Napa Valley – Lunch at OxBow

Hello everyone,

I fall upon my pen in apologies for leaving all of my faithful readers for so long without a post. I started a photography studio and have been pouring all of my energy, tears, and joy into that project. But that said I have the urge to keep fashionmudra alive. You were my first experience, my first love of blogging and I don’t want to let you go. I have traveled the world and photographed places that sound and feel outside of myself such as Russia, England and Italy. But I have also discovered the uniqueness of my daily life in the Bay Area.  I can honestly say that fashion photography and in particular street photography have a certain quality to them them that I still crave with an itching need.

While I was attending the Napa Valley Film festival last November there were many moments when I needed to find a watering hole and a bit of R&R before heading to the next red carpet of choice. I found that  need fulfilled while having lunch at the Oxbow Public Market. Along with my meal I found myself people watching and taking in the mix of locals and tourists that were visiting Napa that day.

If my memory is correct the gentleman below was working at the book kiosk outside the restaurant. I snagged him for a candid moment outside as he was on his way out the door. He had really wonderful sense of himself and a quite self awareness in his style.


The lovely lady below was replacing the gentleman above at the kiosk, but before her shift started I photographed her as well. She struck me as being very comfortable in her skin and aware of what her world encompassed.


I thought that they both represented  a certain flavor of the place. They both had a persona that gave a sense of gravitas and had in my opinion a healthy investment in the way they were seen in the world.

Hello to Small-Discoveries

Hello Everyone!!

I can’t believe that I have been absent for so long on this blog. I would like to thank everyone that followed me for the last few years and kept checking to see if I had woken from my silence to publish a post. Please have a look at my new project:

Thank you again for all the love, inspiration, and support.

All the best,

-Rachael Staudt


Petaluma – Blown

I love playing with contrast. In all parts of my life. What happens when you push light to the extreme, what happens when darkness overwhelms a space? I keep pushing the edges of an image, exploring  what is lying…lurking.. just below the surface of the expected. Come a bit closer, take in all of the highlights and places that shadow can hide. But then…don’t forget to push back, to see all the parts that unite the composition. Can I learn the dotes that connect to form a human being…all by the angle of their head?

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San Francisco-Trends in Velvet and Optics

The sun lit up the most magnificent Red coat, as I sat drinking my afternoon tea. Like that of a thousand ruby gems all catching the glaring brilliance of sunlight. Saturated and Sated by the color I asked this beautiful woman for a photograph. Gayle was happy to share her fiery cloak-



The above photographs illustrates a woman who loves to dress beautifully, for the pleasure of it. To find out more about her click on her name below:


Serious decisions can be made while staying quite warm.

On a brisk day in the Gardens, this young gentleman was not about to catch a chill-While he sorted through the tea menu and decided on which tea biscuits looked most ravishing.


Lunch Break-I profess that I stole a moment from the plum ensconced gentleman. I loved his expression, and sense of purpose. Did I manage to catch that naked moment of surrender with my lens? Because I could feel it hover over us as I snapped away. Hoping to touch an instant, a tingle of it, as I sought out the features of his face-


Sebastopol-Fun Filled Afternoon

I must confess my obsession with the Stache. The Moustache that is. If I were a man, I dare say I would have one. And I would try to cultivate it and maintain it in such a way that it would curl, loop, and do a little dance on command.

It would just happen to be my good fortune, but I  have a friend with a curl-tastic Stache.

The Stache



The Stache and I stopped in for a bit of play time at Funk and Flash. Youth and cutting edge beauty was positioned behind the counter. She helped us and played dress up with us for a bit. We partook in frisky, amusement filled clothing touching and hat trying time. I tried taking a few different kinds of photographs of her-She had more than one angle to be observed from.






Emeryville – Afternoon Strolls

I took part of an afternoon to have a stroll through the Emeryville shopping district. I was captivated first in conversation, and then behind the lens by a young woman working in one of the shops. She had a really lovely sense of herself, and her weight in the world. A beautiful smile and inquisitive eyes. On my way out I spotted a young woman, looking absolutely stunning, a ray of sunlight against a chilly afternoon. At the moment I find myself writing less and seeing more-My images replace that of  voice, speaking of the travels and faces that most captivate and intrigue.



The Moments that exist in-between



Burst of Sunshine



San Anselmo- Waiting for the Train at Midnight

How do you keep New Year’s Eve classy? One waits for the midnight train, dripping with jewels, tendrils of hair framing a striking face. Prepared with a jacket swung over a crisp shoulder, lingering, anticipating, waiting. Laughing and loving in the company of those closest to you. Embracing the moment, for all the beauty and heartbreak that it brings.







Bond. James Bound-


Anybody got a Match?-


Here’s looking at you, Kid-


I’ll have what she’s having-

Oakland-Holiday Bustle

I recently was working in the East Bay, and realized that I had not had the opportunity of yet to do a bit of street photography there. I decided to go and do a bit of holiday shopping along Piedmont Ave and see who else was out and about a week before Christmas. I was taken back at how many lovely backdrops I was able to stumble over while photographing people as they made their way up and down the street. Many people where heading home from work, grabbing a coffee and window shopping a bit.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and has a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve. I just want to thank all of my readers for an amazing year, and I look forward to what 2013 will bring. At the moment my intention is to put together a post that will highlight my favorite images from 2012. So stay tuned for that!





Maintaining Coziness




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Lovely details

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Thank you all again for the love and support in 2012. See you next all next Year!

Sonoma State University-Handy Headphones

Technology permeates the very fabric of our culture. One might even go so far as to say it defines our cultural and social lifestyle in the 21st century.

I spend a fair deal of time listening to music while I study, or move about my life. I have invested in several pairs of headphones, ranging in all shapes, colours, and sizes. So over time I have found it to be a fascinating study to see what kinds of headphones people like to wear, and how it gives me glimpse into their persona. Sometimes it’s not just about the headphones themselves, but in how they accessorize them, or dress them up.

Golden Noise


A moment in between



Sacramento-Shades of the Season

The days race by, and I feel the season moving steadily towards wintery stillness. I listen to the rain pattering on windowpanes and embrace the changing light and colour.

I was out and about in Sacramento this past weekend. It was a pleasure to take a few days off from routine, and do something completely different. Taking my camera with  I felt that many of the photographs I took, simply landed on my metaphorical doorstep.

I’m always so amazed by how different, unique, and beautiful people are in the world. Strip away all the details and just see the form. The person looking back at me when I click a button. Transformed, transposed, captured through light, and colour. Fading out or fading into crispness. I play with the contrast, until I see a bit of the depths, emerging through the layer of flesh stretched tight across-blending the layers together-reveling in a moment of richness-consonance.


Lavender Hair

Written on the Body


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