Hi! I'm Rachel, a graduate from the University of Georgia's Grady College, where I specialized in entrepreneurship and visual journalism. In J-school I learned how to approach strangers in order to listen to their stories and tell them through words and photographs.
When I wasn't documenting drag shows or writing about the culinary culture of my southern college town, I brewed coffee at a small specialty roaster and served patrons at an award-winning craft brewery. I learned to strike a balance between my service industry work and my education in communications, connecting with people quickly and deeply in order to serve them well.
I was raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, but most recently lived in Central America, working as an independent writer and photographer. In Costa Rica I served as the photojournalism intern for UGA's satellite campus, photographing cultural events in a small valley community and using social media to bring students, educators and travelers to UGA Costa Rica's ecolodge. I also worked on commercial projects for restaurants and bars in Antigua, Guatemala, and covered cultural stories for Latin American publications such as Comvite.
Now I'm based back in Atlanta, Georgia, where I work at a third-wave coffee shop called Chrome Yellow Trading Co. If you'd like to chat about travel, photography, specialty coffee, or opportunities to collaborate, I'm available anytime by email. Thanks!