RACHAEL HOUSER » photography for couples & families

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When capturing a family for more than a year, you grow super close to them. I first met up with Anna & Zach for their maternity session and then not too much later, I got to meet Baby Hardy for his newborn session in their home. You’d think it wouldn’t have snuck up on me, but his 12 month portrait session sure did!

Not included in his newborn blog are images of Hardy and momma Anna breastfeeding – but rest assured, I captured a ton of nursing pictures because it was very important to Anna. And if you’ve known me for any length of time, you know that’s important to me too! Just like the year before, Anna requested some nursing pictures of her and her sweet Baby Boy and I was more than happy to oblige! But I was blown away that she was OK with me blogging one from that short portion of their session! Nursing mommas, I will capture allllllll the nursing pictures if you’ll let me!

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My second milk bath maternity session ever, and it really stretched my brain muscles! Not creatively, mind you, because Cambria was a rockstar to work with – such a gorgeous momma! But technically with lighting and my camera. Let me explain…

The evening before Cambria’s shoot, scheduled to be in my natural light studio with the bathtub directly under my big beautiful window that creates gorgeous soft light, the weather was forecasted to be just awful the whole next day. Thunderstorms and dark black clouds abundant. Yeah, that won’t work! So I moved the session to my mom’s bathroom because she is the only person I know with a lovely bathtub in which we could shoot. The lighting in her bathroom wasn’t ideal in any way but I felt like we could make it work.

And we did! Cambria rolled with the punches, I flexed my technical muscles, and out came her milk bath maternity images!Thanks so much to Cambria for allowing me to blog what you see here today! And big shout outs to Sara of Flower + Furbish for the blooms and Erin of f.a.c.e Makeup Artistry for on-location makeup!

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It was steamy outside and poor Rachel was probably feeling it more than Walt and I were, but they both knocked their downtown Paducah maternity session out of the park back in August, not too long before little William made his appearance!

I may shoot a ton of family and newborn portraits, but I still pride myself as and call myself a wedding photographer primarily. That’s where my heart is – it’s what gets my blood pumping each Saturday. But I continue to offer portraits because my goal in my business is to follow a couple through the wedding and into their family life. I don’t want to be a family photographer, I want to be a family’s photographer. Because of the close relationship I strive to build with each and every bride, I’m sometimes one of the first people to find out when a couple is pregnant. I usually am notified just hours after the birth of a child. I am beyond honored to capture all of these huge milestones in a family’s life!

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Baby Ila is here! And I’m working on getting her newborn portraits to her sweet momma today! But before I do, let’s marvel at this WOMEN of a momma here… Leah wanted her third maternity session to be just her and her two girls (plus one!) and I could not have been happier with how their images turned out! Take a look at these precious little ladies! And Leah could not have been more beautiful! Some women are rockstars at pregnancy – Leah is one of them!

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I recently shot Elizabeth & Nathan’s September wedding – and it was Grade A Perfection!!! – and I can’t wait to blog all the pretties but before I do, their engagement session should come first!

Elizabeth & Nathan have known each other for years, attend the same high school, but never more than acquaintances. They reconnected through social media in summer 2016 and things really clicked – they’ve been inseparable ever since! I love stories like theirs because even though their dating relationship may seem short, I truly believe that God placed that seed in their hearts and lives way back in high school and it’s been growing every since!

I got to meet Elizabeth in person in Paducah for their bridal consult while she was here doing part of her clinical rotation. I rarely get that opportunity with out of town brides so it was such a treat! We gabbed forever before, during, and after wedding chat – exactly my kind of bridal consult! We even scheduled her boudoir session as a gift for Nathan which we later got together for…. Maybe my favorite bridal boudoir session ever?

We met at Audubon State Park in Henderson for the start of their engagement session… I may have told them 15 billion times that they could move their wedding location to there and I would not be upset whatsoever! It was SO STUNNING! We ended our night down at Henderson’s riverfront area, which rivals Paducah’s new riverfront area. Such great variety in their images, all the while maintaining their personality throughout the session.

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