Parlez-Vous Photography » Full service photographer in the Northern Virginia Area

Meet Rachael

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I was born to a large Italian family, but somehow found my heart in France. The two things I loved most in high school were my two French exchanges and the dark room. In college, I continued to explore from the behind the camera while living in France. Its no surprise then when I graduated that I opened a Foreign Language and Culture Center where I started my career in teaching French. For five years, Parlez-Vous Foreign Language and Culture Center was a place for children and adults alike to explore their passions for all language and gain confidence and skills to use the new languages that they worked hard to acquire in anyway they could. I was married and began also working as a public school French teacher with Fairfax County Public Schools. All along, finding my love for the lens growing as my family grew to include three boys. In 2013 I was inspired to bring back my first business venture, this time as a Photography business. Parlez-Vous Photography was birthed, as a bridge between my two passions, French language and photography, while nurturing the most important love of my life – my three children. In June 2014 I left my career as a French teacher to become a work-at-home mom and photographer.

For me, Parlez-Vous Photography is my chance to do it all! I am able to be present in my family– and I am able to meet so many wonderful families and document their special times together. Whether I get to spend a few hours with a new momma as she is lost in the love of a newborn baby; giggle at the face of a 1-year-old tasting cake for the first time; chase a 3-year-old until we are both out of breath; hear the remarkable stories of a future leader in a senior session; get teary eyed at a wedding ceremony – these are the reasons I love to be behind the camera!

I am excited to announce that as of July 2017, my family, business and I have relocated from Northern Virginia to Apex, North Carolina. I am still honored to work with my Virginia families by request, and am looking forward to creating my Parlez-Vous Photography family here in NC too!

Now that you’ve gotten to meet me, I can’t wait to meet you! Click here so we can get a conversation started!

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