JORDAN RAE (@jord.rae) — ✨Jesus follower
🌿Elopement + Destination Photographer
✈️Midwest -> Anywhere
📷Now booking 2019+2020
🌿Elopement + Destination Photographer
✈️Midwest -> Anywhere
📷Now booking 2019+2020
Let me tell you something... the night I took these photos I was having a fun holiday dinner with friends... those cuties included. We planned to take photos after dinner. But. We had a slow waiter... sorry it’s true. And I continuously kept looking outside at the rapidly setting sun. I was anxious. I would be lying to you if I said I was fully present during this said dinner. I was distracted because I didn’t want this opportunity to be missed. When we walked outside I felt God say, “Take the photos anyway. Trust me.” Gosh, I’m glad I did. What I thought was this missed opportunity, actually wasn’t at all. These turned out better than I ever thought. I was shocked. I could have relaxed and been a bit more present at dinner. And I wish I would have. God is teaching me I can’t actually ever miss opportunities with him. All of the clients that book me for shoots are on purpose and for a reason, and all of the ones that don’t, are also for a reason. When I’m always in step with him, I won’t miss out. So- Take the photo Book the trip Go to dinner Watch the fireworks And take a deep breath I’m learning it all too, one day at a time. Does anyone else ever feel like this?
I’m still swooning over their wedding photos. STILL! I think it’s so special to be able to feel all of the feels with your clients on their day and celebrate all of the small moments together. There’s nothing quite so sweet. Their wedding video was posted yesterday... if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it! @the_briggles killed it making magic with his talent. Link in 👉🏼 @alexbmcdowell bio!
Asia + Yuriy True story... In high school I had history class with Yuriy and I ran cross country with Asia. On our long runs, Asia would tell me how much she liked the cute Russian boy in our class. In history & government class, Yuriy would do the same. GUYSS— I literally watched their love bloom. Asia learned Russian and went to church with his family when it was hard to understand the language. And Yuriy stepped out in faith trusting God and pursued this beautiful American girl. I can’t make this stuff up. This is hand picked and a God story at His finest. And I got to see it from the start. They are 5 years strong into marriage, starting their careers, and living in their newly remolded home... AND still in newlywed bliss. It’s obviously clear. I’m in love with love, and I am so glad to know these two. Thanks for letting me capture your romance. It was the sweetest day. ✨
Hey, I’m Jordan! My best friends call me Jord & my family calls me J. I’ll let you pick, because I love both.⠀ ⠀ Here are some FUN facts about me-⠀ 1. My mom packed me up 6 months after my birth and drove 14 hours to the beach with her sister and her mom... just because. I’ve spent every summer of my childhood here... and this place has been my favorite ever since. The beach is home to me.⠀ ✨⠀ 2. I crave Asian food at least once a week. My favorite is phad Thai & Tikka Masala. Thai and Indian for the win. ✨⠀ 3. A deep dark secret I’ll let you in on... I dreamed of going to Juilliard as a kid. It’s written down in a notebook I still have from 2008 for proof. I’m a creative at heart & I love that about me.⠀ ✨⠀ Do any of you have crazy dreams? Or had old ones you never followed through with? Or dreams that you’re living now?⠀ ✨⠀ I’d love to know... share some of them in the comments! I know I’m not the only dreamer out there. 📷 @nicgann
They SLAYYY the soft smile... am I right? I did not even ask them to do this. It’s even better that they are beautiful people on the inside too. ⠀ ⠀ Rachel was my photography teacher in high school where she taught me all about film & the darkroom and composition and all that stuff... I fell in love with photography at 15. A decade later I’m finally doing this thing.⠀ ⠀ I went to her house in the summer for a bible study along with some other sweet friends when her and Adam were just newly weds. ⠀ ⠀ In college I started selling the best skin care in the world alongside her, Rodan + Fields (no really, it’s number one in the nation) to help pay my bills. ⠀ ⠀ They had a couple babies at this point... I started babysitting so they could have date nights. When I went overseas she was so close to giving birth to #3. Her kids drew me pictures and sent them to Africa. We would FaceTime while I was gone and she would shower encouragement in the hard days... and basically I am so thankful for them.⠀ ⠀ Rachel + Adam, thanks for welcoming me to family dinner, Andy’s trips, pool days and into your lives.⠀ ⠀ I’m so excited for your next chapter! **swipe to see the cutest kids everrrrr**
I had the privilege of photographing Alex + Devin’s Wedding a few weeks ago. All I can say is their day was so perfect and 100% them. I am SO grateful to be trusted with a day so important and one they will remember for the rest of time. ⠀ Alex + Devin- your day was beautiful. Congratulations! What’s the best part of a wedding day? For me, the first looks are becoming my favorite so quickly! What’s your favorite moment?
DALTON + KYLEA ARE GETTING MARRIED!! When I found out... I sat in my car watching the beach proposal video over and over with tears streaming down my face. It wouldn’t be Dalton fashion without an extravagant proposal. If you know Dalton, you get it. ✨ When they asked me to photograph their wedding, I cried over and over. Dreams coming true all over the place. ✨ On my way to their engagement session, I did my best to keep it together. ✨ Dalton is basically my second brother & I’m overwhelmed with emotion that he found this extraordinary girl to spend forever with. September 1, we are ready for you!!
