Sam | Class of 2014 | Preview

Meet the talented & quite stylish Sam.

Aspiring actor, musician & established improv artist.

You bet his session was a lot of fun & just a breeze!

Enjoy the preview~

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Farewell Summer Break | Raleigh Portrait Photography

We concluded over the family dinner table tonight that we had the best summer ever.

As the years pass (and too quickly they are), I find myself longing for more summer break.  More time to laugh, lay around & read, swim, travel, play & just BE.  No schedules.

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I had big dreams of portrait series of my babes this summer, but slimmed that down and stepped away from my camera more than ever.  I watched with my two eyes instead of my lens.  Happy!

But of course I did get a few pics, so I will always remember these sweet faces at these stages in our lives.

Elementary school. 5th grade, Age 10

Middle School. 7th grade, Age 11

High School. 9th grade, Age 14

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If you’d like to see my simple light set-up for these portraits, you can read about it HERE.

Hope everyone has a great week!

P.S> My mini-sessions (click HERE for details) & full session calendar are aabout full for 2013, please message me asap  if you are interested in a session this fall.  Would love to ‘shoot’ you 🙂

~Kathy

Family Photographer Raleigh NC

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Mr. P | Preview | Raleigh Family Photography

Today was so amazing. Although I am stepping away from work a bit this summer, I just had to say yes this opportunity to photograph the newborn of a recent client.

It is such a joy to have clients come back to me to photograph the milestones in their lives.  I feel like my friendship and family circle never stops growing and that makes my heart so  happy 🙂

The love & happiness I felt today was overwhelming, and little Mr. P was one of the sweetest and most mellow little men I’ve met lately.

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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The George Family | Raleigh Family Portrait Photography

What a pleasure to photograph this beautiful family.

Kind, outgoing & just plain happy together!

I first met Mom & the oldest daughter Miss H. when I photographed her Cotillion pictures.  You may remember some of those fun images HERE.

We started this session at their home, and then headed downtown to capture some images that included some gorgeous doors.

When I met with Mom at home for the pre-session consultation, I noticed she had several framed door images hanging on her walls.  We both decided it would be a fun way to keep her theme going!

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How sweet are these sisters?

I just love our color choices for this session, and how they complimented the scenery so perfectly!

We hopped in the car and headed downtown for some more brilliant color & a lot of fun shots!

We found this freshly painted blue brick and had some with it …

My favorite image from the session…doesn’t look like NC, does it!

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Thank you George family for a fantastic afternoon!

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Stay tuned for a post coming up spotlighting the wall displays we created with their images.

These colorful images on a metal print = stunning!

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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13 Treasured Friendships | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photography

It all started with a request for a group portrait.  A portrait to celebrate thirteen beautiful friendships, and their upcoming life changes.

I casually suggested why not make it more of a celebration with mini-makeovers and magazine style portraits for everyone!

And that’s what we did.

Each brought something unique and beautiful to my lens (and a lot of laughter as well!)

Beauty everywhere!

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Above are twelve gorgeous friends, and the thirteenth I spotlight as she was the guest of honor.  She is moving overseas for a year, and will be greatly missed!

Today is also her birthday – happy happy birthday Ellie!

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I managed to stitch together a tulle skirt the day before the shoot, and we spent maybe five minutes photographing her in it.

This image is all you Ellie, & all of your brilliance that shines!

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I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed the reality of thirteen women who love & support each other.

AND gather at least once per month!

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And one last image to close out this post, with a quote I found online …

At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry. – Les Miserables, Drink With Me.

(For photogs and those interested .. on camera flash low power, ISO 3200 f/6.3  1/200th.  It was basically dark out!)

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Thank you ALL for bringing your sparkle & shine to this day I will not forget!

~Kathy

If you are interested in setting up a portrait party * the ultimate girls day out * give me a shout and we’ll design yours!

Just click the contact link above.

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Lucky 13 Preview | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Thirteen beautiful & vivacious friendships were celebrated yesterday, and I had the honor to capture this special day.

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Each enjoyed a 10 minute make-over & a 10 minute glam portrait session, and some really fun groups shots at the end.

The rain held off, & it was an amazing day!

