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  • Welcome to Rachel Bayne Photography…

    I have loved photography since I was at least in the 3rd grade and got my first camera for my birthday that year. I took that little 210 film camera everywhere I went and have been capturing the world around me ever since. I love being a photographer. From weddings to families to senior portraits... it's all so much fun! If you have a question, click on the Contact button above. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I do. -Rachel Bayne

Thad and Kristine…

Many years ago, when I was still a young photog at the Bellingham Herald, I was lucky enough to photograph Kristine and her iris garden in Deming, Washington. Kristine, a fellow Washington State University grad, was getting the garden ready for the public as I was photographing her. We started talking and realized we were at WSU at the same time. Through the years I photographed the garden many times, even going out on my own to photograph her amazing flowers. Then earlier this year Kristine and her fiance Thad hired me to do their wedding. I couldn’t have been more excited! I hadn’t met Thad yet, but I knew he must be amazing if he had won over Kristine’s heart!

It isn’t hard to see how much fun they have together and just how much love they have between them during the engagement shoot in Old Fairhaven. I absolutely can not wait for their wedding day!


Married… Kristine and Thad » Rachel Bayne Photography - […] more special when I learned that the ceremony would take place at the iris garden! During their engagement photos, Thad, who has a great eye, pointed out some cool spots for portraits, which I always appreciate […]

Sheila and Erik…

So much I could say about Sheila and Erik… they are such a fun and sweet couple! They were referred to me by Sheila’s maid of honor Suzie (and husband Patrick!) whose wedding I photographed last September. I knew when Sheila and Erik said who they were referred by that it would be a fun wedding… and when I heard that it was at a winery I was even more excited… and then the winery was near Hood River, Oregon. I was sold.

It was a very hot day at the Mt. Hood Winery… and I’m not sure I’ve ever photographed more family portraits! With Sheila’s family in town from Chicago, and many other family and friends from around the country, there were a lot of memories to capture. Thanks to Sheila’s grandma, we were able to organize the troops and get through the groups before too many people melted in the sun. After that we went across the parking lot to a “rad fruit farm” (as said Sheila in an email) to do the wedding party photos. In addition to Erik and Sheila, there were 29 people in the wedding party… Thankfully we had plenty of space to work with!

One of the things I loved so much about this wedding is that Sheila and Erik did so many of the details themselves and  had so many fun treats and snacks, made by a friend of theirs, for their guests to snack on through the day. The weather couldn’t have been nicer… it would have been nice if the fires in the Mt. Hood National Forest hadn’t blocked Mt. Hood, but it did give me some nice hazy sky to photograph.

Thank you for the wonderful weekend in Mt Hood. It was the first time I had really felt like I had time off in many many months. I hope you guys are doing well in Germany!

The haze in the sky is actually smoke from the fires at the Mt. Hood National Forest…

So many laughs that day…Just some of the treats and snacks for their guests…Yep, 29+2 = 31…Here is the “main” wedding party…Did I mention how hot it was?Sheila and one of her brothers… you can just tell how funny it must have been growing up in this family…I wish that fruit farm was local!Love these guys…Sheila’s parents…The Mt. Hood Winery is such a beautiful setting for a wedding…Their programs doubled as Mad Libs…Fake mustaches made fun photo booth props…Six happy kids out of seven is pretty good  in my book…You can just barely see Mt. Hood showing through the smoke to the left of the green tree…There’s Suzie and Patrick on the right…I ran out to my car to grab some equipment and saw this guest… check out those crazy shoes!I took them out for some yummy light portraits before dinner…Sheila decorated the cake herself…A helicopter returns to the Columbia River for water to drop on the nearby fires…Erik’s brother and Sheila’s dad…



Sheila & Erik - Hey Rachel! We looked at the blog today and we love it! It reminded us of how wonderful that day truly was! Again, we can’t say enough about the photos!

Thanks for taking all those crazy portraits…..and thanks for the shout out to my Gma. Hope you and the lady are doing well!

Warm Thoughts,
Sheila and Erik

Bryan and Katie @ Hidden Meadows

What a beautiful day it was for Bryan and Katie’s wedding at the equally beautiful, Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Washington. I was referred to them by Ellie and Ryan, who had a very memorable wedding last July! They hired me through email and when we met at their engagement session, I realized I already knew Bryan from his former job in Bellingham. (there’s an inside store here!) Bryan and Katie met while attending Western Washington University and have since moved south to start their lives together. Enjoy the photos from this beautiful wedding!

The ring bearer did not want to get dressed….Katie gave her girls these adorable purses…I love brides that don’t mind a little hike for great photos…Katie’s nephew saved her a walk back to the venue…Bryan wanted his guys to do a face where they look like they’ve smelled something really bad…Runaway ring bearer!How cool is Katie?Ellie and Ryan, middle, dance the night away…