Photographers in Portland, ME: Rachel Bell Photography
Rachel Bell Photography
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 650-6420


Portland Photographers: Rachel Bell Photography


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  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0
  • 5.0

  • 10 Reviews
Review: LOVE Rachel Bell Photography!!
04/26/2011
  • Kaitlin S

  • Wedding Date: 08/14/2010
  • Reviews Posted: 1 (View all)

  • There is no possible way to pick just one. It's not just the composition of the photos that is amazing, but also the emotion that was captured in every single picture. It has been almost a year since our wedding and every time I look at the photos I can feel exactly what I was feeling in that instant all over again.
  • Brad and I met with Rachel prior to the wedding and we gave her a short list of all the formal shots we wanted - she made sure those photos happened. Otherwise we wanted her to have free reign to shoot whatever she wanted. I honestly totally forgot that there was ever anyone there taking our photos. She also suggested sneaking Brad and I away after we were finished eating while everyone else was eating to take some alone shots - No one noticed we were gone because they were all busy eating, but these are some of my favorite pictures, so private and romantic.
  • Rachel and her husband Forrest both photographed our wedding. Although photography is not his full time job, you would never know it - he was amazing too! They are so obviously in love and it was fun to have a couple like them photograph us on our wedding day. They work so well together and were totally open to any of our suggestions for photos, but also helped us when we were out of ideas. Rachel has several different photo packages and if you want something different than what she offers she would work with you to make it happen.
  • Both Rachel and Forrest have a very gentle, loving and accepting nature about them, so you automatically feel comfortable around them the second you meet them.

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: FABULOUS...Period!
04/26/2011
  • Stacia T

  • Wedding Date: 08/22/2010
  • Reviews Posted: 1

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? Favorite photo...?! All of our photos were amazing! Rachel and Forrest did such a fantastic job that it would be impossible to choose just one. They captured every moment just as we remembered them...perfection!
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? There was no disruption at all! Rachel provided all these amazing shots, and some of them I don't even remember her taking! She captured the fun and emotion of our day exactly. The photos of our guests dancing and having a great time...check! The moments my husband and I shared after the ceremony and family photos were taken...wonderful! We really couldn't have asked for more.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? Our package included EVERYTHING! Engagement photos with Rachel were so much fun! She was up for anything we wanted to do! We took her out on our boat and did the shoot at Fort Gorges. We got some amazing shots and she included an album so our guests could take a peek at our reception! A fabulous album of our wedding day was included in our package as well! We had two photographers the day of our wedding and we couldn't have asked for a better duo! Rachel and her husband Forrest exceeded our expectations in every way. They didn't miss a shot! We will also be doing a "day after" shoot with Rachel this summer....we can't wait! When I said everything was included in our package, I meant EVERYTHING!
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? From our first meeting with Rachel we knew we were in good hands. She made us feel comfortable and like we were her most important clients. She is fun, professional and just wonderful to be around. My husband, who usually hates having his picture taken, was immediately comfortable with Rachel. He was even booking future shoots during our engagement session! Choosing the right photographer was one of the most important items on our wedding check list and we definitely made the right decision!

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: My Gorgeous Wedding Day
04/20/2011
  • Megan M

  • Wedding Date: 08/21/2010
  • Reviews Posted: 1 (View all)

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? Rachel is famous for capturing "in the moment shots". ( candid ) Thats exactly why we chose her to be our photographer. many photographers can take portrait shots ans thats it, but she knows exactly when and where to take that beautiful right then and there, in the moment picture. My favorite picture was when my husband and i said "I Do" we were walking away from our arbor with the ocean in the background, just looking at eachother, so in love! The best picture ever.
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Nobody disrupted my day, you have wedding goggles on and the only person you see is your husband/wife. Rachel was so good at keeping her distance, but right there when it was the right time. The candids were all so amazing, as that is what she is so perfect at. Action shots were so fun and really got each and everyones personalities, The portraits were also so gorgeous, she really kept the family in mind and took many pictures of both sides. The black and white pictures are breath taking!
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? The package we chose Included Her husband to come with her the day of the wedding, they were so perfect as a team, and it worked out so well when she took prep pictures of the girls and he took prep pictures of the guys. I loved that touch, It also included our album, and our DVD that included all the pictures she took.
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? What was nice about having Rachel and her husband there was that you could tell how in love they were as a married couple. Looking at them made you feel so comfortable because your photographer is so in love herself, it makes you feel, not so intimidated in front of a camera all day. My family felt the same way, she made jokes, laughed, and just over all was amazing!

