Monday, May 7, 2018

Mao and Hannah: wedding sneak peek :D {grafton winery the vineyards, grafton, il wedding photographer}



This past Saturday was a day full of sunshine, apple blossoms, square dancing, and Mao and Hannah getting married :D. Congratulations, y'all!!















With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh }

Monday, April 16, 2018

Zach and Emily: wedding sneak peek :D {russell farm art center, burleson, tx wedding photographer}



Three years ago, Emily was graduating highschool, now she's a wife!! I'm so happy for her and Zach and to have captured their wedding this past Saturday :D :D.

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With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh }

Friday, April 13, 2018

Seth: senior portraits :) {paris, tx senior portrait photographer}



If you missed the first post of Seth, go read it now and then come back and enjoy more of his senior photos :) Hooray for Seth graduating!!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Emma, Olivia, and Rachel: friendship shoot :D {mt. pleasant, tx portrait photographer}




It's been a month and a day since this memorable morning and I'm so happy to be sharing it more fully with y'all!! :D

 Below we have Olivia, Emma, and Rachel. I've known Rachel pretty much her whole life and I've known of Olivia and Emma for a while and then actually met them last year (because of their best-friendship with Rachel).

For a couple years now, I've wanted to do some form of a personal, creative photography project. I kept thinking of a styled bridal shoot, or a styled wedding shoot (cause that's what most people do), but it never felt right for me and I never worked to make it happen. Then last year, I realized what I really wanted to do was a shoot of a girl that was natural, feminine, and carefree! (Three attributes I'm a great advocate of). So, I started to think of girls I knew that would embody my vision, but then spring and summer got busy, and again, I didn't make it happen.

Then I was observing through Instagram the adorable, hilarious, and beautiful trioship these three girls have and it reminded me of my incredibly dear trioship with Amanda Bowles and Allix Ruby and the unforgettable memories we made when we were their age. This was it! These were my girls! Not one, but three!!

So, in January, I wrote the three of them and proposed my idea to be executed in the early spring when the flowers were blooming. They were all in, and plans were made!! :D

March 3 came and we had the most FUN and BEAUTIFUL two hours together :D :D (and can't forget the pretend Tom Holland sightings. Hahaha)

Their stunning beauty, hysterical antics, and loving souls bring joy to everyone they meet and I can't wait to see where the Lord takes them :D. Love y'aaaaaaall! <3 <3

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Seth: senior portraits sneak peek :D {paris, tx senior portrait photographer}




It's such an amazing thing to watch your young friends grow up. And it's extra special when you stay friends :D.

  I've known Seth since he was about 7 years old. For the past decade, I've watched him grow into a kind, mature, hardworking, Godly man and it makes my heart rejoice :). 

Now I'm 25, he's close to 18, and I got to take his senior photos!! :D Time has flown, but in a beautiful way :).

I so enjoyed last evening and hope y'all enjoy these sneak peeks of my friend Seth :D (and yeah, he's grown into a super handsome guy. Haha :D)

 
 

With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Emma, Olivia, and Rachel: friendship shoot sneak peek :D {mt. pleasant, tx portrait photographer}


Yesterday, an idea of mine finally came about: a friendship shoot of the cutest best-friend trio in town :D :D <3 And boy, did it take me a while to choose some sneak peeks. Haha. These girls are just so beautiful and adorable!! Definitely more to come :D :D

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With a smile,
{ Rachel Leigh }

Thursday, January 25, 2018

John and Raeshelle: wedding!! :D {seatac, wa wedding photographer}



Thirteen years ago this May, my family and I were in Seattle, WA about to go on an Alaskan cruise! Our ship was setting sail on a Sunday afternoon and we wanted to attend a church meeting before we boarded. Some friends recommended Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church, so we went and that's where I met Raeshelle :D. After the service was over, she and her cousin Jessica (who is the blonde bridesmaid you'll see :D) came over and introduced themselves. We got along splendidly and of course exchanged addresses as any twelve year old should. Hehe :D. Raeshelle and I were faithful pen pals for years! Later on we trickled off, but then not long after, seventeen year old me got Facebook and guess who reconnected! :D So for the next eight years and five months, Raeshelle was my sweet Washington friend who nobody knew but me...until John ;).

Now I met John ten years ago this June at his church, Hwy M Chapel, in Sedalia, MO. My family and I had just attended a good friend's wedding in Kirksville (just a little bit north) and my Dad was asked to come down and preach for them that Sunday. From then on I saw John at a lot of Bible camps and conferences or during my many visits to Missouri (if you don't know by now, I've got a lot of friends up there. Haha) and we became good friends.

So fast forward to spring of 2015 when John announced on Facebook that he got his Air Force assignment to fly C-17s and be stationed in Washington state! The very funny thing is what I said to Mom after hearing the news: "I wonder if he'll be stationed near Seattle. That's where Raeshelle lives! I wonder if he'll find her church. If he does, he'll probably marry her."

Yep, so everyone teases me about my "prophecy" now. Haha.

It wasn't until the following spring that he moved up there and I kinda forgot about my prediction. So I wasn't taking notice when Raeshelle posted a photo on Facebook with a funny caption of her brother and a blonde guy washing dishes. I just "laughed" at the photo and scrolled on. Well, about a week later JoHn Hargrave was tagged in a photo...AND HE WAS THE BLONDE HEAD! THEY'VE MET! IT HAPPENED! So I quickly told each of them...

"He's my friend!"

"She's my pen pal!"

So, it was no surprise when about six months later they announced they were dating ;). The fun thing was all of John and I's mutual friends were like "Who is this girl?" and I'm like "I've known her since I was twelve." Hahaha :D (this Instagram of Raeshelle's is pretty fun too :D)

So last August, twelve years later, I got to hug my pen pal again and photograph the day she became a wife and my friend became a husband. It was awesome :D :D.

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