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The Lund Family | Raleigh Family Portrait Photography

I have known this family for a while, through school & summer swim team.  The Mom is amazing and one of those super-volunteers that makes everything happen beautifully and effortlessly!

Sadly they moved out of our school district, so we don’t get to see them as much.

I have always had a fondness for these sweet & polite children, so when I booked this session I knew I was in for a real treat.

But I really had no idea!

This family is the epitome of a strong & loving family.  And the kids, oh my goodness I honestly left this session wanting more!  Wanting to take them with me!

We had so much fun and they all brought their best to this session.

I will start with my favorite shot of the session.

“All you need is love …”

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A close second favorite, so genuine, so happy …

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 Mom & I met up to shop for the outfits for this session.  We had a great time picking and choosing the fresh colors of Spring clothing.

Now I have to say, she is a bit of a black & white ‘junkie’ like me.  However, we designed two wall displays for her home, and they are ALL color images!

(I will share her choices & designs in the next blog post – awesome!)

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Beautiful Miss E.  The big sister. So bright, so smart and very sweet 🙂

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Mr. N.  Stole my heart.  A kind soul & huge amounts of positive energy!

What a Q.T. Pie 🙂

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If you are my fan on Facebook, you have seen this pic.

I just can’t get enough of it!  I want to hang it in my own home!

(If you want to be a fan & follow my page, click HERE.  I’d love to see you there!)

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And the baby of the family.  Sweet, spunky, and a little heart breaker!  (She told me she has two boyfriends at this time lol!)

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And the icing on the cake… three siblings that truly love each other, although they may not admit it in public 🙂

Great job Mom & Dad!

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Thank you again Lund family for a truly enjoyable session!

~Kathy

Family Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Alex | Class of 2013 | Raleigh High School Senior Photography

Meet Alex.  Alex who met me with a huge smile and a firm hand shake.  He has been accepted into the physics department at  North Carolina State University.  He was also recently he was voted page of the week with the NC Legislature!   I love meeting seniors with a strong head on their shoulders, gives me so much hope for the future.

We met on the campus of NC State, walked around and photographed what inspired us.  Such an enjoyable way to shoot, I think for the client as well as for me.

Alex was completely personable and just a ton of fun to photograph.  No nerves, or at least they didn’t show!

Seriously, this was one of the first images I took …

We didn’t spend too much time at the the bell tower, because I knew I wanted to come back when the light was a little lower in the sky.

We began our walk about, and came upon this beautiful brick path.

I think walking images can show so much personality, to me this image shows strength.

More strength, and a good dose of GQ!

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Alex wanted some pictures in & around the free expression tunnel.  We got a ton of great shots, but this is Mom’s favorite, as well as mine …

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Photographing men can be so different than women, in my opinion.

I really enjoyed incorporating more of the edginess of the environment in Alex’s pictures, and am especially fond of this shot.

I was thrilled that the clouds stuck around for the end of the day.

And really glad that Alex brought his red NCSU shirt!

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An iconic location in the background.  Mom’s idea for a pic.  I decided to slow down my shutter speed to blur out the car, and think it turned out pretty cool!

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I just may have lay on my back for this shot.  But I did not alter the colors or the clouds.

Lucky to live in NC!

 

A few more portraits to wrap up the session.

Just couldn’t get enough of those baby blues!!!

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Thank you Alex & Brenda for a truly enjoyable session & afternoon!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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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 …

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Be back soon!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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The Hooper Children | Raleigh Lifestyle Portrait Photography

A few months ago I ran into an old neighbor & good friend of mine at Target.  We had lost touch after she moved away, and I was thrilled to reconnect with her.  We spend many hours watching the kiddos splash in the baby pool, enjoying long summer afternoons and frosty beverages!

She has four amazing children, one that I remember as a newborn and one I hadn’t even met yet.

My friend hired me to take pictures of  her youngest daughter, who wants to be the next big thing in the actress world.  I have to tell you after working with her, I know she has a VERY good chance!!

We met  at their home & began my session with Miss M., the aspiring movie star.

What an absolute sweetheart & shining star!!

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    She was very excited about her dress – what little girl doesn’t like to twirl?

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We then headed inside to take some pics with her big sis, in their beautiful & colorful bedroom.

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You just can’t take pics in a bedroom without a jumping on the bed shot!

We then decided to head to the neighborhood park & lake area.

Big brother joined us, and so glad he did.

The last time I saw him I think he was in diapers.  Man, time flies!

Handsome young man, don’t you think?

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A little sibling fun 🙂

Big sis Miss E has quite a personality too!  A lot of fun, and always smiling.

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We found the jackpot Camellia shrub in full bloom …

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We then headed back to the house to finish up the shoot with some super fun confetti shots!

Work it little Miss M!!

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Although the focus on this next shot is soft, it is one of my favorites because of pure joy that comes from it!

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And of course smiley Miss E had her turn with the confetti…

Check out these big brown eyes!

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I laugh every time I look at this image 🙂

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And this one too!

I don’t know how many times I can say this, but I am SO lucky to have such truly incredible clients.

These kids were SO good and really opened up to me, making my job my dream job 🙂

Thank you Dawn for sharing your babes with me!

~Kathy

p.s. Mom ordered four 16×16 metal prints for a wall display.  You bet I will blog it as soon as I get a photo.  The metals are FABULOUS!!

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Lund Family Preview | Raleigh Family Photography

This past Friday I had the honor of photographing this awesome family.

So cool & laid back, lots of fun and a huge amount of love for each other!

VERY hard to pick their preview image.

But I love this one, and think it will show you what I mean about their family dynamic …

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So,  I just HAVE to share one more.

The little man that I have a complete crush on!

Just check out this absolutely perfect laughing face…

(I may have to print this large and hang it in my own house!!)
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Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Be back soon with another fabulous family – it’s blogging Sunday 🙂

~Kathy

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Alex | Class of 2013 | Raleigh Senior Photography

Yesterday I had the privilege to meet Alex.  He is a rising star in Raleigh, I promise you that!

He will attend North Carolina State this fall, and we decided to have his session on campus.

I have some pretty amazing landscape images, but for the preview I want to share this image.

This is one of our first shots of the day.  I think it captures how truly personable he is!

Have a great Monday!

~Kathy

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Sweet Girls of Cotillion | Preview | Raleigh Portrait Photography

Yesterday I spent a sunny yet chilly afternoon with six beautiful girls, all dressed up on their way to their first year Cotillion ball.  An exciting time in their lives.

We had so much fun, and they were real troopers considering it was in the 40’s and breezy!

Enjoy the preview image, lots more to come.

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And just for fun, here’s a behind the scenes snap my wonderful assistant Mom took …

~Kathy

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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 …

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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…

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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!

~Kathy

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Little Miss M | Preview | Raleigh Family Portrait Photography

Friday afternoon I had the pleasure to meet this little sweetheart.  She wants to be an actress & she most definitely has the sparkle to make that happen!

I also photographed her awesome siblings, and am anxious to share those as well.

Here is adorable Miss M & those eyes that will melt 1,000 hearts …

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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