Downtown Philadelphia Family Portraits


Philadelphia family portraits are typically a morning affair to beat the crowds. Whether you live near Rittenhouse Square or Old City, we love exploring your neighborhood or favorite spot with your family in order to capture relaxed and authentic portraits.  Popular locations include, but are not limited to, Washington Square, Race Street Pier, Logan Square, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Italian Market and Fairmount Park Horticulture Center area. You choose the spot you love the most!

What to Expect

Before your session, have a chat with your family about what some of your favorite locations are to visit together. Once you decide on a location, we will all take a trip there to capture some unique and organic photos that will look beautiful as wall art in your own home. Nothing is off limits! The best images are captured from candid moments. Make memories with your loved ones in your favorite location!


Are all of your shots candid?  

While most of my shots are more candid during even a portrait session, I will grab a posed shot or two of the whole family together, but even then, I will try to get a more relaxed portrait.  If I feel like it is needed or possible with your children, I give directions and guide everyone to the best light and more attractive backgrounds during a portrait session, and then, I let things happen as naturally as possible.  But, overall, we just play. Every shot is candid and unscripted. If at the end of our shoot, I feel like we didn’t get a single shot with everyone in your family in the frame, I may suggest everyone pile on the couch for a story.  Otherwise, nothing is posed for this style of shoot.

I have no idea of what to do with these images.  Can you help?

Absolutely!  I offer custom wall gallery designs and custom signature albums for local clients.  I offer to come to each of my client’s homes to look over your space and show you digitally what we can do with your walls.  If you aren’t a wall art kind of client, I custom design beautiful heirloom albums to archive your family’s memories. Let’s talk!

Do you offer digital copies of your images?  

Yes.  I offer digital images with every wall art piece, custom album, and print set.  Digital copies are not sold individually or without printed products. You will be investing in a premium service, you deserve a premium product to showcase that investment.  I wholeheartedly believe it is a disservice to clients to just shoot a session and hand over a USB drive.




Establishing her business in 2004, Rae Barnes set out to serve her clients with timeless images that will tell their unique story.  That desire to document a family's place in history doesn't stop when the shutter closes or Lightroom has finished exporting.  Your family portraits deserve to be more than pixels on a screen, and Rae will help you transform your memories to heirlooms your family will enjoy for many, many years.



Main Line family photographer


We have been working with Rae for over 9 years now, photographing our family 8 times. She has a way of finding the joy and laughter in our young kids through her lens that we don't want to forget. Being a mom of four herself, Rae recognizes the importance of capturing these sweet times. She is a perfectionist in every sense of the word. We have never been disappointed with our end products. We are confident that Rae offers the highest quality products that are available. There is nothing in our home more valuable to us than the photographs on our walls. Thank you, Rae!



Main Line family photographer


What an amazing photographer! Rae took pictures of our 6 month old in our home and we absolutely love the results. She was so great with our baby and you could tell she really loves kids. She has a laid back style that makes you feel really comfortable around the camera. All of her products are top notch as well, the only hard part is deciding what you want (which she helps you with anyway so it's not hard, more exciting.. :) ) We can't recommend Rae enough, you won't regret it!



Philadelphia Children Photographer


Rae is amazing. I have had several sessions with her and without fail each time, she manages to capture these beautiful photos of my crazy kiddos that are perfectly and authentically them. [My kids] have so much fun that they forget that they are having their photos taken. She's incredibly talented but also really down-to-earth and easy to work with. I also recently purchased an album with her as well and it came out beautifully. Her sessions and photos are well worth the investment.

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