Hello & Welcome!

I’m Rachel, a wedding & portrait photographer based in Maryland.

I have a passion for capturing inspiring love stories for devoted lovers and dynamic families.

Whether you are newly engaged or welcoming a little one into your growing family, I am here to help you celebrate all your joyous moments with cheerful photo memories.


Inspiring Wedding Photography 

 “I am going to go out on a limb and state that you are not looking for someone with a camera to take pictures on your wedding day. You are looking for specialist; A creative and experienced photographer who will capture all the moments that embody the feelings, details, and celebration with your loved ones.  Furthermore, you want your photos to manifest the vibrant colors, laughter, and love on your wedding day. Am I right? Yes? Well, then check this- I have over a decade of experience photographing weddings. With more than 300 couples in my photo archives, I’ve pretty much seen and photographed it all. You don’t have to worry about the time of day, the weather, the location (unless it’s Mars), the equipment, the insurance, the “you fill in the blank”. I’ve got your back and a whole lotta sample galleries and client reviews to share if you would like to dig into the nitty gritty.”

Grow With Me Stories and Sessions

Got Kids? Maybe a baby is on the way? Or maybe you have a mix of little ones, big ones, and furry ones? No matter. What is important is how you will remember them as they grow. Not all, but many of my family clients have started as wedding clients. What I have come to realize is that “happily ever after” is a silly thing to say when a couple’s love story is just about to get really, really good. I have been photographing growing families for almost as long as I have been capturing weddings (yep, over a decade). Not every newborn sleeps like an angel and not every toddler smiles on cue. But I come to each newborn session with a full tank of patience and each baby/toddler session with a pocket full of tricks. You aren’t just hiring a photographer; you are hiring a baby whisper that can preform Jedi mind tricks on your toddler.”

Annie & Nick

Rachel over delivered in every single way. Not only was she professional, friendly and a joy to work with, but she worked so hard to make sure everything was how we had envisioned it- and boy, did she deliver.

The photographs from both our engagement session and wedding are absolutely stunning, I couldn’t have wished for more in our photographer- she did it all, and more!! She came so highly recommended by friends and now I know why!

Ariel & Geoff

Aside from being an incredible photographer, Rachel was a dream to work with. She is so kind, positive, friendly and attentive while still maintaining the highest level of professionalism.

She instantly made us feel comfortable in front of the camera and brought out our best. She played a pivotal role in the success of our wedding day and we are forever grateful!

Austin & Alice

a true artist not only captures the moment but elevates the photography from a snapshot in time to a level of art with a fine level of finesse. Rachel Smith is an artist. Rachel did a phenomenal job from our engagement photos through our day-of. She was super well organized, early to show up, and captured all of the special moments of our big day.

She was able to step in and help orchestrate during the day, be a flower surgeon, and made amazing efforts to make our wedding run smoothly. For those considering other photographers, ask yourself, do you want a photographer, or do you want an artist? I guarantee you won’t regret going with Rachel.

Engagement Gallery

Offering Maryland Engagement Photography Sessions from the mountains to the coast along with the surround DMV and PA areas. 

Wedding Gallery

Wedding photography that captures your story through your moments and details. Offering Wedding Collections with two photographers along with intimate wedding, micro wedding, and elopement coverage.

Family Galleries

Offering Maternity, Newborn, Milestones, and Mini sessions to fit your family needs! 

Featured Venues

Looking for Maryland wedding venues or in the surrounding DMV and PA areas? How about some great destination wedding location ideas? View the Featured Venues to see more!

From The Blog

Eastern Shore Oxford Wedding

Katie and Peter celebrated their wedding over Memorial weekend on an absolutely picture perfect day. Their wedding took place at the family's eastern shore retreat in the quaint town of Oxford. Upon arrival,  I felt like I was walking onto a movie set. With the help...

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Wedding

When two people are so obviously perfect for each other I can't help but get super excited about sharing their story. Let me introduce to you, Jess and Ross. I feel so lucky to have been their photographer, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for this...

Maryland Newborn Photographer

Only a few hours remain in the year and as 2018 comes to a close, I am thinking about all of the new beginnings I witnessed this year. Newlyweds, new parents, and of course all of the newborns!!! Yesterday was my last session of the season, and it happened to be a...

Baltimore Newborn Photography

Baltimore Newborn Photography On July 2, 2018 Renee and Chris welcomed Tristan Rex into their arms.  He arrived on his due date which makes him part of the 5% of babies delivered on their actual due date. Now I don't have a statistic for the percentage of babies that...

Mancos Colorado Wedding

Mancos Colorado Wedding One year ago today was a very special day for my family and the Stimax family. We witnessed the joining of Adriana and Garrett as they spoke the vows that brought them and our families together. I am keeping this one short, as I don't feel like...

Award Winning Maryland Wedding Photographers

I am elated to announce that this is Rachel Smith Photography's 10th consecutive year as a Couples' Choice Award recipient. That's right folks, hold your left hand high, now hold your right hand high, because I am coming in with a double high five for 10 years!!! A...

Riverside on The Potomac Wedding, Virginia

I'm super excited to share the news that Alexis and Colin's wedding has been published on Lace and Loyalty!! This adorable couple was married at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia. Check out their featured wedding:     Riverside on The Potomac...

Winter Wonderland Photo Sessions

This might go down as one of my all time favorite posts, because it includes so many special people that have brought me joy from the moment they entered my life. There really is something magical about photography and the way it brings people together. I hope this...

Maryland Christmas Tree Farm Engagement

Maryland Christmas Tree Farm Engagement Sentimental feelings fill the crisp cool air as winter officially arrives in Maryland.  Lizzy and Joe share a Christmas tradition of finding the perfect tree to trim for the holiday. This year they invited me to capture the...

George Peabody Library Wedding

Ryan and Corinne celebrated their wedding on a beautiful August day in Baltimore, Maryland. We spent the day in the Mt. Vernon area of the city with wedding prep at hotel Indigo, the ceremony at St Ignatius church, and their reception at one of the greatest venues in...