So, Jord, what’s next for you? This question feels like it’s been on repeat since being back in the states. My family, friends, and random acquaintances in the grocery store have asked me, So, Jord, what’s next for you? What are your plans now? Are you going back to Africa soon? First, let me be SO REAL for a sec. I was really okay saying “I don’t know” for a long time. Like the last 9 months of “I don’t know.” I was okay with figuring it out as I went along with the Lord. Sometimes I felt like a bum and what am I even doing at 25? But how many of us really know anyway? I’m a multi-passionate girl just trying to be faithful with what’s in front of me. When I lived in Africa, I spent time taking photos of the people there for the organization I was with, and it was there that I fell in love with photography and writing more than I already had. I started to feel purpose and joy in it. A lot of joy in it. I’ve had a lot of time to think, pray, and ask the Lord his plans for me. I had an opportunity to be a photographer for a wedding back in February. I was so terrified, but felt God invite me to say yes anyway. And I cannot explain the joy, purpose and fulfillment I found on the other side of that small, shaky, “yes”. I don’t know my future, but I know that I love taking photos, I love story telling and I love people. I’m taking baby steps forward and trusting God with what it looks like. Per usual. SOOO... here I am announcing to ALL of INSTA FAM that I am stepping into just that... I’m beginning another adventurous journey as a destination, elopement, and madly in love couples photographer. I AM SO EXCITED I COULD EXPLODE! I love the details of your story, and what makes your relationship stand out in the crowd. I believe God gave me a gift for story telling and seeing people the way He does. He made me to create alongside Him and embark on this journey as a creative. And I feel so alive in it, there aren’t quite words for it. Now booking weddings, destinations, elopements and adventurous sessions for 2019 + 2020! Direct message me for details!
Happy 4th of July! I celebrated America in America this year and it was really sweet. This girl is one of my very best friends and my sister. I got to spend time with her & this guy that she loves. They let me in to a front row seat... or should I say back seat of the car... to their relationship. Seeing them interact and fall in love a little more under bursts of fireworks was a DREAM. Marlowe + Colton, I am 100% for you and love you both. Thank you for being perfect models for me. If you and your lover need brand new images, message me for details.
He’s my coworker, brother, & my best friend. You’ve been the life of the party your whole life, and you still make mom make you a pb&j. Some things never change... including swimming in this same ocean with you for the last 23 years. Here’s to that many more and then some. HBD, Bub. Love you forever. XO
SHE’S BACK! In America + on Instagram. I left Uganda and got back to the states in the fall and I’ve spent the months following in a much slower pace of life. I sat in the Chicago airport back in October and deleted all of the social media apps from my phone and decided to pursue Jesus, rest & slow for as long as the Lord said. I took time to sit on the floor with him for hours and days that turned into weeks and months… adjusting back to America from a life submersed in Africa was the hardest ever. Those first months back in Missouri were hard + painful, but good. They were a season unlike anything I’ve ever known. I was given so much joy to sustain me in the midst of the hard and the dark that is peace I can’t explain. The amount of love God showered over me was truly tangible and so overwhelming. Since being home, God’s voice has been the loudest, His direction so clear and His love so strong. I’m closer to His heart than I ever dreamed I would be. I’ve experienced His miracles + I can say wonders are still what He does. God has given me grace to step back into the social media world. I was hesitant because I’ve grown to love life without it, but I also know He’s given me a voice that matters in this world and I can’t hide from that. A part of me HAS missed this corner of the web that’s mine and it feels SO GOOD TO BE BACK! To let you know— My year and a half in Uganda was life changing and worth every second. There aren’t words for it, honestly. But I’ll treasure those memories, people and seasons for all of time. As for now, I am just so humbled that God wrote Uganda into my story and allowed it all to be a part of me. He is a good God and I love Him more today than I did before I left America. To the people who prayed for me every day that I was gone, Thank you! To the people who taught me and did ministry along side me in Uganda, y’all are true servants of the King and it’s an honor to know you. To the people who walked alongside me when I returned home, Thank you for your patience and your steadfastness to carry my burdens and love me like Jesus. My new adventure— coming soon.
My first college football game was Mizzou vs. Georgia and I cheered on the Tigers in the front row. Randi Lynn is Tennessee born + raised and she’s an orange wearing Vols fan. Somehow, tonight we are wearing red + cheering for the Dawgs. When you are missionaries living in Africa and your team leaders are die hard Georgia fans... ya just take one for the team, ya know? • I can’t believe I’m saying this... Mizzou, please forgive me, but... Go Dawgs!!
Cereal w/ Jesus. There’s nothing like His presence. Nothing at all. No joy on this earth will ever match it. • When I lose direction When I can't see the stars If we get disconnected I'll sing my way back to Your heart I'll sing my way back to Your arms. —Steff Gretz
I’ve officially been friends with her for more years than the years I didn’t know her. I’ll say- walking through life with this one, near or far, is a treasure of gold. And near or far, these sisterhood roots run deep. I’m so blessed to know you, Tor. I love you more than the beach & ice cream in the winter. I hope in year 25 of life, you know Jesus more than you ever have. Happy Birthday, my girl. Xo