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Amy + Brad | Raleigh Engagement Photographer

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We met on a Sunday afternoon, early in the afternoon.  Although these two met in Raleigh, they do reside here and they needed to hit the road later that afternoon to head back home.

We met at a very popular brew pub, to meet and greet and get to know each other a bit before I started shooting.  I could tell immediately that these two were made for each other.  So comfortable & confident, and absolutely radiant with love! I felt at ease immediately, and as if I had known them for a while already.

We began our photo shoot at this brew pub, as it has a fabulous backdrop view of downtown Raleigh.  The light was a little brighter than I would have liked, but they were real troopers and managed not to squint too much!  We then all jumped in my car and proceeded on our adventure, finding some new spots that I will definitely use in future photos!

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Amy, your are positively sparkling, sweet & glowing!

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Oh, to be so young and so in love!

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RAWR!

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Brad, you’re a true gentleman.

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We wrapped up our shoot in this beautiful field.  It was even more in bloom than the week before, and I think they were as excited as I was when we drove up.

I just love these images!

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REAL men wear fresh wild flowers in their pocket, when their lady requests!

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I am honored and so very excited to be photographing your wedding this fall!

~Kathy

 

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Simple Inspiration | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photography

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The other day I received the TIME Magazine Style & Design issue in the mail.  Per normal, I spent about two minutes flipping through, really liking what I saw.  This image inspired me to start a ‘Portrait’ Board on Pinterest.   Loved the lighting and mood of the image.

( If you aren’t on Pinterest yet, you should be!  Email me if you want an invitation, or click HERE to follow me.)

We were all sitting around the table enjoying our family dinner.  I do my best to make family dinner happen every night of the week, but it’s not easy!

I sit directly across from my teenage daughter.  The lights were out in the room behind her, and in my mind I was analyzing how the overhead lighting was falling on her face.  How it was shaping her based upon which way she turned her head. Not intentionally, but most likely because I had recently been inspired by that magazine. I love it when my mind goes this direction!

I non-chalantley left the table to get my camera. I didn’t want to do anything fancy, I just wanted to capture her in this particular light.

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Here’s the first one I snapped:

f/1.8   1/200th ISO 1000

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Then I asked her to gently put her hand on her face.

This one is my favorite, and is definitely going up on our portrait wall.

f/1.8   1/200th  ISO 1000

Can you tell which direction the light is coming from? Not only from her skin, but look at her eye catch-lights too.

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The fabulous location of these two portraits, our crumbed up dinner table:

(  lucky for me I got her before this mood took over!)

I hope this post inspires you in some way or another!  Would love to hear if so.

~Kathy

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

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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 …

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Lovely Ladies of the Cotillion | Raleigh Cary Lifestyle Portrait Photography

Last week I had the privelege to take pictures of two beautiful young teenagers all dressed up for the Cotillion Ball.  This was an extra special event to me because I have known these girls since they were in kindergarten. I am so proud of how the young adults they are, and excited for their bright bright futures!

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We met at my house so we could ride together.   Not a bad natural backdrop, and the breeze was an added plus!

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We headed downtown for the ball, and we were running a bit late.  I had them do one walking series before we headed to the top floor (they may have thought I was a bit crazy, and of course we had on-lookers too!)

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I just love the end of day light downtown!

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A few more in the grand ballroom and it was time to join their friends.

Thank you ladies for a lovely evening!

~Kathy

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Big Hair Salon Fashion Shoot | Apex Raleigh Cary Durham Fashion Portrait Photography

I have to say just one more time how awesome the whole crew was for this shoot!

The day was filled with excitement & laughter, and a HUGE dose of just plain fabulousness.

Enough with the words, here are some of my favorite images from the day!  (There are MANY more coming in your online gallery today)

Coming soon will be a ‘behind the scenes’ post, with more info on my lighting choices & how I chose them, how I set it all up,  as well as fun pictures!

Image request : If you have any images that you took that day with your phone or other means, will you please email to me?  kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com.  Thank you!!

