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Austin Intimate Wedding Photography Told Through Journalistic Storytelling.

Samantha Solliday Intimate wedding photographer with Rae Allen Photography


Sam here! That's me with my trusty best fur friends, Bear and Blue. Don't worry Blue is fine, she's just being a Husky.

Here at Rae Allen Photography, Eric, my husband, and I believe in purposeful photography that evokes emotion. That could mean belly laughs, running through an open field with your dogs, or a big bear hug from your dad on your wedding day.

We don't follow trends, we follow our hearts, and our hearts lies with clients who truly want one of a kind experience.

Jacqui holds her belly, while she stands next to a magnolia tree during her maternity session


"These are my go-to photographers for family photos and special occasions. Most recently they took maternity photos for me. I was big as can be, and they were extremely patient and helpful hiking down to a beautiful creek with me for photos (my requested location). They created stunning photos for me and I couldn’t be happier with the experience and finished product."

Rae Allen Photography | Color image of a bride and groom enjoying just being married and taking bridal photos at night on a swing at Mercury Hall a venue in Austin Texas. Rae Allen website cover image


"We absolutely could not be happier with our experience working with Sam and Eric. They were incredibly friendly and easy to work with, very responsive, and magically made my husband and I photogenic. The photos we received were stunning. They managed to capture the most genuine and intimate little moments between us. We’re so grateful to have our special day documented so beautifully."

Matt grabs Macey from behind and picks her up while she laughs


"Sam is such a talented photographer! She helped make my ideas come to life. Matt and I had so much fun while she was taking photos! She helped us both feel comfortable and at ease as she captured all of our special moments together," --Macy



The Intimate Wedding Why

Hey you. I’m Samantha, but you can call me Sam. Eric is doing the shooting right behind me in this picture. Of course we brought our own cameras to our engagement shoot. That’s how we roll.

If you’ve landed on this page and you are currently reading this, then you are definitely interested in a boutique, intimate, elopement or micro wedding. You’ll notice when you click through our portfolio that we shoot A LOT of this style of wedding.

Let me tell you why that is..

No extra fluff, no extra stress, small bridal parties, and peer pressure is all but gone, because everyone is so grateful to be able to celebrate with their closest family and friends.

Have you ever heard of someone that regretted eloping or having a smaller event? Yea, me neither.

Sometimes we get caught up in wedding details that don’t actually add to your overall happiness of the day. We believe couples shouldn’t have to sacrifice their ideal wedding because of peer pressure, and family obligations.

As we shot more of these beautiful weddings, the more we saw ourselves pulling away from larger events. We decided these were the type of photographers we wanted to be. Intimate wedding photographers.

A black and white image of Eric and Sam, the owners of Rae Allen Photography. Sam is looking off camera while Eric is taking a picture of an engagement ring in front of a stonewall.

If you believe that little details tell the best story and the best images are ones showing the most emotion, then I am raising my drinki poo to you. And if you honor traditions while working to carve out your own path, then I am making you your own drink.

“Sam is a girl’s dream wedding photographer! She made me feel so comfortable in front of the camera, captured beautiful candid moments, and crafted perfect group photos of family and friends. She has a great eye and her editing skills are oh so beautiful,” -Clara, Bride

You’re on the hunt for a Austin Intimate Wedding Photographer.


Yay, woohoo, finally, let’s do this! Let’s get hitched in Austin! Or Belton, or anywhere in Central Texas! You have been waiting for this day to come and NOW it’s here!

However, you’ve recently realized there’s a lot that goes into planning a Central Texas wedding.

You might have found that you are getting just a tad overwhelmed while looking for those one-of-a-kind vendors.

We get it. Similarly, we went through that feeling too when Eric and I (Samantha) got married back in October of 2018. And everyone has an opinion on what YOU should do on your day right?

Especially when it comes to finding the best Central Texas photographer for you.

Wedding Wire releases an annual report every year on trends, and it was no big surprise that the top two vendor categories selected by couples are venues and photographers.  

Does that surprise you? Us either.

However, the most popular place couples increase their budget is on photographers. So how is it everyone you know, knows someone that can “do” photography?

In spite of all this information and data, why is uncle Tim all of a sudden an option to be your photographer, but he’s never shot a wedding before?

Oh boy….

You wouldn’t commission a novice to paint a portrait of your family to hang on your wall, would you? Two words. Stick figures. Obviously.

So, why would you ever choose a random person someone suggested to you or a family member with little to no experience to shoot YOUR BIGGEST DAY?

To clarify, This isn’t meant to freak you out.

It is meant to challenge the way you view your wedding and how you want to remember it. Because at Rae Allen Photography, we want you to remember your wedding day as a calm, joyful experience that you had because your Belton photographers, were AH-MAZING.

“Stunning photography with amazing Austin Wedding photographers,”
– Sarah, Rae Allen Bride

And at the end of it all? You have incredible imagery, that communicates a full story about your intimate Austin wedding and who you are as a couple.

No matter who you choose though, and it’s without a doubt we think we are pretty rad, we want you to choose your photographer based on style, vibe, and personality.

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