Rachel is a proud Iowan, born in Waterloo and bred in Iowa City. She attended the University of Iowa where she received her B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics with a TEFL emphasis, all the while working tirelessly as a photographer and photo editor for the independent university newspaper, The Daily Iowan (minus the year she studied abroad in Madrid).
After graduating, she photographed/photo-edited/freelanced for Little Village magazine, the Corridor Business Journal, The Hawk Eye, The Press-Citizen, and The Des Moines Register. Rachel also worked as an assistant for a couple years for VII Photo's Danny Wilcox Frazier, a documentary photographer based in Iowa City. For Danny, she processed and scanned negatives for major projects, assisted on and performed basic toning for assignments, and happily did whatever else he may have needed (she got really good at spraying water on baby cockroaches that his son was raising).
Currently, Rachel is pursuing her MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to follow her on Instagram @rcjessen.