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Inglis Family | Spring Mini Sessions | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Last November I was lucky enough to meet & photograph one of these four gorgeous women, a high school senior class of 2014.

(You may remember her awesome downtown session HERE.)

After falling in love with the images, Mom decided she really wanted a portrait with all of her girls.

She booked a Spring mini session, and is keeping it a surprise for her husband for father’s day!

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I think Dad is going to shed a few tears 🙂

I just can’t believe how much heart & beautiful soul these women gave to me in 15 minutes, oh my goodness!

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And my personal favorite, you know I love a close up … and eyes that shine, me oh my.

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~Kathy

Now booking through the end of 2014 including fall & holiday portrait sessions, and Class of 2015 senior portrait sessions!

kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com | 919-538-8987

Raleigh NC Portrait Photographer

Raleigh NC Family Photographer

Raleigh NC High School Senior Photographer

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A Bit of Fashion | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Good Monday to you!

You may remember my previous post (HERE)  of the gorgeous staff of Bloom Skin Spa.

Since we had my wonderful hair & make-up artist Elaine on set that day, the spa owner decided have some fun and add fashion flair to her portraits.

(Mom of three under 8 and a business owner- seriously!)

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Such a beautiful couple, love them both.

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~Kathy

Contact me today to schedule YOUR dream fashion photo shoot!

NOW BOOKING High school class of 2015 & fall family portraits!

919-538-8987 | kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

Family Photographer Raleigh, NC

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Beauty at Bloom Spa | Raleigh Head Shot Commercial Photography

I am lucky to say this was my third year photographing the staff at Bloom Skin Spa in Cary!

(Click to see images from FIRST year and SECOND year)

Every year we ‘step it up’ a notch, this year we brought in my favorite Elaine with Elaine Harrison Makeup Artistry for some glam-ing up!

It’s just a great day for everyone, me included 🙂

The staff is always kind, it is evident in their smiles.

 

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My friend & salon owner Amber.  We met during my first ever facial.

(Gives the most amazing facial you’ll EVER receive!)

High fashion. all the way.

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More shares from her fashion mini-shoot coming to the blog soon.

~Kathy

Commercial Head Shot Photographer, Raleigh NC

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And the Winner Is …. | Raleigh Portrait Family Photography

The winning image from the Best of 2013 Contest …

My Parisian friend, the beautiful Mrs. Kearns!

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This image won pretty much by a landslide, with more than twice the votes of any other!

(I dream of capturing this image in the beautiful city that is Paris, by the Louvre or perhaps the Champs-Elysees.)

And would you believe I made this skirt?  It’s true!

Read more about  the story behind the image & this shoot click HERE.

Thank you ALL for participating and making 2013 my best year yet.

Cheers to a prosperous & fun filled 2014!

xo

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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{ Briana } | Raleigh Teen Model Photography

Meet beautiful Briana.  Aspiring model and all around beauty!

We met downtown for her session on a perfect late fall afternoon.  I had a few locations in mind, and we had a blast walking around finding new ones too!

A big thanks her Mom who joined us, and who quickly became my assistant and reflector holder extraordinaire!

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Just.plain.captivating.eyes.

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~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

Now booking 2014!!

kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com     919-538-8987

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13 Treasured Friendships | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photography

It all started with a request for a group portrait.  A portrait to celebrate thirteen beautiful friendships, and their upcoming life changes.

I casually suggested why not make it more of a celebration with mini-makeovers and magazine style portraits for everyone!

And that’s what we did.

Each brought something unique and beautiful to my lens (and a lot of laughter as well!)

Beauty everywhere!

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Above are twelve gorgeous friends, and the thirteenth I spotlight as she was the guest of honor.  She is moving overseas for a year, and will be greatly missed!

Today is also her birthday – happy happy birthday Ellie!

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I managed to stitch together a tulle skirt the day before the shoot, and we spent maybe five minutes photographing her in it.

This image is all you Ellie, & all of your brilliance that shines!

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I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed the reality of thirteen women who love & support each other.

AND gather at least once per month!

