I am a fine art newborn and family photographer and educator in Boise, Idaho, where I live with my favorite guy ever and our four little ones who keep us tired, slightly crazy, and happier than we could imagine. I started my post-college life as a software engineer, but it didn't take long to figure out that connecting with people is where I thrive, and my photography business was born in 2014, not too long after my second baby. All these years in to this journey, and I am amazed at how this work has taken shape in a way that I never expected.
M Y S T Y L E
My style is gentle, intimate, timeless, and relaxed. I love photos where my clients look and feel exactly like the best versions of themselves that they know so well - nothing exaggerated or pretend. Some of the best compliments I’ve received are from husbands or children who were expecting to spend an hour or so of misery with me, and instead enjoyed themselves and loved their photos. My favorite photographs of my own family are the ones in which I can see our true selves shine through, and that’s exactly what I want to give to every client as well.
It is so important to me that your photos stand the test of time - that they are just as beautiful 20 years from now, and never look outdated or part of some bygone trend.
M Y R E A S O N
I have fallen in love with photography because it is an incredible gift that I get to give to each person I work with. There's nothing about what I do that exists just so you can check a box off on your annual to-do list - it's about so, SO much more than that. It’s celebrating the biggest blessings that life brings our way, commemorating the events that shape who we are, understanding the true magnitude of the quiet moments of the everyday, and reminding us of the legacy we are already beginning to leave.
The choices we make in this life to love deeply and purely and profoundly are ones that will echo blessings for generations to come. I would love to help you give yourself and your loved ones the incredible gift that photographs were truly meant to be.
Photos by Sean Thomas
P.S. I travel to San Diego to visit family about once per year, so if you’re located in SoCal and are interested in a session, let’s chat! I am also available to travel pretty much anywhere else for both weddings and family sessions, and would love to talk more about visiting your hometown and making some gorgeous photos.
Need more convincing? Check out what my clients have to say, or get in touch with any questions you might have. And grab the people you love and let me take your picture.
M Y P R O F E S S I O N
I have been a professional photographer for over six years now, and have photographed both families and weddings from the very beginning. I love each for such different reasons! I take on a limited number of weddings each year so that I can give both my clients and my family the best of me, and truly serve them.
I have been so honored to have my work featured on many national publications, including Wedding Chicks, Rocky Mountain Bride, The Fount Collective, 100 Layer Cakelet, The Motherhood Anthology, and Whimsically Wed. I have both been featured in and written educational articles for The Kindred Path and Lemonade and Lenses Magazine (both online and print versions), and I have been mentoring others in the industry for several years. In 2019, I launched a family photography workshop with an incredibly talented and successful friend of mine, and we had an even more wonderful time than expected and can’t wait to see what the future holds! I might say I have a passion for teaching in this industry, but I believe it runs deeper: I have a passion for encouraging others to believe in themselves, to dive in deep to learning, and to do hard things.
I would love to get to know you more, and create some magical photos with you. If you’re interested in having your family or wedding photographed by me, stop by my Contact page and send me a note! I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Why Film? With every session, I shoot a portion on film and a portion digitally, so I refer to myself as a hybrid film photographer.
Each medium provides different benefits - film provides incredible skin tones, it handles intense light beautifully, it holds a timeless aesthetic that digital can never quite match, and it's truly my very favorite; digital, however, handles low light wonderfully, is incredibly cost-effective, provides me instant feedback, and allows me to take as many photos as I need to nail a shot when there are a large number of subjects, or just some very squirmy ones (hi, kids!). Much of what you see on my website is film, but not all of it.
Will you be able to tell which of your photos are film and which are digital? Unless you have a good deal of photography experience, the answer is very likely no - and it's not something I want you to need to think about. Your session will have a seamless feel, but will benefit from my use of both mediums.
Shooting hybrid allows me to be a better photographer and deliver the absolute best photos to my clients, every time.
Photos by Raegan Christensen
I believe that the sweetest memories are made of warm hugs, tender kisses, enduring friendship, and lives lived simply together.
I believe that the the richest lives are the ones filled to bursting with love.
I believe that "living your best life" is being honest, kind, and courageous - and embracing your wonderful, perfectly imperfect self.
I believe that the greatest accomplishments are most often the diapers you change, or the hands you hold, the meals you cook, the moments you speak or act in kindness even when you don't feel it - the sacrificial love shown to those around you.
I believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and colors, and family is what you make it.
I find a deep, incredible joy in preserving sweet memories, and capturing those nuanced emotions that a simple posed snapshot can never hold. I live for the small moments, the ones that are actually so big and tell a story full of tenderness and history and depth and intimacy.
I want you to remember how it all looked, and how beautiful it was - but even more I want you to remember how it felt.
We get one shot at this life, and I believe in living it fully, treasuring it deeply, and remembering it always.
If you want photographs that remind you of all that really matters in life, I’d love to chat. XO.