Your story starts here.


the first kick. look. smile. steps. cake.


Take me along on the adventure.

My philosophy is rooted a universal truth: life is like a book, with chapters, characters, and events that forever shape your story's trajectory. Motherhood is the most important, most beautiful piece of that story, and, perhaps, the greatest adventure of all. I am committed to capturing every ellipses and exclamation point in the pages of your story -- from first kick to first cake, and everywhere in between. My photos are a blend of classic portraiture with lifestyle documentary imagery, capturing the beautiful reality and magic of your adventure. I am a witness to your life's book, and I'm forever humbled to be a part of it.  

Mindy Rainey is based in Santa Barbara, California and happily travels to Ventura and Los Angeles.


First Kick.

No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.
— Kristen Proby

First Look.

Your first breath took ours away.
— Unknown

First Smile.

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.
— Robert Munsch

First Cake.

Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.
— A. A. Milne