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Rachel Soulliere

I’m a Canadian photographer, creator, and educator. I’m a newlywed with a deep passion for putting on PJs at 5pm.

I’ve been gracing this earth with my coolness since '91 but I think my soul is approximately 107 years old. (Give or take).

Read on for more!

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Love Story

11 years ago, Austin was the very first person I said hello to when I started at a new school on a whim. We’ve been friends ever since. In 2017, Austin proposed to me at our home while we were having coffee and pancakes. My favourite part?! I was still in my PJs and just happened to be wearing the same (very old) sweatpants that I had been wearing when we had our first kiss exactly 7 years earlier. We were married less than a year later in September 2018!

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How this whole thing started...

At age 21, I was on my own and supporting myself by juggling 4 jobs - working as an intern, designing instruction manuals for a manufacturing company, ringing in groceries as a cashier, and odd photography jobs on the side. A Fine Arts University graduate who finished school the year of the highest unemployment rate on record in my hometown, I was your classic struggling artist.

I was in love with photography, but I still had my eyes on a 9-5 job. I wanted it so badly - and the longer I worked in retail, the more I wanted people to respect my job and quit asking me why I was using my degree to bag groceries (and I actually loved this job, by the way! It wasn’t my calling, but I believe in being respectful to everyone's choice in work because you're a worthy human being no matter your profession).

Fast forward a couple more years and I finally nabbed that 9-5 great-pay-great-benefits-wear-a-blazer-to-work type job in finance. Does it surprise you that I was insanely miserable? I didn't recognize myself. I cried in my car on the way to work. I would go for my lunch and imagine what would happen if I drove off and didn't come back after my hour was up. I thought "this can't be what I'm here on this Earth to do" - but I wrestled so hard with it because it was what I had told myself for so long that I wanted.

Do what makes you happy.
You don't get to do this again.

While I was weighing my decision to quit my job and pursue photography full time, I had a man come into my office at work. He was a self-employed musician, and this immediately intrigued me. After reading over the information he provided me, I said to him "You've been self-employed for over 20 years... that must of been difficult" to which he replied "Yes, it was".

My curiosity got the best of me and I asked him if he regretted it because of how hard it was. If he would have done something else, if he could have done it all over again. Without hesitation, he said to me that he could never imagine doing anything differently because he was doing something every day that he loved.

A few weeks later, I quit my job. Within my first week of newfound freedom, I saw that man's obituary in the paper. I still think about him and our conversation often.

Ever since I began this journey over 4 years ago, I have kept this thought in my mind: life is too short to care so much about what people think about your job, your life, and your choices. Be smart, but do what makes you happy. Don't be scared. You don't get to do this again.

XO, Rachel

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Businesses photographed in under 2 years: 85+

Greatest achievement to date: winning a hula hoop contest in 2010

Heart’s secret desire: find a way to never have to blowdry my hair again