Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC (Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Thu, 08 Sep 2022 11:00:00 GMT Thu, 08 Sep 2022 11:00:00 GMT https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u781612932-o294227806-50.jpg Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC: Blog https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog 86 120 Lilly Turns 4! https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/9/lilly-turns-4 A princess turns 4 today!

I look forward to every chance I get to photograph this little lady! Lilly is an absolute ray of sunshine and I loved capturing her world of imagination for her birthday session. From tea parties to getting lost in a book to dancing in a meadow - four is just the best age. 

Happiest of birthdays sweet girl! 

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The Thompson Family https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/8/the-thompson-family Cassie and Zach have the sweetest family of daughters! They welcomed little Macie about a month ago and I was thrilled to capture this season of their life. Making family pictures happen under ideal circumstances is difficult and attempting it at this age is even more so. Very impressed with the mommy and daddy determination that preceded these!

Every photo will absolutely melt your heart. It was too hard to pick favorites so you get to see most of them :) 

Congrats Thompson family! 

 

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Whaylon's 1st Birthday Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/8/whaylons-1st-birthday-session  

This cutie is one! I first met Whaylon when he was 5 months old and seeing him grow has been so fun. When his mom told me his first birthday was going to be a camping/fishing theme, I knew these would be adorable! My favorite thing about photographing Whaylon is getting that occasional smile out of him as his expressions are normally very serious :) 

Happy Birthday sweet boy! 

 

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Joel's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/joels-senior-session It was an absolute treat to spend some time getting to know Joel and capturing images of this transition season in his life. What I appreciated the most about Joel was his desire to get to know and ask me questions as well. Behind that great smile is a very kind, thoughtful young man and I came away from this session so encouraged by his desire to serve and help others in whatever job the Lord directs him to. 

Congratulations Joel! 

And that wraps up my 2022 Seniors! Now booking sessions for the class of 2023!

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Graduate Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/joels-senior-session Fri, 29 Jul 2022 00:45:20 GMT
Lindsay's Maternity Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/lindsays-maternity-session  

Another precious baby girl is about to make her appearance into the world and she is already so loved by her parents and siblings. This session was extra special as these beautiful people are also family. Lindsay is my cousin and I was thrilled to capture the season of anticipation as they await the arrival of another daughter and sister. After our first attempt was rained out, we were relieved to squeeze these in before her July due date! These photos are sure to melt your heart as much as they did mine. 

Congrats Cook Family! 

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Drake's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/drakes-senior-session  

Another high school graduate of the class of 2022!

I so enjoyed spending the afternoon with Drake several months ago. The last time I had photographed him he was just a young boy and now a very handsome gentleman that is so smart, kind and thoughtful. And this guy has great style too! I also love it when parents get in on the photos at the end of sessions and you will want to scroll to the end to see some of my favorites :)

Congratulations Drake on your huge accomplishment! 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) portrait portrait session Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/drakes-senior-session Fri, 08 Jul 2022 00:54:07 GMT
Becca's Maternity Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/beccas-maternity-session  

This session was particularly special and unique because I had to get on a plane and fly to Oklahoma to capture this precious momma who is also a dear friend. Becca and I met the first week she moved to Sumter via the Air Force several years ago and became fast companions - even tackling Europe together during her first pregnancy. Needless to say it was an honor and delight to photograph this sweet season in the Mattes family as they prepare to welcome another son any day now. Already planning my next visit for baby cuddles! 

Congrats guys! 

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Josh and Bailey's Wedding Day https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/josh-and-baileys-wedding Josh and Bailey were wed in the sweetest, intimate outdoor ceremony in May. The day dawned with a few clouds on the horizon and a forecast for rain, but nothing was going to put a damper on this couple's special day. As soon as we began bridal portraits, it began to pour!

Shoutout to my amazing brother and second shooter, Caleb, for holding my umbrella as I shot in the rain and capturing some amazing shots.

