I am Rachel Elizabeth Mostofizadeh and I currently live in Arizona with my pilot husband and two small children. We have a Boston Terrier named Marvel and we move a lot.
I grew up in New Hampshire with my 3 awesome siblings. My childhood was adventurous and muddy and crazy and loud. I have since lived in Seattle, Chicago, campgrounds across the US and a Toyota Camry, Tucson (twice), LA, Florida (twice), Ixtapa Mexico, Boston, Las Vegas (twice), New Hampshire again, and now Phoenix. With this, I am able to service areas all over the US and frequently do make week-long trips. Feel free to email me to see when and if I will be in your area.
I fell in love with photography when I was a teenager. I got my first Pentax K1000 when I was 16 and took my first photo class that same year. At the time I was obsessed with the band REM and I was really taken with the work of Anton Corbijn, a photographer that worked with them often. My art and my photography have since been inspired by him and by the work of Andrew Wyeth the painter. I am constantly growing as a photographer and can often be found at my computer late at night taking online classes, reading tutorials, and watching how-to videos.
I use 35mm and medium format film for personal projects and I have a Canon digital set up for my work with clients.
I have a BA in Studio Art from the University of Arizona.
I specialize in lifestyle storytelling photography. My goal is to tell the story of your family. You will never see a "perfect" Instagram feed from me because each session is different. Every family and every person is different and I enjoy the challenge of showcasing who my clients are, as opposed to making "Pinterest-perfect", matching, smiling portraits. I love working with little ones, small families, big families, and growing families. Sessions with me are low stress and involve lots of playing, hanging out, and the occasional poop joke. My sessions are a bit different from what you might be used to as I try to keep them easy for everyone and involve children in the process to a point where they will be comfortable!
I recently became accredited by Special Kids Photography of America and I earned my Autism Certification from IBCCES. This simply means that I have some extra tools, patience, and understanding to work with kids and families of all abilities.
I offer discounts for public educators, foster/adoptive families, and families with children with special needs.
Contact me with any questions you may have. I would love to meet with you and yours to consult and get to know one another.
I accept cash, check, PayPal, and major credit cards.
Images are printed on high-quality photographic paper at a professional lab.
I was recently named among the top 10 portrait photographers in Mesa by Expertise.com
I was recently named among the top 5 newborn photographers in Mesa by Tiny Prop Shop
I was recently a finalist in the following photo competitions