Photography Workshop Charlotte | Raleigh Portrait Photographer


Hey there!  Sorry so long since I’ve been here.  I’m calling May the new December!

However, all good and exciting stuff.

A few weekends ago I attended a photography workshop in Charlotte taught by a true master of light, Craig Lamere.  If you haven’t seen his work you should really take a moment & check him out!

 I am a 90% natural light photographer, I decided to attend this class to learn & improve my lighting skills.  I learned SO much more than that – posing, editing, and a good dose of motivation 🙂


The workshop was hosted by the fabulous Dez Ebanks.  Awesome studio G, set up with THREE shooting bays with three different models & light patterns.

DISNEYLAND for photographers!

We photographed all day and literally almost all night.  Awesomeness.


Here are a few images that I shot & edited.

So much fun to have a styling team on board, lovin’ the fashion aspect, something I plan to add to my business SOON!




This particular model is a past high school senior client of mine, and a pretty special friend.

She IS “The Leap” photo that you see when you first land on my web page.

One of my very first photo shoots four years ago.

So thankful!

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Keep your eyes open for a Summer newsletter to come out next month.

I will be announcing FAll Mini Session dates and a few other fun things to come!!

If you are not part of my mailing list and would like to sign up, send me an email via contact form above or visit my facebook page HERE and click the NEWSLETTER link.

(I’ll figure it out how to link here soon!)

Happy Summer~


Now booking FALL & HOLIDAY 2014 Family Sessions & Class of 2015 SENIORS

Contact Kathy :  919.538.8987

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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!


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!



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



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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!)




Such a beautiful couple, love them both.



Contact me today to schedule YOUR dream fashion photo shoot!

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

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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.





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.


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


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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!


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!



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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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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!


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!


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!


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!


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!)


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


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.


Lucky 13 Preview | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

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


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…


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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!


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.”


This image makes me tear up every time.


This one too.  A momma and her son.


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


Like mother, like daughters …


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.


Thank you for sharing your beautiful selves with me 🙂


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 or call 919-538-8987


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