Hi, I am Raelyn.

Put a record on and hand me over that beer. I'm a 70s child at heart living in a twenty something body. Married to a tattoo artist, dreamer, handyman that goes by the name of Earl. Mama bird to Eliisa. I'm a Des Moines, Iowa based fine art, documentary wedding/elopement + lifestyle portrait photographer. Creating, whatever it may be, is part of my soul. I'm one of those people that didn't realize what I wanted to do with my life for awhile - because I wanted to do it all. It wasn't until I was in a Penske truck moving back to the US from Canada, dreams crushed....I asked myself "what is the one thing that I have always loved to do", that I realized my calling was sitting right in front of me. I'm constantly seeking adventure and ready to go quicker than the snap of your fingers. This journey has lead me to cross paths with some of the most amazing people I know. From clients to collaborating with other business owners. I'm a firm believer in supporting local businesses + building each other up instead of making things a competition.

Whether you are just getting married, welcoming a baby, or just down right deserve to have a session all about you - I WANT TO CAPTURE IT.


Photo by Ashley Hinners Photography



“I was nervous because I was going to have to breastfeed while someone took pictures. But Raelyn is very comfortable to work with and made me feel so empowered! I left that session feeling beautiful and proud of myself. Those pictures hold a very special part in my heart and I plan to do a session with my second son as well. I recommend Raelyn to everyone. And I so regret not hiring her for my wedding. She is worth every penny!”