin pants, ooo or tulle skirt. Team Sam!


Rose Droll | SF Musician Portraits

I first met San Francisco musician Rose over the phone, accidentally giving her all the wrong directions and then continued to crack jokes the whole shoot to win her over. Turns out, she needed no winning over because she is just as genuine and gracious as she is bad ass. Give her a listen, here + keep your eye out for the tender little earthquake known as Rose, soon to top the charts and steal your heart.


SEND IT | Stinson Beach

A few months back I had the pleasure to tagging along with a bunch of wild-hearted souls to document a surf + paddle boarding weekend in Stinson Beach with Send It Foundation. The mission of the Send It Foundation is to inspire positivity, courage and gratitude in young adult cancer fighters through the gift of outdoor adventure and community. Let me tell ya, their courage is contagious! By the end of the day I was taking photos from a kayak in my jeans - when you roll with the Send It crew you can’t help but get in the thick of it! 

Take a look at the everyday fight on their Facebook, spread the word of this genuinely kind and inspiring bunch of folks who are beating the odds + adventuring despite their obstacles! 


Erica + baby Mateo | Napa Baby Shower

This floral-adorned pregnancy goddess, Erica, and I  go way back. To the days of teeny skirts + too much hairspray in the land of highschool cheerleading. We were easily the two punks running the most punishment laps for giggling too much (+ too loudly). So to say that I am overjoyed to cheer (*cringe?* hah) her into motherhood is an understatement! You carry that little fella like a true queen + also are pregnant the same time as Beyonce - putting all of us to shame. 

Take a look at an afternoon shower in dreamy Napa Valley where baby Mateo was celebrated by a gaggle of the sweetest + spiciest women around!


Carolyn | Berkeley Home Session

I find people most enthralling when listening to their stories. Carolyn is full of stories (both spicy + sweet) and getting to know her through conversation & film, revealed she is equal parts powerhouse and warmth. We shot in her deliciously lived-in Berkeley home with a rich history and breathtaking light. The best kinds of sessions are ones where I have to force myself to take photos amidst lively conversations! By the end of our time together (we were fast-friends) she was taking my portrait, which is my favorite way to wrap up an afternoon!

She does some incredible work on behalf of Shotgun Players at Ashby Stage in Berkeley and in the theatre community as a whole. I can’t recommend them enough, having enjoyed a few of their productions myself! 

Thanks for letting me follow you around for an afternoon, miss Carolyn!


Taylor Vick SF Musician: Boy Scouts | Portrait Session

Had to keep pinching myself during my shoot with San Francisco musician Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts because I’ve been waiting to get my lens on her for too many moons. As pure in her vocals as she is in the flesh, Taylor is truly the physical embodiment of calm when sharing her company. This woman’s bandwagon is one I recommend you jump sooner rather than later, she is a treasure trove.

Do your emotional integrity a favor and enrich it with Boy Scouts dreamy album, Homeroom Breakfast.

You can check her our at Noise Pop Festival 2017 in SF, February 17-27th! 


Moss Family | Lithia Park, Oregon

Coming home for Christmas now includes my favorite Moss Family! The gift of memories in the form of family portraits is the one that keeps on giving. So thankful for the dear friends I have found in this crew + they keep bringing the heat year after year - newborns and all! Need a few snaps of your rowdy tribe? I’m your girl for portraits where everyone’s eyes are always open ;)

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Cook Family | Southern Oregon

I look forward to my annual Cook family shoots because those little blonde boys keep getting bigger and faster every year! Running around with new puppies + superhero capes in the rain is as adorable as it sounds, take a look! 

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Andrea’s Surprise Birthday! | Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel

Photographing a surprise birthday party is just as wild + fun as it sounds! The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel penthouse suite views, popping champagne, and a late night trolley car ride made for a perfect night in the city! 

Check out the glamorous evening for yourself + get in touch for photo coverage of your next sparkling event! 

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Angeles Portraits | Palace of Fine Arts

It’s not a New Years Resolution if you make the choice to self-improve before the year ends, right?! Right. 

Spruce up your portfolio, LinkedIn or social platforms to start the year off with a bang! Head shots don’t always have to be against a sad white wall under sad florescent lighting… get outside + find the light! My sweet client Angeles made our shoot at The Palace of Fine Arts a breeze with her lovely smile and calm presence! 

Get in touch - I’m your gal for a portrait upgrade! 

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