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DC’s award-winning portrait & event photographer.

On location portrait session in Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

On location portrait session in Jardin du Palais Royal, Paris

Nearly 20 years of artistic and photojournalism experience allow me to bring out the best version of you in your photos.

From large-format prints in private homes, to magazine and novel covers, to solo and group exhibits - my photography has defied categorization in its field.

I have been humbled by the trust that each client puts in me as a photographer – that I will capture their moments beautifully and memorably.

Between the small Nebraska town where I grew up and my years in rural Alaska, to the cities in Europe I’ve lived in and explored, I have become fascinated with people from all walks of life.

Fun Facts about Me!

My self portrait was one of the five grand prize winners #202Creates Photo Contest and was showcased at FotoWeekDC 2017 and in the SXSW WeDC house in Austin, TX.

Je parle le français couramment, y hablo español también! I used to live in the Loire Valley and Seville in southern Spain .

I hold an MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran College of Art + Design (prior to the merger with GWU) and a combined BS in Business and French Language from The American University.

I’ve perfected my chocolate chip cookie recipe from scratch!

I’m always enthusiastic to share my experiences and impart a decade’s worth of lessons learned working and studying in the field of photography, Rachel hosts both introductory and advanced group workshops and private lessons in the DC area.

Select clients include:

MasterCard Electrolux Spirited Magazine Pyxera Global
Military Times MTV Latino Leaders Magazine The Young School
Marie Claire Magazine ACAP Magnet Schools of America FrozenYo
The Mammen Group


Rachel is the best photographer one can get, regardless the occasion. Her professionalism is remarkable and she is full of energy and creativity.

— Iunia C, Maryland

Rachel is amazing. I was impressed from the get go, not only with her beautiful photography but her attention to detail and professionalism. She made my wedding day a perfect experience and captured shots that will tell the story of our marriage for a lifetime and beyond.

We are from CA and finding a photographer from a distance can be a difficult task, working with Rachel was effortless. She was on top of all things that needed to get done in order to be part of our USNA Chapel ceremony, always answered my questions promptly, guided me through the day with ease, was punctual, and hands down fantastic to work with. She was great with everyone and we received so many compliments on her work and how she managed herself throughout the day. I would highly recommend Rachel for any event or photography need. She is truly wonderful!

— Ashley B, Los Angeles

Rachel is wonderful to work with! My fiancé and I purchased the "Classic Engagement" package, two outfit changes and two locations for an hour and a half. The price and the quality of photos are definitely worth it, as there are other local photographers charging a lot more for even less photo shoot time. Our initial date was snowed out, and I received a phone call from Rachel having no problem rescheduling to the next week, even a few days before Christmas. Our make up day weather ended up being perfect without a cloud in the sky.

Rachel is very professional and has a wonderful eye for the right shot. She is fun to work with, and tells you exactly what to do to get the perfect photo. We took our photos in Old Town, Alexandria, and since we had some extra time to spare, Rachel said we could go to a third location for photos! It was a wonderful surprise and we are lucky we had the extra time, as we have even more variety for our photos.

The quality of photos are wonderful. We have received our photo preview, and are anxious to see the rest of them! Our friends and family love the photos as well. We will definitely use Rachel again for maternity photos, family photos, etc! Definitely recommend!

— Katie T, Alexandria

My company hired Lincoln Photography to produce stock photos of our university scholars and I'd definitely recommend Rachel Lincoln for future projects. She was on-time for both sessions, flexible, and great at giving directions. Once we had established where/how we wanted a scene, she did a great job of confidently and efficiently setting up the shot, posing the participants, and keeping things moving. She had great suggestions for how to move our hands/heads/bodies and how best to position ourselves to show off the company and university logos while at the same time minimizing the appearance of unrelated logos. You could just tell that she was used to taking marketing/stock photos for professional organizations. Our manager gushed that the photos were "GORGEOUS!"

— Zaria Q, Washington DC

Rachel of Lincoln Photography was absolutely amazing when shooting our large wedding. She was both professional and fun to work with! She was so efficient and accommodating which alleviated any stress I had over pictures or poses we requested. Rachel is a true artist and professional. No matter your photography needs, do yourself a favor and hire Rachel. You'll be happy you did!

— Michelle M, Nebraska

Absolutely, positively amazing!

First, Rachel was very responsive and helpful in answering my questions before the shoot like what to wear etc.

Second, she was so easy going at the shoot and really knew the best poses and spots to take pictures. We also had so much fun with it!

Lastly, she took some incredible pictures. The pictures were edited beautifully and each on its own to make each picture's specialness shine through.

We couldn't thank her enough for making this so special!!

— Melanie M, Washington DC

Rachel was lovely, friendly, and very professional. I booked a full headshot session and she was incredibly easy to work with. Rachel was also very responsive in answering my questions before the shoot via emails.

— Kate C, Washington DC

My husband, kids and I came to Washington DC for vacation and we wanted to take family photos at the National Mall. After calling a half dozen photographers on yelp, I found Rachel- who was the most flexible and accommodating with our busy schedule and modest budget. Rachel was amazing every step of the way- from scheduling and communicating via text to accepting Venmo and credit card via PayPal to taking FANTASTIC photos! She met us on time, was fast and professional, worked very well with my kids (ages 6 & 8), and sent me a few dozen edited images within a few days of the shoot. I would highly recommend her services to anyone!

— Jamie H, California

So good!!! We were lucky enough to get Rachel to do our wedding on fairly short notice. Looking through the pictures today, this was one of our best decisions. We asked her to focus on atmosphere and candid people shots, and she captured both wonderfully. She was very discreet (I was really surprised by some of the shots she got with me in them because I had no idea she was shooting at that time). She was also on time, pleasant and very reasonable for the high quality shots.

— SJ, Knoxville

I hired Rachel to photograph my engagement to my now wife. From the first phone conversation, Rachel was exceptionally professional and excited to be involved. After giving her some general parameters of what I was thinking, she quoted her standard price upfront and sent me some sample engagement pictures she had taken that were in a similar vein as mine--I was impressed. Her contract terms were clear and reasonable. She responded to calls, emails, and text quickly and thoroughly. She was also flexible, made it straightforward to organize, and was invaluable in getting everything right.

After receiving the proofs, we were incredibly happy with the results and have received numerous compliments.  Rachel was able to capture the environment, the surprise, the story, and mood of the evening perfectly. I highly recommend.

— Jay S, New York City

I cannot say enough good things about Rachel and Lincoln Photography.  Perhaps most important is the quality of the photography. Rachel photographed our small wedding in Constitution Gardens and the pictures exceeded all possible expectations.  She delivered the most amazing photographs! She artfully captured the emotion and details of the day. Choosing Rachel was the best possible decision we could have made; because of her we were able to capture the memories in the most perfect way.  We have wonderful family shots and the wedding must-have shots, but we also have stunning photographs that look like they belong in a magazine!  

I know how nerve-wracking it is to choose a photographer - especially for a day as important as your wedding day.  I cannot encourage you enough to choose Lincoln Photography. You will be so surprised at how good Rachel is. 

I know I have gone on and on about how good the photos are - and they really are - but Rachel is also responsive, fairly priced, friendly, reliable, and professional. I whole-heartedly recommend Rachel for any occasion that calls for photography!

— Jess L, Virginia

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