The Beautiful Staff of Bloom Skin Spa | Raleigh Portrait Headshot Photographer

It’s hard to believe sometimes how fast time flies.  An entire year ago I was commissioned to take head shots of the staff of Bloom Skin Spa. Since then I have become a patron on a regular basis, and have come to know & love this staff!

Last year I  decided that head shots do NOT need to be blah & boring, and we had a total blast making each other laugh and shine with true smiles!  You may remember THIS POST  with their gorgeous pics.

Here we are, one year later, and this year we decided to glam up the head shots a bit.  I had my favorite hair & make-up artist Elaine (see her website here) join us as well as her assistant Adrian.

The staff was treated to some pampering and I think enjoyed it a whole lot!

What they may not have enjoyed so much was the fact that I asked them to step outside for their portraits.  Originally I had planned to be inside in a well window lit  room, but it was a cloudy, rainy and chilly day.  I do know how to use my flash, but I really wanted the softness of the natural light.

Here is a back shot of the partial set (we are under an overhang to stay dry!):


I promise you head shots with me is not boring, it is an experience and I take great pride in capturing you as beautiful as you are.

I spent  about 5-10 minute photographing each staff member, and here are some of my favorite images …


Love these two with a black and white film effect


The owner and I decided we would take a good hour of this day to take some beautiful & glamorous portraits of her.

These will be presented in their own blog post, but here’s a teaser for you.



Did you know that every beauty & boudoir session booked with Kathy Howard Photography receives a gift card for an amazing organic facial at Bloom Skin Spa!  You will not only love the facial, but the staff is extraordinary.


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Mom & Daughters Preview | Raleigh Portrait Photography

Last week I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family.  Would you even believe they are celebrating Mom’s 70th birthday?!

So much beauty that I literally had goosebumps several times during this session.

Enjoy the preview!


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Thanks you for your support!


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“That Fun Confetti Photographer” … | Raleigh Portrait Family Photography

I am sorry it’s been over a week since I’ve blogged.  No real excuse except this busy life!  I have been shooting a lot, and  do have several sessions to share with you, hoping to blog at least one today.  Spring break is here and we are headed down to Florida for a week!  Packing up my family & errand running may trump blogging, we’ll see 🙂

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while.  A few weeks ago I was invited to my friend Dawn’s house for an oyster roast.  You may remember her gorgeous children from this blog post HERE.

We were hanging out, eating oysters & drinking a cold one, when Dawn introduced me to her friend.  Her friend said, “Oh my gosh, are you that fun confetti photographer?”  I laughed because first of all, I still get excited when people call me a photographer 🙂  And secondly, the fun confetti photographer.  Loved it.  Yes, I want to be that person.  Wait, I AM that person!  Sweet!

The whole confetti fun started with my daughter’s 14th birthday, and it trickled down into several sessions from there.

Here are some of my favorites from my fun confetti journey.  Hope it brings a smile to your day!

And where it all started, with my girl…

And a favorite short video clip of my youngest to end this post …



Be back soon!


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{Melanie} | Raleigh Beauty Portrait Photography

Melanie have known each other for a while now.  We were neighbors and our children played together.  We were even in business together for a little while (we both chuckle!).  A few years ago she & her family moved out of the neighborhood and we lost touch for a little while, as that happens.

Then I began my photography business and I have been lucky enough to take her family holiday photos the past two years.  You may remember their picnic session HERE.

As my beauty & boudoir business has been growing, Melanie has been following and decided it was her time.

Her time to celebrate her amazing elegance & accomplishments.

I have truly never met anyone with as much timeless & classic beauty as Melanie.

If you know me, you know I love to have some fun …


Inspired by Brigitte Bardot … carried through effortlessly.

We went for a little bit of  film type editing, I think it makes this image complete.

She braved the chilly day & we went outside for some action shots … what a super model!

Ultimate femininity …

Melanie, I am so glad you brought your hat!

We ended this fabulous session with some serious confetti fun!

Simply adorable, and if there is one image that defines Melanie, this is it…


Thank you Melanie for trusting me with your stunning beauty!

I also have a lot of behind the scenes footage to share – that will come in the next blog post!



Portrait Party! | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photography

I am super excited to announce I will be hosting a portrait party on  Saturday, January 12, 2013!!

