RACHAEL HOUSER » photography for couples & families

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Happy Monday! You first met Baby Mia last week when her Fresh Baby session was on the blog. Then she was super awake and alert and taking in all the sites and sounds of her new world. During her newborn session only a few days later, however, she was one of the sleepiest babies I’ve ever photographed. Both of which are completely normal and exactly how I like ’em!

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God bless this precious family! I’ve had the honor of following along Erica & Brandon’s journey from almost the beginning! I met Erica four years ago while photographing her cousin Sunni’s wedding. Since then I’ve photographed Erica’s family and had my hair done by her for over a year. She is a talented hairstylist and the sweetest human! As our friendship grew, I learned that she and her husband Brandon were struggling with infertility. Graeme was already with us so I was able to share our journey with her, from the other side.

When she announced their decision to pursue adoption, I was more than thrilled for them! What amazing hearts these two have! The Lord saw to it that they didn’t have to wait as long as most before being chosen by a birth mother. The coolest part of their journey? When Erica met with the birth mother after already being chosen, the birth mother asked the question, “Do you have a name picked out?” Aiden. They’d like to name him Aiden. Both Erica and the birth mother were stunned because that’s the name that God had also laid on the birth mother’s heart! Our God works in the most amazing ways!

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This little one recently celebrated 3 months of life earth side and I’m still reminiscing on the day of her birth! Baby Mia’s mom and dad have been clients of mine for years now. I photographed their engagement session and several of their family portrait sessions. When Christine’s mom and sister purchased both a Fresh Baby Session and a Newborn session for them as their sprinkle shower gift, it meant the world to me – being a family’s life photographer is my passion!

Christine was to be induced and it just so happened that I was available that evening so their Fresh Baby Session turned into a little bit of a birth session as well! Well, that was the plan until an emergent c section occurred so I came as soon as I heard that surgery was over. Thank goodness I live less than 10 minutes from both Paducah area hospitals! I spent an hour with them directly after the birth and then spent a second hour with them the following day when momma was feeling more up to it. Gotta say, I don’t know which set of images I like best!!!

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It’s been a while since I blogged – over a month actually – and while I am not lacking in material to blog, I have been lacking in the motivation. Until this afternoon…

I ran into someone whom I’ve actually never met but who has been following me for a while and noticed I hadn’t blogged in a long time. She wasn’t trying to guilt me – she just wanted to see more of the work that I’ve been sharing sneak peeks of on Facebook. That hit me hard. Take this as my public apology. I promise to never go an entire month without blogging. Whether I have material to blog or not.

This lovely this session was something I’d been dreaming of doing for a while so I was more than thrilled when the lovely April Shoulta offered to model . The next step was to bring in the amazingly talented Erin Hendley for makeup and then purchase beautiful fresh blooms from Flower + Furbish. The results are what you see below!

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Thinking a milk bath boudoir or maternity session is for you?? Email me and let’s talk!

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Before my studio was fully prepared to shoot in, Baby Willow was born and in need of portraits. Mom and dad are a past couple of mine so I couldn’t turn them away! Plus, tagging along on people’s life & love journey is my bread and butter, y’all! You can view their engagement session, wedding, rain check session, and maternity session all on the blog, spread out over several years! It’s truly an honor to be a part of all of these special moments!

Baby Willow’s newborn session was also the very first baby only newborn session that I’d ever photographed – I still LOVE lifestyle newborn sessions with mom and dad more but I’m more than pleased with how the images turned out! Little Miss slept wonderfully for me, which allowed for the solo posing. And can I just GUSH about the beautiful fresh stem flowers from Sara Falder and Flower + Furbish??? It was an added cost but I think it totally made this session!

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