I want to be a part of your story. The parts you planned for so long, the parts that didn’t go exactly as planned, and the parts that will make you laugh and cry with joy when you look back years later. I want them all, because I would want nothing less for myself, and because this part of your life, even if it isn’t exactly what you thought it would be, might be the most beautiful piece of all.


My goal is to capture every part of your

When I met my husband, I felt like I was meeting an old friend. We have been married for over 6 years now and have a beautiful little girl and three crazy dogs.  I obviously love photography but I also really adore dogs in general so I hope you want your fur baby to be in your session.  I have been a wedding photographer since 2011.  I can't tell you what it means to me to get to do this for a living.  I love getting to capture some of the most important times in your lives.  I adore giving you pieces of your wedding day that you might not have seen or remembered.  It makes my heart sing when I can give you photographs that truly show who you are and the love you have with your people.  

I would love to chat with you about capturing your special time.  Feel free to visit my inquiry page or message me at vanessa@vanessarayphotography.com. Photos on this page taken by my darling friend and most talented photographer, Julia Wade.


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Your wedding story deserves to be told to the fullest. 

I have captured hundreds of couples and families. With that comes knowledge on how best to approach your day.

you should get to be present on your wedding day.  I will be there to capture what you might miss.

I am a storyteller

Which photograph is my favorite? the one i will take tomorrow.
-imogen cunningham

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