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


Anna showing off her soccer skills


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


The beautiful Tori


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


Watching the girls doing something silly


The whole crew



Anna!  How cute are these striped pants??


The awesome Molly


The gorgeous Noel




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


Moving from one cute couple to the next…





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


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!


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,


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

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Missouri City Family Portrait Photography – Extended Vahlkamp Family

When Win and Erinn asked if I could do some family portraits with them, I was very excited.  I love this family (we’re in the same homegroup together and seem to take similar classes at church) and we’ve done a session before!  This time it was because Win’s whole side of the family would be in the area and they wanted pictures together.  Whoa.  16 people in all!  We had a fun short time together and then they invited me to eat gumbo with them.  I hadn’t ever tried gumbo and now I like it!  Thanks guys for the great afternoon!

Sneak Peek and Opinions Needed – Sarah’s Graduation Portraits – Richmond/Rosenberg

Oh, what a lovely young woman Sarah is.  She’s such a cutie!  This is one of my favorite shots of the session and I just can’t decide which processing technique I like the best!

Whatdaya think?  Please leave your comments below!

Cali Family – Richmond/Rosenberg Family Portraits

What a joy it is to see a family interacting and enjoying each other.  Tony, Nancy, and Leah Cali came down from New York state to visit their son, Jason (Quick side note – My dad is from upstate New York, so I have a special place in my heart for New Yorkers).  Jason asked if I would do a family portrait session with them and his girlfriend and her son.  Of course I said yes!  It was a fun experience and we got to explore some new places.

Without further ado, the Cali fam!

The whole gang

The two that started it all.

Jason and Kristin

The Cali Fam

Can you say fierce?  I feel like your eyes make your look Egyptian, Kristin!  They are so beautiful!

The sassy Leah!

Beautiful mom.

We tried something a little different with Jason…  I like how it turned out!

And my absolutely favorite shot from the session.  In black and white…  Oh how I love black and white!

Thanks to Kris Fulk for assisting!  You are a great person!

Thanks, Cali family for choosing me to capture your family on that beautiful March day!

Quick Update – Photo CDs!

So, I’m still alive.  I promise!  It’s been a little crazy with the holidays and all.  Remembering to take the time to write out my thoughts comes after trying to find a job.  Seriously guys, it’s a little hard!  But it’s all part of the journey and that journey is one that I am happy to take.

In other news, I sent out the CDs from my last photography sessions.  Matt helped me create a unique design for printing on the CDs.

Really, I don’t know what I’d do without him!  He’s also helping me do some rebranding.  Since I am changing my last name in the near future (don’t know when yet.  I’ll let ya know!) the name “Rachel Perry Photography” just won’t do anymore!  So expect some changes happenin’ real soon!

Simpson’s Family Portrait Session – Missouri City and Sugar Land, Texas

I think it’s high time for a new blog post.

My dear,

It has been a crazy few weeks here where I am.  Getting engaged, about to graduate college, finals.  Oh my.  Finals.  And my 20-25 page paper.  You know, I am possibly on here just because I don’t want to get started on that paper, but shh…  You didn’t hear it from me!

In other way way way way way way exciting news, I got my camera!  Yahoo!  I have saved up my tips from Java Jacks, saved all of my money made on portrait sessions in the past little while, and have an amazing fiance who, for my birthday, got a bunch of people together to help me buy my beautiful Nikon D300!  Hip hip hooray!  Matt drove it up from Houston last night.  He asked which I was more excited to see, him or the camera.

I couldn’t choose.

Now, here are some pictures from the Simpson’s family portrait session in Missouri City.  If you’d like to know a little more about them, Jennie blogs here.

It’s the little moments that count, right?

Do you have a photograph that just makes your heart happy?  These next few images still get me to giggle everytime I look at them.  Look at their ears, their expressions…  Amazing.

Jennie and Jerl, you guys have an amazing family and I had so much fun exploring new places and getting to hang out with you!