Then, right before the ceremony, everything cleared and it was such a beautiful setting. I will never get over how this couple looks at each other. Melts my heart every time. Enjoy this glimpse of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant's wedding day! 

 

 







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Abbe's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/abbes-senior-session I have had the joy of knowing this senior since she was born and watching her grow from an adorable toddler with the cutest dimple and laugh to a fun, kind, gorgeous young woman inside and out. The camera could not love her more!

Abbe is an incredibly gifted violinist and has put in years and years of hard work and practice. She is headed to North Greenville University in the fall to continue her passion for music. I could listen to her play for hours. As the sun set during her spring session, she made that violin sing into the sky resulting in one of my favorite silhouettes ever!

Congratulations Abbe! 

 

 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) senior senior session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/7/abbes-senior-session Sat, 02 Jul 2022 18:18:55 GMT
Tyler and Kelsey's Engagement Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/5/tyler-and-kelseys-engagement-session Tyler and Kelsey are getting married this fall and I'm excited to share their recent engagement session with you! As often happens in the spring, we had a downpour halfway through, but Tyler is a firefighter so we quickly changed plans and headed to the station for some shelter and stunning shots of these two. Looking forward to sharing more of this cute couple after their October wedding! 

 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) couple engagement engagement session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/5/tyler-and-kelseys-engagement-session Fri, 20 May 2022 12:11:31 GMT
Abigail Turns 3! https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/3/abigail-turns-3  

Abigail is 3! This cutie is as lovely in person as she is in these photos. I love her sweet spirit and the fact that she is one of my little friends that I have photographed since birth. She is always 100 percent herself in front of my camera. 

On the day of her birthday session, the dark clouds had rolled in, but we decided to try to beat the rain. The winds so characteristic of March were blowing strong, but Abigail was a good sport trying to keep that balloon in the air, haha. In the end, one of my favorite cloudy day sessions to date! Enjoy this gorgeous girl's fancy afternoon at the park.

Happy Birthday sweetie! 

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Josh and Bailey's Engagement Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/3/josh-and-baileys-engagement-session  

Josh and Bailey are getting married in just a few short months and this gorgeous, dreamy engagement session in downtown Sumter has got me beyond excited for their special day coming up. This couple is so natural in front of the camera...there is a tender romance about their relationship that is like a breath of fresh air to witness. Looking forward to sharing their wedding this summer! 

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Ethan and Ana's Engagement Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/3/ethan-and-anas-engagement-session Ethan and Ana are now officially husband and wife and I'm thrilled to share their fall engagement session with you! We photographed these on family land and when I saw the vintage car that belonged to Ethan's grandfather, I fell in love with the old-timey setting it created. 

I have the joy of calling these two friends and serving alongside them in our church. I can honestly say that this couple is a perfect match. They keep each other laughing and the love you see in these images is genuine. They radiant life and kindness everywhere they go and I look forward to how God is going to continue to use them as a team for His glory. 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Courson! 

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Brendan and Lyndsay's Wedding Day https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/3/brendan-and-lyndsays-wedding Brendan and Lyndsay's December wedding was quintessential South Carolina - sunshine and 70s and the loveliest of days to celebrate the union of this special couple. I first met Lyndsay when I captured her high school graduation photos and have had the privilege of continuing to document this family over the years including their spunky, beautiful daughter, Lily. 

These high school sweetheart's wedding day was full of love, emotion and joy. They are surrounded by family and friends who love them well and have stood by their side through thick and thin. Seeing these relationships through the camera lens caused me to tear up all day.  Brendan's tears started flowing the second Lyndsay appeared on her daddy's arm and didn't stop until after they had walked back down the isle. I hope you will enjoy the story these images tell as much as I did. Oh, and grab the tissues - you will need them! 

 

Daddy/Daughter first looks are a personal favorite - hard to keep my own tears back, but so worth it! 

Pass the tissues!

Daddy/Daughter first look - take 2

Ok, at this point there wasn't a dry eye anywhere...

 

The look of a man in love with his bride.

