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Exist in Memories | Photography Portland Oregon

Have you ever stopped to think about just how long you’ve been on this earth? About how many days you’ve lived….how many sentences you’ve spoken….how many things you’ve really seen??

It’s nearly impossible for almost all of us to remember everything we’ve ever looked at or read (unless you’re really cool and have that neat memory trick, which, I totally don’t), or every family member you have…or had. Every Holiday dinner, every birthday morning, every family vacation, every time you cut a class in high school and went to the beach or behind the Taco Bell with your friends.

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There’s so much that we’ve lived through that we’ll never remember, because we don’t have images of them. The memories that we DO have, we have because they left an imprint on us, whether it was good or bad, it was a strong enough moment visually, emotionally, physically…that it left a mark in our minds that is easy for us to access either whenever we’d like, or, when something sparks up a related memory of that time, like a certain smell or a song.  But can you imagine how much we would remember if we just stopped to take a few pictures along the way?

I feel so blessed that my Mom was very much in to pictures of my sister and me when we were growing up so I have albums full of photos to look back on. But do you know how many of the photos include her? Hardly any of them. Mostly because she was the one always taking the photos. I would love to look at a bunch of photos of what my Mom and Dad both looked like in the early 80’s as I was growing up or in the 70’s before I was born. Maybe some photos of them together when they were dating.  I totally get it, though. I find it difficult to allow myself to be in photos because I never like the way I look in snapshot photos and I’d rather just have photos of all my friends. Plus, I just feel so comfortable being the one to take the photos. But one day when I have children and they want to look at all my old albums, they won’t care about seeing photos of my friends. They want to see me. They won’t care if I was having a bad hair day or if I needed to lose weight. So I do my best to just exist in photos and to quiet the voices in my head that tell me that I’m not pretty enough to be seen. To be remembered. I want to leave an imprint on this world and a memory for my family members to look back on with love.

So take some time to have your photos taken. WITH your family. WITH your friends. Take some selfies! We have the ability to catch these memories now. To preserve them. There’s no reason not to. Nobody who loves you will care if you are too skinny or too big or balding or not tan enough. The only thing that will matter to them when you are gone, is that they can look back and laugh and cry and ultimately remember you and how wonderful your time together was.

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This is one of very few photos I have of my Mom from her younger days.

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

Thank you, Angela Yodice of Whirlie Girl Photography, for inspiring this post.

Beautiful Baby Bump | Maternity Photography Portland Oregon

This is Kianna, one of my hair and makeup artists and also my gorgeous friend. I first met Kianna when my husband and I filmed her wedding. She has since become a makeup artist and a dear friend, and I’m so excited to have had the pleasure of marking their next major life event as their family grows. I made the skirt in the photo below, specifically for this shoot. I just love how it worked out and I’m looking forward to using it again in the future. It’s fitting that I would blog these photos today because today I get to be a guest at Kianna’s baby shower to celebrate her baby boy, who will be arriving quite soon.

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maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

maternity photography Portland Oregon

If you are considering a maternity session for yourself, the best time to schedule it is for when you are around 7 months along. Contact me to talk about more details!

 

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

Beautiful Baby Bump | Maternity Photography Portland Oregon

I’ve never been pregnant, myself, but I can imagine that towards the end of the pregnancy when your walk is more of a waddle and you feel uncomfortable and…let’s just say it… huge, you might not feel like the most glamorous lady. That’s why I love when Moms-To-Be come in for a special pampering maternity photo session. Not only are they documenting a beautiful time in their lives, for them and for their child, but they are taking some time to feel less like a baby oven and more like a beautiful woman again. Pregnancy IS beautiful. And these maternity photos of the gorgeous, Mara, capture that perfectly.

 

 

 

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A great time to schedule your maternity session is when you are around 7 months along. So contact me to get your shoot on the books!

 

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

Celebrate Family | Beauty Photography Portland Oregon

Since I’m not too comfortable making funny faces and strange sounds, I opt to not photograph children very often, haha! But every once in a while I do and I really love how these portraits of the Smith family turned out. And I felt proud when I received a Christmas card with their photos and I was happy that the Smith family and all of their loved ones were enjoying their photos.

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Contact me for more information about portrait shoots, family style or otherwise!

 

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

Looking Incredible | Maternity Photography Portland Oregon

I find that many women are too afraid to be photographed while pregnant and feeling “huge.” But I’m so glad that Sylvia made that a priority. She was absolutely beautiful and now she has a souvenir of that amazing time in her life. And her child will be able to look back on the photos in awe.

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Here is what Sylvia had to say about her shoot.

“Rayleigh’s work is amazing and just looking at her website was proof of that. I did my maternity pictures with her and they are outstanding! I was a little worried about the session, not knowing what to expect. But Rayleigh did her best to accommodate me and it was fun to work with a professional. She tried various poses and shots that ended up looking incredible. In contrast to other photographers, Rayleigh has make up artists that are very good at what they do. I was so nervous and excited to see the pictures and brought my husband along with. He is not usually the type that likes to splurge but once he saw the pictures he said we HAD to get them all. Rayleigh did an amazing job of capturing what I envisioned for my pregnancy photos, they are artistic, classy and beautiful.”

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Contact me today to schedule your own shoot!

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

Kerry’s Maternity Portraits | Boudoir Photography Portland Oregon

I was so excited to do Kerry’s maternity shoot, because I have had  the honor of shooting her engagement portraits, her wedding, and her amazing  baby shower for her first baby, so I was thrilled to continue on as the family photographer and capture her second pregnancy as well!   This shoot was a bit of an experiment for me.   I was attempting to create some maternity images that were intimate and personal, yet not too sexy.   I think it’s tough to cross motherly with seductive without looking plain creepy.   I really like the way they came out.   Ready to be jealous?   Kerry had pretty much no stretch marks!   That made my editing job so easy!

 

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My sister made this belly bouquet for me and it’s so cute!   Kelly is having a baby boy, but she was willing to put on the pink bow just because I was anxious to try it out!   Thanks, Kerry!

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Rayleigh Leavitt : Boudoir Photography, Portland, Oregon
541.231.2137     info@byrayleigh.com