Behind the lens...

Hello! Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a graduate of The Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Photography. What that means is I know how to use my camera but I really don't get caught up in all that "techie" stuff, I just want to make beautiful art. That's where you come in! 

I have spent the last 20 years honing my craft. I have been published nationally in Wedding Style Magazine, Military Spouse Magazine, Photographers Without Borders Magazine,, Charisma Magazine as well as locally in The Fayetteville Observer, City View Magazine, NEXT! Magazine, Real Estate Marketplace, Premier Homes, and multiple periodic publications and books.

I spend much of my free time working on efforts to bring aid to women and children being rescued from poverty and trafficking by partnering with

non-profits abroad, this is my passion. However, I love to capture moments in time for families right here at home. There is no greater joy to hear a parent say they can't stop looking at the pictures of their precious little one or that I have captured the essence of their family's spirit. I have had the joy of watching children grow from belly to teen and documenting it has been my privilege! As my own two children are now teenagers, and we are soon to to have an empty nest, I welcome all newborns for snuggles! I love all sessions but I must confess newborns are my favorite. I hope you'll come see me and we'll make beautiful photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime!

Thank you to Photographer Jamie Smith for my portrait!

Kind words...

Rachael was wonderful! She was so patient and handled our sweet girl with such care! Her studio is very nice and I loved that most of her outfits and props are handmade by her. Our pictures are beautiful! I couldn’t be happier with

how they turned out! We will definitely be going back

in the future!


These are stunning. I’ve already gone through the gallery 4 or 5 times today, but the first time I saw the pictures, I cried. You perfectly captured our family! I’m so grateful.


You are amazing!!!!! The photos look great!!! I can't wait to share these with the family :) Thank you so much!


Rachael, these are AMAZING! I cannot thank you enough for capturing these beautiful pictures! I love them ALL!!


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Rachael Santillan is an internationally published photographer located in Fayetteville, NC.  Available for Newborn Photography, and Family Photography in Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas. 

Also available for Humanitarian Photography within the United States or abroad.

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