Shhhh! Haha, this tiny aunt and niece duo seriously couldn't get any cuter! 

Lyndsay has the best smile!

Are they adorable or what? 

Forever his little girl.

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These two are so much fun to watch. A special relationship between mother and son.  

Just out of reach for this little one! 

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Brady!

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Bride Couple Groom Wedding Wedding Day https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2022/3/brendan-and-lyndsays-wedding Tue, 08 Mar 2022 01:22:58 GMT
Dalton's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/9/daltons-senior-session  

Another high school graduate to celebrate!

Took a trip out to the farm to capture some fun images for Dalton (who knew tractor tires could make such cool senior photos??) This guy has a great smile and I loved having his parents along to encourage it! We even had to take a few masked photos to document what a crazy senior year he experienced in the middle of a pandemic. Last, but not least, what South Carolina boy's senior photos are complete without some truck photos?

Enjoy and congratulations Dalton! 











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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/9/daltons-senior-session Fri, 10 Sep 2021 22:51:45 GMT
Jonathan's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/9/jonathans-senior-session  

I remember meeting Jonathan's mom when I was in middle school and she was pregnant with him. Fast forward 18 years of seeing him grow into a kind, hard-working, talented young man. I was so honored to be asked to capture his senior pictures last spring. The setting was perfect for Jonathan - his grandparent's land, his truck and gun - ready for a hunt! I hope you enjoy this country boy session as much as I did! 

Congratulations Jonathan! 



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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Country Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/9/jonathans-senior-session Mon, 06 Sep 2021 12:52:52 GMT
Caitlyn's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/8/caitlyns-senior-session  

This lovely senior has graduated high school and is officially in nursing school! I am thrilled for Caitlyn as she enters the next chapter of her life in pursuit of helping others. This session took place on a very bright, gorgeous spring afternoon on a hidden gem of SC countryside. With only a few trees, the sunlight literally flooded everything, but this girl was even more radiant. 

Excited to finally share them with you!

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/8/caitlyns-senior-session Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:49:47 GMT
Nevaeha's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/8/nevaehas-senior-session  

I honestly cannot think of a dreamier location for a girl who loves horses than this stunning farm. I met with Nevaeha on a gorgeous fall afternoon last year to capture some photos for her senior year of high school. Her quiet, sweet personality and natural beauty on this peaceful spot with gentle animals was the perfect blend. The stunning natural light in this barn had me internally squealing with delight as I shot image after image. Literally could not choose a favorite!!

Congratulations Nevaeha! I am excited to see where God takes you in your future! 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) barn horses Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/8/nevaehas-senior-session Sat, 21 Aug 2021 14:18:28 GMT
The Dara Family https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-dara-family Oh, what a lovely family this is!

I met Steve and Lynn a few years ago and was delighted to photograph the love they share with each other and their son, Ian. He was such a fun little guy to work with and kept us entertained the whole session. He even through out some of his own photo ideas and they couldn't have turned out better!

This session is a great example of how even though a sunny day is my favorite - a cool, overcast January day can still yield beautiful photos. 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) couples family family session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/2/the-dara-family Sat, 27 Feb 2021 15:06:18 GMT
The Mahr Family https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/1/mahr-family "I just love taking family Christmas pictures!"...said no teenage boy ever :)

 I was incredibly honored that, despite this fact, the Mahr family asked me to capture their beautiful family last year. It was a perfect December afternoon in SC and one of my favorite locations to shoot - downtown Sumter. Even the family dog got in on the fun and was born to be a model it seems!

I think my favorite part about the shoot is how this wife and mother just glows surrounded by the handsome men she loves so deeply. 

 



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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) brothers downtown family Family Session siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/1/mahr-family Sun, 31 Jan 2021 21:18:27 GMT
Hughes Family Christmas Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/1/hughes-family-christmas-session Such a delight to share another session of the Hughes family. I started photographing them when little Liam was on the way and it has brought me such joy to see this family grow over the years. I mean how adorable are they? Vance and Tabby are always up for anything and this Christmas shoot was one of my favorites of last year. 






