Hutchins Family | Raleigh Family Photography

More beautiful holiday portraits to share today!

A lovely family, Mom is a super woman and her boys are very sweet & kind.



Can you even believe the colors?!




What started as a mini-session digital file package, turned into a gorgeous metal print wall display.

I have some really cool software that allows us to design your wall together at your ordering session, using YOUR photos and changing them as necessary until we have the perfect fit for you.


“Thank you so much! I love, love the pictures and cannot wait to put them on my wall!”

Have a great weekend ya’ll!


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The Making of Snow Goddess | Raleigh Portrait Photography

This was such a fun project with my daughter.

Here’s a little behind the scenes.

The day before the snow fell, we went for a walk in the woods.

We gathered our head piece materials & made sure the stump I knew of was still there = location!

We trimmed, we snipped, and were excited about all of the beautiful goodies we found in our field


(not shown – six golf balls and a dog toy!)

IMG_5820The we took some floral wire and tape, and made a ‘halo’ form to fit her head.  We used several layers so that we could ‘weave’ our nature items into it.

We also used a hot glue gun as needed.


It snowed that night, and the next day we headed out to the back field for photos.  It was c- o- l- d outside, but she didn’t care.

I am lucky she still likes to do these things with me 🙂

Growing up fast, wearing my warmest wool coat.

It’s a vintage Raleigh made wool coat circa 1960’s, give to me by my mother-in-law and VERY loved!


Did photograph her in the coat, but it distracts from the headpiece and the vision of this image.

Big sis was my assistant – most of the time holding the reflector, and a little bit of flash…

Here she is getting warmed up lol! (she’s not blind thank goodness)


Ten years old … wearing MY blouse, knit tights & boots!



I posted more images in previous blog post HERE.


Up next I will continue to ‘catch up’ blogging with more winter sessions!

Have a great day.


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Snow Goddess | Raleigh Portrait Photography

 I have been wanting & needing to do something creative.  Outside of ‘the box’.

It’s fun & helps me grow personally & as a photographer.

Snow days happen maybe once a year here in Raleigh.  When I heard to forecast for daytime snow, I knew this was it! The base for this creative project.

A  dreamy & soft fantasy type snowfall portrait.

Well, the forecast changed and we didn’t get our daytime snowfall, so I tweaked the idea I had a bit and couldn’t be happier.


Here are the images that resulted from our home made nature headpiece & my youngest girl modeling.

Post-processed slightly different than my normal style.  I like it, to me it fits the mood of the project.




I really like the look of b & w film


Did I mention it was in the 20’s outside?  My girl is such a trooper.


And a Goofball!



See you soon with some behind the scenes & how we made the headpiece!


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Teague Family | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Always a joy to photograph my dear friend Cathy, added bonus to photograph her oh so handsome boys too 🙂

This mini session was a week after the previous mini’s, and sadly the wind and the weather stripped most of the fall color away.

However, we picked lots of bright color & accessories during her wardrobe consult, and I couldn’t be any happier with how the images turned out!


Love me some freckles now …



They are raising some seriously handsome & genuinely nice kids!


These two.  Meant to be together x 100.





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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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*BEST OF 2013* Photo Contest! | Raleigh Portrait Family Photography

I’m excited to begin 2014 with my 3rd annual image contest!

I have picked one image that really grabs me from each session, in many cases there were more than one, some really tough choices!

It was a pleasure to capture each and every one of these 30 selected images.  I am so thankful that you have trusted me with these precious memories.


Head on over to my Facebook fan page (click HERE) to vote for your favorite.  HERE is a link to the image album on Facebook.

Be a FAN of Kathy Howard Photography on Facebook, and comment “VOTE” under your favorite image(s).

(If you do not have a Facebook account, you may vote for your favorite via the comment section below.)

Voting ends Monday night , winner announced Tuesday morning, January 7th.

Image with the most votes (one per person please) wins a stunning 16×20 Gallery Wrapped Canvas Print!

Good luck all & thank you for participating!


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12 Sweet Smiles | Raleigh Child Portrait Photography

I am so thrilled with how my mini sessions went this year,  the weather, the location and most of all the wonderful families I photographed!

(Everyone arrived on time which is a double bonus!)

Unfortunately it is still too soon to share the family portraits (don’t want to spoil any holiday card surprises), so I put together a collage of the beautiful smiling faces I captured that day!

Hope it puts a smile on your face today 🙂




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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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Rabbit Rabbit Welcome December | Raleigh Family Photography

Hello there!  Hard to believe it is December, isn’t it?

We have a little tradition where upon the first day of every month we say “rabbit rabbit” to each other.  This ensures good luck for the duration of the month!

It must work, because I feel so lucky and thankful for all of you & my clients.  2013 has been my best year yet!

I have LOTS to blog in the upcoming weeks from all of the fabulous sessions & mini-sessions this fall.

Today I cap off my 2013 shooting season with two more family sessions,

and then it’s time to focus on my family& this joyous time of year 🙂


Here’s a sneak peek from one of my mini sessions last week.  Can you believe the luck with the foliage?!

(Not able to share most of them yet because folks don’t want to spoil the holiday card surprise.)Haist2013-128-blog

Hope your holiday weekend was bountiful & restful!


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{Bailey} Class of 2014 | Raleigh Cary High School Senior Photographer

Excited to be posting more from Bailey’s awesome senior session today!

I can’t begin to tell you how sweet & kind this gorgeous girl is…  you can tell in each and every one of her images.

We had a blast walking around downtown Raleigh, shooting where the wind took us!


Thank you Bailey & Missy for a truly enjoyable afternoon 🙂  It’s been a pleasure getting to know you!


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It’s not too late to book your senior session!

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