While I am the sole photographer at my studio, my wonderful team backs me up to keep my business a success! Here is a way for you to put faces to the names you may see on emails or in the studio!
I started photographing when I was in high school and have been in love with capturing images since then! I first started professional photography in 2004 while I was a Journalism and English teacher at Faith Lutheran High School. I began my photography business in my home in Las Vegas, NV and moved into my current, full-functioning studio in 2011!
What is something most people don’t know about you? “I grew up on a farm in Kansas and was a bug scout (entomologist) when I was 15 years old. I drove my first vehicle when I was 5 years old- a stick shift pickup on our farm!”
Becca is a senior at Faith Lutheran High School and has worked for my studio with her twin sister, Emily, for the past 4 years. Rebecca started as a babysitter for my son, Brady, and eventually grew into my studio manager with her awesome organization skills and eye for details. Rebecca also sets up concept shoots and specializes in hair/makeup for the models. You will most likely see her on my emails, editing photos, or helping me with an order session or photo shoot!
What do you like to do when you’re NOT in the studio or class? “You will find me at CrossFit or hanging out with friends. Anything that gets my mind off of schoolwork!”
Emily, also a senior at Faith Lutheran High School, has also worked for me for the past 4 years. Beginning with babysitting, she has become one of my best editors! Emily is usually editing photos, meticulously framing photos, helping run a consultation or order session, or assisting me on a photoshoot! She helps me keep the computers running smoothly as well, with her IT assistance.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled? “Amsterdam because of the beautiful scenery. I would love to do a photoshoot there someday!”
Nicole recently graduated from Concordia University Texas. She spent a year teaching English abroad in Micronesia after graduating and is now back in the Las Vegas area. She has been filling in as my office manager since this summer and will soon be missed as she plans to move to Africa to join the Peace Corps in February! You will find her at the end of most of my emails and text messages, organizing the office, scheduling appointments, assisting on a photoshoot, or editing some photos!
What is your creative outlet? “My creative outlet is sketching and doing yoga. With how often I travel, those are 2 things I can practice anywhere!”
Social Media/Model Liaison
Aimee, one of my 2016 senior models, is now a current student at UNLV. She was one of the national winners in We Are The SEEN’s ‘The 12’ Group 3 competition this past year! You can check out more about her modeling here. You will find Aimee behind all my social media posts, organizing concept shoots, assisting with an order session, or assisting on a photoshoot!
If you could go back in time and meet anyone in history, who would it be? “This might be cheating but, I would want to meet all the members of the 27 Club! Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and all those people. Then I could just pick their brains and ask them anything!”
Graphic Design Intern
Hannah is a sophomore in high school at Advanced Technologies Academy with a focus in graphic design. She helps out on the weekends, mostly with the Jody Rael SEEN online app!
Favorite Quote: “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
Alyssa is in her senior year at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She is a double major in Communications and Ancient Mediterranean Studies with an emphasis on technology, and recently returned from a semester abroad in Greece! She usually works from afar and has designed all of my websites and content.
Where would you go with a free plane ticket and 3 days off? “Easily, the Grecian islands. It’s a mixture of ancient ruins, vibrant culture, and breathtaking scenery. After spending a few months in Greece, the entire country just stole my heart away!”
Regional Vice President, Jody Rael Photography
Mike is not only my husband, but helps keep everything running in the studio! Mike and I met in high school in Sublette, KS and have been high school sweethearts since sophomore year. He helps with company taxes, obtaining permits, IT/tech issues, and assists on photoshoots, among countless other things.
Interesting Fact: “Mike is a huge KS City Chiefs and Kansas Sate Wildcats fan. Don’t walk into a room with him if either of these teams are losing during a game!” -Jody
JRP Cheerleader/ Aspiring Videographer
Isn’t he the cutest?
My son, Brady, is a first grader this year, and when he grows up he wants to “film videos.” Luckily, he is surrounded by the perfect environment to grow his dreams!
Meet our certified hair and makeup artists!