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The Maggard Family 2020 https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-maggard-family-2020 One of my favorite sounds in the whole world - hearing a sweet little voice call out "Aunt B!"

In the last decade, I have become an aunt to 9 nieces and nephews. Each one has brought their own measure of joy to our family that I am so grateful for each time I look into their faces. My sister and her husband are doing an amazing job parenting their four kids and despite the long, hard days and nights that come with having young children, I know they wouldn't trade them for anything. They are smart, funny, creative, kind, compassionate and just all-around fun to be with (like their mommy and daddy). 

I shot this session on a perfect October afternoon and as the golden sun slowly dipped its way to the horizon, it was hard to contain my excitement over these images. Couldn't have asked for a better setting for this precious family. 

 

This boy has been so brave through many obstacles in his short life and I could not be prouder of the young man he is becoming. 

He is every bit the personality you see here. It took quite a few marshmallows to get him looking this sweet, but once satisfied, he turned on the charm ;)

I wish he would never grown out of this stage or lose his little boy voice, but very much looking forward to watching who he becomes! 

Celebrating 10 years of marriage in 2021. What a blessing and wow how the years fly! 

My little Shirley Temple...she brings sunshine into every room with this smile. 

Looking at this young lady, I'm taken back to the moment I first photographed her in the hospital when she was just minutes old smiling up at her daddy.

That smile has only gotten more beautiful. 

I took a random snapshot of my sister and her children standing like this at the beach a couple of years ago and she asked me to recreate it so she could see how they have grown. I love it so much! 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) couples family Family session siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2021/1/the-maggard-family-2020 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 01:59:40 GMT
The Howard Family 2020 https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-howard-family-2020 Every mom has been there. It’s family picture day and she has a vision in her head of the perfect shot of her children to blow up and hang in her home. Something about walking by those precious smiling faces on her wall puts the long, difficult days of parenting in perspective. 

Unfortunately, the kids didn’t get the memo about her vision and how much it means to her and they are determined to make this Mission Impossible. After an attempt to flood the bathroom, missing shoes and a few tantrums thrown in, she finally gets everyone dressed and in the car. Success! 

However, the weather didn’t get that memo either and the wind starts to pick up as they arrive for pictures, blowing their clothes and hair in every direction. Still, she is determined to stick it out, hoping things will settle down. 

Just then, the unthinkable happens. Her young daughter, who is looking adorable in her white and pink outfit, trips and lands in the mud. “Could this get any worse?” she asks, any lovely vision she once had now being replaced with a nightmare. 

As a photographer, everything is determined by my response in that moment. 

This exact scenario played out for my dear friend, Bekah, a few months ago during a visit to their mountain home. 

I looked at her and smiled. “It’s going to be ok. These pictures are going to be beautiful. We will just have to be a little more creative with posing and find some shelter from the wind.” As I continued to shoot, I didn’t see the mud or the stress of the day. I saw love and joy and laughter - all the things that make this family a treasure. So moms, on picture day, remember that all we as photographers ask is that you show up, relax and let us simply capture what was there all along. 

 

 

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The Wilson Family Session 2020 https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-wilson-family-session-2020  

Hello again! I have been blessed with a very busy fall season of photo sessions. Now that Christmas cards have gone out,  I sit here with my lit tree and mug of peppermint chocolate tea and I'm so excited to begin sharing them with you.

It's only fitting to start with a family I love so much! The Wilson's are some of the most genuine and fun people I have the privilege of knowing and capturing them is not only exciting, but so heartwarming at the same time. We incorporated the grandparents this year and if you have followed me for any length of time, know how much I treasure these generations of family. We laughed our way through this session and at the end, I came away feeling as though I received a gift. I know you will feel that too as you enjoy their images. 




 

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Lilly turns 2! https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/9/lilly-turns-2  

This girl is two-ty fruity!

