Biography

Rachel holds a bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the Dunedin School of Art in New Zealand, is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) and is an international award winning photographer and author.
 Rachel is a TEDx presenter, and the author of the internationally awarded photographic art book "Super Power Baby Project". This exceptional book celebrates the lives and abilities of children with chromosomal or genetic conditions, and was inspired by Rachel's late daughter Evie, who was born with a very rare condition herself.  In the two and a half years of Evie's life, Rachel learnt a lot about the use of language in the health system, and has spent the subsequent years continuing to explore the impact and implications of how it is used by health professionals - To positive and negative effect.  This book is Evie's legacy, as is Rachel herself, and both have much to teach us about ourselves, and how we negotiate conflict, grief, hope, uniqueness, celebration, and a meaningful life.

Rachel is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around Australia and NZ.  Her audiences are mostly made up of health professionals, and she speaks about the need to communicate using open hearted language, especially at diagnosis.  She teaches how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a parent perceives their future:  The words can allow the parent to be their best, and find meaning even in pain; or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and can break down the crucial relationship between the parent and the health professional.  It's a conversation about empowerment - For the patient, and for the health professional. 

Rachel also works with executives and leadership teams to facilitate positive culture change, and to build new systems to reflect new thinking.

Rachel is completely engaging and unassumingly unique, drawing her style from three distinct perspectives:

- Her motherhood to Evie, and the years of experience as a patient in the health system.

- Her perspective as an artist, applying right-brained emotional strength to a conversation often filled with left-brained statistics and facts.

- Her work with the Thought Leadership Business School (essentially, a commercial PhD), allowing her to build every concept into something strong, communicable, and effective, and then to tailor those ideas to specific audiences.

Originally from New Zealand, Rachel now resides in Perth with her fiancé Nathan. 

photo by the gorgeous @larawisemandaniel

photo by the gorgeous @larawisemandaniel

2017 AIPP WA, Landscape Photographer of the Year FINALIST
2016-current, Thought Leader at Rachel Callander.com

2015 Making a Difference Award- Attitude Awards NZ
2015 IPPY Outstanding Book of the Year Award
2014 NZIPP Fellow
2011 NZIPP Wedding Photographer of the Year

2006-2016 Director, Callander Girl Photography
2002-2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dunedin NZ