family portraits

Today I came across a moving blog post from a friend, Deb Schwedhelm about an article that discusses what in fact makes a great portrait.  Two ideas of those stood out to me:

a meaningful connection
an emotional exchange

I hope that my portrait work be of those two ideas and that I capture a family in a true manner – not a façade. But even going a step further, I want the entire experience to have meaning. A meaning that takes parents (and one day their children) back to that time, just as quickly as a familiar song or smell.

A session this week with a Fort Smith, Arkansas family completed this thought.


Just wanted to say thank you again for such a fun and wonderful experience yesterday.  This morning my husband said “yesterday was a really good day” and I agree!  Can’t wait to see the photographs.  You were great with the kids.  We were a large group and I’m sure that has to add difficulty.  We super enjoyed the session :)


Talk to you soon,


Thank you Tiffany for letting go and loving your family in front of my camera.



Contact Raye to get your family’s photographs booked soon.

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Such beauty, such warmth, such love. Your amazing sense of self allows your gorgeous clients to be open and true to you in return – what a gift x

Tiffany Correa

Raye, absolutely amazing! You are such a gifted artist. They put a huge smile on my face and I can’t stop looking at them. Thank you so much for capturing these images of our family. We just keep saying “wow…”!

yes raye!! yes!! you are so gifted at capturing just that…
a meaningful connection
an emotional exchange

stunning. beautiful. every single time.
can’t wait for the day you can do my family’s photos.

love you,

Raye, your work gives a true description of a family – a bond, love, laughter, and warmth. Such an amazing gift you share. Looking forward to the day you can do my family. :) xoxo

I think you are definitely successful in capturing the connection and love in a family in an intimate and immediate way. I have always loved the honesty and emotion in your family work:).

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