Rachel McCord Creative | San Francisco Photographer

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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Fair Family | Holiday Mini Session

A quick holiday mini session at the Christmas tree farm? Please + thank you! Scouring for smiles from my nephew as well as the perfect fir was a challenge I fully accepted over Thanksgiving weekend. Love being able to make memories as well as make work with those I hold so dear! 

Get in touch to book your own mini session after you take a peek at the lovely Fair family!

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Rachel McCord Creative + Leaden Ceramics

Get a couple of freelance females together and pretty thrilling things are bound to happen!

Couldn’t be more proud of my kind + talented friend Sam Leaden and her newest endeavor as a maker - her first collection under Leaden Ceramics! I consider it a pleasure to be small part of sharing her efforts with those who get to indulge in it (which should be everyone - it’s such lovely work!) 

I was so inspired by this collection, Oatmeal Breakfast by Leaden Ceramics + cannot wait to see what she’ll muscle up next! Stay tuned for the Leaden Ceramics website launch in the coming weeks! Till then if you’re in the Bay Area, Sam will have her goods up for grabs in a couple different spots/pop ups - follow her here to keep tabs on/support this fast-moving woman as she makes a beautiful dent in the world! 

Sam Leaden: Website | Instagram

Ceramics: Sam Leaden | Leaden Ceramics

Styling, Type + Photography: Rachel McCord Creative

Model: Daisy the pup

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Holiday Mini Sessions | Book Now!

It’s time to get a mini-dose of the holiday spirit brewing & catch a few shots with your main squeeze, bff, whole family or just your damn fine self - book now through December for a killer (quick + painless) deal! 

Here’s the deets, 30 minutes + $150 = 20 digital edited images that’ll be in your hot little hands in no more than a week turnaround!

Click through to Rates page or shoot a direct email my way so we can get started!

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Wilbur Family | East Bay Family Session

Cozy colors, fall foliage & running after little kiddos at golden hour is absolutely my favorite way to spend a Saturday! Getting to work with a fun family like the Wilbur clan made for a seamless family portrait session in Pleasanton at Alviso Adobe Community Park! A family who dabs together, stays together folks (haha!)

Get in touch to book your own mini-holiday session quick - before I book up for the season! 

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Baker Family Mini Session

The last time I saw my dear pal Shannon and her clan, tiny Lola was swaddled up like a sleepy little burrito. Now she’s teaching me about spiders, giving the best hugs & makes me nearly cry with her exuberance, sweetness & sass.

Friendships caught on film are even better when they’re caught in quick pockets of perfect light. Our speedy Orange County backyard shoot was no exception -  golden hour took the cake.

Need a mini shoot for your family or main squeeze? Get in touch & I could probably make you look as cute as Lola in her pigtails… like totally could.

Love you, my Bakers! 

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Studio Visit with Tamara White

There are few things more valuable than observing an artist at work and discovering intricacies of process first hand. I was fortunate enough to be warmly welcomed into the cozy Berkeley studio of mixed media visual artist, Tamara White for an inside scoop! Her work is just as lovely as her sweet spirit, which made our Bay Area summer morning session an absolute breeze.


Do yourself a favor & find a minute to view Tamara’s work and stay tuned for her new website, coming soon!

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Pizza, my heart!

Summertime calls for nights with friends, dinners made by hand & enjoying it all while the sun goes down on the city. Pizza, is clearly the soulmate of so many of us - it was time it had a little visual lovenote written to it before rapid consumption, right? Right. A little marinara, arugula & mozzarella galore and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

Plus, it also helps to cook with your fantastic (basically, chef) friends to sweeten the deal! What’ve you been drooling over lately? Do tell…

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Cozy Family Session at Home | The Johnson’s

New families always give me chills and giggles & my girl Hannah is building a beautiful one, starting off first with little miss Lena Violet. 

It’s so bizarre to see the sweet friend you used to pull all nighters with bonding over photoshop and vending machine snacks in undergrad, to now flip pancakes while her baby is snuggled around her waist in her kitchen. Absolutely insane, yet absolutely perfect.

Wandering around the cozy home of these new parents in San Luis Obispo and filling bathtubs with flowers can only result in gentle moments galore. Thanks for the honor of your first family shoot, my dear Johnson’s!

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