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 info@gowithape.com

Caterer: Hula Hands

Tents: Over the Top

Photography: Rhae Anne and Tommy Etheredge 

 

Baby it’s cold outside

I haven’t blogged in a long time. This session lasted all of 22 minutes because it was 18 degrees. Alaska is brutal and beautiful all wrapped up in a pretty package. I like to keep kiddos in the car until absolutely necessary, so I can photograph parents first. Moms especially work very hard to make sure memories are captured and stored on a flash drive in the junk drawer. (Ooops, did I say that?) Lol…Anyway, BOTH parents work hard to get the family ready, and so I do my best to capture them! If you’ve been wanting to get those family photos done, now is the time! rodblog-2rodblog-3rodblog-4rodblog-5rodblog-6rodblog-7rodblog-8rodblog-9rodblog-10rodblog-11rodblog-12rodblog-13rodblog-14rodblog-15rodblog-16rodblog-17rodblog-18rodblog-19rodblog-20rodblog-21rodblog-22rodblog-23rodblog-24rodblog-25rodblog

The Arend Family

Trying to decide a location for family photos can be a challenge at times, but once Tina suggested the families’ property along with text photos, it was a no brainer!

What an incredibly beautiful location. Home sessions are really some of my favorite sessions. I hope you enjoy this sweet family as much as we did!ArendblogsArendblogs-2Arendblogs-4Arendblogs-5Arendblogs-6Arendblogs-37Arendblogs-7Arendblogs-8Arendblogs-9Arendblogs-10Arendblogs-11Arendblogs-12Arendblogs-13Arendblogs-14Arendblogs-15Arendblogs-16Arendblogs-17Arendblogs-18Arendblogs-19Arendblogs-20Arendblogs-21Arendblogs-22Arendblogs-23Arendblogs-24Arendblogs-25Arendblogs-26Arendblogs-27Arendblogs-28Arend blogArendblogs-29Arendblogs-31Arendblogs-32Arendblogs-33Arendblogs-34Arendblogs-35Arendblogs-36Arendblogs-38Arendblogs-39Arendblogs-40

Mr. & Mrs. Plate

We were honored to capture Josh and Melissa’s wedding on May 6th at Radiant Church. What great families, friends, and church support they have. You can’t ask for better when starting a sweet life together!

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The bridal bouquets were folded from pages of old books. 
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The Guys were on time and looking good!
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Melissa making her way down the trail to go see her husband to be for the first look. This was seriously the biggest smile of the day. 
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Spring in Alaska is dirty and wet…but this location for a May 6th wedding was magical.
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Josh just lights up when he talks about Melissa, his reaction was priceless.
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Happiest man on the planet.
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Josh’s boutonni√®re unfolded was a Map of Middle Earth with the Shire and Rivendell.

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The story behind the beautiful pearl necklace Josh gifted his wife with, actually brought me to tears. The significance is worth a short story of redemption and unconditional love.

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Now, our day can begin! Let’s go Party!
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If you notice that the men in Melissa’s life adore her! All the “first looks” of the day were incredible to watch.

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You can see Melissa’s mirrored image in her dad’s glasses ¬†– LOVE IT!

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An appropriate “ring pillow” for these two readers!
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How special to be given away by both dads in her life!

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Their FIRST kiss.

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When we parked at Beluga Point, we almost decided to go elsewhere do to the wind! It was crazy! But we went for it, and it was so worth it!

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Just a walk…

It’s amazing what just a walk will do for the soul. I was out for under 20 min, and it improved my entire day. I have no clue why it’s so hard to remember this. We have beauty at our finger tips to view, soak in, enjoy…I will take another walk today. Enjoy yesterday’s view of Winner Creek Trail.¬†87463152

Catie & Zeke Married at Gloryview Farm

 

What a day!¬†The weather couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve never seen Gloryview Farm look more beautiful. So many special details were everywhere you looked. Catie was simply stunning, and Zeke looked so dapper in his new duds. Enjoy!!

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Venue: Gloryview Farm

Photographers: Rhae Anne Photography with Tommy Etheredge

Cake Designer/Baker: Ardy Cakes

Bouquet/Boutennieres: Oopsie Daisy

Makeup: Maria Camacho with: Camacho Beauty

Hair: Janelle Bosela With: Darae’s Hair Salon and Spa

D.J.: R&R Productions

Caterer: Sal’s New York Grill & Catering

Bartender: Luise “Jerry” Ochoa

Dress: Blue Willow from: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom, Guabello

Decor Designer/Decorator: Ashley Farrell & Amy Winslow

 

A gorgeous vintage wedding in Girdwood, Alaska.

This blog is a little longer than others, but hey it’s family! Happy 1 month of wedded bliss to Megan and Jared!!!

It rained most of the day on July 25, 2016 at Raven Glacier Lodge. But it was a perfect day for Megan and Jared and all the friends and family who came out to witness their beautiful and intimate ceremony. Kinney SubmissionsKinney Submissions-13

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There were so many personal touches and hand made items in this wedding. Megan’s dad, Craig hand carved the chilly pepper ring holder “7-25-16 J & M”. And keep scrolling for the jaw dropping hand crafted arbor. Craig¬†¬†and his beautiful wife Conita designed and decorated the work of art!

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John from Ondago DJ Entertainment is fun & energetic, and his songs are perfectly timed, and his choice of music is perfection! Kinney Submissions-148

The father/daughter and mother/son dances had all of us tearing up…it was so special.

 

 

 

Just a taste of Mobile, AL

Today I¬†needed to get lost in personal work… I remembered images I had taken in Alabama recently and decided to pick a few to share with you.

Mobile is warm, and inviting, but it’s¬†also heavy and stubborn. The humidity wraps around you without asking permission, but it’s also very comforting. The colors hide out until certain times of the day, then they pop out at you when least expected. Enjoy!124122926820142567101128