All in for a Donut

It’s been pretty quite over here at Rae of Light Photography, but it always does this time of year.   Everyone is busy getting back on a school routine, plus August is usually super hot and who wants to get outside for an on-location photo shoot and melt.  Nonetheless, I’ve been itching to get out and take some shots.  So when you don’t have any sessions booked, the next best thing is to torture your own kids.   I haven’t dragged them out for photos since last Christmas and before that it was almost a year ago for back to school photos so they should be easily convinced to go right?  Well….. not really.  No matter how much I tried to pep it up, it wasn’t until I sweetened the deal with the offer of a donut afterwards as a reward.   Things went smoothly for about 30 minutes and then I started getting the “I’m tired” “my legs don’t work” “I’m thirsty” “Moooooooommmmmmm” speeches.    OH, and THIS is the face I started getting along with the I’m tired speech.

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Oh well, it was still fun and I have some updated photos of my two youngest kiddos.  (BTW, it didn’t matter how many donuts I offered, my oldest vetoed my photo shoot idea with an adamant NO!)



I did follow through with my promise!  Surprising how donuts can solve so many ailments!


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An Athlete’s Final Year

From football, to soccer, to track…. this student athlete does it all. When I look at his senior session portraits, it takes me back to my own high school athletic career and the fond memories that I have of those fleeting times. I hope that Mr. C stops and relishes every single second of his senior year in sports. It truly goes by way too quickly. So in true fashion, we wanted to incorporate some of the sports theme ideas into our time together. What luck that we were able to get access to the sports stadium this particular day. Our session was in June so everything school related is pretty much locked up for the summer. Nonetheless, the parents pulled a few strings, and BINGO we were in! As our time together came to a close, I couldn’t resist capturing the sun setting behind the stadium. It was a beautiful moment as our photography session came to an end.

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Truely a beautiful set of photos in a great setting of a fantastic grandson, Collin McDonald. We love and cherish you Collin. Grandad Ro and Granny Harrie

Better Weather, Beautiful Colors, Stunning Girls

I hate to admit this, but I am way overdue in showcasing these portraits from last year.  Funny how life has a way of getting busy and things slip past you.   I did showcase this gorgeous young lady with two of her best friends in this blog post last year. We sure had to deal with some crazy weather that afternoon!  However, at this next session, we had much better weather and the day couldn’t have been any nicer.  On this occasion, this senior gal brought along her younger sister for fun.  We had a blast exploring the old buildings and colorful alleyways.   Thank goodness we started early in the morning because  boy did it get hot later that day.

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Mom and Dad, thank you for a wonderful day with you and your two girls! On a side note, I went to high school with these two girl’s parents. I love how there are times in life when things come full circle.


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Watching this Family Grow

It has been my absolute privilege watching this family grow over the years. Session #1, Session #2, Session #3, Session #4, Session #5 to now this session….. aaahhh, the memories!   It  has been amazing watching these two wonderful people go from just a family of 2 to a family of 4 in just a few short years.   They have handled parenthood with such grace and patience, even during this particular session where mom admitted to me before hand that she was a little anxious about getting the kids to cooperate.    You couldn’t tell at all from the photos; they both just rolled with it and it worked!    With this age, trying to get the little ones to pose is near impossible so we mainly played games,  sang songs,  and had a ball.   I am looking forward to next year!


Cade – TTU Graduating Class of 2015

Such a proud moment, not only to see your child graduate high school, but then to go on to graduate from college as well.   Meet Cade, Texas Tech University graduate of 2015.   Granted before our session, I honestly had never met Cade before; however, I have know his parents for many years.    Gosh, I feel old when I say, these two were my teachers when I was in high school *cough* 26 years ago.   I am a grown adult, but I will tell ya, when I saw these two walk up to me before our session, I felt like that 17 year old kid again.   Two very special people, with one amazing son!   It  was wonderful getting the  chance to visit and catch up with them.     Congrats Cade for earning your degree!     You have a wonderful future ahead of you!

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