~Kathy

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Big Hair Apex | Fashion Shoot Preview | Raleigh Cary Apex Fashion Portrait Photographer

YET again I find myself wondering how I get so lucky to have so much fun doing what I love to do?!

This shoot was amazing & I had such a lovely afternoon with these ladies!  This group of hair stylists & hair models completely knocked my socks off with their FAB-u-lous-NESS!  Mothers, daughters, college & high school students – we celebrated all stages of a woman’s life. These are not paid models, yet you would seriously never know it.  Every single one of them rocked my camera’s world, and here’s a glimpse from last Saturday to prove it!

I can’t even tell you how many more awesome shots there are to share!

The rest of the gallery will be ready by the middle of next week – I’ll be back to share more for sure!  Until then, have a great weekend everyone!

~Kathy

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Warming Up : Upcoming Hair Salon Shoot | Raleigh Cary Apex Portrait Fashion Photography

This weekend I will be shooting fashion portraits at the Big Hair Salon in Apex.  I am a client there, and have been for many years.  They have a beautiful lobby with huge windows& a large wall behind the reception area.  I have always imagined a large photo display on that wall, and now it will become a reality – so cool!  The owner has lined up clients that are willing to participate and have their photo taken.  We will use these images to design this wall display.  I couldn’t be much more excited than this, and I can only imagine how the clients/models are feeling!

To prepare for this shoot, I set up my studio lighting gear in my house and practiced on my family over the weekend.  Very informal, here and there, a few bed heads – lots of fun.  Tried different lighting set-ups to see which I prefer.  I will definitely be back here with a post with details of the set-up I used for this shoot, what gear & why I chose it.

But for now, here are a few of the shots I got – several to be hanging on my walls in the near future!

 

Aren’t my kids great sports? I’m so lucky I tell ya …

~Kathy

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2011: A (Spectacular!) Year in Review | Raleigh Cary Apex Photographer

Wow.  I am somewhat speechless at this moment.  I just spent the last few hours viewing my image galleries from 2011, and reflecting upon every session that I was lucky enough to be a part of.  My heart is so full of thankfulness, and my eyes are full of disbelief that I met and photographed so many fun & fabulous people!  Seriously, someone pinch me already!

These images are only a very small representation of what I adore & what I am proud of this year.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me to capture your precious smiles & memories.

Looking forward to seeing many of you again in 2012!

~Kathy

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Jones Family Session Preview | Raleigh Cary Durham Family Child Photographer

So great to spend some time photographing one of my favorite families on a perfect (and warm) fall day.  You may remember them from last year – the giant chess board images.

They are so much fun, and the kids are so kind to each other & love to goof around … love that!

Something so sweet about big brother & little brother:

I have known this young lady for several years now, and she is just a bright & wonderful person:

I think they have an explorer in the family!

Enjoy your preview guys – SO many more fun shots coming your way!

~Kathy

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Holmes Bridal Portraits | Historic Yates Mill Park | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photographer

 

 

As you are reading this, I will either be shooting the Holmes/Gruenewald wedding, or almost finished!

It has been difficult this past month not to share some of these beautiful images from this amazing session … but here we go!

Some women are just meant to be brides:

This session took place in early October, and we were both happy that we found a little changing foliage to add the air of fall to her images.

Hello lovely:

This is my first bride, and she was up for anything …  a real sport climbing the rocks and even letting me try to pin string to her veil (more about that in a minute)!

When I booked this session I had a vision of creating a flying veil.  I brought a safety pin and fishing line with me, but it didn’t look natural.  In the end, my AWE-SOME assistant threw the veil and ran out of the frame, and we go these shots that I am VERY happy with :

Then I started playing with the reflections and snapped another all time favorite (that’s the Mill in the reflection):

Pretty little red shoes:

A more traditional image with some vibrant fall color:

 I worked her hard those two hours, and it’s pretty safe to say she was elated when I said “that’s a wrap”!!

Wedding images coming this week!

~Kathy

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