This month’s vendor spotlight features the amazing team at Along With You Creative — owned and operated by the lovely and talented, Rachel Perkins! Located in both Nashville and Los Angeles, the team at Along With You Creative aims to create lasting memories through the art of both videography and photography. Rachel is a master of visuals! We were lucky enough to chat with Rachel and learn a little bit more about her process and passion for capturing those special moments. Keep scrolling to find out more about one of our favorite local vendors!
Q: What was your dream job growing up?
A: I always was drawn to jobs that were in the hospitality world. I’ve always been very empathetic, which is why I care so much about creating memories for others. My life plan was always to become a nurse; I even went to nursing school at 18. I decided to switch majors when I didn’t have enough time for arts and crafts. But when I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, I switched to entrepreneurship with a minor in art so that I could continue painting and taking photos
Q: What does a typical wedding day look like for you?
A: Before weddings I always try to take time for myself. I make a HUGE breakfast and then take time to meditate before going over all of the details for the big day.
We always send out questionnaires to our couples with more details about what they find specifically important. I also make sure that the team is on the same page, because communication is really important to success!
I always spend the day with the bride and have my second shooters go with the groom. After going to so many wedding, it’s easy to keep a calm atmosphere!
One of my favorite traditions is taking a bath with a nice glass of red wine after each wedding. It is the BEST after standing for so long!
Q: How long have you been in business? Why did you decide to start a business?
A: I started AWY in 2015 so it’s been about 4 years. The first wedding that I ever shot was my sisters and it was just for fun. I was the maid of honor so the footage was super limited, but we made it work. After that people started booking me to shoot their weddings and I fell in love with the whole process. It grew from there and I formed a team of creatives in 2017 so that we could offer more services.
Q: What is your favorite part of a wedding day/event day?
A: My favorite part of a wedding day is the moment after the ceremony when the newness of everything is sinking in. I always love to grab shots of the couple surrounded by their best friends and family – I think that is what pure joy looks like.
Q: What would be your dream event to photograph?
A: My dream event to photograph would be the Albuquerque International balloon fiesta that takes place yearly or the Lantern Festival that takes place in Hawaii.
Q: What is your favorite location in Nashville to photograph?
A: I love shooting at Shelby bottoms park over in east Nashville. There are so many different looks all in one place and the photos always turn out so pretty! It’s best to go during golden hour.
Q: Who would be your dream celebrity or you dream location to photograph?
A: I would LOVE to take photos of Lizzo. She is a queen!
Q: If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go
A: Right now I’m dreaming of going to Morocco, India, or Thailand. I’m a pretty spontaneous person so if someone offered to give me a ticket to anywhere that I haven’t been I would probably go! Traveling is so important for growth.
Thank you to Rachel for giving us the inside vendor scoop. We look forward to working with you again soon! Wanna Contact Rachel? Here’s a link to her website: Along With You Creative.
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