Lilly had her second birthday a couple of weeks ago and celebrated with a fun, tropical themed photo shoot. I can always get a smile out of this girl when food is involved. She ate, laughed and danced her way through the session, showing once again how carefree it is to be a toddler. Lilly, you are a ray of sunshine! Happy Birthday sweetie!



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The Ropps Extended Family Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/8/the-ropps-extended-family-session This precious family asked me back in winter to come photograph them during their annual August family vacation and I was so honored to capture these images that represent the close bond this family has. They have been vacationing together every year since their children were young and now, even though they are adults and beginning their own families, they still make this time together a priority.

Mimi is the matriarch of this bunch and what a young and beautiful spirit she has. Seeing the relationship between a grandparent and grandchildren through the camera lens has become something I am blessed to witness often and each time, it fills my heart. What a gift to have the wisdom and encouragement from someone who has lived so much life and despite going through difficulty and pain, still radiates with joy. 

 


As beautiful as these faces are, the thing I am most drawn to are the hands! So symbolic and precious!

Isn't she just the best? I can only hope to have this much spunk in my eighties!


Love these newlywed shots!

Young love...

...and seasoned love of 30 years. Each one so beautiful in its own way.

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) beach extended family session family family session grandchildren siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/8/the-ropps-extended-family-session Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:46:52 GMT
Doby Extended Family Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/7/the-doby-extended-family-session The Doby sisters wanted to have some family portraits taken with their sweet mom last month and at a very special location - in front of the home they grew up in. A home holds so many precious memories and is a symbol of the love a family shares so I loved the idea of having it as the setting.

There is an unseen void in these photos. A very special husband and father who went to be with Jesus several years ago. Even though you cannot see his face, his family holds him in their hearts every day. The joy in these faces is but a shadow of the joy they will one day experience when they are reunited. 

This gorgeous swing was hand-crafted by her late husband which shows just a glimpse of what a talented man he was! 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) family Family Session grandchildren grandparents siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/7/the-doby-extended-family-session Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:58:50 GMT
Courtney's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/7/courtneys-senior-session Had a lot of fun with this senior session last month! Courtney is a lovely, smart, kind young lady and a natural in front of a camera.

We spent a couple hours in downtown Sumter exploring all the fun spots on Main Street. Since Courtney was unable to attend her last high school prom in the spring due to COVID 19, she wanted some images with her prom gown and how gorgeous it was! Courtney is looking forward to attending school in Greenville this fall and majoring in forensic nursing.

Congrats Courtney! 

 


 

 

 

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Caroline's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/6/carolines-senior-session Caroline is officially a high school graduate and what a beautiful one inside and out! She has the sweetest spirit that radiates from her and gorgeous blue eyes. After spending an afternoon with Caroline, it was evident that she is a very special, creative young woman who will do well at whatever she puts her mind to. It is exciting to think how God is going to continue to use her unique gifts to bring joy to others and glorify himself in the next chapter of her life.

Congratulations Caroline!

 


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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/6/carolines-senior-session Sun, 28 Jun 2020 22:05:07 GMT
Jeffrey's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/6/jeffreys-senior-session Jeffrey is officially a high school graduate!

I met up with him and a few of his friends one afternoon to commemorate this special season and milestone - in country boy style. Yes, big trucks, guns and a field made the perfect setting for these senior photos. Jeffrey has the best smile and it was fun to see him enjoying the things he loves.

A huge congratulations Jeffrey! 

 


Could not resist this shot!

 


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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Cap and Gown Session Country Friends Graduate Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/6/jeffreys-senior-session Fri, 05 Jun 2020 21:53:43 GMT
Multi-generation Session - In memory of Maw-Maw (1930-2020) https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/5/betty This is a very special post because the subject honored in these photos has since gone home to be with her Savior. Betty Barger (Maw-Maw to her family) passed away one month after this session. We had no idea that time remaining was quite so short, but God knew the gift these images would be to her loved ones for years to come. 

