Rachael Thompson

Rachael Thompson is a photographer, former print journalist, and the founder of Stolen Butter. But above all, she is a lifelong storyteller with an insatiable curiosity and unending passion for documenting and understanding the truth of our lived experiences. 

Thompson’s art blossoms from the overlapping narratives of her life, where she crafts indelible images from fleeting moments that reveal our humanity, who we are, and how we live. Her foundations in journalism — and her wanderlust — are evident in her work. She immerses herself in each place she visits, capturing the essence of its people, its culture and its terrain as she explores the unknown, feeling everything along each journey. 

Thompson’s photographs have been published in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, People, Hollywood Reporter, and on book covers, album covers, billboards, and posters. In 2021, she founded Stolen Butter to amplify the voices of her fellow artists. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and daughter. 

Collections by Rachael Thompson