PhotographyParlez-VousRachael NicholsProfessional Photographer
2015 Service and Pricing Guide
Servicing Northern Virginia and surrounding areas
I was born to a large Italian family, but somehow found my heart in France. The two things I loved most in high school were my two French exchang-es and the dark room. In college, I continued to explore from the behind the camera while living in France. Its no surprise then when I graduated that I opened a Foreign Language and Culture Center where I started my career in teaching French. For five years, Parlez-Vous Foreign Language and Cul-ture Center was a place for children and adults alike to explore their passions for all language and gain confidence and skills to use the new lan-guages that they worked hard to acquire in any-way they could.
I was married and began also working as a public school French teacher with Fairfax County Pub-lic Schools. All along, finding my love for the lens
growing as my family grew to include three boys.
In 2013 I was inspired to bring back my first business venture, this time as a Pho-tography business. Parlez-Vous Photography was birthed, as a bridge between my two passions, French language and photography, while nurturing the most important love of my life - my three children. In June 2014 I left my career as a French teacher to become a work-at-home mom and photographer.
For me, Parlez-Vous Photography is my chance to do it all! I am able to be present in my family and I am able to meet so many wonderful families and document their special times together. Whether I get to spend a few hours with a new momma as she is lost in the love of a newborn baby; giggle at the face of a 1 year old tasting cake for the first time; chase a 3 year old until we are both out of breath; hear the remarkable stories of a future leader in a senior session; get teary eyed at a wedding ceremony these are the reasons I love to be behind the camera!
Why Me?Why Parlez-Vous Photography? Lets let my past clients tell you!
Choosing to use Rachael with Parlez-Vous Photography for multiple pho-tography sessions over the past two years has been an easy choice
for our family. Rachael was referred to us by a friend we have in common, since then we have had the pleasure of working with Rachael repetitively. One of the main reasons is how natural she is with my son, Jacob. Being a Mom herself, she knows all of the secrets to always get the perfect pictures of Jacob. She perfectly captures his personality in each and every photograph. Rachael can make a simple scene look amazing and vibrant, with the per-
fect positioning, lighting and excitement. I love how the last session we had with Rachael, Jacob was making suggestions and pretending
like he was the photographer. It shows how comfortable he has be-come with Rachael. I believe the highest form of a complement is a referral,
we have many friends and family that have worked with Rachael. Working with Rachael you can see the passion, drive and professionalism throughout the entire interaction with Parlez-Vous Photography from booking to the finished products whether they are of images, printed pictures, canvas and/or photo books. I am truly grateful for all of the moments that Rachael has captured and I know these pictures will last more than a lifetime. A picture is worth a thousand words. For this reason, it is hard to express in words both the wonderful experience of working with Rachael and the amazing beauty of the photos that grace the walls of our home. All I can say is the proof is in the pictures!- Croce FamilyMy experience with Rachael has been supreme; working with her was an absolute pleasure. From the initial email, if I had a question for Rachael, she was never more than an email away and was always very prompt and professional about answering. During the session, Rachael took a plethora of photos with a wide variety of poses and scenery. Rachael captured both traditional and candid moments of our family that will serve as artifacts for our family to cher-ish for years to come. As for her demeanor, Rachael was always patient and kind. We never felt rushed but, yet, she was still very efficient. After viewing just a handful of our prints, I am so impressed by Rachaels artistic approach, appre-ciation for photography and most importantly an eye for capturing sentiment. It is clear that she spends hours editing the prints to en-sure that the lighting brings out the best shot possible. Rachaels attention to detail, passion, and professionalism was unsurpassed.
In addition to taking wonderful pictures, Rachael is GREAT with kids. Since she is a mother of three, she connected to our son within five minutes and made him feel extremely comfortable. Ra-chael had creative ways to bring out my sons genuine smile, which helped to make the pictures authentic snapshots of our family. - Hoffman Family
Question: How does one get a teenager to smile on a cold, early Satur-day morning? Answer: Make an appointment for a photo shoot with
Rachael Nichols, Parlez-Vous Photography!!
After making the mistake of ONLY taking my daughters senior pictures with the photographers that came to her school I knew I was going to have professional portraits taken of my son his se-nior year, one on one. I happened to see a the family pictures a colleague had received from Rachael and called her right
away. Within minutes of meeting us, Rachael had my sleep de-prived unhappy son laughing, smiling and taking some of the best
pictures Ive ever seen of him! She used her experiences as a former high school teacher to connect with my son, keep him engaged and he
actually enjoyed himself. Rachaels creativity wasnt limited by her personal skills it was also evident throughout the photo shoot as she chose what seemed to be the perfect sites for photos. I highly recommend Rachael and Parlez-Vous Photography.- Moran FamilyWe had such a great experience with Rachael from beginning to end. Unfortunately, a few days before our scheduled shoot the weather forecast called for cold gusting winds the day of our shoot. Rachael was very flexible working with her schedule to reschedule our shoot so that we could still take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage.
On the day of our shoot Rachael was positive, energetic and very familiar with the location we chose. She worked well with our cra-zy family dynamics and was up for spur of the moment, candid poses that worked with our unique personalities rather than sticking with canned, formal posses. Rachael maintained a good pace that kept my children interested and engaged, but not stressed, so that we could maximize the photo shoot before they lost interest or became fussy.
I would definitely recommend Rachael for you photographic needs.
- Pfalmer Family
Our newborn shoot with Rachael was such a great experience. She was beyond patient and professional. Rachael created an atmo-sphere perfect for taking care of a newborns needs, and cap-tured the most beautiful shots. Her ease and expertise show in her work, and in her interactions with our baby. We recommend Rachael to anyone looking for a relaxed environment to capture those precious newborn moments. - Nock Family
pre-session consultation1.So you want to have beautiful images taken today, to have to remember for always? Our time together will start when you initially contact me with your ideas. Well spend the next few weeks (or months) talking about what sorts of images excite you, what visions you have, what you think would make you over the moon excited. If you dont have any ideas yet, Ill get to know you and your family to help create the best shoot for you.
session2.When the day comes, well meet at our pre-arranged spot with our pre-arranged props, and well just let the fun unfold. While we will have visions and plans, Ill never push something, well just guide and let it unfold. If were working with kids, well play and laugh before trying to capture that same spirit in the camera.
image reveal & ordering consultation3.Included in your session fee will be an Image Reveal & Order Consultation. At the Image Re-veal and Ordering Consultation, which is pre-scheduled for 2-3 weeks after your session, well do just that. I will present to you your images and help guide you through the Ordering process. This consultation will take place at your home (when possible), which will give us the opportu-nity to see where your new images will fit best in your life. You will be placing your image orders at this meeting, so it would be best to pick a time when all decision makers can be present. Along with your images, Ill bring with me samples of the products to consider. This session ends with your final selections and order for your personal and timeless memories.
What to Wear
Dress everyone coordinating, but not matching.
Choose a color scheme and use it to mix and match solids and patterns.
Do not dress kids in the same outfit
Dress children (and adults too) in clothes that they are comfortable in and fit their unique styles.
Allow each person to show their unique style, but not without consulting or coordinating with the others in the group. If one pers