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: Rachel Bell Wedding Photographer Review
04/18/2011
  • Kim S

  • Wedding Date: 10/17/2010
  • Reviews Posted: 1 (View all)

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? There are too many amazing pictures to just pick one favorite! I loved all the pictures of the details that Rachel captured. To see these beautiful pictures of all this hard work was such a great feeling. And pretty much every picture with my husband I adore. Every picture was a precious moment caught by Rachel when you didn't even know she was there!
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Great with all of it. She was right there to take pictures when we wanted to do some posed ones, and she got so many great candid moments that I didn't even know she was close by for! When I thought something would be a great picture to take, Rachel was already there on top of it, but in such a discreet way. She is also very flexible to take whatever style pictures you prefer!
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? Engagement photo session, DVD, and our album
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? Rachel is the sweetest and kindest person. My family is still talking about how much they loved her! She has such a warm personality that makes it easy to be comfortable around her.

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: Absolutely Wonderful Photographer!
02/23/2010
  • Megan G

  • Reviews Posted: 1

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? My favorite wedding photo(s?) are the ones that were just so impromptu. She captured the entire day from the little moments of my husband and I spending time together after our wedding, to the photo of my parents trying to make a getaway on the boat, to my elderly cousins cutting a rug on the dance floor. I don't know how she does it, but she is able to see the room through her lens, and is able to capture every moment so beautifully.
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? This is kind of a weird question I think, because Rachel was PART of the wedding! She came out the day before with her little assistant and scoped out the venue. On the day of the wedding, everyone thought she was a friend of the family. Rachel was always smiling, always laughing, and just looked like she was ENJOYING the wedding. I've been to other weddings, and the photographers looked like they were working, and were not happy about it, they didn't smile, and they tried to 'force' photos. I can tell you that she is by far the best photographer I've seen. Always smiling and always letting the moment kind of happen, and then quickly taking the shot. Amazing.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? I was living in Europe during the whole planning process, so I interviewed Rachel over the phone, and did the rest by email. The package we chose was the 8 hours of pictures along with the rights to our photos. Now that I'm back in the states full time, we plan to buy an album from her. (Did I mention the album vendors she carry are fantastic??)
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? See the above answer... Rachel becomes a part of the wedding, constantly smiling, constantly laughing, she looks like she enjoys her work and enjoys being there to capture your day. And every photo she takes is not forced, if anything it is so laid back and natural. The only 'posed' photos we did were with family after the wedding, and that's because we knew we wouldn't be able to get everyone together later because everyone was dancing (and yes, Rachel somehow is able to capture dancing photos that make you look back and just smile and laugh!)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: Amazing person & photographer
12/07/2009
  • Stacie M

  • Reviews Posted: 1

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? To pick a favorite photo taken by Rachel is like finding a needle in a haystack. It’s near to impossible. All of her photos are amazing and unique. I honestly can’t pick one that I adore. They are all equally amazing.
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Rachel was so unobtrusive it amazing to see all the shots she did get. She didn’t disrupt the day at all, and stayed out of the way, yet making sure to get every angle of the wedding. She took amazing portraits, and did a great job with candid’s. Our wedding set-up and time frame was an unusual one for a wedding, but she still was able to get everything I asked from her.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? In Rachel’s package that we signed up for we received 8 hours of her time on the wedding day, a DVD/CD disc with all the images after editing with rights to print anywhere of our choosing, a second photographer (or intern) free of charge, meetings prior to the wedding to ensure all our needs were met, an immense about of e-mailing back and forth (FYI she is SO timely)!
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? Rachel was the first and only photographer we met with. My husband and I clicked with her right away. We cancelled all other photographer meetings and jumped on board with her. I truly can’t say enough good things about her. She is so down to earth, flexible, and sweet. She will make sure you are happy, and go to all measure to be sure you have everything perfect on your day. My family and friends adored everything about her. Her smile and laugh is contagious, and hard work is obvious as she carries her cameras throughout your wedding day! Rachel is so professional without being over bearing. She knows what she is doing, and I truly believe I couldn’t have found a better photographer to be part of my wedding. I am so grateful.

