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What To Expect | Portland, OR Photography

I can picture it. You are scrolling through a bunch of photographer websites. Looking at the beautiful people you see in their portfolios. You might be wondering what it’s like to do a beauty shoot. You might be feeling too nervous to get in front of a camera. You might be wondering if the camera will be nice to you. Or you might even wonder if you are too plain, too gray, too wrinkled, or too in need of loosing a few pounds. You might also be wondering if the experience is worth the investment. Believe me. I get it. Go ahead and grab your cup of coffee (or my favorite, pumpkin chai) and let’s just chat about these things for a bit. I can tell you right now – None of the reasons I listed above come close to being a reason not to treat yourself to the amazing experience a photo shoot can be. Before we chat, go ahead and watch this video that shows you, better than I can explain with words, what it’s like to do a shoot in my studio.

What if I’m not good at doing makeup?

That’s an easy one! All of my shoots include professional hair and makeup by my talented hair and makeup artist. All you have to do is show up with a clean face and hair and let her do her magic.

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What if I don’t know what to wear?

We can chat about what kind of look you want and I can help with suggestions. I also have a closet packed full of shoot wardrobe in my studio and if you want to, we can work with what I have!

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What if I feel too “blah” to have my photos taken?

Oh, Covid-19, what are you doing to us? Some days I don’t even get out of my pajamas, if I’m being honest. I’m a Mom of two littles and keeping them fed and (mostly) happy is sometimes all I can muster, let alone mascara and lipstick. Trust me, though. Once you get in the makeup chair and spin around to see how amazing you look in the mirror, you won’t be feeling blah, that’s for sure!

before and after portrait

What if I need to loose a few pounds?

Ah yes… I have quite a bit more than a “few” pounds to loose and I’ve been saying that I need to loose them for quite some time. But if you keep putting off your shoot for the “perfect time” to do a shoot, you’ll likely never do it. Life can get in the way. Just do it! Plus, with angles and posing, I can easily take off 20 pounds as far as the camera is concerned. Then, when you do loose the weight, you can come back for a celebratory shoot and use the two to see how far you’ve come!

I hope you can see that a shoot with me is more than having your photos taken. It’s an amazing experience that can help you change the way you see yourself. Please shoot me an email and we can chat about your shoot!

Family, beauty, and boudoir photography

Portland, Oregon / Tualatin, Oregon

info@byrayleigh.com

Limited Edition Christmas Pajama Sessions | Portland, OR Photography

For the first time, ever, I’m offering a day of limited edition Christmas pajama sessions. You won’t find me offering these types of “mini” sessions often. So if you have been wanting to book a shoot with me and you are looking for a lower cost option, this might be the opportunity for you! These shorter sessions will be held on one day only and there will only be 6 spots available.

Limited Edition
Christmas Pajama Sessions
November 23, 2019

Slots will be in 30 minute increments between 10:00-1:30

Limited edition Christmas pajama sessions

What is different about these sessions?

  • The session fee is waived! (Usually $690)
  • Professional hair and makeup is not included but is available as an add on
  • Photo shoots are 20-30 minutes long
  • Special pricing! If you purchase two individual photos, you get one free. I will also have a small package available to save even more money. This special package is only available for these limited edition sessions.

Who are these sessions for?

These sessions can be scheduled for individuals (beauty or boudoir) or families.

Do we have to wear Christmas pajamas?

Although, I think a Christmas pajama session is such a fun idea, you can opt to wear something different. Just make sure your outfits go with the Christmas theme. Red, green, gold, gray, beige, and white are the best colors for this Christmas set. Pastel colors, like light pink, can go well, too, if we take out the reds in the set up. By the way, if you do wear pajamas, they don’t have to be red “Christmas” pajamas. They can be neutral colors, too. Any of the colors mentioned above would work fine.

Limited edition Christmas pajama sessions

What is the special pricing?

Photos can be purchased individually, which means you get the full size digital version of the photo, as well as a complimentary print of the photo (your choice of 5×7 or 8×10 print). Photos are $250 each. For these limited edition sessions only, if you buy two photos, you get one free!

For the highest value, consider purchasing a package of 10 photos, which includes the full size digital versions of the photos on a crystal USB drive and an heirloom quality album. The special price for this package is $1200.

Can I get professional hair and makeup services?

Professional hair and makeup services are available at an additional cost. That cost is subject to change depending on the hair and makeup artist. So please ask me about that when you book your shoot. There are only 3 slots available that will allow time for hair and makeup services, so you’ll want to grab one of those spots quickly.

What if I’m not available on November 23rd?

If the mini session day doesn’t work for you, please consider a booking full size session. Full size sessions can be booked on a day that is convenient for you and includes a more full experience compared to a mini session. Pricing will be regular pricing. The Christmas set will be available until mid-late December.

How do I book my shoot?

