Meghan Smolka

Photographer + Storyteller + Educator

Blogs, brands, bands + beyond

Offering private and small group beginning digital photography lessons, Introduction to Lightroom, and iPhone/social media photography (starting at $75/hour) 

I love collaborating on custom creative projects. Email me at to discuss individual customized packages and rates to suite your brand or business.



Editorial + Lifestyle Photography

sessions starting at $250

Elevate your blog, product or business with marketing materials worthy of a magazine. Showcase the form, function and spirit of your brand with a cohesive collection of high quality images. Tell a story without words, or accompany written copy with imagery that fits your vision.

Do you want something different than your typical portrait session? Whether you need a collection of photographs for your brand or band, want to showcase a special outfit on your blog, or need themed images for a DIY post, I love capturing candid moments of people in their element. Sessions include complimentary pre-planning & styling:

  • fashion + beauty
  • cooking + restaurant
  • hobby, travel + DIY
  • web + print branding
  • live music + album art
  • professional services


Email me at for a project quote.

Branding, Design + Photo

Website + Print Imagery, marketing Materials + Brand Guides

Creative design services: I will help clarify your vision and take it to a new level with a cohesive branding suite. A headshot and an email address on a business card won't fully showcase your personality, your background and story, your talents, skills, or the experience of working with you. You need a collection of high-quality photographs, social media shots, and themed branding materials to share yourself authentically with the world and present yourself professionally.

Includes full-resolution editorial photography + marketing files, brand guide, mood board, logos, social media strategy and more.

Bloggers  //  Artists  //  Professionals  //  Small Businesses  //   Bands

Basic packages begin with 5-8 images (for $75) and extend to full branding services (starting at $500)

Email me at to discuss customized, personal + individual packages.


Food + Product Photography

Rates starting at $150

Tell the story of your art with sophisticated imagery. A beautiful home, meal, or piece of jewelry needs beautiful photography to manifest it's essence in print or online. Let me showcase your creations with honor and love.


Food + Product photography covers:

  • real estate + interiors
  • food + wine
  • food + kitchen
  • jewelry + art
  • products, tech, events, etc.
  • complimentary branding consultation*
  • direction, styling, and custom color consultation*

*if desired; maximum 30 minutes

Email me at for a project quote.


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Weddings, Elopements & Engagements

Full-day wedding rates starting at $2,800

Portrait + engagement sessions starting at $400


The union of two people is an important step in life. I capture the timeless memories of weddings day events with my team at Rust & Rose Photography. We are available for romantic engagements of all kinds in the Carmel, Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay Area. We are partial to our beautiful coastal scenery, but will travel for love!



Essential oils are my thing...

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Clean Living Consultation

45 minutes for $50

A longer consultation that included the pre-consult questionnaire, 45 minutes of face-to-face consultation via phone or Skype, and post-consultation briefing. I will:

  • Identify potential problem products and habits in your home + lifestyle
  • develop an action plan to reduce and replace these potential health hazards
  • provide personalized advice, product recommendations, and actionable directions based on your budget and timeframe

Clean Living Makeover

In-person starting at $100

In-person Clean Living Consultation Makeovers include a pre-consult questionnaire. For clients in the Santa Cruz/Bay Area, I will come to your home and provide hands-on help in creating a safer, toxin-free home and lifestyle. Together we will: 

  • Identify potential problem products, ingredients, and habits in your home, life, work, kitchen and bathroom
  • develop an action plan to reduce and replace these potentially harmful health hazards
  • create a replacement strategy based on your budget and timeframe
  • manage and order list of products to switch out
  • identify the top 5 areas that need improvement

Creating a beautiful life goes hand-in-hand with eating organic, unprocessed foods and reducing the toxic load our modern society's habits foist upon us from infancy. Do you want to reduce the chemical load in your home and self-care routines, but are daunted by the task? I can help you clean up your life without sacrificing style.


switch to safer self-care

Many people in the United States believe that our FDA is a safety net, but unfortunately it is not. We are subjected to hundreds of potentially irritating, harmful, endocrine-disrupting ingredients in everyday products like shampoo, deoderant, and sun block.


Clean up your cleaners

Another common source of allergies and even more serious health complaints can be partially tied to the use of perfumes and commonly available, yet unbelievably toxic household cleaning products. Most of these products are simple to replace.


you are what you eat

When you start investigating the amount of unregulated chemicals being used across the food, beauty, manufacturing, and other American industries, clean living provides the answer, especially if you're unable to lose weight or suffer from frequent tummy issues.