Abby and Austin // Engagement // Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth, TX

 

Abby is the daughter of my Pastor and one of my little sister's best friends, I've admired and loved her for a very long time, watching her grow up and and become such a lovely woman has been such a joy! When Austin came into the picture I was skeptical, but I was utterly convinced they were perfect for eachother after only an afternoon together! They have such a solid energy, they take care of eachother, its evident, you can see the support and respect they feel towards one another, it is humbling. They love The Lord, He is such an foundational part of who they are and their relationship, They are focused and grounded beyond their young years, 

I was so thrilled that they approached me about photographing their May wedding! 

Enjoy these beautiful images from their Engagement Session at the lovely Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth!

Mercy Rae Photography is Offering Something New:

For months I've been holding my tiny baby's hand as he nurses and occasionally looks up at me with his Papa's big blue eyes, and all I want is pictures of that moment. I want pictures of that way he looks at me when he nursed, I want pictures of the smiles he cracks when I sing his favourite lullaby as I zip up his footie pajamas, I want pictures of the way his little hands entangle my hair as he rests his head on my shoulder when I rock him. There's something absolutely magic about bedtime with a small child, it's chaos and tenderness and sentimentality and anxiety all at once, and I want to remember all those feelings and the tiny things that make my bond with my baby special and unique.

I decided first of all, I had to have our own pictures taken (which we JUST had done and I am so excited) but I ALSO decided I wanted to start offering "Bedtime Sessions". These sessions will tell YOUR story from the dinner table to lights out! What is your crazy routine? Do you do it a little differently every night? Do you have one baby or 5 not-so-baby babies? Are there sometimes tears? That's OKAY! This is not the "smile at the camera" session, this is the "Jimmy, don't drink the bath water!" session! Let me come into your home and tell your goodnight story!

Sessions will be priced based on number of children and amount of time it takes to tuck them into bed. Everything about these sessions will be personalized, it only makes sense to do custom pricing, so drop me a Session Form in my Contact Me page and lets get some creative juices flowing! 

A sample routine might look something like this:

  • Finishing up dinner
  • Bath
  • Pajama time
  • Dance party and tickle time 
  • Reading bedtime books
  • Snuggles and kisses 
  • Prayers and lullabies
  • Lights out
  • Mommy and daddy do the dishes
  • Snuggle time on the couch

I am so in love with being a new mom and I am so excited to be able to offer this new session concept! Message me and let's talk details because I would love to tell your bedtime story!

Your  little ones grow SO fast, these days of giggles and dirty faces wont last forever, but pictures do.

Elena // Class of 2018 // Fort Worth, TX

I simply love photographing seniors! I love working one-on-one and playing off the energy of goofy and colorful teenagers! My silly side definitely comes out, I'm often glad I AM without an audience! 

Elena was so fun to hang out with! she was bright and energetic and full of giggles and movement! I loved that she was up for everything! We had a good time, take a look:

Jimenez Wedding // Five Oaks Farm, Cleburne, TX

What a beautiful venue, what gorgeous flowers, dresses and table settings, and what a special couple! This wedding was such a dream to photograph, every detail was clean and lovely and everyone I met was friendly and smiling!

Zack and Taylor have this solid, quiet love for eachother, so unique and special to them. 

Franklin Wedding // Weatherford, Tx

Peter and Kayla's wedding was full of loving family support and simple class. I don't know that I've ever been to a wedding full of so many HUGS! Peter has huge family and all of his siblings adore him and Kayla, I loved seeing so much support from both sides as they started their new life together! 

Taylor and Zack // Engagement //

THIS COUPLE! My goodness! Just look at the way they look at eachother! you can't pose that, it's gotta be real! 

I loved spending time with Zack and Taylor! They are so kind and genuine and are so good to eachother and people around them. I am so blessed to work with people like this! I can't wait for their wedding in November! 

Miss S // One Year Spring Portraits // Grapevine, TX

I love working with kids, and I get so excited when people book me for baby sessions, but the thing with babies is, you never know how they're going to react to a stranger with a camera! Little Miss S here was an absolute dream! 

So many sweet expressions, such scrumptious rolls, such gorgeous eyes! She giggled and posed the whole time and just let me do my thang! We had a blast! 

Can't get over how darling she is! And loving these Easter vibes!

Bethany & Isaac // Anniversary // Fort Worth

Bethany and Isaac just over two years, they have a darling baby girl! They wanted to have some super romantic portraits done and I was ALL about it! 

They are such a beautiful couple, they have a strong love and bright energy for eachother, I loved spending this time with them!

 

Ammiversary portraits are something you will cherish forever! If you are interested in making some art with me, drop me a message! 

Cassidy C. Bridals // Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary // Fort Worth

Cassidy was GLOWING the day she arrived on location for her bridal portraits! 

I had such a great time shooting at the seminary for the first time! The staircase, marble and chandeliers killed me! I don't know what it was, but I kept feeling a Beauty and The Beast vibe, so I embraced it! 

Fortunately I only had to wait a couple weeks before sharing these, because Cassidy and her Darling were just married last week, pictures to come! 

Personal : New locations and familiar faces

My husband, Daniel, shoots film cameras, and he's always asking to go scouting and shooting, I super-love going out with him and finding new places to photograph! Last week we took my kid sisters out and grabbed some portraits in places we've always wanted to shoot! 

This is my sister, Glory! Most people say she looks a lot like me. We explored the lake and the surrounding area in the freezing cold. 

This is my youngest sister, Comfort, she's insanely pretty.

And this is the man I'm crazy about. He's all hott and artistic and stuff. I'm his biggest fan! 

The Browns

What a special thing it is that my dearest and closest girl friends have married men who love The Lord and cherish them wholly! I can not express how grateful I am for the husbands of my warrior hearts! David is a perfect match for Eden, he brings out everything that is best in her, they make a great team. 

The Browns live in a tiny home filled with pictures and plants. 

The afternoon was dreary, overcast and wet, which honestly photographs beautifully, so we found a bridge to hide under and we captured some love! 

Then we found some trees to escape to. 

After our session we went back to the house and they made pizza! I think I should require that every client make me dinner after a session ;) 

I wanted to freeze time for these two. catch their love and energy and chemistry, and I think I did, and that makes me very, very happy!

R Family

I have so much fun with my families, and I've had the BEST families to work with this season! Last week I got to spend some time with this darling family! 

These spunky girls kept me on my toes, and we basically all burned our calories for the day! I loved it! 

These are some special parents, I loved watching them interact and play with their girls, and with eachother! 

Merry Christmas! 

Mommy and Me

I LOVE photographing mothers. I love capturing the tenderness and the confidence. Last week I had the great pleasure of spending some time with beautiful Esther and her precious Lizzie Love! (What a darling name!)

These beautiful ladies so inspired me! I hope to book many more Mommy and Me sessions in the future! These moments are so fleeting, let me capture and bottle them for you to keep forever!