From the moment I entered Ms. Betty's home, I felt the love present. Despite the discomfort she must have been feeling, she welcomed me with her warm, sweet smile. We headed out to the intimate setting of her back yard and all I did was stand back and click the shutter as the beauty of Maw-Maw's relationship with each member of her family was on full display.

I had the privilege of attending Ms. Betty's funeral and listened as her children and grandchildren rose up and called her blessed, describing her as a woman who loved God and others deeply and knew how to have fun. She was fiercely competitive and enjoyed a good joke, providing constant entertainment for those around her. Every memory spoken confirmed what I had already witnessed in these pictures. This woman was filled with joy, laughter and wisdom that overflowed, leaving a legacy that will not be forgotten and Lord willing, will continue for generations and generations to come. 

 



Playing patty-cake with her youngest great-grandchild. Melted my heart. 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) family Family session grandchildren home-going Multi-generational session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/5/betty Mon, 25 May 2020 02:37:13 GMT
Abigail Grace is One! https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/5/abigail-grace-is-1 This hot air balloon has landed carrying the cutest little one year old inside. How fast a year flies by! It feels like yesterday that I was shooting this same sweetheart as a newborn. Now she is taking her first delicate steps. Some things that haven't  changed are those chubby cheeks and adorable smile. And can we just talk about those eyes for a second? Wow! Crystal blue and so expressive. This was one of those sessions that I was internally squealing with delight over every click. I just love Abigail and was honored to capture another of the first of her many milestones.  

 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Cake smash First Birthday Session One Year Old https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/5/abigail-grace-is-1 Sat, 09 May 2020 00:14:54 GMT
Tyler and Jessica's Family Session 2020 https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tyler-and-jessicas-family-session-2020  

This precious family contacted me to have some updated photos taken and I could not wait to reconnect with them after a few years. Tyler and Jessica have three handsome and wonderful boys that make me smile every time with their unique personalities. Each one is a treasure and so much fun to capture. They loved being on a farm and exploring which is every young boy's dream. One of my favorite things about being a photographer is documenting love between people and this session literally glows with the love this family has. Some things you cannot create in a photo, it just is there and I get the extreme privilege of being in the moment. 

 


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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) brothers family family session farm siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/4/tyler-and-jessicas-family-session-2020 Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:39:58 GMT
Ethan's Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/3/ethans-senior-session Completely out of the blue, the Class of 2020 has entered a season of unknown. The likes of which, we have not seen in decades. Everything is uncertain, even graduation ceremonies themselves. But when I look at so many of these graduates, I am confident that they will continue to pursue their goals, no matter what
lies ahead. Ethan is no exception as he looks to forward to graduating high school and becoming a physical therapist after college.

I have known Ethan since he was just a baby and what a joy it has been to watch him grow into a man.  I was incredibly honored to capture this milestone in his life. What I so enjoyed about taking Ethan's portraits was getting to highlight the places and things he loves - from the marshes where he often photographs wildlife, to his love and talent for baseball, to long walks on the beach. 

God has gifted Ethan has an eye for beauty and a love for people and I pray he will use both in every area of his life to glorify Him. 

Congratulations Ethan!


The next GQ model right here!

 





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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Beach Session Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/3/ethans-senior-session Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:46:58 GMT
Mary Wynn's First Birthday Cake Smash https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/2/mary-wynns-first-birthday-cake-smash  

What a delightful first birthday session with Mary Wynn! This little cutie pie is the youngest of four and it was fun to see her sweet, laid back personality, unfazed by the fast pace of her siblings. My favorite thing about these pictures is her beautiful blue eyes and excited smile that lights up her face. Capturing her joy at what to us is just a piece of chocolate cake is one of the reasons I love my job. This dainty girl didn't make quite the mess of her cake as expected, but she enjoyed every bite!

Happy First Birthday, Mary Wynn!

 

She braved the February cold like a trooper, but we quickly decided to move the rest of the session inside grandma's log house, which made for a perfect (and much warmer) setting as well!

