Big Sister, Big Announcement : Dayton OH Family Photography

I did a very special photo session in September for these lovely friends, and had to keep it all a secret until the news was public that their family was growing. In that time, I forgot to blog about it! So it was a lovely little surprise to find the session featured on the Lemonade & Lenses blog today! Here they are, along with the little blurb I wrote about our time together.

When my dear friend asked me to help announce an addition to their family, I was delighted to bring to life her idea of photographing their daughter practicing for a new little sibling. Here’s the best part – big sister didn’t know she was going to be a big sister until this night! You can watch mom and dad telling her the happy news at the end of the series of photographs, and their joy is just palpable. I may have been hiding a few happy tears behind my camera – it was such an honor to be a part of this special night!

*cue awww!'s.


Look at their joy! It's almost palpable, and I'm pretty certain I was tearing up behind the camera by this point. :)


This is the stuff life is made of, isn't it?! These are the moments you want to last just a little longer. I was so deeply honored to be a part of this special evening with my friends - I hope these images really do help you relive the happiness!


I get so excited when the new year rolls around and 2015 is no exception. My theme for the year both personally and on the photography side is simplify. You can see some results of that already with a simpler name for my business and a fresh website that's also clean and simple. I'm delighted with Mandalyn Rael Photography! 

In other news, our little family moved to Chicago over Christmas break! We’ve always wanted to live in a big city, and we are thoroughly enjoying becoming Chicagoans. And no, the weather isn't so bad. :)
What does this mean for you? I have so many wonderful clients in Ohio and elsewhere. Saying “goodbye” is simply not an option. Traveling is more of a priority this year, and I will often be able to offer photography sessions when we travel home to see family and friends. And for you Ohioans, Chicago is not so far away - you could even come see me! 
All that to say - we aren’t saying goodbye at all. I am as delighted as ever to continue creating photographs of your beautiful life - from the most extraordinary moments to the most everyday ones. Just call me up! 
I plan to email my travel schedule to clients and friends who are signed up for MRP News. If you want to join the list, click here
A very happy 2015 to you!