Spots are limited! So contact me soon to ask any questions and to book your shoot. A deposit of $250 is required to hold your spot and that deposit goes toward your photo purchase.

email: info@byRayleigh.com
text/call: 503.828.2973

Limited edition Christmas pajama sessions

Family, beauty, and boudoir photography
Portland, Oregon / Tualatin, Oregon
info@byRayleigh.com

Pageant Head Shots | Oregon United Miss

Pageant head shot

Miss Abby has been competing in beauty pageants since she was 9 years old. She has won several titles, including Salem United Miss, Oregon United Miss, National United Miss, IJM Miss Oregon Jr. Teen, and American US National Jr. Teen Queen. I had the pleasure of photographing her pageant head shots for her next competition. Abby has come in a number of times for updated portraits and I just love her poise and confidence.

Pageant head shot

When competing for Oregon United Miss, the pageant head shot photo she submitted, taken by yours truly, won the photogenic competition. I was so pleased to be part of that achievement!

Pageant head shot
Pageant head shot

Keep up the good work, Miss Abby! I’m routing for you! I’ll be looking forward to shooting your next pageant head shots, as well.

Rayleigh Leavitt : Beauty and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Feel Inferior? | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

I just love this quote! It’s easy to get swept up in the emotions of how we think others are making us feel, but sometimes I have to remind myself that how I feel is my own choice! I have a comical conversation with another local photographer etched in to my memory. It’s only comical because I didn’t let his insults get me down. He asked me a bunch of questions about how I learned photography and about my studio and was completely unimpressed with my answers. Then he went on about how his father was a photographer before him and so was his grandfather. His great grandfather was a painter. So he has generations of artistic ability that he could claim. When I told him that my father was a city bus driver, I could almost see the disdain coming out of his ears like a green colored visible stench in a cartoon.  I could have allowed this converstation to affect how I saw myself as a professional photographer. But instead I took a good look at my gorgeous studio and felt proud of the business I’ve built  and the strides I’ve made in my art, all on my own. I absolutely love what I do and I’m pretty darn good at it, too, if I do say so myself.

Today I challenge you to tell yourself the opposite of any negative thought or emotion you may have. I want to hear about how it goes! I think you may be surprised at the outcome.

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

V Family | Beauty Portraits Portland Oregon

Those of you who have followed my work for even a short time 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 asked me if I was interested in doing a glam session that included their baby, that was a lot more up my allie than the typical newborn shoot that involves proping up babies in adorable props and hats. So I accepted and I’m glad I did because the shoot went great and I love the photos.

family and newborn photography portland oregon

family and newborn photography portland oregon

family and newborn photography portland oregon

family and newborn photography portland oregon

family and newborn photography portland oregon

Here is 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!”

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

False Eyelashes | Beauty & Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

TIP TO PREPARE FOR YOUR BOUDOIR PHOTO SHOOT – WEAR FALSE EYELASHES

boudoir photography portland oregon

They make look fake in real life and when you first put them on they feel so heavy and just, well weird! However, in your photos they will make a HUGE difference. You actually don’t really notice them in the pictures, but you will notice their effect. They accentuate your eyes and give them a gorgeous almond shape. These are a must-have!

At the Photography by Rayleigh studio, my hair and makeup artist will provide false lashes for your shoot, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. But aside from your shoot, if you want to wear them for an event or just to feel a little extra pretty, check out this site for some great tips on everything false lashes. There are also some tips on making your own lashes appear longer.

Mother’s Day | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with my Mom and Mom-in-law.  Before all the fun, I thought I would share some Mother-Daughter portraits with you guys.

 

glamour photos portland oregon

glamour photos portland oregon

glamour photos portland oregon

 

I’m so glad there is a day set aside for us to honor Moms. What are your plans for the weekend?

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

 

Makeup Tips by Dallas | Beauty Portraits Portland Oregon

I have a handful of wonderful hair and makeup artists that are a huge part of my beauty and boudoir shoot experiences. One of them is Dallas Merkley.  I want to share with you some photos from the time Dallas got in front of my lens and I also want to tell you about her awesome YouTube channel. Dallas is way too cute for her britches and her videos are really entertaining while also giving awesome makeup and hair tips.

 

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

glamour portraits portland oregon

 

Click Here for her first of several videos. In this video, she goes over some basic makeup tips and introduces herself. Enjoy!

 

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com

Sisters | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

One of the most beautiful bonds in the world is the bond between sisters. When I was growing up, my sister and I used to fight constantly. I didn’t want her in my room or touching my stuff. But as an adult I can’t imagine life without my sister. We talk on the phone almost every day and she’s my very best friend. It’s been way too long since my sister and I have done a photo shoot together so we should totally get on that! Sister’s shoots are so much fun and create the most amazing keepsake. They make a great Mother’s Day gift, too.  Ooh, I just gave myself a great idea for a gift for my Mom this spring. Haha!

Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

 

glamour Photography Portland Oregon

 

Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

 

Glamour Photography Portland Oregon

 

glamour Photography Portland Oregon

 

Contact me today to schedule a photo shoot with your sister!

Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir and Glamour Photography, Portland, Oregon
503.828.2973 info@byrayleigh.com