About Me

I am so glad you found your way here.

My name is Rachel and I am an artist, photographer, mama, maker, and the creator of Bloodroot Sessions. I capture womxn in processes of transformation through birth, breastfeeding and motherhood photography as well as curating healing photographic experiences for womxn on the path back to their bodies in the form of Bloodroot sessions. I offer private Bloodroot Sessions, Experiences and Retreats as well as community viewings. I make my home on occupied Quinnipiac territory otherwise known as Hamden, Connecticut. 

Michelle Gardella

My heart lives for sitting around campfires with good people, making things with my hands and sinking my feet into the wet earth. I write poems on scraps of paper, smell my children’s necks daily, and nothing makes me happier than listening to my grandmother’s voice and baking pies in my kitchen. I aim to capture light, both tangible and intangible and strive to slow down often so I can hear the silent stories being told.

Prior to becoming a full-time photographer l worked as a doula, childbirth educator and Labor and Birth nurse for 8 years often straddling the two ends of life through helping families welcome babies as well as being on a team of nurses who held space for those experiencing stillbirth and loss. My time as a doula and nurse have heavily influenced my spirit, worldview and art.

My heart’s work is to witness womxn being full up in the power, truth and un-dimmed beauty of who they are, to capture it in photographic form and hand it back to them so they will never forget. 

I would love nothing more than to co-create images of transformation and meaning with you.