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All of 3 days old, this adored natural beauty made her way to my studio earlier this month. We kept everything very simple to focus on her perfection.

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beautiful!!!

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Lovely, as always, Raye! Love the capture of her smile.

Aw, she is just beautiful and you captured her loveliness so well. I adore the detail shots at the end:).

Wow, these are beautiful and so very perfect.

Such great work Raye!

Editorial: Midwifery Today magazine

The most recent issue (Summer 2010) of Midwifery Today magazine includes a wonderful and inspiring article written by a client of mine and included with the story of her at-home-water-birth are two of my images of her most recent darling newborn.

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Wow Raye thats wonderful. Your images are so beautiful.

how exciting to have your images published in such an amazing magazine, so well deserved! congrats, they are beautiful!

We made a good team!! I just appreciate you so much and your amazing talent. You capture everything I want to remember about my family! Love you girl!

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A few sessions that I really wanted to blog before I left for Australia.

Little guy has no chance…so many pairs of loving arms to hold.

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Another sweet boy…my camera has been in front of his two siblings multiple times, but this was his solo session.

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I was so glad to get this guy fitted into the schedule. He was a joy – a pure delight.

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Seems like yesterday this doll’s older brother was in the studio for his newborn session.

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Another family that seems to grow with me…this time brought a new sister to share.

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Sweetheart and very laid back..so much so, that she waited to come a couple of weeks after her due date.

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Raye- INCREDIBLE!!! Your talent, eye for detail, and BEAUTY in your images leave me speechless. GORGEOUS showcase of images!!

I just got my daily dose of Raye Law loveliness. So much love and peace in all of these images. Well done, as always, R.

Oh, Raye–so much loveliness. I just want to breathe in all the brand new sweetness! Oh, I just noticed Mel and I used the same adjective–must be true then;).

WOW!!! This entire post is full of nothing but sweet adorable preciousness! Love them all!

Don’t you just love it when you get to grow with the families…..such amazing journey!

Raye — wonderful shoots as always.. congrat
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simply beautiful Raye!! What an inspiration you are to me xx

Oh my goodness…so many precious babies, beautiful work Raye! xoxo

These are all so absolutely precious! Love them all!

Australia 2010

It’s been two weeks since we got back from the Gold Coast of Australia – Surfers Paradise. There I was a part of a workshop (InspireMe 2010) along with Ashley Skjaveland and Brianna Graham.

Now that I am home, I get asked how we enjoyed our trip. I have to say that a smile always comes across my face. So many beautiful experiences my family got to have there.

Along with the amazing time shopping and exploring, I also worked…teaching 4 groups of photographers over 2 weeks time on “Photographing the Family Connection”. There was awesome kindred spirits there. I fell in love with each group that sat in front of me. Thank you all for your kindness and sharing.

Below are the families, babies, and children who I photographed at the end of each day for the classes to see the techniques that I use and speak of in action.

I was so excited that I had a field to shoot in. And even better, a beach just steps away… ah….to be back there again.

First up: Australian Pro Rugby player for the Gold Coast Titans – Nathan Friend and his gorgeous family.

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2nd group: Amazing photographer Lana Bell of Little Posers and her beautiful kids and hubby.

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3rd group: Another fabulous photographer Jemma Entriken of White Wish Photography with her darling bunch.

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Last day: This family was all about play! The fun and creative team of Matt and Katie photographers filmed this particular shoot. I can’t wait to see what they got!

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What an amazing set of photos! You are such a talent, R. Australia is so lucky!

All these photos are gorgeous Raye! :) It was so great meeting you! Make sure you come back to Australia soon! Love Katie.

I love these! Spending the day with you was one of the highlights of my year! So glad you came for InspireMe xx

Raye!!!!! I have been patiently waiting and OMG the wait is worth it! LOVE. Just totally LOVE. Thank you so much xx

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These are all so inspiring Raye – you made such a positive impact on my photography journey and i truly hope we cross paths again one day. Us Aussies certainly are lucky to have had you here :-) xo

LOVE , LOVE, LOVE all of them. These familes are so lucky:) You are so inspiring Raye and I loved meeting you, hope to see come back here!