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) birthday Cake Smash family First Birthday Siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/2/mary-wynns-first-birthday-cake-smash Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:22:57 GMT
Asher's Newborn Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/2/ashers-newborn-session This adorable little boy entered the world last month and I was thrilled to capture an in-home newborn session.

I have known his mommy for several years now and remember praying for this precious child while he was in his early days in the womb. It was a joy to see answered prayer in this healthy baby boy. Asher is not only cute, he was one of the sweetest babies I have worked with as well. His big sister, Anna Grace is so in love with her baby brother and it just melted my heart. Asher's daddy is a duck hunter and already has him suited up in campo and ready to go with his very own duck call! I loved capturing this special way that I know the two of them will bond in the years to come.

Enjoy!

 


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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) babies family family session In home newborn session newborn session siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/2/ashers-newborn-session Fri, 14 Feb 2020 11:17:28 GMT
Kylene Bush Maternity Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/kylene-bush-maternity-session One of my favorite sessions to shoot is maternity. Images of a life that is hidden, yet so carefully being knit together by God within the womb of the mother. It is something to be celebrated and there is nothing quite like capturing the joy of a mother and father as they anticipate finally meeting their little one face to face. 

Kylene and David are expecting little Wyatt in a few short months and contacted me to capture some special moments of their family before his arrival. Wyatt's big sister, Madisyn, kept us laughing and is such a delight. The sweetness of this family comes through with every image.

And would know looking at these photos that they were taken in January in 50 degree weather? I just love living in South Carolina! 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Family Maternity https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/kylene-bush-maternity-session Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:57:11 GMT
The Lynn Family Generation Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-lynn-family-generation-session 2019 was definitely the year of photographing large family groups. What a delight to witness so many generational legacies!

Mike and Lynn have a treasure, both in each other and in this group of people God has given them. We had a lot of fun with this session and the farm setting was a dream to work with.

We shot this right before Christmas and each child was on his/her best behavior with presents on their mind ;) If only parents could use that incentive all year...

 

 

That is the look you want after decades of marriage. 

Heart melting...

 

Ya'll, these couples are WAY to much fun! 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) cousins family family session grandchildren grandparents legacy multi-generation siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-lynn-family-generation-session Fri, 17 Jan 2020 10:37:04 GMT
The Melton Family Session 2019 https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-melton-family-session-2019 I love it when families that I have photographed in the past contact me again, especially when their family has expanded since we last saw each other! Christian and Matt have welcomed a new daughter, Sadie, into their precious family and what a sweet group of four they make.

Hadley is a very proud big sister and still has her sassy personality which Definitely came through in these photos, haha! It was a cold, blustery day in downtown Sumter, but these little ladies were champs! 

I know you will enjoy these photos of the Melton family as much as I enjoyed capturing them. 

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) couple downtown family family session sisters https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-melton-family-session-2019 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:30:00 GMT
The Bauer Family Generation Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-bauer-family-generation-session When I was asked to travel to the beach a couple months ago for this multi-generational photo shoot, I was all in!

Fran's children wanted to gift these photos to her for Christmas and what a precious gift it was!

The Bauers represent so much of what family is meant to be. They know how to have fun and enjoy each other and every member of this family is known and loved for who they are. These pictures speak a thousand words of this. 

It is one of my greatest joys to see a couple like Fran and Jeremy reap the fruit of their many years of parenting labor and prayers. God has sustained and blessed this family through much and they are a testament to His goodness and grace. 

 




 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) adoption beach couple family family session grandchildren grandparents Multi-generational Session siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2020/1/the-bauer-family-generation-session Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:32:50 GMT
The Lynn Family Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-lynn-family-session The Lynn family was such a joy to photograph last month!

Their love for one another is so evident through these photos and I had such a hard time narrowing them down. During this week when we slow down to celebrate and thank God for what we hold most dear, let us not forget to share with those people just how much they mean to us. That might be through a tender look, a warm embrace, a sweet kiss, a phone call,  laughter or tears. Make memories together that will last long after the turkey is eaten and life returns to its normal pace. You will not regret it. 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Family Family Session Siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-lynn-family-session Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:00:17 GMT
The Bauer Family Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-bauer-family-session Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I pray your day has been filled with gratitude for both the blessings in your life and the sorrows. I have found that the truest form of thankfulness comes from a heart that has every reason to despair, yet chooses to trust that God is working every circumstance for the good of those who are called according to His purpose.

