Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

November 1, 2013

Shooting something different

Rachael Layne making photography more affordable

Lee Ward
The Independent

ASHLAND — Photographer Rachael  Layne is making an effort to help young couples have a nicer wedding and the idea came from her own difficult situation.

Three months before her wedding in 2007, she was seriously injured in a car accident. The wedding proceeded but with a smaller budget, as there were medical bills to pay. Once of the sacrifices she and her fiancé, Tim, made was to forego a wedding photographer.

Now, Layne, who has a studio at the Pendleton Art Center and is featured artist for November, offers inexpensive photography for weddings, seniors and other events.

“I don’t want anybody else to have to go through this,” she said.

Layne enjoys the ease of digital photography and she edits the photos; she does not provide prints. She provides clients with a disc of all the photos she takes so they can make the prints they want.

The Ashland resident who was born in Indiana and has lived in Arizona, enjoyed drawing at a young age. She said when she was 9, her mother bought her a Polaroid camera and she was in love.

“I love shooting kids because they do some of the most unexpected things and it just comes out,” she said. “They’re just so cute and adorable.”

She said their freedom is inspirational.

“When kids are outside, they don’t feel like they have to do something,” she said. “They have fun with it, which is great because it makes for better shots.”

She also takes senior photos and photos of adults but said they are much more self-conscious about their poses and movements.

While she has backgrounds and props to take photos in her studio she said she prefers to shoot outdoors with natural light.

She offers what she dubbed “sweet shoots,” which are half-hour shoots she schedules during the weekend. She plans one or two weekends a month to schedule the shoots and gives her subject a CD with all the photos on it and also gives them a copyright release so they can do what they wish with them.

“Prints are becoming obsolete with online use,” she said.

In addition to photography, Layne said she enjoys making jewelry, including bead and leather pieces. She said her style encompasses steampunk, anime and geek, which includes franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars and Dr. Who looks.

She also has acrylic paintings and relief clay sculptures on canvas on display in her studio.

Layne’s work will be on display in the gallery of the Pendleton during tonight’s First Friday art walk.

Also during the art walk, music at the Pendleton will be provided by the jazz, Latin and blues group The Project with Colin Milem. Also:

‰The Upstairs Gallery will display the photography of Pam Decamp. Featured artists include watercolorist Michal Perrine Adams and woodworker Jimmy Dean.

The gallery is at 1428 Winchester Ave. and The Thoroughbred Gallery is at 1430 Winchester Ave.

For more information, call (606) 325-2470 or (304) 633-4401 or visit yessy.com/TUG.

‰The Lamp Post Café will have its open mic poetry reading from 7 to 8 p.m. Bert Wills will provide music. The restaurant is on the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.