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Photographer Profile: Rachel Birkhofer
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Photographer Profile: Rachel Birkhofer

As part of our series on wedding photographers from the ONA community, today we're proud to profile Rachel Birkhofer (, an early ONA customer who we met first through Instagram. Read our full Q&A and see selections from her portfolio below.

Rachel carries the Bowery in Antique Cognac

Name: Rachel Birkhofer

Hometown: Oxnard, CA (shoutout to the 805)

Go-to gear: Canon 5D Mark III ; Prime Lenses 24mm, 35mm, 85mm.

ONAs you use: The Bowery bag in Antique Cognac and the Leather Presidio Strap in Antique Cognac.

Describe your aesthetic in five words or less: Pure, passionate, personal.

Rachel carries the Bowery bag in Antique Cognac and the Leather Presidio Strap in Antique Cognac.

Biggest creative influence: Elizabeth Messina.

What motivates you: One day hearing my children talk about their mom and saying she did such inspiring things.

Biggest challenge: Focusing on one thing at a time. My heart desires many things and without focus, I'm scattered accomplishing nothing.

Mistake you’ve learned from: Failing to remember that your best is not always your best. You can always be better.

One piece of advice that stuck with you: Leave a piece of you with the people you photograph.

Time of day are you most creative: Morning. After food and coffee. Before the toddler wakes up.

One thing most people wouldn’t expect about you? I can watch ESPN until my eyelids start to slowly close at night. I'm a big NBA and MLB fan.

Thing you can’t live without: I should say my husband and child but those are given, right? So, I'm going with music.

One piece of work you are most proud of: My first ever shoot. In the first month of me starting photography, on the Oregon coast. Work I never re-edited, work that still makes its rounds on social media, still on my business cards.

Most recent “a-ha” moment: Too many. You will judge me if I mentioned any of them.

Dream project: An opportunity to photograph non-profit work at orphanages in either the US or overseas.

Goal for this year: To photograph things that matters and influence change.

Lightning round:

Cats or dogs: DOGS.

Sweet or savory: Savory.

Childhood celebrity crush: But how could I choose just one - Benny " The Jet" Rodriguez from The Sandlot.

Favorite album: Every single Frank Sinatra album.

Most used phrase: I didn't think I had one but first comes to mind is "you know what I mean?"

Favorite book: How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Biggest fear: My children growing up not living out their purpose.

Earliest memory: The Northridge earthquake (look it up). I remember my dad leaving to get supplies and thought he was never coming back. During the earthquake I remember being under our dining room table praying to God my family wouldn't die.

Hidden talent: I can get teary eyed on command.



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