I had the pleasure of photographing this fine couple for their 40th wedding anniversary and they were a joy to work with. I love photographing “empty nester” couples who have raised their children and have decided to invest in something special for themselves.
40th wedding anniversary
This is what my clients had to say about their experience…
“This is my husband and my 40th wedding anniversary year and I wanted to commemorate it with professional photos. I spent a lot of time on the internet looking at websites of photographers that I thought would work well with us “oldsters”. When I found Rayleigh I felt a connection with her work for couples. “
“Rayleigh made us feel comfortable, an amazing feat with my husband who is happiest on his tractor in flannel shirt and dirty jeans. Rayleigh was able to capture us in a range of moods and poses: from fun, to cuddly, to elegant. I always blink when a camera goes off, but Rayleigh only shoots in natural light so there were no flashes to trigger my blinking. “
“I felt like a queen for a day! We were so pleased with Rayleigh’s photographs of us that we treated our daughter and new son-in-law to a photo shoot at her studio to commemorate their marriage (they were married in a simple ceremony at the county courthouse earlier). We then commissioned Rayleigh to photograph our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding reception in the evening in a majestic barn where she had to contend with low light and colored disco lights from the DJ. She did a marvelous job of capturing the guests and festivities. “
“We can’t thank Rayleigh enough to making us all look good!”
Having clients come back for multiple sessions, or referring family members to me is the best compliment! I always love seeing this beautiful family in my studio.
Those of you who have followed my work for while know that family photography isn’t my specialty. Especially when it comes to babies. Hand me a baby and I will look at you like a dear in the headlights. Although, I’ll be getting over that soon since I’m expecting my own “bundle of joy” in April. But when the V Family had a new addition to the family and they asked me if I was interested in doing a glam session, I was excited.
What Mrs. V said about her experience
“I loved my photo shoot with Rayleigh!!! I did a family session with my husband and our 8-month-old baby, and I also sneaked in a couple boudoir pictures, which I’m saving as a surprise for my husband for St. Valentine! I was impressed by how precisely Rayleigh and her make-up and hair professional captured the style of the session that I wanted. I wanted a family and baby photo shoot, but more on the glam side. My makeup and hair turned out impeccable, and the pictures are amazing! “
“I got lots of compliments from my friends and family, and lots of them were asking where I found this level of photography! I have a lot of friends outside of America who do professional photography themselves, and they also mentioned very high quality of the photo shoot.”
“I also loved the process! Rayleigh made it all so easy and enjoyable! I felt confident and beautiful, my husband (who is not a big fan of photo shoots to begin with) was very comfortable and relaxed, my baby was calm and happy. I definitely attribute all that to the wonderful atmosphere Rayleigh creates for her shoots. It was an amazing experience!”
I really enjoyed working with this sweet family. Ooooh… the sweet thumb-sucking melts my heart. I’ll be looking forward to more family shoots like this one.
What a fantastic way to celebrate your engagement or anniversary. Couples sessions are such a memorable activity to do together if you are looking for a creative date night idea. As a bonus, you get to enjoy the photos for the rest of your marriage and pass them down to your children… who will most definitely make fun of your outfits and your hair styles. But that’s the circle of life, right?
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To see more of my couples portraits, I invite you to check out my Couples Gallery.
I love photographing relationships, and photographing couples in love is so special. Traiz and Jen are a beautiful couple. I loved capturing the loving closeness they feel for each other. This is such a unique time in their life and I’m so happy that they trusted me with their engagement photography in Portland, Oregon.
Engagement photography in Portland, Oregon
You can tell by their smiles that they are just the sweetest couple. Don’t they look so comfortable and at peace together? I love their wardrobe choices, too. They are simple but stylish.
I adore smiling couples portraits, but the serious poses can be really striking. They look so regal. Can you picture the following image on top of an enormous mantel in the library of a castle? Although, maybe a true King and Queen wouldn’t sit on the floor for their portraits. Haha!
I really love the moodiness of this image below. It’s almost boudoir in nature, yet modest. It speaks to the tenderness of their relationship. If I were them, I would totally hang this picture up in the master bedroom.
Since the time of this couple’s engagement shoot, they have become husband and wife. I’m thrilled for them! Maybe I can get them to come back again for some anniversary portraits.
It’s funny how life can bring friends together. I met Jess while she was waitressing at my favorite restaurant, Famous Dave’s, in Tualatin, OR. At the time, my husband and I were just dating. She said that my husband and I were her favorite couple and she called us her “famous couple.” She loved us and she really grew on us, too. So we invited her to our wedding. She actually came! It was awesome! This friendship lead to Jess and her boyfriend coming in to my studio for couples portraits in Portland, OR
Couples Portraits in Portland, OR
Jess thought we were an adorable couple. But I think her and Stephen are incredibly cute together as well. I love that they came in for their sweet couples photo shoot and I really enjoyed photographing them.
The simple wardrobe that this couple chose allows for us to focus on their cute faces and the love between them. Perfect! Also, I always love lace for photo shoot wardrobe because the color is simple, yet there is some texture to provide interest.
I really love the closeness and intimacy you can see in their photographs. Aren’t their smiles infectious?
This sweet couple isn’t engaged, yet, but they’ve been together a long time. Let’s all send well wishes their way for a beautiful future together. Jess sure would be a lovely bride.
Do you have someone you love? Why not capture your relationship in some beautiful couples portraits? Please contact me to schedule your own couples portraits in Portland, OR. I can’t wait to work with you!