About Me

My name is Rachel Lea Fox and PhoenixFeather is my photography and photo blog site. I live in Sunnyvale California with my husband Kevin and our two cats Nym and Indiana. I am a technology communications consultant for nonprofits and foundations as well as amateur photographer.

Through my consulting work I create video virtual site visits for nonprofits to help them communicate their message to funders, volunteers and participants. Too often, nonprofit documentaries become too long and too complicated. I try and teach nonprofits that simple and short is just as good, and that there are tools available so that useful videos can be done in house and low cost with video and photographs they may already have.

My artistic background began with drawing and painting (at which I was just so-so) and progressed into theatre and then finally into photography. When I photograph I think a lot about the story told by a single image or a series of them and therefore found that the story grouping of photographs was a better blog style for me.

Alan Taylor of the Boston Globe's The Big Picture inspired the design of Kevin's and my travel log about our trip to Antarctica and from there this new story blog. It feels like a complete way to tell my photo stories. The photographs are hosted on Flickr and embeded into this site using their API. You can click on any photograph to reach the Flickr page for that photograph.

The past few years have been busy with travel and life events and of course every day instances, so I have quite a backlog of stories to tell. Enjoy!

Contact & Social

Email:  rachel ( at ) phoenixfeather.net






Photo Equipment I Use

Nikon D700

Nikon D200

Holga 120 CFN

Nikon D70

Nikkor 50mm f1.4

Sigma 105mm f2.8

Tokina 12 - 24mm f4 DX

Nikkor 70 - 300mm f4.5 - 5.6, VR

Nikkor 300mm f4.5 manual

Software I Use

Photoshop - photo adjustments and graphic art

Lightroom - photo management and photo adjustments

Illustrator - graphic art

Preimere - video creation and editing

After Effects - kinetic typography and motion art

iMovie - video creation and editing

BBEdit - website coding; html, css and php

Transmit - ftp file transfer

My Other Websites

Antarctic Fox - travel log of our family adventure in Antarctica

Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation - non profit foundation working to maximize the potential of children and youth

VirtualSiteVisit.org - a center to showcase 24/7 visual access to information about nonprofit organizations, programs, and community impact, or to use video for internal function. And to assist foundations to support their grantees in the self production and use of short virtual site visits for competitive advantage and increased organizational capacity

News in Haiku - currently in hiatus this site reports the news in haiku form

Merry Foxes - Our wedding website

Blue Granite Consulting - (designed only) secure online data backups

FisherRidge Bulldogs - (designed only) High quality bulldogs, showing and breeding

Favorite Websites

The Big Picture - news stories in photographs

A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania - photo blog

daily dose of imagery - photo blog, Toronto, CA

File Magazine - a collection of unexpected photography.

GREYSCALEGORILLA - photo blog, Chicago, IL

The Other Martin Taylor's photoblography - photo blog, San Francisco, CA

Photojojo - photo how to newsletter

Picture Perfect - interesting things about photography.

fox @ fury - my husband Kevin's blog.

XKCD - fabulous web comics

Zoo Borns - baby animals born in zoos around the world.

Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories - making the world a better place, one evil mad scientist at a time.

MAKE - how to projects for almost everything!