Beautiful Raleigh family portraits: Elise, Rusty and Clara

Family portrait in a beautiful, natural setting

Soft, dewy light made for wonderful pictures


Rusty and Elise wanted some family portraits with their daughter, Clara. They wanted simple, beautiful pictures; pictures that they can look at years from now and say “Remember when…?”


We chose to do the shoot at their Raleigh home, and we started late in the afternoon, as the sun was going down and creating that soft, dewy atmosphere that makes pictures so beautiful. I was working with a trio of my favorite lenses — the Canon EF 50 f/1.2L; Canon EF 85 f/1.2L and the Canon EF 135 f/2.0L. In addition to the wonderful resolution they provide, their ultra-wide apertures allow me to shoot in very low light significantly blur out the background, making the subjects almost pop out of the photos. The pictures of Clara, especially, really came out beautifully. A wonderful shoot with some wonderful pictures!


A beautiful baby all smiles for her portrait

Clara was ready to pose for her photos


A pretty black and white photo of a pretty baby

Clara's pretty dress makes the black and white photo look great


Close up baby portrait with a beautifully blurred background

A tight shot show's Clara's beautiful eyes


Baby plays with her hands during portrait shoot

Clara playing with her hands made a sweet photo


Beautiful baby smiles for the camera

What a sweet look on this baby's face!


Pretty baby poses for black and white portrait

Clara certainly had the posing down


Beautiful light on a pretty baby's face

The light and background were beautiful for the photos


Loving family photo

Clara certainly loved being the center of attention


Beautiful family photo in black and white

The family looks great in black and white


Tiny baby feet in father's hand

Such tiny feet to fit in her daddy's hand


Father makes baby daughter laugh

Bouncing Clara in the air made for a cute photo


Father kisses beautiful daughter on cheek

Such a sweet picture


Cute baby stands on father for picture

She's queen of the world!


Baby lays down on father's chest

She loves her daddy!


Silly but beautiful moment between father and daughter

Got your nose! Great moment


Mother and daughter share a sweet moment

A great moment with mother and daughter