Category Archives: Couples Photography

40th Anniversary Portraits

This is a before and after collage of my lovely client. Photo by Photography by Rayleigh. for more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Couples Portraits

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.  “

40th wedding anniversary portraits. Couple photo by Photography by Rayleigh. for more info, visit byrayleigh.com

“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.  “

40th wedding anniversary portraits. Couple photo by Photography by Rayleigh. for more info, visit byrayleigh.com

“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. “

40th wedding anniversary portraits. Couple photo by Photography by Rayleigh. for more info, visit byrayleigh.com

“We can’t thank Rayleigh enough to making us all look good!”

40th wedding anniversary portraits. Couple photo by Photography by Rayleigh. for more info, visit byrayleigh.com

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.

A new addition to the family

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.

Hair and makeup services are included in my Family and newborn portraits.  Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
Hair and makeup services by Tracy Schulz http://www.tracyschulz.com/

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! “

A new addition to the family. Family and newborn Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

“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.”

A new addition to the family. Family and newborn Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

“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!”

Family and couples Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

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.

A new addition to the family. Family and newborn Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Date Night Idea

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?

Couples photography by Rayleigh. This image is of a young couple standing in front of a black background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com
Couples photography by Rayleigh. This black and white image is of a young couple lying on the floor and embracing. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com
Couples photography by Rayleigh. This image is of a young couple sitting in front of a gray background. For more info, please visit byrayleigh.com

Want to see more?

To see more of my couples portraits, I invite you to check out my Couples Gallery.

Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon

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

Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon. Photography by Rayleigh. This couple is embracing and smiling in front of a black background. They are wearing dressy outfits. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

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.

Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon. Photography by Rayleigh. This couple is embracing and smiling in front of a black background. They are wearing dressy outfits. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

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!

Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon. Photography by Rayleigh. This couple is embracing with serious expressions in front of a black background. They are wearing dressy outfits. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com
Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon. Photography by Rayleigh. This couple is embracing and smiling in front of a black background. They are wearing dressy outfits. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

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.

Engagement Photography in Portland, Oregon. This is a black and white modest couples boudoir pose, lying on the ground. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Anniversary portraits

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.

Want to see more?

Want to see more engagement photography in Portland, Oregon? The links below will take you to more of my couples portraits. If you are engaged, you may also be interested in seeing some bridal images, as well.
My couples gallery
More blogs about couples portraits
Bridal portraits

Ready to book a shoot?

If you are ready to book an engagement or couples shoot, I’d love to chat with you more. Just send me an email! I can’t wait to work with you.

Couples Portraits in Portland, OR

Adorable couple

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.

Couples portraits in Portland, OR. This is an image of a young couple embracing in front of a black backdrop. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit ByRayleigh.com

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.

Couples portraits in Portland, OR. This is an image of a young couple embracing in front of a white backdrop. They are both wearing white t shirts. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit ByRayleigh.com

I really love the closeness and intimacy you can see in their photographs. Aren’t their smiles infectious?

Couples portraits in Portland, OR. This is an image of a young couple embracing in front of a white backdrop. They are both wearing white t shirts. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit ByRayleigh.com

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.

Want to see more?

Would you like to see more couples photos? The links below will take you to more photos that you might be interested in:
My couples portraits gallery
My blogs about couples photography

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!