(The last three photographs were put together using a storyboard action from


This will be a quick one, but this is just to say that I’m engaged!  Here’s the story…

On Friday, November 27, Matt and I went out with a local photographer (Matt Trevino) who was doing some free couple’s portrait sessions to build his portfolio.  I had seen his ad on Craigslist and thought that it would be fun!  You know, I could network with another photographer (who has an awesome personality) and get pictures with my man!

We met with the photographer (who we’ll call Matthew just to make it clear between my Matt and Matthew so no one gets confused) near downtown.  After a couple of different location shots, we ended up in the theater district.  Here we are, posing for photographs and then Matt starts acting weird.

I ask, “Why aren’t you looking at the camera?” as I nod to where he’s supposed to be looking.  Duh, I mean, we are in a photoshoot!

Then he starts talking about how much he loves me and how fun this is.  As I’m standing there, I’m wondering why he’s talking about this now.  Haahaa.  There are pictures to be taken.

Then suddenly.

It hits me.

Holy cow.  HO-LY COW.

My mind starts racing.  No way is this really happening.  OMG.

Then he got down on one knee.  And holds up this pretty stinkin’ amazing sparkly ring.

And I said yes.

So there you have it.  That’s the not so short story!

There were some funny moments like when Matt, after forgetting what he was going to say, said, “I forgot where I was going with this.  I mean, I know exactly where I’m going with this!” or fumbling to get my promise ring off of my finger so that I could put my new ring on.  He now wears my promise ring on a chain around his neck as a symbol of our love, but that there is still a promise that has been made for purity.

He’s a pretty cool guy.  ;-)

If you want to see pictures of the ring, they are on my Facebook page.  If you aren’t a friend, just add me!  The pictures from the actual photoshoot will be put up here at a later date when I have them.  I’m excited to see them!

And, as a sneak preview of the Simpson’s family portrait session which happened on Friday morning before all of the excitement, here’s one of my favorites from the day…

With Love,

Rachel Perry

Houston Family Portraits – Vahlkamps Part Two!

Yesterday, Matt and I went out with the Vahlkamps for the second time in the past month or so.  This time, we did not have a defunct battery to slow us down!  We went to the Houston Garden Center and walked around a park.  It was a lot of fun spending that time with them.  Erinn and Win, I’m so glad you trusted me with this opportunity.  You have an amazing family!

Now for some images.








You guys are awesome!  Thanks so much for the fun yesterday!

As always, vote for your favorite!  Let me know whatcha think.

Vahlkamp Family Portraits – Houston

Today was a good lesson in checking your equipment several times before going out on a shoot.  A little way into the shoot I noticed my battery was getting low, so I thought that I could just grab the extra battery that Matt just bought and that had been on the charger all night long.  I put it in.  Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.

It was terrible.

They were awesome about it and we’ll be doing another session soon.  The Vahlkamps and I have been planning on doing a family portrait session for a while now.  Erinn was the first one to offer to donate to my camera fund in exchange for a photography shoot.  I am so blessed to be a part of a community that cares for me.  I hope they enjoy the photographs!



The four wonderful kids!

The four wonderful kids!

Look Ma!  No hands!

Look Ma! No hands!

This is Rachel (sweet name...).  She wasn't too crazy about the camera, so I was very glad to capture this smiling moment!

This is Rachel (sweet name...). She wasn't too crazy about the camera, so I was very glad to capture this smiling moment!

Grace on the other hand loved being in front of the camera.  And making different faces.  And being awesome!

Grace on the other hand loved being in front of the camera. And making different faces. And being awesome!

And last but not least, a family portrait!  I didn’t get too many of these that I loved before the batteries made me want to throw the camera in the pond.  Heehee.

Family Portrait in the museum district.

Family Portrait in the museum district.

I have a great picture of Will, but apparently I have gone over my upload limit.  Uhh… Not cool Word Press.  I will have to figure my way around this, but not tonight.

Goodnight, Internet!  Hello, sleep!

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