“Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
Whose breath gives life to the world, hear me
I come to you as one of your many children
I am small and weak
I need your strength and wisdom

May I walk in beauty
Make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made
And my ears sharp to your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know the things you have taught your children.

The lessons you have written in every leaf and rock
Make me strong——–!
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to fight my greatest enemy….myself

Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes,
So that when life fades as the fading sunset,
May my spirit come to you without shame.” –Sioux Prayer

The header photo is taken by Helga Kvam.

All photographs are copyrighted by Rachel Jonas (2007-2014).  Do not use without permission.

31 Responses to “About”

  1. Maren said

    It´s beautiful!
    Im loving it.

    Good to see you again as well.


  2. bfunky7 said

    SO SO TRUE! we are not get old, we are getting better. also you can see more pics @


  3. Brad said

    i really enjoy the pics and quotes

  4. Anonymously said

    “When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.” – Anatole France

  5. margie said

    Thankyou for all the lovely pics and I have enjoyed following your winter hols and you looked to have had a great time. Happy New Year to everyone from us all here With love to you all Ma X

  6. Celeste said

    Rachel —
    I love you my friend
    I miss you terribly
    I think of you often
    I am sorry for the distance
    I long to catch up
    I love your photos (a glimpse into ur world)
    I will be your forever friend…

  7. Web-site is coming. I have finally begun my art career. My first photo prints are being shipped today. I also have a lighthouse lithograph that was printed from an original I painted for Kay Shaw (Normal).
    Julia lives in Greenville, SC to Jimmy Taylor- Associate Pastor of Grace Church on Pelham, in Greer, I think.
    Auburn 7, Dayleah 4, Jent 1 1/2
    Laura has Baron 2.
    Angie has Grace 8, Hosanna 6, and Joshua 3 1/2.

  8. pollypockets said

    I found your photo blog randomly while flipping through WordPress, and love it. You’re very talented with a camera!

  9. Brent said

    Friend of a friend of a friend. Beautiful photos. Glad you’re out there with a camera. Inspiration for us all.

  10. Andrew said

    Hi from Spain, Rachel.

    We were classmates together in Chicago for a few years. You have some wonderful photos here. Thanks for sharing them. Jamie, my wife, keeps pushing me to start a photoblog. Seeing yours has pushed me a little closer. Warmly, Andrew

  11. Carolyn's Mom said


    Thank you for blessing my life with your pictures of my girls and Kyle. I am able to glimpse their daily life through your pictures and they are such a special gift to my family. Praying for you and your community. May God show himself to you and yours.
    Cathy Levesque

  12. It is my pleasure, Cathy. I am glad you enjoy them and we all appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

  13. genetemple said

    I don’t think we’ve met but I’ve become a fan of your photographs. I occasionally play music with Matt, Jeremy, SaraJean, and Tucker. My name is Gene, I’m the older guy who plays lap steel. The reason I’m contacting you (is this contacting?), is I recently acquired a Bronica ETRSi and wondering where or whom does your processing? I went by Lynchburg Camera for my first roll (depressing results however) but it was mad expensive. Anyhow, thanks…….my email at home is Any info you can give me is greatly appreciated.

  14. Hello Rachel,

    Once again today I was encouraged and inspired by your beautiful perspective of life and children. You and Sarah have inspired me to attempt my own collection of stories-by-picture.

    Thank you for the glimpses into your world.

    Much love,

  15. Thanks Elizabeth, You are so sweet. I love your sisters photos and I am flattered that you have been inspired by us. 🙂 I hope that you will continue to share your photos/life with me. I love the ones from Maui. Amazing.
    Big hug.

  16. Ethan said

    Thanks for Eddie’s memorial pics. I am an old friend of Eddie’s from Richmond.

  17. julie ide said

    Dear Rachel, I am a friend of the Taylor’s; I live in France, and I take lots of photos. Margy gave me your address and I have taken a look at your site – it, and your pic’s are just so good and interesting! I would so like to create something similar – it would give a real purpose to my photography.

    I will take a look regularly from now on!


  18. julie ide said

    Dear Rachel,

    I am a friend of the Taylor family; Whilst talking to Margy on the phone this afternoon she mentioned that you take photos each day and post them on your site – so I duly went therein! And what a lovely surprise! I do so like your site; your pictures are excellent and very interesting – it gives me inspiration to do something with the photos I have taken during two trips to India, of which I have so many! And I have another visit coming up in October.
    I would love to create a site for them; I guess that Ben may have set it up for you?

    Anyway, that could be my project for next winter here in South-Western France where we live.

    Love to Ben when you are next in contact and to you, best wishes,


    • Hi Julie,
      I am sorry it has taken me awhile to get back to you. My computer broke down due to heat exhaustion and I have been in the process of fixing it. I am really glad you like the photos. My site is very easy to set up. I just made an account through They are free and they have lots of choices for layouts. Let me know if you have any further questions once you begin the process. I would love to see your pictures, so please send me a link when you get them up.
      I am sure Margie told you, but my dad is from France. I have a very soft spot for it. Hopefully Ben and I will be able to come and visit sometime soon.
      My email is if you have any more questions.
      Good to speak with you. Best

  19. Judy Giordanetto said

    Just logged on to see all your pictures and ohhh my what a beautiful site!!!! I have enjoyed every one of them until my eyes are glassing over. I love you my cousin, and hope that some day soon we can meet again. Hope this finds you well and happy, and will look forward to more of your pictures!!!
    love you much…..Judy

    • Thanks so much, Judy! I love you and hope I will get to to see you soon. I am going to try to make another visit up to Dad in the next couple of months…so maybe we can connect then. Big hug. x

  20. melissa mason said

    Hey Rachel. I have thought of you often through the yrs. Saw your pic on Heidi’s FB pg. Would love to hear what you are up to and what God has been doing in your heart and life.
    love and prayers
    melissa mason

  21. Peter & Aniela Duggins said

    Rachel we recently got back from our Winter/Spring trip to Spain & France so have caught up with news via Blenheim Firstly we were sorry to have heard the news of your Dad & secondly many congrats re;you & Ben T.
    Amor,Paz y Alegria
    Peter & Aniela

  22. Such beautiful photos throughout your blog! You have quite an eye for capturing the best angles on the life around you.

  23. Hey Rachel!

    This is random but do you ever shoot weddings? I’m having a hard time finding someone I like/ can afford for April 18 and I always love your work. I feel like Kyle told me once you usually do this bc it’s a hobbie but if you are at all interested I would be honored. Seriously no pressure! There would be men in kilts though haha.

  24. V. Alarcón-Córdoba said

    You guys have a beautiful website. I look forward to your postings.

  25. Hello Rachel! I’ve decided to read and follow 10 interesting and new blogs a day every day of May 2015, and yours is today’s #5! Feel free to come visit me when you can at, and follow if you like what you read. Happy blogging!

  26. Meagan said

    Hello! I absolutely love your photos. I was wondering if you could take pictures of my 3 kids. I haven’t been able to have pictures of them professionally and I would love for you to do them! I love the color and candid shots that you do. If you could email me some details and such that would be amazing 🙂 thank you!!

    • Thanks Meagan! Do you live in the Lynchburg area? I am out of town working until February so I wouldn’t be able to consider doing them until sometime next year. Does that work for you?

  27. Andreea Gutu said

    You have a wonderful blog, so I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award, here:

    Warm wishes from Bucharest,


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