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I'm Carrie, photographer and owner of this boutique photography business.

The photographer in me was born right around the same time as my first child. Babies seem to awaken that desire to document, to savor, to cherish. My family grew (and grew, and grew!), providing me endless opportunities to practice and hone my art. Not quite a year after my fourth child arrived, Carrie Rife Photography was also born.

About Me

I'm a full time mama to four kiddos.  What does that mean for you? It means I'm comfortable in the chaos that comes with family and small children, even (especially?) those with special needs. My kids are becoming teenagers, and I'm learning how to earn the eye roll that comes with a smile. I know how to earn a person's trust. I've mastered the skill of patiently waiting, waiting, waiting for the moment, and I have grace for the people who need a little bit of extra time.

I am passionate about capturing authentic images. Your family's unique dynamic is what I really want to capture. I pride myself on knowing which smiles are fake and being able to elicit natural ones. I also think I have a particular gift for photographing people who don't want to be photographed.
Wild toddler? Been there, willing to chase after them/get on the ground.

Grouchy dad? I got you.
Irritated teen? I am here for that.
Reluctant older person? I get it.


People often comment that they love the energy I bring to a shoot. I choose to photograph people because I think it's FUN! and that energy is contagious.

My kids are getting older, but they need me just as much. Because of this, I only offer a handful of sessions each week and my calendar fills up quickly!

Some quick facts:

I shoot with a Canon EOS R6 mirrorless body

Exploring nature with kids is my favorite. Don't be surprised if I stop to point out a plant or fungus or insect. I can't help it!

my favorite lens is a Canon 85mm 1.4L

my Enneagram type is 1w2

natural light is my absolute favorite

coffee. red wine. margaritas.

Jesus. Always Jesus.

but also, let's talk about essential oils and crystals

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