INTIMIDATED!!! That is how I felt when the fabulously talented and creative Rae Barnes of Rae Barnes Photography emailed me about doing a shoot swap about a month ago. Any of you that know Rae understand that my feelings of anxiety and inadequacy were unfounded due to the fact that she is totally humble & encouraging, but here was the very artist who inspired me to follow my joy of photographing people asking me to capture HER FAMILY. In my mind I likened it to being asked to sing the national anthem for the president (yes I know I’m dramatic). “Are you sure you want me, Rae?” is what I thought. Aren’t there about 500 other photographers out there that could do a better job? I’m even nervous to publish this post.
On top of that, Rae is more then a wonderful photographer, she is a friend. I’ve known Chris, Rae’s husband (and talented photographer I might add), since he was my Young Life leader in high school, but didn’t actually meet Rae until they moved back to the area a couple of years ago now. Of course I thought I knew Rae from stalking her blog and admiring her awesomeness, but was secretly even more excited to finally meet her in person. Rae was still working full time and posted on her facebook about the need for a nanny, and by God’s providence I gained the privilege of watching their sweet little Claire for about a year, until just before Ellen was born and I had Levi. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mother, but my days were so full of fun then- going to the park, painting little piggy toes (you can’t do that with boys), reading books, painting/coloring, and sometimes even baking.
Two weeks ago, I met up with Chris, Rae, and the girls for their shoot. We were contained to a small space inside so it was a little bit of a challenge,but I hope you catch a glimpse of how much love these four have for each other. Barnes Family- you have been a blessing and encouragement to me in so many ways and I so much hope you enjoy these. Your girls are a precious gift to so many. I also have to note that Levi can’t take his eyes off Ellen every time he sees her picture. I’m pretty sure he’s mesmerized by her, understandably so.
Just can’t get enough of this sweet girl.
I can just hear her laughter. I love these because Claire can be so serious at times- Daddy sure knows how to bring out the smiles.
Isn’t it obvious why Levi is so enthralled with this beautiful babe?
I had to post this last image- I know it isn’t the clearest (kicking myself now), but how fun would it be if it did come out~