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Rafter T Photography

Central Arkansas Newborn, Child, and Family Portraiture



I’m glad you’re here! Take your time browsing and determining if I’m a good fit for you and your family. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Hop over to the “contact me” page and shoot me an e-mail. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!


Meet The Photographer


Hi, I’m Kayla McDonald! I’m a wife, mother, and portrait photographer. I require A LOT of coffee to keep up with the responsibilities that come with carrying those titles. So, you’ll almost always see me with java in hand, unless I’ve set it down to pick up my Nikon.


“But why did you name your business Rafter T Photography? Why not just use your name?”

The name of my business is a nod to my parents and upbringing. The “Rafter T” is the livestock brand my dad created. My parents have taken a lot of pride in that brand, as they’ve worked hard to care for and grow everything it represents. Their work ethic and family values have greatly influenced how I treat and run my own business, and are also a large part of why I love capturing the bond between other families.

“What kind of photography do you do?”

My specialty is newborn portraiture. They’re my bread and butter (with cinnamon and sugar- that’s how much I LOVE them). Who wouldn’t want to snuggle babies as a profession?! I’m trained in posing newborns safely and comfortably, and I find pure magic in helping babies settle gently into beautiful poses and capturing all the little details for their excited, beaming parents. I also find great joy in photographing children and families of all ages, and offer both “traditional” photos and fine art (think “painting”) style imagery. It’s an honor to capture those first portraits, and it’s even better when I get to document a child and their family as they change and grow. Check out more details about my services here.

“What can I expect?”

During sessions, I’m talkative and fast-paced (thanks, coffee!), but don’t worry- I can slow it down when I need to. My bubbly personality comes in handy when I need to keep a toddler’s attention, and I’ve been known to make some crazy faces and sing like a maniac just to get a smile. We’ll go over everything you can expect and any questions you have during the booking process. (Don’t fret- it’s a short and simple process. Not as tedious as it sounds!)

Do you feel I’d be the right person to photograph your child or family? Contact me, and I’ll give you all the details you’ll need to know to book your session!


Client Testimonials


“Kayla did my son's newborn pictures and she made it look easy! She was super friendly and professional. Will definitely be back for more pictures. I can’t stress enough how easy it was to work with her.”

Andrea Howard


“She did amazing with my stubborn newborn!”

Holly Richmond

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“She did an amazing job with my family photos! Kayla made the entire experience so easy and fun!”

Tabbetha Thomas