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Francine | Author Head Shots and Personal Branding

I am really excited to share this blog post with you today!

Late last year Francine came to me via a search on Google.  She was new to the area, and in immediate need for author photos for her soon to be published book, ‘Lightly : How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-free life’.

(Available for pre-sale on Amazon as of this week click HERE! – You may recognize Francine’s profile & book jacket cover after reading this ;))

As fate would have it, I had another client reschedule last minute, and was able to photograph Francine in time for her publisher’s deadline.  Thank you fate!!  Meeting & photographing Francine was truly like a breath of warm fresh air!  We hit it off immediately, she is so kind & personable.  Neither one of us wanted her photo shoot to end, and we ended up talking & laughing for quite a while afterwards.

Francine arrived at the studio and relaxed with pampering & professional hair and make up with Kristi of Wink Hair & Make Up. (Scroll to bottom for behind the scenes!)

With the ultimate goal of minimal, light & bright, we first stepped outside to capture some environmental head shots, and the rest of the day ‘played’ with different outfits & lighting in the studio.  Was a perfect shoot with a beautiful person!

 

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Behind the scenes … we laughed a lot 🙂

Behind the scenes … makeover & pampering with Kristi!

~Kathy

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Ashlee | Raleigh High School Senior Photographer

Beautiful Ashlee!

Ashlee and her Mom came to the studio the morning of her prom.  Ashlee received professional  hair & make up, and then we captured some stunning portraits in her prom dress.

I love that Mom thought ahead to book professional portraits … you spend so much time and effort to find the perfect dress & perfect look, why settle for iPhone photos (although I’m a big fan myself)

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Not only is Ashlee super sweet, kind & smart, she completely wowed me with her openness to the camera.

Every frame was a jaw dropper!

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Kathy

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Traci | Raleigh Head Shot Personal Branding Photographer

Traci is not only a mom to two adorable young girls,  but also a fellow photographer!

Traci came to the studio  (with her bestie Nicole, previous post) for a morning of pampering & relaxing.  Having a friend with you on a photo shoot simply doubles the fun & makes the morning out just that much more enjoyable.

Traci wanted new gorgeous portraits for her website & social media.  I love what she said during her image reveal , ” I thought I would only like one or two.  But, I love them all!”

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And one before snap – toasting friendship & a morning out together – love it!

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 xo Kathy

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50 & Fabulous! | Raleigh Glamour Photography

My dear friend Cathy.

We’ve been friends for a loooong time.  She has seen me through some real life moments with open heart & open arms.

A remarkable friend & woman.

I am SO honored to have captured her 50th birthday portraits.

(YES, you read that number correctly!  Isn’t she stunning!)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND!

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And here’s a short video highlighting her shoot in my studio … my FIRST shoot in the new studio!

A true birthday celebration!

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50 & Fabulous! from Kathy Howard Photography on Vimeo.

 

~Kathy

Now booking : Studio BOUDOIR Mini-Sessions November 8th & 9th (in time for holiday gifts – wink)

Gather your girlfriends .. PORTRAIT PARTIES including hair, make-up & bubbly!

Head shot Mini sessions FIRST WEDNESDAY of every month

CLASS of 2105 High School Seniors

Session inquiries please contact Kathy

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The Best Camera To Have Is… | Photo Tips | Raleigh Family Photography

The very best camera to have is … the one you have WITH you.

In most cases that’s our phone camera.  I L O V E my iPhone because I never have to miss a moment.

There are a many apps out there that can  help you create better pics with your phone.

My favorites are:

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Camera +

Allows you to pick your focus point, among a million other great things.  Take some time to explore & play.

This was picture of my daughter was taken with this app (unedited).

I touched the screen on her left eye, and you can see the sharp focus that resulted.

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TimeCamera

For when YOU need to be in the picture.

Adjustable countdown up to 15 seconds, and it ‘beeps’ every second of the countdown so you know when the shutter will click!

Snapseed

By far the best editing app out there.  Again, take some time to play with this one.

I will do a blog post just on Snapseed in the near future.

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Hope these photo tips are helpful to you!

I’d love to hear what your favorite photo apps are – leave them in the comments!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

Now booking through August 2014

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Table Rock Mountain NC | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Hello again Monday! These summer weeks are flying by, we have been having way too much fun and even doing some vacationing. Still coming soon a few sessions to blog and a beautiful 10 square metal wall display …
This was my view yesterday, from the top of Table Rock Mountain in NC. All five of us + our two dogs braved a rocky and ‘moderate’ hike to the top & enjoyed this amazing (iPhone5) panorama.

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And here are my three lovelies.  It looks like they are on the very edge, but trust me, they are not!

Have a great day!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Ten Years Old | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

My baby girl turns 10 today.

Sweet, kind, loving, thoughtful, voracious reader, drawer, lover of ballet, violin & grits.

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Dug up this pic for the ten year mark.

Living in Hawaii paradise – kinda miss it.

Time flies, don’t blink too much!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I made my tea this morning gazing over fresh cut roses 🙂  The kids woke to cards and new books from their Dad.  This afternoon they will come home to big chocolate kisses from me.

We will eat our favorite marinated steak tips & a big veggie filled salad for dinner, with fresh chocolate dipped strawberries (by me) and whipped cream for dessert!

Hope your day is filled with love & indulgence!

~Kathy

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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 :

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(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.

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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!

~Kathy

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What to Wear | Spring 2012 | Raleigh Cary Family Portrait Photography

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Happy first day of Spring!

It’s the beginning of family portrait season, which means lots of bright and fresh colors.  I especially like this grouping because it showcases an important idea for Mom – a belted jacket.  For women of any age or shape, it is important to showcase your gorgeous curves and emphasize your waist – very flattering in any photo.  A belted or well shaped jacket is the perfect way to achieve that.  Remember that the next time you are shopping!

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~Kathy

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