Much more to come…

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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A Beautiful Family | Cary Portrait Photographer

I was just plain delighted when my dear friend Cathy mentioned it was her mother’s 70th birthday coming up, and they wanted to have portraits made for the occasion.

I am an on location photographer, so one Saturday morning we met for coffee & I scouted their homes, and decided to set up at Mom’s place. A perfect indoor sun room, as well as beautiful outdoor lakeside scenery.

We discussed clothing and decided to keep it simple, as I knew the focus here would be the amazing eyes of these gorgeous faces!

The day came, we had a room full of tops strewn over couches, sparkling bubbly & Mom’s favorite home made nut mix (quite yummy!) and my favorite hair & make up artist present.  A great little pamper party for a Thursday morning!

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I read this quote somewhere some time ago, jotted it down & have been saving it for the perfect occasion.  And this is absolutely it!

“There are many joys to being a portrait photographer.  The greatest is the experience of a day with beautiful people.”

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This image makes me tear up every time.

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This one too.  A momma and her son.

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I can only hope to be this radiant and beautiful at seventy.  Nan, you are stunning!

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Like mother, like daughters …

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And this little guy, he whined at our feet until we picked him up.  And then he smiled for me! Funny!

One more outfit change for some color, and back outside we went.

These last two were taken in noon day sun.  Luckily we found some lovely shade & foliage for the backdrop.

Sparkling!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful selves with me 🙂

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Kathy Howard Photography is now booking limited summer portrait sessions & portrait parties, the ultimate girls day out for you & your mother, sisters or even best friends.

I’d love to talk with you about your celebration!

Please email kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com or call 919-538-8987

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Cary NC

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Beauteous Thursday | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Just wanted to pop in and share my good mood today!

The sun is finally shining, I had a great run this morning & feeling good.  And tonight I have the image reveal for THIS beauty portrait shoot from a few weeks ago, and yes, there will be bubbly poured!!

I don’t think I shared this image yet, because I wasn’t sure how I wanted to edit it.  You may remember the images this beautiful girl & her adorable siblings blogged HERE.

The background isn’t my favorite, but I added a texture and just love it now!

This image is also the inspiration for a project I am working on, that includes an adult sized version of this skirt and yet another lovely subject (I am so lucky) to bring the skirt alive.

I am creating the skirt based upon a recent workshop I viewed, and will be documenting the steps of my process & blogging it all (eventually!).

I am VERY excited & the shoot is a week from Sunday.

Have a great rest of your day~

Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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Amber | Portrait Couture | Raleigh Portrait & Beauty Photographer

Every year I have the privilege to work with the beautiful staff of Bloom Skin Spa.  Our first time together last year we had a blast capturing some really fun head shots.  You may remember them in this post here.

This year we decided to ramp it up a bit and bring in my fabulous hair & make-up artist Elaine with Elaine Harrison Makeup Artistry.     The staff was very excited when they saw their images – I blogged their images last week &you can view them here.

So now for the final piece.

I spent about an hour of this day with the absolutely stunning owner & mother of three young children, Amber.  She wanted to capture fresh fashion inspired portraits.

  I had a fun time experimenting with some creative editing as well with textures and color, a bit out of my norm but fun to do & I’m really happy with the results!

Here are some of my favorites.

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More fun with texture & color …

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Amber has an amazing and quite adorable husband … meet Ken & Barbie!

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They have a really incredible relationship.

Laughter is one of the keys to love, I always say…

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We switched things up and ended her shoot with some Brigitte Bardot inspired images… and I must say, she pulls this look off  quite effortlessly.

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Oh Amber, you even make giant hair rollers look good!

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And I pretty much had to beg her to let me share this, although I’m not sure why because she has so much natural beauty, inside AND out!

A before & after …

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Thank you Amber for another enjoyable photo shoot with you 🙂

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On a side note, I have definitely found a niche with my work that I am very excited about & actively working to expand.  A portrait couture studio is in sights!

If you are interested in more details about a shoot,  please email kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com and I will send you more details.

Together we will plan your ultimate dress up session, and capture images that will thrill & empower you every time you look at them!

I would be honored to capture the light that shines from inside of you.  It’s an experience you will treasure.

~Kathy

Portrait Photographer Raleigh NC

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