the artist behind the lens

Hi I’m Racquel! The photographer of Carlisle Mae Photography. I originally fell in love with portrait photography in high school and have always found it to be my favorite creative outlet.

Lifestyle portrait photography is a happy medium between a beautiful documentary approach and traditional posed portraits. Lifestyle photography is emotional and real. Lifestyle family sessions give you that documentary, candid feel. Narrating the dirty fingers playing in the mud, the happy giggles from the tickle monster. Real laughter, real tears, and crocked grins. Lifestyle sessions are authentic.

Don’t worry though, it’s still directed. I won’t just show up and expect your family to be open and outgoing and pretend I’m not there. I will still provide guidance and prompts to help everyone be comfortable. And together we will capture real, beautiful moments happening between you and your loved ones. Moments that show off who you really are. Together we’ll tell your story.

Unsure of your story? It’s probably right under your nose. Maybe your daughter’s favorite ice cream shop. How your family goes every Wednesday in the summer and how she always leaves with a sprinkled rainbow mess on her face, with sticky tiny fingers. Or maybe your story is a family tradition. Something that’s carried on through generations, or even a new family tradition. Like “Apple Sunday”. Every 1st Sunday of October, you and your family go to the apple orchard and then back apple goodies afterwards.

All the little moments you want to tell your grandkids one day, those are your stories.

Session Info

How much is a session?

Family, Maternity, and Engagement session fees are $250. Newborn and Senior session fees are $400. For all sessions a $100 non-fundable deposit is required at the time of booking. This is applied to your session fee balance.

How quickly can I get on your calendar?

On average, I can currently get new sessions scheduled for a date within 2-5 weeks. I am currently booking winter 2022 and early 2023 sessions.

How many pictures are included?

For all session types (except Sports) I promise 20 digital images. However, I do not limit your downloadable online gallery to this number.


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Racquel is incredibly artistic, and very talented. She took lovely pictures of my daughter and me together. She was very patient, and took perfect candid shots of us being ourselves, and they turned out so natural and beautiful. Her work and photography style is stunning!

Rebecca KrawczykFamily Session

Racquel has amazing talent and is very easy going to work with. She trecked out in the mudd to photograph my ideal maternity pictures and never bat an eye. She's the best!

Jennifer LampMaternity Session

Racquel is wonderful at listening to what we wanted out of our family pictures....and captured the best picture of our handsome fur baby. If you know what you want out of your pictures, then Racquel is the one to make it happen!

Lorie SaibenFamily Session

Love the pictures she did for me! She really captures so much beauty in her photos. The lighting, the focus... everything is spot on! Would highly recommend!

Marie HineFamily Session