This is River Rae Photography is the result of two women (River & Juniper) rock climbing, Mexican food, and a broken iPod on the Green Line in Washington DC. Long story short, we met in college and now we're doing what we love, together, in the place we love the most. So, who are “we” anyway? River is the owner, primary photographer, head of the hype team, and runs everything behind the scenes; Juniper is the second shooter, officiant, muscle, and River's #1 fan. We've spent the past twelve years exploring the country and being inspired by the people we meet along the way.
We believe in authenticity, which is why we make sure our couples' personalities take center stage. What does that mean exactly? It means we want to do ALL of the weird, funky, out-of-the-box things that you want to do. We enjoy and strongly encourage any and everything that makes you ✨YOU.✨ We work with both digital and analog photography, meaning you can have film if you want something more tangible than digital files. (Yes, that means Polaroids too!) In addition to that, we offer mixed media services; which means you can order prints to be turned into custom art pieces!
In a world of normal, let's get weird.
How I cater to offbeat weddings
There’s something about being an offbeat couple in the wedding industry that naturally makes you a good fit for other offbeat couples. We use gender-neutral contracts, invoice with clients’ chosen names, and ask for pronouns upfront no matter what – because those are things we look for when booking with professionals for ourselves. We prioritize the comfort and safety of our clients above all, so we guarantee your images won’t be shared in a public fashion without your explicit consent. So that secret elopement you want to have because you can’t wait to be married but your family wants you to have a big wedding? We would be thrilled to document it for you and keep it to ourselves until you give us the go ahead to share. And if you never want to share, that’s okay too!
We also believe in photography, as an art form, being an interactive experience. Nobody knows you better than you do, so you should have a say in how things go down! That means we’re going to ask a bunch of questions to get to know you so we can give you guidance during our time together and take candid photos of real moments between you and your partner.
River photographed our elopement at the Avenue of Giants in March 2021 and we could not have asked for a better experience. Not only did she make us feel totally comfortable, but we had such a great time. The entire process from booking to receiving our final photos was seamless and super easy. And the best part? Our photos turned out incredible. We were so pleased with the whole experience and can’t recommend River enough! - Amanda