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Teach your daughter what true beauty is

Ever wonder what your daughter thinks about beauty when she looks at her mother who is her definition of love, warmth, and beauty? Does her opinion of beauty change as she sees you talk badly about your own looks? How will she learn if you don’t teach your daughter what true beauty is?

Teach your daughter what true beauty is. This mother-daughter image is of a young child, smiling at her mother while hugging on a chase in my photography studio. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

It’s not just your looks that make you beautiful

I came across a great article on Offbeat Mama that I would love for you to read. It talks about how it’s not just your looks that make you beautiful. It’s your actions. The things you do. The efforts you make.

Redefine beauty

It’s helpful to look at our definition of beauty. It’s not just the reflection we see looking back at us in the mirror. That’s a small part of it. In fact, that beauty is fleeting. The beauty that your daughter sees in you is beauty that comes from the heart. How do you treat people? How do you show love? At a glance it might seem like this post is about self love. But it’s actually more about how you love other people that makes you beautiful.

It’s so easy to focus on our flaws or other negative things in our lives. One of my favorite verses in the Bible talks about, instead, focusing on lovely things.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is purewhatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Philippians 4:8
Teach your daughter what true beauty is. This mother-daughter image is of a young child, smiling at her mother while lying on the bed in my photography studio. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Teach your daughter what true beauty is

Teach your daughter what true beauty is. Start telling your daughter that you are beautiful so she will learn to recognize beauty in herself. I know this is such a hard thing to do as you look in the mirror and count all your flaws. I want my two daughters to believe that they are beautiful. Not in a prideful way. Just in quiet confidence, knowing that they were created by the maker of the universe and they are lovely.

How can I convince them of that if they know that I don’t believe that I am beautiful, too?

Yesterday my 4 year old daughter said to me, “When I grow up, I want to look just like you.” My insides wrestled with that statement because, like so many women, I struggle to look past my physical flaws. I had to resist the urge to start listing off all my physical flaws to her, discrediting her comment, and convincing her that she shouldn’t want to look like me. Instead, I gave her a the most beautiful smile I could muster and told her what a sweet thing that was for her to say.

Teach your daughter what true beauty is. This image is of a young girl, lying on her tummy on a chase in my photography studio. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, please visit byRayleigh.com

Want to see more?

I invite you to see more of my beauty portrait photography by visiting my website galleries. If you’d like to chat about booking a family or beauty photography shoot near Portland, OR, I’d love for you to contact me!

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

Mother’s Day

Mother's day portraits with Photography by Rayleigh. Before and after hair and makeup services. This family photo is of a mother and daughter sitting in front of a white background in the studio. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Happy Mother’s Day to you!

I’m looking forward to a fun weekend with my Mom and Mom-in-law for Mother’s Day.  Before all the fun, I thought I would share some Mother-Daughter portraits with you guys. I think Mother-Daughter portraits are my favorite thing to photograph!

Mother's day portraits with Photography by Rayleigh. This family photo is of a mother and daughter kneeling behind an ottoman in the studio. It is backlit with beautiful window light. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
Mother's day portraits with Photography by Rayleigh. This family photo is of a mother and daughter sitting in front of a black background in the studio. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

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

To view more of my family portraits, please visit my family gallery.

Mother-Daughter Session

Ms. R contacted me about doing a Mother-Daughter session with her Mom, Ms. A. Having hair and makeup done in my studio and then spending an hour, or so, snuggling up for photos is a bonding experience. The photos are an amazing souvenir of the great day they had and I know they will cherish these photos and the memory of the time they spent together, for years.

A before and after collage from a beauty shoot. This image is of a young woman sitting in front of a black background wearing jeans and a black top. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
A before and after collage from a beauty shoot. This image is of an older woman sitting in front of a black background wearing a black top. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

These sessions are a great idea for a fun Mother’s Day activity. I also offer gift certificates that you can gift your Mom on the holiday. Then you can schedule the shoot for a future date.

Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter, standing in front of a black background wearing black tops. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter, standing in front of a white background. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Aren’t they adorable? I’m tempted to ask them if they will adopt me in to their family. They are the sweetest and those smiles are contagious.

Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com
Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter, standing in front of a black background wearing pink and black tops. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

This image, below, is just a goofy shot where they wore some vintage hats that I have in my studio. It kind of gives a photo booth sort of feel.

Mother-Daughter session. This image is of an older woman and her grown daughter wearing vintage hats in front of a black background. Photo booth style. Photography by Rayleigh. For more info, visit byrayleigh.com

Are you interested in a Mother-Daughter session?

Mother-Daughter sessions are probably my most favorite kinds of sessions to do. The bond between Mother and Daughter is so special. To see more Mother-daughter images, I invite you to check out my Family Gallery. Please contact me to book your own beauty or boudoir photo session!