Rowan Family Infant Session

Little baby, Elijah is here!  When Jill contacted me about photographing this little man, I was so excited!  See, Jill used to be my manager at Star of Hope.  She has helped me grow so much as an employee, Christian, and mom.  She heard all of my fears and worries in ALL OF THOSE AREAS, and amazingly led me through them.  So when Jill and Joe found out they were expecting another child (Aaron is seven now!) after she left Star of Hope, everyone celebrated!

 

Here are a few of my favorites from the session…

Thank you guys for trusting me with capturing this precious time in your lives!

With love,

Rachel

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Mosley’s Family Session

Loving these photographs from our session with the Mosley’s a couple of weeks ago!  Check out my Facebook Photography Page to see more later on this week!

 

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Rachel and Matt

 

If you are interested in giving a photography session as a Christmas present, please contact us at 281.796.0178 or rachel@rachelhopephotography.com!

Remember This.

Today you were having a tough time falling asleep. I knew you were tired so I curled my body around yours. I held your hand and reassured you that you were fine… You were just sleepy.  As you drifted off into sleep I realized I want to remember all of this.

The way my hand can hold your whole forearm in it and still have your fingers wrapped around just one of my fingers. How, when I’m not holding your hand, you have moments of light sleep where your hands reach up to your face and open and close repeatedly.  The way your eyelashes gently touch your chubby cheeks. How your wispy hair tickles my arm. The way you smell and feel.

One more week where I’m here for all of your naps, your cries, your contagious smiles. I know I’ll still see these on a daily basis, just not as much.

And while I sit at my desk at work, I’ll remember.

I’ll remember this.

Miller Family Narrative Session

The Miller’s are a family that I have known for a long while.  When I first met them Anna (their youngest – now ten!) wasn’t born yet.  Kris and Tori headed up the young adult group for most of my college years so they have known Matt and I since we started dating.  I remember going on double dates with them and asking them dozens of questions about how we should date well, live life to the full, and how to do so with purpose.  They have plenty of stories about us that are hilarious, I’m sure!

Matt and I trusted them because we lived in community with them.  And when you live in community with someone, you get to see their heart for the people around them and for God.  Seeing their marriage working day by day with small children and job changes and all that life could throw at them, we had hope for a great marriage for us as well.  When Matt proposed, all I knew is that we should have Kris to officiate the ceremony.  He and Tori had been with us through thick and thin, leading by example, and helping when asked so who else to help us in celebrating?

A few Saturdays ago, Matt and I spent the day hanging out with the Millers.  The kids got to show off their skills, they played together as a family, and we took a few photographs.  I am loving these Narrative Sessions we’ve been doing.  It really lets the family’s story shine through because we don’t just spend 45 minutes at a pretty park taking photographs.  It’s hopefully getting what being a family looks like.  It’s finding what makes your family different and unique and capturing that.

Kris and Tori will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary this Wednesday!

Enjoy the photographs

Kris and Anna

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Anna showing off her soccer skills

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Kollin is a great guitarist.  He and Matt played together for awhile while I was outside with the girls playing volleyball.

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The beautiful Tori

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Kris attacking Tori.  Don’t worry, this is normal!

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Watching the girls doing something silly

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The whole crew

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Anna!  How cute are these striped pants??

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The awesome Molly

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The gorgeous Noel

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Kollin

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Kollin brought his very sweet girlfriend along for part of the photoshoot.  Aren’t they cute?

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Moving from one cute couple to the next…

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I know I posted this one on my Facebook Photography Page, but I couldn’t resist posting it again.  Love this…

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At the start of the session, Kris asks us, “I need a professional photo for speaking engagements, do you think you could get one of me?  Please?”  Of course!  Here ya go, Kris!

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I hoped you enjoyed this little peek into the Miller family.  Their gallery can be viewed online, but you must have the super secret password.

With love,

Rachel

To book your own Narrative Session, please feel free to contact me!

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Visual Supply CO. – Plus an Editing Dilemma

Yesterday, I updated my Facebook Page that I was downloading Lightoom 4.  Updating the software for photography is like buying new paintbrushes would be for an oil painter.  I had recently been looking for ways to continue make my workflow more efficient and to work towards the look I am going for in my editing.  After spending time researching post-processing techniques, I decided to add the Visual Supply Co. (VSCO) editing software to my repertoire.

Now this is the problem I have.  I love almost all of the VSCO film effects.  They are fantastic!  I have always loved the special look of film and the unique effects it has.  Hopefully you’ll agree as you see it come in through my photographs.  I can hardly decide which sort of editing tool I want to use to each photograph.

What do you think?  Black and white or color?  These are from Gabri and Matt’s Narrative Maternity Session.  I was able to visit them in Kentucky and photograph them in their adorable home.  There are more to come!

