Senior Sessions

I’m not sure who I’m writing this to, maybe it’s to a photographer, maybe it’s to a high school senior that I haven’t had the privilege of capturing yet…but maybe this will tell you a little about myself and what I value in my senior sessions.

I was telling someone earlier today that graduating seniors are definitely a favorite of mine to capture, because it’s such a monumental time in their life.

It’s definitely their time to shine and be the lead character in their new adventure.

By the time we are meeting up to take photos, we’ve already met either via face time, or in person for their consultation. (That sounds so stiff…it’s not, I promise!) This meet up allows us to meet each other, get an idea of personal style, and things that he or she may like to do, and hopefully get to see some genuine expression.

Once we meet again, it’s my job (and honor) to bring out all the personalities…well, not all, but most ūüėČ

Smiles are expected, but not always given, so when I get a genuine one, I’m super stoked!

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And then BOOM!! The GQ and Vogue comes out!  I am always so stoked when this happens!!

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My favorite moments are when we are just about to finish up, and they have let their guard down, at this point they have seen some images on the back of my camera and are feelin’ themselves a bit, and THAT’S when I get to truly ‘SEE’ them… The real kiddo inside, that silly, messy, wild, and sweet baby their parents are going to miss like crazy!

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If you are looking to have senior portraits taken, contact me! Sessions are pretty casual and pretty dang fun! Parents, come along, it’s a memorable experience for both!

Sessions are mostly outdoors, but as of October 1st, 2019, I will also have a studio space to use and to meet up for your viewing session! You will love my make up artist Kierra Manion, she is incredibly talented and will make you feel and look your best!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this!

Rhae Anne

It’s a SNELLebration!

Sarah & Wade were married at Sarah’s family home on July 20th, 2019 in Eagle River, Alaska. It was an absolutely breath taking day.

Sarah’s parent’s, Michelle and Steve Haynes,¬† have worked countless hours in and on their yard/property. It was only natural that Sarah and Wayde get married there.¬†snell-1st-half-blogs-53.jpg

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Reading letters to each other and stealing a moment before the day begins.

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Venue: Gardens on Lee (Website and Venue info coming soon! Feel free to contact me for updated info, 907-301-8671)

Dress: Allure Bridals

Mens Attire: Men’s Warehouse

D.J.: Alaska Professional Entertainment with Eric Robson

Caterer: Hula Hands

Tents: Over the Top

Photography: Rhae Anne and Tommy Etheredge 


Mr. & Mrs. Reyes Say “I Do”

I know Kayla and so many others are excited to see these, so here are some favorites highlights of their amazing day!

Kayla and Nito were married on JULY 4th at the Alaskan Legends Lodge in Soldotna, AK. What a gorgeous day to celebrate two beautiful souls’ LOVE for each other. They poured their heart into the planning and the ENJOYING of this decision! They wrote their own vows, decorated everything you could think of, and truly had FUN on their amazing day!

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Ok, Best man did good! But now back to these two love birds!

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Venue: Alaska Legends Kenai River Lodge

Flowers: Paper Peony  @paperpeony

With the help of:  Green Thumb Succulents @greenthumbsucculents

Dress: Dreamers and Lovers @dreamersandlovers_

Shoes: XTRATUF & Vans

D.J.: Alaska Profession Entertainment @gowithape

Cake: Midnight Sun Cakery @midnightsuncakery

Ice Cream: Wild Scoops @wildscoops

Donuts: Carrs

Kayla’s Tattoos: @jake_scrinver

Wedding Planner: Kalli Randall @kallidenali

Photography: Rhae Anne & Tommy Etheredge with Rhae Anne Photography



An Estes Park Wedding

The Black Canyon Inn and Twin Owls Steakhouse were GREAT hosts! What an incredibly beautiful venue! I hope you enjoy!

I met up with Vicki and Ben on a windy day at Beluga Point, in Anchorage, Alaska. We were scheduled for an engagement session, 20 minutes later, we were walking back to the car and after finding out they were to be married in Estes Park the following May, I told them that I travel for weddings. After posting a sneak peak of their e-session, they asked me to be their photographer. YES!

After meeting Ben and Vicki’s family it made sense why they seemed like they had been married for years already, why they treated one another with the utmost respect and have a quiet confidence about them. They come from ‘good stock’! What a precious group of people that surrounded them on their special day!

The Black Canyon Inn and Twin Owls Steakhouse were GREAT hosts! What an incredibly beautiful venue! I hope you enjoy!

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Reception: Twin Owls Steakhouse

My Second Shooter: Jenna Perrins

Flowers by: Paul Wood Florist

Shoes worn by Bride, Groom, and Wedding Party: John Fluevog


An Alaskan Engagement

Meeting clients for the first time, and then clicking the shutter about 5 minutes later is what I do.

To build trust and have someone feel relaxed within that time frame is a skill, some of it’s learned, and some of it is definitely a God given gift that I don’t take for granted.

These two were willing to come a little earlier than planned to work around weather, and they were so comfortable with each other, that capturing their joy and love for each other was pretty simple! janet & Mark-9janet & Mark-2janet & Mark-10janet & Mark-11janet & Mark-6janet & Mark-8janet & Mark-7janet & Mark-4janet & Mark-5janet & Mark-3janet & MarkTowards the end, they brought out the pups for some family photos!

Lifestyle Sessions

I get asked a lot if I shoot Newborn Sessions, and I always respond with, “I can come to your home and shoot a “lifestyle session” for you. It will mean that you’re in the photos…” There are some incredible newborn photographers here in Anchorage, two of which I recommend always,¬†AK Design Studio¬†or¬†Autumn Clarkson Photography .

Lifestyle Sessions are more organic in nature and capture your home, and the family dynamic as it is.

This is the gorgeous Shibe family. I met Emma via email first. I was searching for a real estate agent, and I wanted someone that was not pushy, and would listen and be honest and fair. When I read her bio, I knew she was the one! Her and her partner Michelle were God sends for us. They are¬†The dynamic duo at Anchorage Home Real Estate¬†¬†if you’re in the market!

So back to family…the tables were turned for providing a personal service. I was honored to first capture some sweet baby belly shots for them before their precious girl arrived. Enjoy!shibe tribe blogs-10shibe tribe blogs-8shibe tribe blogs-11shibe tribe blogs-6shibe tribe blogs-5shibe tribe blogs-4shibe tribe blogs-3And then, a few weeks later, their lives changed forever. shibe tribe blogs-2shibe tribe blogsshibe tribe blogs

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