My name is Raquel, but friends call me Q. If you ask why, I’ll probably bring up nerdy Star Trek trivia, though the truth is that my nicknames have just kept getting shorter. Also “Q” is easier to type, and I'm a sucker for efficiency.
I am a Seattle-based wedding and portrait photographer, with commercial photography training. Photography has been a passion since grade school, so after a career in customer service, almost going to law school, and trotting around the globe to explore and teach, I decided to open my own business in 2011. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Traveling is one of my favorite activities, and I embrace the opportunity to travel for work. If you were planning a ceremony in Seattle, and upon reading the previous sentence have been inspired to instead marry in Europe, I’m your gal.
My partner, Jack, and I live together with our 2 cats and our daughter, Quorra, who, in my totally unbiased opinion, is the cutest kid ever.
Given enough time together, you’ll likely hear me quote “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” or “Kindergarten Cop.” Or start singing a song that somehow applies to the exact situation I’m in.
Did I mention that I will travel anywhere?
Though I identify as a creative and am occasionally quite silly, my approach to business is thoughtful, organized, and service-oriented. Tell me what you envision, and I will work my butt off to make it happen.
I believe everybody is photogenic, and that the best photos are a result of trust between model and photographer. In order for there to be trust, we must get to know each other.
My photography style and approach is editorial, environmental, and classic. I like to let moments unfold as they will, though occasionally I'll jump in to direct the action. The moments I look for are candid, funny, and emotional. I am attracted to classic lines and composition.
My greatest strengths lay in getting along with different personalities, remaining calm during the storm, and thinking quickly on my feet.
This is who I am, and what I bring to the table each time I look through my lens.