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Your story. Our vision.
…stunning results

Dena has a way of putting people at ease and establishing a rapport, which results in photographs that look natural, never posed or stiff. Best Houston photographer ever!
Suneeta R.

Mother And Daughter Portrait Photography Session With Rafte Photography In Houston Texas

Your Trusted Houston Photographer

Rafte Photography, a renowned Houston photographer, specializes in helping you see the best you. We strive to make you feel empowered while being photographed. From professional headshots in our photo studio to family portrait photography, generational stories, such as Mother-Daughter photo shoots, personal branding, senior photos, and female photography, we focus on telling your story.

We can provide Wall Art and a variety of luxurious albums

A Luxury Photography Experience

Family Legacy

…creating a true family legacy involves capturing the essence of a family’s journey through pictures, voices, and sentiments….

…a guidepost for future generations, imparting values, traditions, and a sense of belonging that transcends time…

Dena Rafte

Mother Daughter

…Katy and Luba created something that is frankly irreplaceable. They were willing to make themselves vulnerable in front of the camera. I thought they looked fantastic but what I’m most grateful for is their openness and their willing to play…

…they’re willing to show the love that they had for each other and the other members of their family and I think they’re going to treasure these pictures in years to come…

Dena Rafte

Seniors Experience

...getting my makeup done was amazing because I am not an only child so it was like only child treatment...and she did my make up very beautiful obviously...

High School Senior

Woman 50+

…it’s important to keep memories for yourself, and to keep memories for your family and for the family that’s yet to come…

…I think it’s valuable that you see yourself in a different environment… and that your family sees that, and sees that you are beautiful and confident and you’re a gift to the world in so many ways…

See Yourself in the Best Light

For you, for family, for memories that last a lifetime.

What to expect

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The initial consultation

Your experience begins with a complimentary consultation by phone to:

  • Discuss my philosophy and make sure I’m a good fit.
  • Learn what your goals are for the shoot.
  • Discuss pricing options for your investment and how I can help.
  • Plan for a portrait studio session or on-site photography.

Then, if you want to book, we will schedule an in-person full planning session.

Couple Photography Near Me In Houston Texas By Deena Rafte
Planning for the shoot

Once you decide to move forward, we will meet to plan your shoot experience and cover all the bases.
Whether you’re marking a career change, entering a new branding venture, or treating yourself to a goddess-like experience to build your confidence and get professional headshots,
I’ll work with you to create a roadmap toward your goals.

We’ll discuss setting, wardrobe (& you will have full access to my studio wardrobe), hair, and makeup to make sure you look and feel your best.
We’ll handle the setup for the day of the shoot in advance.

Fun Professional Business Headshots That Capture Your Personality Taken in Our Photo Studio Houston TX
Getting ready for the shoot

On the day of your shoot, a hair and makeup team, along with your outfit choices, will be ready and waiting for your arrival.
The minute you walk into the studio, you will be entering a fun and relaxed environment completely focused on pampering you so you can flourish.

Mother And Daughter Photo Shoot To Memorialize The Moments And Stop Time
The day of shoot

Arrive for your experience, RELAX and ENJOY! We’ll have snacks, champagne, and plenty of encouragement to make sure you’re ready for your transformation and moment in the spotlight.
You can be sure I’ll be your number one cheerleader from start to finish!

While I’ll be giving you directives and feedback throughout, my objective is to help you feel as comfortable, confident, and beautiful as possible so that we capture your most authentic self from our high-end photo studio.

Beautiful Photo of Mom and Daughter Wearing White on Dark Natural Background Taken By a Houston Photographer
The reveal

After the shoot, we’ll schedule a time to review your images for an initial reveal.
You will be able to see your beautiful portraits and witness that experience and positive feeling reflected back to you.

This is your chance to pick out your favorites for prints, wall art, and more. When your images arrive, your order will be delivered to you for total enjoyment.
And, you will see the end result of the experience – you as art.

Beautiful Girl holding a Rose In Green Dress On Dark Background.
You as art

We will personally deliver your portraits and install the items you’ve ordered for your home or office.
We can provide Wall Art and a variety of luxurious albums.

Recent Projects

Enjoy my portfolio below, I have a selection of all types of photography, and you can filter to see personal projects.

If you want to see photos in a specific style, check out our Portfolio pages. Click here to see Portfolio.


