Bill Raab


“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them.” – Annie LeibovitzBill Raab

I think the thing I would like to get out there first is that I am humbled and honored to step into the spaces I have been allowed with my clients. I treasure the moments I capture, they are precious to me and I believe that comes through in what I deliver to my clients. When my images are viewed I do not only want them to be a reminder of a moment I want them to have the “aroma” of that moment. I don’t want my images to only be something for your eyes I want them to be something that goes beyond that, to your heart.

My wish is to build a relationship with my clients. I want to be the photographer that you remember as the one who made you laugh and the one willing to go that extra mile for you. I want to be that photographer that you can confidently recommend to your family and friends. Photographs aren’t just pictures. They are stories, some big and some small. I would love to help you to tell your story in a way that will stand the test of time.

I prefer to structure myself and imagery around your life as it naturally happens. I am told I have an uncanny (people still use that word?) ability to capture “moments”. Much of that has to do with who I am as a person. I hear the soft whispers, see the quick glances and feel a sense of connection when most others cannot or do not. I try to make images that touch hearts and spirits besides being pleasing to the eyes. I guess what I am trying to say with that statement is that I like my photography to appear as natural as possible rather than tightly structured and forced. I want “who you are” to be visible in your images. That is one of the reasons I take the time, if possible , prior to any shoot, to get to know you better. It is important that there be a connection between the photographer and their subject.

I know that for many people, including myself, it can be an uncomfortable position to be in, in front of the lens. I understand that uncomfortability. I know the best images will come when you feel comfortable enough to just be who you are. Thankfully I have been blessed with a personality and demeanor that puts people (big and small) at ease pretty quickly. I want us all to walk away feeling like we had a good time and I want to provide the imagery that proves we did.

Interested in how I arrived at “Exposed To Light”? Wrestling with a name for my business a handful of years ago I wanted to somehow tie together both my photography and my faith. This name seemed to do both, I fell in love with it, and made it mine.

I would love the opportunity to work with you to capture reflections of your life’s memorable moments. I am available for on-location shoots and I have full studio access near downtown Minneapolis  for those cold Winter months. I am willing to travel and encourage you to inquire about that if you are outside the twin cities/metro area.

I am a portrait, wedding and event photographer who resides in Coon Rapids Minnesota. I have been married to my lovely wife Deb since 2004 and I am the father of two beautiful daughters. Deb and I also share our home with, dare I say four, of the cutest kitty cats you have ever seen.

… Bill


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Member of the Professional Photographers Association