Telling the story of your love and connection with a fun and stress-free session experience

lifestyle family photographer

family sitting on blanket together for session with photographer st cloud mn

"She made the whole process effortless and enjoyable. My kids left saying they had so much fun!"

"To say that Susannah is excellent would be an understatement! We met Susannah in the evening and she arrived with waters and snacks for our whole family. She made the whole process effortless and enjoyable. My kids left saying they had so much fun! The whole experience was really wonderful. Then we got the pictures! I truly could not be happier. We will treasure these photos of our family forever!"

Beth T.


Hi, I'm Susannah!

I'm on a mission to create and capture poetic & love-filled moments for families like my own.


I love being a family photographer, but my favorite titles are "wife" and "mama" - I am thankful that I get the honor of being a SAHM to my two young boys.

Most days you can find me sipping a lukewarm latte while reading stories to my toddler, trying to figure out what to make for dinner, exploring new outdoor locations with my boys, or bouncing my baby on my lap while editing photos.

I have enjoyed photography for over 13 years but family photography specifically became my passion when my first child was born. As I held my newborn, I realized that motherhood and family life is too precious to let it fly past without being documented, and I felt an ache in my heart to tell the beautiful story of family for other moms.

thus, I became a lifestyle family photographer.

Mama, your family is your world, you deserve to have beautiful photos together before your kids are grown.

I create a comfortable space for you to intentionally step away from the endless piles of laundry and be present with your family. With fun games for your children and laidback posing and prompts to illicit natural reactions and sweet interactions, your session is designed to be relaxed and enjoyable for children and parents alike to create lasting memories for your heart and home.

Family of 7 cuddles together happily in a field with one of the best st. cloud mn photographers

"We absolutely loved Susannah! She asked questions beforehand to get to know the kids... She is so friendly and sweet."

"We absolutely loved Susannah! She asked questions beforehand to get to know the kids, and when we were having our pictures taken she was getting to know the kids too. She is so friendly and sweet. Her pictures turned out absolutely gorgeous. Exactly what I was wanting and more!!"

Hannah P.

Telling the story of family by emphasizing connection over perfection

summer family pictures as mom and dad snuggle close and children run around them in a field

As a feeler who longs to feel deeply the poetry of life, I direct families in a way that shows the love and connection in the midst of their crazy, messy, wonderful lives.

I encourage families to relax, play together, and cuddle close. Kids thrive under the attention of their parents, playing games, and freedom to explore fun session locations. I love to give prompts that encourage you to tell stories, sing songs, and be present with your family - This creates natural connection full of emotion, these are the kind of photos, as a mother, that make my heart sing.

As a lifestyle photographer, I fill your gallery with a beautiful mix of posed and candid images - I give all the best images in your final gallery. These photos are your memories, I don't want you to have to painstakingly choose only a few favorites. They are all yours to enjoy and cherish for years to come!

"What if we don't know what to do? We aren't very photogenic"

Don't worry! I am not photogenic either - In fact, very few people are!

(Think about it... How many busy parents just naturally dance romantically in a field with children happily prancing around? )

Want to know a secret?

(This is the magic of lifestyle photography!)

I am directing your family the entire time

Not in prim and proper poses always looking at the camera, but by positioning you in beautiful light, giving fun, emotive, and engaging prompts and games, and helping create natural family portraits that tell the story of family with lots of affection and physical touch.

This allows your family to have fun (and not even realize that you are "posing") and it creates beautiful and natural moments full of love.

The Susannah Raye Photography Experience
Mom holding toddler in foreground while dad and daughter play in field with photographers st cloud mn

I. Book Your Session.

Booking your photo session is simple and complication free.  As an added bonus, you can use your phone for the entire process.

Use the booking link or reach out via my contact form to get started with your personalized photography session.

Once you're on my calendar, I'll send you a questionnaire to help me get to know your family.

II. Personalized Session Planning Assistance

My goal as your photographer is to come alongside you in the session prep to make it stress-free and simple, and set you and your family up for an incredible session.

After reading your family's questionnaire, I send you location and wardrobe styling suggestions tailored specifically to your family.

I'm available for you to reach out every step along the way, and will send you emails with guidance leading up to your session so that you are never left wondering what to do.

III. Enjoy the Session.

Come ready to let go of expectations of yourself and your children, enter into your child's world and enjoy their personality.

I will be directing you the whole time, putting you in beautiful light, and engaging with your family to help everyone to have fun together!

IV. Receive Your Images.

No need to try and narrow it down to a few favorites, I provide you with all the best photos from your session!

Within a month of your session, you'll receive your downloadable high-resolution digital files with a print release in a beautiful online gallery from which you can easily download your images, order professional quality prints and products, and share your favorites with friends and family on social media.

Time refuses to slow down and our kids change a little more every day, so slow down and soak in every moment.

St. Cloud Photographer Services: Lifestyle Family Photography

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Lifestyle Family Session

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Mom stands in the foreground in a flowy dress holding her round belly lovingly as she watches her daughter and husband hug and dance in the background during her outdoor maternity session in Rice, MN

Outdoor Maternity Session

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In-Home Newborn Session

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If you're like me, your mama-heart aches as you feel the moments slipping away with your little ones. You're so excited to see who they will grow to be, and love their ever emerging personality, but you see how fast the days are passing and yearn for time to slow down so that you can hold your baby a little longer.

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