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Meet Rae Barnhardt of Vine & Vow Lifestyle | Intimate Portraits in Dallas Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rae Barnhardt.

Rae, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Hi! My name is Araebia but all my friends call me Rae. I am a Faith-based Wedding and Love Story Photographer. Originally from NYC –> NC –> TX. I am not your average photographer. I am not stiff nor do I care to be. I am very outgoing, caring and upbeat… you know like on those questionnaires on Facebook, where one of the choices is LIFE OF THE PARTY… that’s my choice every time. I never meet a stranger and I try to bring out the best in every photo. What I’m most passionate to shoot are love stories #engagmentsessions because for me, anything goes! We love getting creative and having lots of fun. Not just for the ladies, because that’s normally who loves these sessions, but; all of the guys that I’ve shot ramped and raved that my sessions are very unique and they loved that it wasn’t all “posey” and stiff.

Our photos tell stories. But not like scary ghost stories. I mean, like, the stories that dreams are made of. Like when the good guys triumph and the bad guys get caught, and the slightly-nerdy guy captures the heart of the beautiful girl who was completely unaware of said slightly-nerdy guy’s feelings for her until the end of the story. These are the stories we tell. You’re a dreamer and believe that all things are possible. You’re all about making connections. Sounds like you too… LET’S CONNECT!

Has it been a smooth road?
Have I not faced any challenges???? NO… what road is super smooth for a business owner? (I mean unless you’re rich and even then, #nope). In the middle of building my business, my soul mate passed away and I relocated, which caused me to have to start all over in another state, where I knew 0% of the population. Starting over is never easy, but with God… every single thing was made easier.

My children were such a huge help, and they pitch in every time they can. They’re my joy and I’m so blessed they’ve watched me stand and fall so they can see that building a business takes time, effort and hard work and they have watched their mom put in the blood, sweat and tears into my business. If I can do it, so can they!

We’d love to hear more about Vine & Vow Lifestyle | Intimate Portraits.
I specialize in Love & HS Seniors. Those two genres are my passion and I believe you can see it through the faces of my clients. I am known to yell, scream and make everyone I come in contact, have a joyous time.

What I am most proud of as a company is my brand. After thousands of dollars spent on logos, websites, branding, website building, workshops, seminars, etc… I love the brand that God gave to ME to implement. When you view my website, there’s no colors, lines, or anything to “force” a brand. What you see are my images and the true raw connections that my couples have with one another, and that alone am what I’m 100% proud of!

What sets me apart from others is my style. The Emotional Connection, the edits, the locations, me <– my personality. I once read a parable about the talent that was given to three separate people and one buried their talent, which caused the master to be angry when he came back. I never want my master to be angry with me for not using my talents. I truly feel blessed for being able to use it to capture the love you can only see in the movies or billboards.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I honestly feel it’s a disservice for me to comment on The Dallas Fort Worth area, as I’ve only been here one year. From what I can see, I have tons of photographer friends in the HS Senior industry and every single one of them are very successful. So, if I had to judge according to them and their business… Dallas FW is an amazing place to be. Not to mention, the locations that I’ve shot so far, AHHH… now that has my heart going pitter-patter. Any improvements that Dallas could have would have to be responded by a veteran. As for me, So far, so good!


  • Weddings start at $1500
  • Elopements start at $1350
  • Love starts at $395
  • Hair & Makeup $125

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