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And one last image to close out this post, with a quote I found online …

At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry. – Les Miserables, Drink With Me.

(For photogs and those interested .. on camera flash low power, ISO 3200 f/6.3  1/200th.  It was basically dark out!)

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Thank you ALL for bringing your sparkle & shine to this day I will not forget!

~Kathy

If you are interested in setting up a portrait party * the ultimate girls day out * give me a shout and we’ll design yours!

Just click the contact link above.

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Lucky 13 Preview | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Thirteen beautiful & vivacious friendships were celebrated yesterday, and I had the honor to capture this special day.

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Each enjoyed a 10 minute make-over & a 10 minute glam portrait session, and some really fun groups shots at the end.

The rain held off, & it was an amazing day!

Much more to come…

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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A Beautiful Family | Cary Portrait Photographer

I was just plain delighted when my dear friend Cathy mentioned it was her mother’s 70th birthday coming up, and they wanted to have portraits made for the occasion.

I am an on location photographer, so one Saturday morning we met for coffee & I scouted their homes, and decided to set up at Mom’s place. A perfect indoor sun room, as well as beautiful outdoor lakeside scenery.

We discussed clothing and decided to keep it simple, as I knew the focus here would be the amazing eyes of these gorgeous faces!

The day came, we had a room full of tops strewn over couches, sparkling bubbly & Mom’s favorite home made nut mix (quite yummy!) and my favorite hair & make up artist present.  A great little pamper party for a Thursday morning!

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I read this quote somewhere some time ago, jotted it down & have been saving it for the perfect occasion.  And this is absolutely it!

“There are many joys to being a portrait photographer.  The greatest is the experience of a day with beautiful people.”

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This image makes me tear up every time.

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This one too.  A momma and her son.

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I can only hope to be this radiant and beautiful at seventy.  Nan, you are stunning!

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Like mother, like daughters …

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And this little guy, he whined at our feet until we picked him up.  And then he smiled for me! Funny!

One more outfit change for some color, and back outside we went.

These last two were taken in noon day sun.  Luckily we found some lovely shade & foliage for the backdrop.

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Thank you for sharing your beautiful selves with me 🙂

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Kathy Howard Photography is now booking limited summer portrait sessions & portrait parties, the ultimate girls day out for you & your mother, sisters or even best friends.

I’d love to talk with you about your celebration!

Please email kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com or call 919-538-8987

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Cary NC

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Amber | Portrait Couture | Raleigh Portrait & Beauty Photographer

Every year I have the privilege to work with the beautiful staff of Bloom Skin Spa.  Our first time together last year we had a blast capturing some really fun head shots.  You may remember them in this post here.

This year we decided to ramp it up a bit and bring in my fabulous hair & make-up artist Elaine with Elaine Harrison Makeup Artistry.     The staff was very excited when they saw their images – I blogged their images last week &you can view them here.

So now for the final piece.

I spent about an hour of this day with the absolutely stunning owner & mother of three young children, Amber.  She wanted to capture fresh fashion inspired portraits.

  I had a fun time experimenting with some creative editing as well with textures and color, a bit out of my norm but fun to do & I’m really happy with the results!

Here are some of my favorites.

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Amber has an amazing and quite adorable husband … meet Ken & Barbie!

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They have a really incredible relationship.

Laughter is one of the keys to love, I always say…

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We switched things up and ended her shoot with some Brigitte Bardot inspired images… and I must say, she pulls this look off  quite effortlessly.

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Oh Amber, you even make giant hair rollers look good!

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And I pretty much had to beg her to let me share this, although I’m not sure why because she has so much natural beauty, inside AND out!

A before & after …

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Thank you Amber for another enjoyable photo shoot with you 🙂

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On a side note, I have definitely found a niche with my work that I am very excited about & actively working to expand.  A portrait couture studio is in sights!

If you are interested in more details about a shoot,  please email kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com and I will send you more details.

Together we will plan your ultimate dress up session, and capture images that will thrill & empower you every time you look at them!

I would be honored to capture the light that shines from inside of you.  It’s an experience you will treasure.

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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