Rachel was born in Chicago, IL. Her interest in photography and music began at an early age. Rachel graduated from Columbia College in Chicago where she developed her interest and unique style of photojournalism. While photographing music and special events in Chicago, her work was greatly influenced through contact with local musicians and artists. In 1989 she embarked on a six-year project documenting deadheads following The Grateful Dead. Since then, Rachel has been covering the music scene in the San Francisco Bay area and is published in many publications including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, and Blender. Rachel also brings her unique photojournalistic style to weddings, portraits, parties, and corporate events.