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Raibley family focuses in on photography businesses

Mother-daughter duo of Simply Portraits captures memories
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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A local mother-daughter team is capturing memories with a snap and a flash. Tina Raibley and her daughter Amanda Raibley-Weaver, 23, are the memory-makers behind Simply Portraits, a Loomis photography studio specializing in portraits of families, children and high school seniors. They do indoor or outdoor photography and have a full studio. Customers can view their proofs online, e-mail their favorites to Raibley and view enlargements on the widescreen television in the lobby. Raibley-Weaver is in charge of marketing and business, freeing up her mom to concentrate on her creative photography. “We get to see each other every day,” Raibley said of working with her daughter. Amanda earned a business degree from Harding University in Arkansas, married her college sweetheart and moved back to Loomis last year. “This isn’t what I thought I’d be doing after college. But I love doing it and want to continue,” Raibley-Weaver said. Raibley said she’s been a photographer “all of my life,” but claims she officially started in 1981 when she worked for a San Francisco Bay Area photo studio. The Raibley family relocated to Loomis 13 years ago and Tina did freelance photography from her home, while raising her five children. A year ago, she opened the storefront on Taylor Road. The photography business has become a family affair. Raibley’s husband, Tim, and children “pitch in” and lend a helping hand when needed. Kara Raibley, 21, assists during the summer when she’s home from college. Jacob Raibley, 17, a Del Oro junior, helps after school with equipment and lighting. Jacob has gotten the photography bug and said he’s interested in a career in commercial photography. A visit to the Simply Portraits’ Web site shows Raibley has a knack for producing photos that capture her clients’ personalities and memories. “I think I have an eye for what people want,” she said. Raibley created a family portrait for customer Stephanie Jeter, of Loomis. She also produced the high school senior portraits for Jeter’s daughter Carlee Spangler, who attends Del Oro. “I love my pictures,” Jeter said. “Tina’s really good about listening to what you’re trying to achieve in your photos. My daughter wanted more of an artsy look for her senior portraits. For my family portrait, Tina came to our house and we did an outdoor photo,” Jeter said. According to Jeter, Raibley and Raibley-Weaver advised her daughter on clothing choices for the portraits. Her daughter showed them a number of outfits and they helped select just the right ones. Jeter claims Raibley was also “very quick and efficient.” “She got our proofs and portraits done quickly,” Jeter explained. She noted that Simply Portraits’ prices were very reasonable and said she chose the studio because Raibley is “local, we knew her.” Raibley understands what families want and need when having photos taken. “I have a large family and I know how important it is to keep prices affordable,” Raibley said. Over the years, the Raibley family has been involved with 4-H, Boy Scouts, FFA, Loomis Chamber of Commerce, Del Oro High School and Franklin Elementary School. “We’re local. We support the community,” Raibley said. SIMPLY PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHY Where: 3640 Taylor Road, Loomis Contact: (916) 652-5600 View their photo gallery at www.simply-portraits.com