About Me

I am so glad you found your way here.

My name is Rachel (she/they) + i am many things as we all are...mostly i'm an artist, mother, photographer, painter, writer of words + asker of the big questions. I live for extending invitations of radical permission, co-creating sacred space + seeing what kind of magic we can make together. I am the creator of Bloodroot Sessions, co-director of Bloodroot Retreats + owner of Rachel Liu Photography. 

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.

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 years of breathing, moving + supporting laboring/birthing people taught me SO much about the wisdom that our bodies hold. 

I believe that generous presence is the medicine that allows the truth of life to spill out- the joy, the love, the ache, the rage, the wild beauty, + the pain as well. all is welcome. I consider it a deep honor to use photography + attunement as a unique medium of art making in collaboration with those I am privileged to work with.

Whether i'm photographing a family session or a Bloodroot Session my goal is the same, to listen closely for the truth that the body wants to tell, to witness humans being full up in the truth + un-dimmed beauty of who they are, to capture it in photographic form + hand it back to them so they never forget. 

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