the skinny

based: seattle, washington
native to: tulsa, oklahoma
email: rachel@rachelcoward.com
nine to five: photographer and photo editor for three magazines in the greater seattle area. 425, 425 business, and south sound magazines. 
after five: trying new recipes, exploring the pacific northwest, seeking out taco trucks
alma mater: university of missouri school of journalism
first album: oklahoma the musical soundtrack on cassette
collects: piles of magazines, blocks of cheese, bobby pins
saturday morning breakfast: mom's greek yogurt biscuits and strawberry jam
if i won the lottery, my first puchase would be: a houseboat. hands down.

my story 

When I was in fifth grade, I created my first magazine. It was called — don't laugh — Fun Day. (But really, when you're 10, every day is a fun day.) I had a few loyal subscribers, and I felt like I was on top of the world. Beyond the cookie recipes and homemade quizzes, the magazine was full of photographs. For $1 a subscription, I mailed off the magazine each Friday, thrilled that people would hold in their hands something I created.

I'm classically trained as a photojournalist and received my education at the Missouri School of Journalism. My passion for picture editing, editorial work, and photojournalism is as strong as ever. Food, fashion, portraiture, and documentary work — these are all things I love to create and curate. 

Now, I'm the staff photographer and photo editor for a media group that produces three lifestyle and business publications in the greater Seattle area: 425 Magazine, South Sound Magazine and 425 Business. I document life, food, culture and business in the Puget Sound and every day is an adventure. 

I was formerly the photographer and photo editor at TulsaKids Magazine, an award-winning parenting publication in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to that, I worked for four years as a photographer at Mizzou Magazine, the alumni magazine for the University of Missouri. I was also a staff photographer and photo editor at the Columbia Missourian. I've been recognized by the Scholastic Arts competition, and the Oklahoma State Superintendent's Award for Excellence in the Art and recently was named a Kodak Professional Photography Scholar by the Missouri School of Journalism.

I'm available for freelance journalism, commercial work, portraits, weddings, etc. wherever you are. 

Say hello at rachel@rachelcoward.com


featured in

National Geographic Traveler, South Sound Magazine, 425 Magazine, 425 Business, The Associated Press, STLtoday, Fox Sports Midwest, TheDieline.com, Beaumont Enterprise, Vox Magazine, Tulsa World, Mizzou Magazine, Mizzou Weekly, Missouri School of Journalism J-School Magazine, KBIA.com, Jane Austen Society of North America, Columbia Missourian, TulsaKids Magazine, Tulsa Vintage Newsmagazine, University of Missouri Publications, and more.