About Me

I am so glad you found your way here.

My name is Rachel (she/her/they) and I am an artist, photographer, former birth worker, gatherer of people, and the creator of Bloodroot Sessions.  My art and breath lives at the intersection of social justice, expressive arts and body liberation. I capture portraits of people in processes of transformation through birth, parenthood, breastfeeding portraiture as well as Bloodroot Sessions. I make my home on occupied Quinnipiac territory otherwise known as Hamden, Connecticut.

Michelle Gardella

I live for sinking my feet into the wet earth and making things with my hands. 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. I aim to capture light, both tangible and intangible and strive to slow down often so I can hear the stories contained, longing to be 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 humans 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.