About MeRKE stands for Rachel Katherine Elliott. I am a photographer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio at the time being, but I plan on moving to Chicago to pursue future endeavors this fall. I have been studying photography for around six years, but I just discovered the spark I have in Fashion a couple years ago. I am a natural light photographer, and very "minimalist" when it comes to style. I use as little post processing as possible when it comes to my photos, usually only enough to correct whatever underlying technical flaws there may be. I draw heavily from cinematic influences and my education in photojournalism, I seek to combine these things with fashion to bring new ideas to the table and a fresh way of seeing things.
I am currently in portfolio building process, while open to collaborating with designers on projects. I am only open at this point in time to working with models who meet industry standard when it comes to height/proportion, preferably with experience though not absolutely necessary. I say this because I need my portfolio to be cohesive and I am taking my future endeavors seriously in working within the industry. I am not open to fantasy/pinup shoots, that just isn't what I do or am striving to do, and would not benefit me at this point where my time is very limited.
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