Raye, you were a breath of fresh air my love. Just awesome – We all wished you lived closer. Such a remarkable talent, yet such a beautful soul…thank you time and again for coming xxxx

My friend, these are AMAZING. We were so lucky to have you, spend time with you and learn from you. These families are even luckier have you capture their love. Such fond memories – thank you for the laughs. See you soooooooon! xx

Trish Reed

It was such an honour to see you in action!!!! WOW you are awesome. i want to be you when I grow UP :)

Raye – these are just fabulous … (I expected them to be and am not at all disappointed). It was so lovely to meet you at Inspireme. Thanks for sharing your beautiful spirit with us.

unbelievably beautiful!!!! please come back to california to photograph the whole M gang!!!

OMG – I’m squealing for both of you girls – Lana & Jemma. Seriously, these are absolutely amazing and beautiful. Each and every single one. Raye, you are such a talent and such an inspiration. At the heart of your beautiful images is a wonderful mind and personality. Raye, my life is a little better for being in your company for a few days, and how I wish you could photograph my family! xxx

Wow these are all so very beautiful, Raye!! Glad you had a wonderful time. :)

beautiful images!! i love your processing and black and whites =)

These are all so beautiful!!!!!!!!!! They are absolutely magical…. I just keep staring and staring. You ROCKED Australia, R!!!!!!!

Stunning…every.single.one. WOW~

these are so seriously beautiful. thankyou again for flying alway over to the other side of the world to teach us, we just had a ball hanging out with the crazy girl from Arkansas with the most adorable accent.

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Ahh, sweet memories coming back. Thanks for all that your shared Raye!

Oh! LOVE the first one of the mom swinging her little girl in the field. Gorgeous. They all are though- looks like it was a very successful trip. :)

There is a special, magical kind of wonderfulness in your family images, Raye–no matter where you go. Love all of these!

Gorgeous family photos, so inspirational!

i’m glad that it was such a wonderful experience for you raye, these photos are absolutely fabulous!

Fiona ogilvie

Raye it truly was a pleasure meeting you. Tanya is going to be thrilled ( little Minnie, Audrey,lulu, and hubby Chris) will be wrapped. I love your relaxed honest approach to photography capturing what Is already there. Thank you

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GORGEOUS families. So many favorites!

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Thanks for everything you taught us Raye, we were so lucky to have the opportunity to learn from you and watch you work. Such beautiful photos xoxo

photographing photographers…

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This recent session had me counting…I have had a the honor & pleasure of photographing at least 12 photographers during my career.  Many local here in Fort Smith, others from other parts of Arkansas (Northwest & Central), and a few out of state photographers (Texas, Oklahoma, California). And there are 4 more on the books for later this year. Wow!

I can say that it used to give me butterflies, being a photographer you know they don’t get the opportunity to be in FRONT of the camera too often, so you want to give them your best. But now…it just makes me happy and usually my “job “is pretty easy because they know what to do – love on each other and keep smiling.

This fabulous family belongs to Crystal Goss. Maybe I should up my count to 13, because I have photographed her babies before when the youngest was a newborn. She is an amazing person and equally talented. Her work with the March of Dimes is very inspiring. Go check her out and see…

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Kelli Bottjen

FAN-tastic Rachel :)

I am speechless and in LOVE! You are awesome!! Thank you thank you thank you!

These are all fabulous!!!

Beyond amazing Raye! Total perfection in every single way!!!! Love them!

This is one of the most beautiful family sessions I’ve ever seen. Beyond gorgeous! I’m a huge fan.

Oh WOW!!!!!!!! Totally speechless here too! Those are all incredible and you know what I love the most about your work… how your photos tell a story…. the story of love in a family. No one does it better than you. Gosh, you are amazing! Am I one of the 4 on the books ;)

Totally, Absolutely, Completely, Wholly AMAZING Raye!!! Gorgeous images, gorgeous family and I just LOVE the way you process!

Sigh…I am totally gushing over these! Fabulous work!

Soooo beautiful, Raye!!! Sweet, sweet images… :)

I’m also a huge fan. I love your photos, you are so inspiring! These are amazing!

Wish I lived closer or I would be your 14th photog to photograph :). Gorgeous work!! I LOVE!

What a gorgeous family! Beautiful work and I love the variety!

These are gorgeous. I especially love the series of the family -with shoulder rides and giggles. It is easy to see why so many professional photographers hire you to capture the love of their family.

OK…that’s it. Please let me know some dates this summer or fall when you can do a session with my family.
It will be my birthday present from myself. LOL!

Raye your work is absolutely awesome (as is Crystal’s!!!), and I love the way that you captured this family! One day I’m going to have to get to Arkansas, lol!!!

These images are spectacular. You captured the personality and spirit of the family perfectly! Love them!