The story of the Bauer family as they are today, is a road full of trust, anticipation, struggle, loss, tears and the greatest of joys.

Jason and Laurie felt God was calling them to expand their family through adoption several years ago and began the process which ended up being a very difficult journey. I had the honor of witnessing their courage and perseverance, continuing to move forward when many would have given up. They knew a little baby boy was waiting to be taken into their family and and loved treasured for the gift that he is. 

This past spring, they received a call that this special boy had been born and was indeed to be theirs at long last!

Little Ollie has grown and thrived under the love of not only his mom and dad, but his four siblings as well. This tangible picture of adoption is a reminder of the greatest joy of being adopted as God's child through the sacrifice of Jesus. That is the greatest reason to give thanks today and every day for the rest of eternity.

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) adoption family family session siblings https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/the-bauer-family-session Fri, 29 Nov 2019 03:10:56 GMT
Tytus' Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/tytus-senior-session Last month, I had the privilege of photographing my first senior of the class of 2020!

I first met Tytus when he was 2 years old and now he has grown into a such a kind, handsome young man. The last year of high school is a time of much reflection of what is behind and great anticipation of what is ahead. It is scary and exciting all at the same time, but the great comfort and truth is,

"The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps" Proverbs 16:9


 I know Tytus is thankful for everything that God has done in his life to bring him to this point. Looking forward to seeing the plans He will continue to unfold in the years ahead.

Congratulations Tytus!

 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Class of 2020 Senior Senior Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/tytus-senior-session Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:10:29 GMT
Abigail Grace's Pumpkin Mini Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/abigail-graces-pumpkin-mini-session Hello friends! It has been a while since I have posted, but it has been a very full season of photography. During this week of Thanksgiving, I will be posting sessions from this fall every day and highlighting some very special reasons my clients are grateful this year. 

First up is the cutest little pumpkin you will ever see! I first had the pleasure of photographing Abigail Grace as a newborn this past spring and now look at her! Her smile is infectious and I could just squeeze those chubby little legs all day :)  Abigail was an unexpected blessing to her family and I know they are so thankful for the joy she has brought to their lives this year and for so many to come. 

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) Fall Family Pumpkin Mini Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/11/abigail-graces-pumpkin-mini-session Tue, 26 Nov 2019 14:00:26 GMT
Paisleigh's First Birthday Cake Smash Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/9/paisleighs-first-birthday-cake-smash-session  

 

Paisleigh is one!

This cute strawberry girl had a blast at her cake smash session. She has the most beautiful laugh and smile and looks like she should be a main character in an illustrated book for little girls. I love getting to meet so many new faces with my job and it truly is a treat to spend every session seeing what brings everyday joy to my clients.

I know you will enjoy seeing Paisleigh's delight as much as I did.  

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(Rebekah Ruth Photography, LLC) cake smash family first birthday https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/9/paisleighs-first-birthday-cake-smash-session Sat, 14 Sep 2019 12:44:56 GMT
Marie's Bridal Session https://www.rebekahruthphotography.com/blog/2019/9/maries-bridal-session This stunning bride is officially a Mrs!

Marie and Robert were married yesterday and I finally get to share her bridal session! She is from Manning, SC and we decided to take advantage of its beautiful, oak lined streets and downtown buildings as the perfect setting. The weather was humid and a bit rainy that day, but we were able to avoid the downpour and get some gorgeous shots in the setting sun. Marie is a natural in front of the camera and was absolutely radiant in her wedding gown. One of my favorite things about taking these portraits is getting to highlight all of the tiny details that have come together and are so important to the bride on her wedding day.

Congratulations Robert and Marie!