My name is Rachel Gabrielse, well it used to be. On June 20, 2015 I married my high school sweetheart in the woods with picnic tables and ice cream and almost two hundred of our favorite humans and now I am Rachel Ponstein. However, my business started in 2011 so keeping my maiden name for photography is a special way to hold onto that piece of me.
I will take any excuse to wear a maxi dress and flower crown, but most days you can find me in high waisted pants and big, round rim glasses. Ever since I was a little girl I have had an obsession with juice and soft serve vanilla ice cream cones. Actually, I still carry a juice box in my purse. Chocolate chips are my editing fuel. I prefer hot chocolate over coffee. I shop almost exclusively at H & M and Nike with an occasionally splurge at Madewell.
My newest, most exciting news is that we have a son! Zion Marc is the answer to our prayers and the joy of our lives. He’s got his Daddy’s big blue eyes and his Momma’s thighs.
You should probably know that I refer to God as Papa. For most of my life I thought I had to earn my worth. It was an exhausting existence until I met this Jesus who whispered that he loved me for who I was and not what I did. Now Papa is the way I refer to this God who gently sings over me and holds me in his mighty arms.