Who is Jody Rael?
Purple-person. Honest. Personable. These three words describe me.
I grew up on a farm in eastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas. I spent years in a tractor, walking through fields of crops, and even had a milk cow! Inspired by the natural beauty and wildflowers that grew on the Kansas plains, I carried a camera with me everyday when I was a kid.
After college in 2001, my husband and I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Before becoming a professional photographer in 2004, I taught high school and middle school journalism, English, and digital photography. I greatly enjoyed teaching for 10 years until we had our son, Brady. What resulted from those years in the classroom was a love for building relationships with middle school and high school-age kids and photographing these amazing individuals.
With a Master’s of Art in Creative Nonfiction, I love an enthralling, true story. Now, instead of telling stories with only words, my passion has revisited visual storytelling with my images. I focus on creative storytelling with young adults as my subjects.
The creative process — writing and photography — has been my therapy through some really great times, as well as, the devastating times in my life. Those experiences shape us, and those stories can be powerfully captured in images. I value stories and pictures, and I hope that through my talent, I can offer others the same meaningful treasures.
My team and I look forward to serving your photographic needs. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or comments. Be sure to check out my blog for behind-the-scenes insights on photoshoots, tips and studio fun! Follow me on instagram also for current updates @jodyrael!