Olivia | Raleigh NC Portrait Photography

Last photo shoot of 2019, what a way to end the year!  Olivia is not only beautiful, but incredibly kind and so fun to work with.

Olivia came to the studio to update her head shots, she is soon to be a realtor, and wanted professional yet fun photos.

Olivia also decided to celebrate herself and her birthday with fitness portraits, as she is also a cross fit instructor … keep scrolling, you don’t want to miss these portraits!

Thank you Olivia for being so great to work with ūüôā







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Natalie Class of 2020 | Raleigh Senior Portraits

First of all, let me start by saying HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY Natalie! ¬†Hope it’s a fantastic day ūüôā

Natalie’s senior portrait session was one for the books for sure! ¬†We began in the studio with professional hair & make up (included in ALL sessions!), and then with portraits in the MOST beautiful prom dress I’ve ever seen, the floral detail was stunning! ¬†I love when my seniors bring their prom dresses, and we create stunning legacy portraits <3

Next we headed downtown, a short drive from the studio, cruised around on a perfectly HOT fall afternoon that didn’t phase Natalie at all. ¬†(We also had our hair & makeup artist with us for any needed touch ups)

So much fun, and such a natural beauty. ¬†We ended the day in THE most gorgeous golden hour I’ve seen in a while, truly was the perfect session for the sweetest girl!


Thank you Natalie & Kelly for choosing me to be your photographer!  Loved every minute!






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Taylor Class of 2020 | Raleigh Senior Portraits Photographer

Amazing Taylor!  As bright as the sun shines in the summertime, so much fun to be with and photograph!

Fun fact – have known this beautiful girl since preschool days, and she may or may not given my daughter a hack-haircut while playing barber shop at age 3 haha!

I was thrilled when her Mom reached out for senior pics, I adore this sweet girl so much. ¬†We began in the studio with hair & make up, and then captured some magazine style portraits in her stunning prom dress. ¬†An 18×24 framed print hangs in their foyer!

Next we head out on location downtown Raleigh.  Taylor is so vibrant and fun, we truly had the best time laughing all around downtown.  Such a joy to photograph!

We ended Taylor’s shoot in the most perfect field during the last light of day, the golden hour. ¬†Taylor blew me away, just wait until you scroll down to see the pics.


Thank you Taylor & Missy for the BEST day!

xo  Kathy

SENIOR Class of 2020  NOW Booking November AND Spring photo sessions through April!!

Email me or hit the contact link above for more info and to book!

Email : kathy@kathyhowardportrait.com




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Jamie | Raleigh NC Personal Branding Photography

Meet beautiful Jamie!

Jamie contacted me because she needed new head shots for her new venture, a blog and business about helping people with their personal wealth finance and being debt free, which she proudly is!

Her son off to college, Jamie wanted a way to give back that is authentic and meaningful. ¬†And her personality can be described just as that, authentic, meaningful, and let’s go ahead and add in a ton of fun! ¬†Adored photographing her caring smile & colorful wardrobe! ¬†We photographed five beautiful looks, and spiced it up a bit at the end of her shoot with an amazing hair style and fabulous red dress…


iPhone snap of Jamie’s image reveal wall, isn’t it stunning.

Jamie’s same day transformation, before & after styling …

You can find Jamie’s site here : www.debtfreeisthenewcool.com ¬†!!

Only FOUR session dates left available in 2019, message me and let’s talk about how you want to be photographed!






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George Family Portraits | Raleigh Portrait Photography

As the saying goes, time flies! ¬†I first photographed these beauties Spring of 2013, pre-studio days. ¬†Jenn and I connected again, as she needed an updated head shot AND family portraits! ¬†She decided this would also be the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of her daughter’s senior year of high school, with a love & laughter filled girls morning out ūüôā

Simply adore this family, kind and true, through and through.

We began in the studio with hair & make up for all three.  We captured some fresh & beautiful head shots for Mom, and individual portraits for everyone.  Have the three of the girls together for portraits was absolutely stunning, and their beautiful souls shined right through to my lens.

Enjoy the portraits, and be sure to scroll to the end to see some fun behind the scenes.


A few fun behind the scenes pics …


Only a handful of session dates left available for 2019! ¬†Click the Contact tab above if you’d like to talk about a session, consultations are always complimentary!








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Stroud Portraits | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

How fortunate am I to have such beautiful and kind clients!  These gorgeous ladies came to the studio for new head shots and family portraits together.  There was no shortage of fun during this girls morning out!

We photographed individual portraits as well as beautiful legacy portraits together.  It was the best celebration!

Sweet Miss Jane.  Jaw dropping southern beauty.  So witty & clever, now I know why her daughters are so spectacular.



xo Kathy




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Frances Class of 2019 | Raleigh Senior Portraits Photographer

Meet Frances!  Class of 2019 Cardinal Gibbons graduate.  Lucky me, have known Frances since elementary days, and have enjoyed her and her parents company for many years now.

Frances’s senior portrait session was one for the books! ¬†We had to change dates a few times due to the crazy wet spring weather we had, but this day was perfection. ¬†We had so much fun cruising around downtown Raleigh and capturing these beautiful portraits of her. ¬†Her family joined us, and if you scroll to the bottom, you will see one of the family photos I captured of them! ¬†(Separate post coming for the family photos)

And the golden hour sunset was perfection! ¬†We ended her session in a field that I found by accident (behind a car parts store lol) and she danced and laughed, and shared all of her joy with me. ¬† Frances is one incredible young lady, and one of the kindest people that I have the pleasure of knowing ūüôā

A huge congrats to Frances, who will be heading to NC State this Fall!!  GO PACK!



One family photo for now… so much love in this photo!







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Raleigh NC Senior Portraits | Abby

Sometimes you get to photograph a person that is so extraordinary, so kind & absolutely so beautiful inside AND out.  That is THIS girl!  Gorgeous Abby is not only super smart, but she is hilariously funny, an amazing musician/singer AND a fantastic dancer.  An all around natural beauty!

We began her session in the studio with hair & make up by Kristi with Wink Hair & Make Up.  Abby and her Mom wanted some studio portraits, so we went for old Hollywood Glam (love loove)  We also captured some stunning dancer style portraits, so incredible to shoot!

Then we headed downtown and to the art museum, guitar in hand, and literally laughed and enjoyed the afternoon as if the world was shining just for us.  SO much fun.  I adore this girl so much, and so happy to have had the honor to photograph her radiance!

Seniors!  I still have two spring spots open and am now booking summer AND Fall 2020!  The best way to contact me is through the contact page here on my website.  I look forward to hearing from you.




xo Kathy



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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!




Behind the scenes … we laughed a lot ūüôā

Behind the scenes … makeover & pampering with Kristi!


Need help clarifying your personal branding style? ¬†I’m here to help, let’s chat!

Email : kathy@kathyhowardportrait.com or click the contact top of page.

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Raleigh Head Shots and Portraits | Laurie

Meet Laurie. Laurie is an awesome #girlboss – writer, speaker, and entrepreneur known for her commonsense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues. ¬†Laurie¬†started a new podcast in April 2018 called ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Fix Work‚ÄĚ, and her first book is in the works! Nothing short of one amazing woman, I adore working with her. ¬† Find her on the web HERE.¬†

Laurie knows the importance of contemporary and fresh photos for her online presence and marketing, and came back to me for the third time to update her portfolio!  Always a highlight and a great day to have her in the studio.

We focused on clean beauty portraits, as well as portraits that portray her vibrant personality…

xo Kathy


Call or email to inquire about custom head shot sessions!

kathy@kathyhowardphotography.com   919-538-8987

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