Review From Michelle From Family Portrait Photography Session With Portfolio From The Session

Rafte Photography has captured our family in photos for years

Whether working with a particular family member, or all of us at once, she makes everyone feel comfortable. She brings out the personalities of each individual she is photographing. The images she produces always show everyone looking relaxed and at their best. We are lucky we found her and have such a lovely record of our children as they have grown. Dena has photographed our most important family gatherings as well - 50th anniversary celebration, 80th birthday party. We remember these events fondly and will forever treasure the photographs.

Michelle K.

Portfolio Of Family Photos Seen With. a Review Form The Photos Subject About The Best Photographer In Houston Texas Dena Rafte

Rafte Photography has taken so many great family photos for us

The ones that truly stand out for me are those with my father. There is one particular picture of my dad and me. It’s simple and beautiful, and each time I look at it, I feel the love we have for each other.

Suneeta R.

Photos Of Elizabeth For Her Review of Rafte Photography in Houston Texas

Dena Rafte…best photography ever!

Dena has done an incredible job for our holiday family photos, our daughter’s portraits and photos for my husband’s judicial campaign. But when it came to my personal photo session as a Christmas gift for my husband, I was a little nervous. Within a few minutes, I was having a blast! I felt relaxed, confident, strong and a bit sexy! She thinks out of the box and has an incredible way of bringing out the best in her clients! Dena doesn’t just take photos, she creates memories.

Elizabeth H.

Photos From The McCormick Personal Branding Photography Session Displayed With Her Review of Dena Rafte Photography

I thought to myself, "hey, not bad for 62, in fact pretty damn good for 62"

I hate having my picture taken. I am usually the one taking pictures of the family so that I don't have to be in them! To say that the session with Dena was transformational may be a bit dramatic, however I will say that it was incredibly fun and I really did feel good about the end result. As I looked through the photos, with the many wardrobe changes, I thought to myself, "hey, not bad for 62, in fact pretty damn good for 62". I treasure the professional headshots Dena took of me. They make me feel beautiful and sexy . Bonus - my husband loves them too!

Aileen M.

Photos From the Haug Photo Session Of Houston Executive Displayed Beside Her Review

My photography session was like a butterfly coming out of a chrysalis

My 50th!! Half a century and so much to document? Wear and Tear? Through Dena’s coaching I jumped right into one of my most memorable experiences. My photography session was like a butterfly coming out of a chrysalis. Despite apprehension of my critical eye, I found it to be fun, liberating, empowering of my femaleness and time in life. I loved it and loved what I saw. Dena truly captured who I was beyond the make-up and dresses. She bottled some of my essence and that was the best 50th birthday gift. Thank you!!

Karen H

Photo Collage From The Grace Family Photography Session

Dena has memorialized so many important moments in our lives

I think the first photo that I ever received from Dena was one of my son in preschool. Last year, she took senior photos of my daughter and my son’s business headshot. From birthdays to graduations, she has memorialized so many important moments in our lives. I am so grateful to have these pictures not only to reflect back but to look forward to sharing these with the generations to come. They are truly part of our family’s history.

Michele G.

The Oshman Photo Collage With Kids In Family Portrait

Dena thrives on the challenge and our family photos are a testament to her enthusiasm for the project

Family photographs are challenging. The photographer faces a range of ages and is charged with capturing the smiles of not just one, but often many individuals. Dena thrives on the challenge and our family photos are a testament to her enthusiasm for the project. We will treasure the moment in time she preserved for us and look forward to working with her again in years to come.

Tania O.

Lisa And Her Husband Houston Power Couple Photographed In Houston Down Town

Dena is a fantastic photographer!

Dena is a fantastic photographer, not only because she has a great eye, but also because she has the ability to put her subjects at ease and elicit natural expressions. She is particularly good at working with teenagers and people who feel a little awkward posing for a camera. Dena has made our family photos for years, including our dog and has suggested super interesting locations. Dena has also made headshots in her studio for my husband and son for business and LinkedIn profiles. Having a good headshot is so important and Dena does an excellent job, particularly with touch-up work. Dena is a perfectionist and you can see it in her work.

Lisa M.

Each photo helps remind me of little things…things about my kids that I can savor forever

What I love about Dena’s photographs of my children are that she captures a moment, an age, a feeling, an emotion…a part of life that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce in real life again. Each photo helps remind me of little things…things about my kids that I can savor forever.

Jane J.

Houston Photographer Captures Fun Photo Of Kids Taken For Fine Art Family Photos

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