You may be wondering what a portrait party is?  It’s a party, first off!

Sessions will be a shorter version of a full portrait session, yet includes professional hair & make-up at an incredible promotional rate!

Gift certificates available – would make a memorable holiday gift.

More details right here…

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me :

Hope to see you in the new year!



{ Ashley } Raleigh Cary Beauty Portrait Photography


 Meet Ashley.

Ashley who called me to book a shoot simply to celebrate who she is today.  Something we should all have the the desire to do.  Who else will do it for us but ourselves?!

We planned Ashley’s session over the phone, and I enjoyed our conversations.  When I met her in person, I felt like I had run into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in years.  Just that great!

She was also my  ‘gorgeous guinea’ client for my new studio set up, and a gracious one at that.

  AND today is Ashley’s birthday … HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU !!

Fabulous, flirty & ferocious forty four!!


Would you believe me if I told you this was the first image I took?  Sparkling!

I can hear the Ella Fitzgerald Pandora station playing right now …

Infectious smile & laughter!

Strength & beauty defined.

I enjoyed every single moment of my session with you Ashley – thank you for a fabulous morning.

Happy happy birthday!!



Simple Lighting Technique Pt.2 | Raleigh Portrait Photography


This post is part two (see part one HERE) of my fun & easy simple lighting set up.  I am so excited to share because it really is so darn easy and produces great results.

Cloudy day.  Part one showed how we were on my covered  (important to acheive this look) front porch with ten dollars worth of foam core board we are using for background and reflectors.


This image we are in same location with same set-up, MINUS the reflector to the right side of her face. I wanted more light/dark contrast for this portrait.

This type of lighting is called split lighting. It splits the face  into equal halves with one side being in the light, and the other in shadow.

I had her look her eyes to the sky to get those gorgeous catch lights …

My youngest assistant was holding a small piece of foam core at the subjects waist

(you can see how the foam core lightened the bottom of her iris a bit).

I really like it in B&W too


Simple & effective.

Part three will show how I moved the set up slightly & gained some wind in the hair without the convenience of electricity!



Simple Lighting Technique Part 1 | Raleigh Portrait Photography

 I realize more and more everyday how much a simple portrait makes me happy, deep down happy.

The portrait that captivates the viewer.  Eyes open to the soul.

 A few weekends ago my husband and son left to camp for the weekend.

Three girls in the house with new lipstick & excitement to have what we called our magazine glamour portrait party.   Lots of laughter, music & chocolate chip cookies!

Front  porch & a cloudy day.

Cloudy days ( in my opinion) produce flat lighting.  I like to try to liven things up by tunneling the light, meaning be in an open yet covered area. The light is coming more directly into the subject, instead of  overhead.

Three pieces of white foam core board, one large & two poster size.  Total cost approx. $10.00.

A. The background

B. Reflector held by subject underneath face

C. Reflector held by me to the LEFT of the face, to brighten her right face side and block any blue color casts from the door.

D. Comfy pajama pants 🙂

The resulting image :

f 3.2   1/320th  ISO800

(slightly different hair-do & collar from behind the scenes photo, but same simple lighting set up)

Notice the catch lights in the bottom of her eye, created by the white foam core she is holding at her waist.


Coming up in part two we will remove one reflector, yet get even brighter catch lights!

And a favorite out take from the weekend, as I was attempting a glorious sisterhood portrait …

I think Cyndi Lauper had it right many years ago … “Girls just wanna have fun”

If you have any questions, leave ’em in the comments & I’ll be sure to answer!



Bloom Skin Spa Head Shots | Cary Raleigh Commercial Head Shot Photography


A few months ago a friend pleaded with me to book a facial with Amber at the Bloom Skin Spa.  She said you’d never have anything so good in your life, and she was right!  My facial was downright amazing.   Turns out this facial led to a friendship and a wonderful job opportunity for me!

I was hired to take images of this booming salon for web updates, as well as head shots of all of the employees.  Don’t yawn just yet!  I believe that every opportunity I have with a client is a unique and special one.  Head shots with me are FAR from boring, as I see it as my goal to capture your personality, even if my lens is only focused on you for a few minutes.

We had a ball at this head shot ‘party’ – an amazing and oh so beautiful group of women!

Enjoy the images …