Clingan Family Portrait Session

I always love the opportunity to photograph a family.  The Clingans are a great family that my fiancé grew up with at Bethany Christian Church (where we are getting married in less than FOUR MONTHS!).  I really enjoyed getting to walk around and chat with them.  Along the way we got some pretty awesome photographs in my humble opinion!

I asked them to give me their best GQ face.  This is what I got…

And thank you, Sarah, for helping out with the session.  You’re the bestest!

Lyon Family Twins!

Sometimes there are just people who are magnetic in their personality and the way they care about others…  Tom and Amber are just those kinds of people.  Ummm… and then they have twins?!?  How could I not love these babies?!  When Stephanie and I flew to Kentucky, we drove up to their house in Lexington with Gabri and spent the weekend with them.  We had so much fun with them and loving on little Wesley and Adellyn.  Enjoy the photos!

One proud Daddy.

The twins got a bath.  Amber is such a good Mom!

I got to steal the babies away from them and do a little session right in their home.   Meet Adellyn…

She’s a charmer!

Cute little toes…

So adorable…

As long as I’ve known Tom and Amber, they’ve had Trinity.

Ready for some heart melting???

‘Cause here it is…

I set little Wesley down and he started making all kinds of faces.  That might be why there are a few more of him because I just could NOT CHOOSE which ones were my favorites!

His little wrinkly forehead…

BIG YAWN!

Now, I normally wouldn’t take a photograph from underneath a persons chin.  But in the case of a baby, it’s adorable.  So enjoy the double chin!

If this doesn’t make you want Christmas again, I don’t know what will.  One of my favorites from the session…

And then yes… I was that horrible photographer who took little babies out into the snow.  But they were such troopers!

To view the full gallery click HERE!

Tom and Amber, thanks for being so awesome and having such cute kids.  I love you guys!

With care,

Rachel

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Personal Post – Vacation time!

In early December, Stephanie and I flew up to Louisville, Kentucky to visit Gabri, one of our bestest friends in the world!  Along the way we saw our friends Tom and Amber with their beautiful twin babies (next blog post is a session I did with them!), played in the snow, and got some serious shopping done.  I had such a wonderful time of rest and relaxation that I so desperately needed.  Here are a few images from the trip.

My wonderful travelmate, Stephanie.  I think she looks awesome in the snow.  Oh how I love her!

This is Wendy.  She’s Gabri and Matt’s dog.  What a hilarious puppy.  So cute.

I was so excited to see the snow…

As a Texas girl, I love seeing the snow because it’s not a normal thing!  I think I was meant for the cold.  I love scarves, gloves, and coats.

Now before you see this next photo, I just want to say that these girls.  Goodness.  They have my heart.  My life would not be the same without these lovely women.

After taking a few photos, Steph thought it would be a good idea to start a fight.

Our friends Tom and Amber live in Lexington.  We were able to spend the weekend with them and their new babies.  Wesley and Adellyn have my heart.  So cute!

More to come later!

With care,

Rachel

Cali Family Photo Albums – Houston Family Portrait Photographer

Wow… I have been really bad about updating my blog!  I have so many sessions and a wedding to show everyone!

A few months ago, the Cali family ordered two photo albums from me.  I was so excited to have their cute family session (which can be seen here) in a printed book!  Here are the results!

Here they are, all wrapped up pretty.


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And my favorite spread of the album!

They decided to go with the blue and brown linen covers which I really like.  I can also have them made in other colors and in leather!

And a special thank you goes to my man, Matt Blanke!  He did all the design work and is amazing.  Find him on Twitter @mattblanke!

Richmond Family Photography – Brown and Guidry Family

So I just want to start out by saying that I am a huge sucker for freckles.  And books.  And trees.  And adorableness.  And I’m pretty sure that sums up this whole session!  Pretty much some of my favorite things ever!

This is Ellie.

And her little brother Bradley.  This little boy has some of the most expressive eyebrows I’ve seen on anyone under the age of 8.  So cute.  I die.

And this is Timmy.  He has lots of freckles too!  When I was little I always wanted freckles.  I know, I know, so many people just want to get rid of them but don’t!  They are so awesome!

Ellie and her dad.  I love sweet little moments like these…

When babies attack!  I had to share this one because I giggled out loud when I saw it on my screen.

Bradley loves to run.  He pretty much did it the whole session which made things a lot of fun and a whole lot more interesting…

Timmy and his dad in a tree.  Timmy is an expert tree climber so we wanted to put him in his natural element.

You see this hay?  That didn’t stay in his hands long…  He decided that since I was on the ground that I was definitely in need of some hay and put it on me!

One more… :-D

Guys, thank you so much for coming out and being an awesome family!  I had so much fun!

Rachel

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