a beautiful mother…

i met emily not too long ago and have since then really enjoyed getting to know her and her little belly…. she is such a beautiful person inside, and that beauty shines outwardly so clearly.

some of you might know her from her beautiful blog Once Wed.

i am always so impressed to see behind the scenes of the blog. emily & joy are just amazing & work so hard…going above and beyond anything expected of them.


emily is going to make such a wonderful mother… and i am so excited to see if she will be the mother of a little boy or a little girl…

my guess is a boy.  we’ll see in just a few days!


beautiful hair and makeup by joanna ballentine

heather - im freaking out rylee! I love how they turned out! ahhh so gorgeous!!;)

chelsea / oh my deer - ahhhh! so beautiful! great job, rylee!

Paige Smith - Ah, SOOO beautiful!! Love these, Rylee!

Rebecca Siewert - OH MY GOODNESS RYLEE!!!!!!!!!!! THESE ARE AMAZING!! I hope I can fly you up here in September! I want pictures of my belly! and the baby! Bah!

Stacey - Just stunning. So simple and beautiful. Thanks for sharing, and congrats Emily!

kati - just stumbled here from pinterest. beautiful work! love it.

Laura Elmer - Rylee!! Love seeing these after we talked about them. Such a good turn out!! Hope we see you sometime soon!

lacie hansen - amazing photos ! Emily looks so beautiful 😉

Chelsea Patricia - Okay. It is completely unfair for anyone to look this gorgeous while pregnant. I’m just sayin.

Beautiful work, Rylee!

Jeannette - These pictures of Emily has to be my all time favorite maternity shoot ever! Amazing work!

Joanne Spencer Photography - Stunning work Rylee, simple but incredibly beautiful.

Tiffany - Your work is simply gorgeous. I admire your creativity and oh-so- obvious passion for your art. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

Rachelle - I am so in love with these photos! Where did you get that dress?? I would love to get it for my maternity shoot!

happy valentines day…

what will you & your love be doing on this fancy valentines day?

are you the classic american couple who loves a good box of popcorn and a show?

…wishing everyone a day full of love & kisses…

wool booties in wax…

heidi - I adore your encaustic work….are you doing it yourself or sending it out?

rylee hitchner - i do them all myself.
i love spending time working on them 😉


heidi - so amazing….I’ve looked for resources for this in the northeast….but have not come across a workshop as of yet….

tobiah - I have seen this in the past and never really known what it was until I came across your images. what kind of paper are you using for this? And is it on a printer or darkroom work? really nice.

rylee hitchner - these are printed on photo paper, mounted on wood….processed at RPL & printed myself.

rylee hitchner - no need! it just takes practice….
although, i know it would be fun to work with other artists!

Lauren Kinsey - I won’t tell you how beautiful this is, because you already know that it is. <3 <3 <3

caroline - this is so special!

ballerina in black and white.

Neal carpenter - The first one is incredible

Teresa - These are so delicate and beautiful. Love the softness and grain. Gorgeous work.

Lauren Kinsey - Oh my word. These are incredible.

dana - these are beautiful rylee!!! xo,dana

rylee hitchner - thank you, all!

Rebecca Siewert - These are soo wonderful! You are SOOOO talented!

heather hester - perfect;)

rylee hitchner - thank you thank you! im glad you like them!

rylee hitchner - neal, the first image is also my favorite…

rylee hitchner - i love the grain too! thank you…