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{ Caroline } Class of 2013 | Raleigh Cary Senior Photographer

Last weekend Caroline and I met for her senior session.  When we first discussed her vision for her session, she mentioned that she composes music and would love to be photographed with a grand piano.   I’m always up for a challenge and began searching my resources to see if we could make this happen.   Luckily, I finally found one! Meredith College was kind of enough to let us use a gorgeous Steinway D in the Carswell Music Hall.

Let me tell you, the first time I walked into this music hall I got goose bumps!  I was thrilled to have found such a great venue with such an amazing instrument.

We began her session at the piano.  I asked if she had brought any of her compositions.  Caroline told me most of her pieces are played through memory.  Awesome!

She played  while I adjusted my lighting, and we got this gorgeous shot …

(  I was on cloud nine working to this ethereal music – one very talented young lady)

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We kept the mood quiet and statuesque.

I am blown away by her presence & beauty.  Top of the favorite list.

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Then it was time to head outside for some fun in the late day sun!

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A gorgeous and simply contagious smile!

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We changed locations for a little edginess.   She painted with her shadows.  LOVE!

Talented, witty, smart & kind.  Caroline, you are an amazing girl & I truly enjoyed our time together!

~Kathy

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Simple Lighting Technique Pt.3 | Raleigh Portrait Photography

The third and final installment of this series.

(You can read part one HERE and part two HERE.)

You may recall in part two I utilized a lighting technique called split lighting.  This type of lighting splits the face  into equal halves with one side being in the light, and the other in shadow.

For part three, I decided to face my subject towards the light 100%.  I wanted to achieve soft, bright & even light.

We are using the larger piece of foam board for the background.  We are using the smaller piece for …. a man made breeze!

This is the result:

ISO1000     f/3.2   1/250th

First of all, I LOVE this image!

  Second of all, I love sharing it because you would never know she was in pajama pants on my front porch with her big sister waiving a foam board in her face – which of course resulted in this fabulous grin!

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Time for big sis to step into the wind zone …

ISO 500     f/3.2    1/400th

I love the soft, flowy feel to this image.  I wish I had unpinned her bangs – probably would have resulted in more hair movement.

And lastly, we stopped the wind and used that same piece of foam board as a reflector placed to her right waist area (you can see it in her eyes if you look closely)

ISO 500     f/3.2    1/400th

Mmmmm love those freckles.  Mmmmm I dig the light in this image so much.

If this was a paying client I would probably remove some of the redness from her eyes.   If I print it I will!

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I hope you enjoyed this series & are inspired by this information. I’d love to read any comments that you may have!

If you are on Pinterest, I have a board dedicated to lighting.  Click HERE to visit.

If you have any other ideas for tutorials please leave ’em in the comments too.

Thanks!

~Kathy

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Simple Lighting Technique Pt.2 | Raleigh Portrait Photography

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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.

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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

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Simple & effective.

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

~Kathy

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Laila | Class of 2013 | Raleigh Cary High School Senior Photographer

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Beauty, brains & a sparkling personality … best describes this class of 2013 high school senior!

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I know I’ve said this a million times before, but I absolutely enjoy photographing seniors!  They have fresh ideas & like to ‘go with the flow’, which in my opinion is a ton of fun.

Not to mention I am just in awe at how GORGEOUS they can be…

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Laila was a natural – so comfortable with me & the camera (even though she said she was very nervous!)

Most of the time I was getting ready to help her into a pose, and then she’d read my mind and do it on her own, and add her own elegance to the image…

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Not only is she a straight A student, but an accomplished musician as well!

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We had a lot of fun coming up with different ways to ‘interact’ with her violin…

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I could photograph her for days … so darn pretty!

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Being a late afternoon HOT summer day, some weather was brewing very close to us.  I later discovered that we missed the downpour by about 1/2 mile – nice!

I love to incorporate the elements into my imagery, and L O V E the way she posed for this image …

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We had a lot of fun cruising this park, looking interesting spots to take her pic. I knew we had to have at least one hair-action shot!

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Sweet & lovely.

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Thank you Laila for braving the heat & weather – you were a blast to photograph & I can tell you have a very bright future ahead of you!

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If you like these images of the beautiful Laila, please click ‘like’ below – thanks!

~Kathy

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A Morning with Baby R | Raleigh Cary Baby Lifestyle Photographer

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A few weeks ago I had the extreme pleasure to meet Mr. R.  It was his one month birthday!!

He is the first child of a great friend of mine, who has also taught two of my children.  She is amazing to say the very least!!

I arrived at a ‘decent’ morning hour, and we let Mr. R tell us what he was in the mood to do.  He is SUCH a sweet and mellow little man.  Ohh, I hope I get to babysit him, hint hint… 🙂

Here are a few favorites from our morning together …

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“She went that way” !!

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He was not smiling yet, but I could totally see it in his eyes!

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He is known for his ‘old man’ forehead – love those little wrinkles & wonderfully chubby cheeks 🙂

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A whole lot of love going on in this house.  I did in capture a lot of special mother & son moments, that we have decided to keep private.

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Thank you for sharing your little man with me!  I can’t wait to see that baby smile soon!

~Kathy

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Rebecca’s Pilates Session | Raleigh Cary Pilates Portrait Photographer

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I was so excited when I was contacted to do this shoot.  I love exercise, and really enjoy helping clients capture & celebrate their strength and beauty!

This lovely & impressive client is moving across country soon, and wanted me to take these images for her to have to start up her business in her new locale.

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I am embarrassed to say, I have never been in a true Pilates studio, and had no idea these reformers were an integral part of the work out … very cool!

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It’s all about the resistance … who looks this pretty while working out anyway?!

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My ‘portrait eye’ was loving this shoot …

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Strength.

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She made it look so easy.  I definitely gained new inspiration – thank you Rebecca!

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Peaceful power.  Love it!

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I l o v e this portrait.  Skin tingler for me.

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Graceful.

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We are both thrilled with the way this last image turned out.  You are awe-inspiring Rebecca!

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~Kathy

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Nikolich Family Session Preview | Raleigh Greensboro Family Portrait Photographer

Last weekend I traveled to Greensboro to see an dear old friend of mine, that has recently moved to NC.  We go waaayyyyyyy back, and although we really didn’t keep in touch very often through the years, I am so glad that she & her family are back in my life!

We had a fun & very active session – the boys were just the sweetest!

I just had to pop in and share these with you …here are two of the cutest faces you’ve seen lately!

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Lots more to come from this adorable family soon!

~Kathy

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