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: BEST photographer!!!
12/05/2009
  • Sara R

  • Wedding Date: 09/19/2009
  • Reviews Posted: 1

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? It's hard to choose a favorite one...I LOVED ALL of them! Rachel is amazing, and does great work!
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Rachel makes you feel like you've known her forever, and you don't even know she's there taking your picture! She's great, and everyone in my family and all of my guests loved her. She does great shots from candids to portrait shots.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? There was an engagement session if you wanted it, you get a DVD of all of your pictures, she came with a second photographer, and then she makes a password protected site/slideshow for your family and friends to see the images and they also have the option to order prints of them too. She makes little business size cards with your picture on them and with the websites address and gives them out at the wedding to the guests. My family and guests LOVED this!
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? She is so sweet and so professional, everyone absolutely loved her. She's so easy to work with, and I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer!

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: Absolutely Amazing!
12/28/2008
  • jennyunh23

  • Wedding Date: 07/25/2008
  • Reviews Posted: 2 (View all)

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? Oh my, I don't think I could pick a favorite. There is SO many to choose from! They were all amazing! I loved the black and white pictures with the touches of color! Gorgeous!
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Rachel is definitly good with both posed and action shots. I have so many action shots that I will remember for the rest of my life! She was not disruptive at all and fit right in with all of my family. We had such a great time having her at our wedding!
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? Rachel had different packages to choose from which could have things added or subtracted to work with your budget. I ordered a photo album, copyright to my images, and a dvd slide show of my pictures. An engagement session is included, but decided to take this off my package. Rachel works with you to come up with a package that will fully meet your needs!
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? Rachel is unbelievably friendly and so much fun to be around! She made it easy for everyone to take pictures and we had fun taking them! My family and friends were very pleased with our photographers! :)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: Personalized, timeless wedding photography
12/21/2008
  • ncandmb

  • Wedding Date: 07/14/2007
  • Reviews Posted: 1 (View all)

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? That's not a fair question. There are many.
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Rachel got to know us before our wedding day so that we felt comfortable with her and so she understood what we were looking for in our photos. She also provided us a check-list of possible poses or shots prior to the wedding, all of which she was able to capture on the big day. Rachel was creative with photos and we were pleased with both posed and candid shots.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? There were several packages from which to choose. We ordered a custom-designed photo book and a photo slide-show CD set to music of our selection.
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? Rachel was friendly and sociable with our guests, putting everyone at ease. Many of our friends and family members commented on how much they enjoyed having her as a photographer.

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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Review: incredibly friendly, amenable and skilful!
12/21/2008
  • Emma Dudley

  • Wedding Date: 12/12/2008
  • Reviews Posted: 1 (View all)

  • What was your favorite wedding photo? There were so many great shots of the day, we have so many favorites! In particular, we love the photo Rachel snapped of us sneaking a kiss on the steps of City Hall. Framed with the steps in the foreground and a Christmas tree to the side, it was a genuine moment and she fully captured that in her photo.
  • How did the wedding photographer avoid disrupting the day? Great with candids? Action shots? Portraits? Rachel always kept in mind the schedule of the day and our movements. She worked with that schedule by taking photos of activity when we were on the move and fading into the background when appropriate. She also helpfully suggested locations for posed shots in advance which she worked in seamlessly during the day. Both posed photos and action shots of our day are superb. In particular, we were delighted with the atmosphere and character captured in the action shots. Our parents were especially pleased with the warmth of the posed family shots.
  • What was included in your wedding photo package? Albums? DVDs? Engagement pics? Two photographers? Rachel had an array of print and album options available. We opted for the cd of all the shots which came beautifully personalized. We are considering ordering an album for us and our families. We did not request an engagement session as we only wanted a photographer for the wedding day.
  • How did the photographer make you and family comfortable? Rachel’s incredibly warm and friendly personality enables her to make requests and direct people without being imposing, demanding or obtrusive.

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

  • Satisfaction : 5.0
  • Creativity : 5.0
  • Unobtrusive : 5.0
  • Value : 5.0

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