Model: Cassia . Location: Lancaster, PA
Model: Devon Location: Lancaster, PA. Improvised Studio
Growth is difficult, especially when things in life feel emotionally possible to get through. People tell you that certain things shouldn’t bother you, get you down, or make you overthink. But this isn’t true. It’s misleading. I am allowed to not be okay. You are allowed to not be okay.
I’ve been going to therapy for a few months, something I do not feel the need to shout to everyone I know. But I thought it may be helpful to point out that talk therapy CAN help. I am learning to grow, and I am learning to not be okay. I am learning that some things in life were not my fault, that I am not crazy, and that my reactions and anxiety are quite normal regarding the things I went through in my past. I have PTSD and severe anxiety from struggles and relationships from years ago. But this is okay. I am learning that people can LOVE and that people do CARE, and those people in my life who do, mean so much.
Today I am fighting with self worth, depression, and hating myself. I’ve been trying to push the feelings aside and bury them, but they keep popping up, refusing to drown. Days like today are tough to push through, but I’ve been telling myself that it is okay to rest and okay to indulge in doing “nothing”. I shot a few photos of my plants because they look healthy and they are stretching their little branches and stems towards the sun. They signify growth. Many of my plants I’ve had for years, and they continue to grow despite being repotted, trimmed, and moved back and forth. I think a lesson and wisdom can be learned from that.
Hello! I am starting a vintage shop due to my love of fashion, vintage clothes, different eras, and style. The following are items from my personal collection, some of which are for sale in my Etsy shop. (find that HERE
This is a huge passion of mine, so for those of you who read my blog, please check it out. I’d gladly appreciate it.
(all photography by: Aaron Shiflet).
Black and white photography is my favorite. It holds a special type of nostalgia and emotion and I wanted to round up my favorites from 2018 to show everyone. There are both film and digital images in this collection
This world is filled with so many small things that nobody notices. Life is solely based on self with rare for instances of love and kindness towards others. There is a strange lacking in the appreciation of little things and of things that mean so much and create so much beauty. They are ignored. Crushed. Swept away for the shiny bright shallowness of the self and how many likes and notices a person can get on a screen.
There is a quiet peace and wholeness when one sees past the facade of “importance”. What is important to you? Find what is true and real. Most of the time it lies in what is not apparent. Be yourself and embrace what makes you who you are. Put others first and yourself last. Don’t look to others to “save” you, but rather look inward for that.
I took these photographs to clear my mind and to shed some focus on small plant life that usually gets crushed beneath feet, or cut down and thrown away. I want to show that there is beauty in small things and I’m leaving these photos up for personal interpretation.
These photos came out so pure and filled with light. I’ve been trying new techniques for posing and shooting groups because family and group portraits are a struggle for me sometimes. This lovely family made it easy to shoot moments and emotions without any forced posing or other issues. Enjoy the photos from this sun-filled afternoon.
Danielle, Dave, and Arthur. Location: The Rabbit & The Dragonfly, Lancaster PA.
Golden hour portraits. Natural lighting. 1/1000 sec, f1.4, ISO 100-200. 85mm prime lens.
there is a struggle
to feel human,
to part a veil of pain,
to dance in languid fields
of soft green moss,
and recline on sweet things,
there is a struggle
to stop choking,
and to breathe in
free of dry sharpness,
free of grey clinging smoke,
what about the heaviness,
that weighs around one’s neck,
that holds you under, stifling,
closing my eyes
I wish it away.
small things exist in vastness,
it takes but one to see
to open the eyes and look
to feel, to break, to tremble,
and wonder if life
as you may know it
is just irony,
voids and pains
or something more.
A few photos from Mariah and Tony’s beautiful wedding. These images speak for themselves. Congratulations guys!
35mm color film. ISO200, f1.8
soft light, creatures, homes and flowers.
Hello! I haven't been keeping up to date on my blog, mainly because I'm starting a new venture, Shutterpunks photography and art.
Aaron Shiflet and I are combine both our artistic and photographic talent to provide people with art that caters to the avant garde, different, strange, and unique. In a world of sameness, we want to be different and include everyone in art and the greatness of it. Check out our website shutterpunks.com and feel free to contact us to schedule a photoshoot or art commission.
This website, racheladsheadphotography, will still be up and running and you may still contact me for shoots, but I'll be redirecting a lot of my work to the new website.
Check out some promotional shots we created for Shutterpunks!
35mm film. ISO400. f1.8
Location: Lancaster Cemetery
because liveliness is fleeting,
running around us in nauseating spirals,
making money to stave off the obvious,
to stare and figure out
my life on the way out
An improvised ballet. Location: Tellus360
Location: Lancaster Art Studios
More images (just click the link and download any image you want): https://photos.app.goo.gl/UII5H3M1CAiITUju2