Cary Senior Pictures | Kathleen

Celebrating the return of the sunshine here in Raleigh today with some beautiful senior portraits!

Gorgeous Kathleen … oh my goodness, this senior session was over the top with beauty & fashion! Kathleen is not only smart and funny, but incredibly sweet and kind, and as you can tell a ton of fun to photograph!

We began her session in the studio with professional hair & make up, and then headed downtown for an incredible afternoon!  And of course, she blew me away during the golden hour, in a field, laughing all the while 🙂

TWO SPOTS left for Fall senior portraits – email me for more info & to book!


xo Kathy


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Happiness is … | Raleigh Family Photographer

Taking pictures of my own family 🙂

 I never got around to blogging my snow pics.  And now I’m kinda over it & happy the weather is warmer!

It is sad but true that I don’t take very many pictures of my own children these days.  So when I do, it makes me extremely happy.

Here’s a few snaps from my girl’s Cotillion ball last weekend.


Daddy daughter xo

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 A fun model-esque hair flip !

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Be back soon with another gorgeous custom head shot session!



Three dates left in April/May for custom family & portrait sessions

NEXT Studio head shot marathon coming up Wednesday April 1st

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{Maddie} Class of 2014 |Chapel Hill High School Senior Photographer

Meet Maddie,  true beauty with a sparkle in her eyes that never stops!

Mom contacted me this Spring to see if we could squeeze in a senior session before graduation.

Luckily we found a date that fit all of our schedules.

We met at their  home for hair & make-up with my favorite Elaine of  (She’s the BOMB!)

We began photographing around Maddie’s home,  jumped in their SUV & ventured out to downtown Chapel Hill after that.

This session was a total BLAST!


See what I mean about sparkle?!








Next stop, the Arboretum.

Oooohhhh I LOVE this series of images…



Maddie is the goalie for her school team.   Of course we had to shoot a few soccer pics!

AND exciting news – The Chapel Hill High School girls’ soccer team appears in its FIRST state title game in program history Saturday!



Enough sports, back to glamour 🙂



Chapel Hill has a large collection of painted murals, most within walking distance.

 Lots of great urban backdrops – could have photographed Maddie there ALL day!





Maddie will be attending veterinary school this fall, so when I found this mural online I KNEW this was a must!

This mural is East facing and was a little worried about the direct sun.  However, this session was SO perfect that it clouded up for us AND I could capture those sparkling baby blues for our last locale!

(Virtual high five!)



Now booking Class of 2015 high school SENIORS,

FALL & HOLIDAY 2014 Family Sessions!

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{Bailey} Class of 2014 | Raleigh Cary High School Senior Photographer

Excited to be posting more from Bailey’s awesome senior session today!

I can’t begin to tell you how sweet & kind this gorgeous girl is…  you can tell in each and every one of her images.

We had a blast walking around downtown Raleigh, shooting where the wind took us!


Thank you Bailey & Missy for a truly enjoyable afternoon 🙂  It’s been a pleasure getting to know you!


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Now booking January 2014 through June 2014.

It’s not too late to book your senior session!

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{ Beautiful Briana } | Raleigh Portrait Photographer

Meet Briana.  Aspiring model.

Youthful & sweet, an absolute jewel.



Briana, you knocked my socks off!

Enjoy your preview, truly can’t wait to share the rest with you.


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Now booking January through May 2014

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Simple Inspiration | Raleigh Cary Portrait Photography


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.


Here’s the first one I snapped:

f/1.8   1/200th ISO 1000


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.


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.



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!


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


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!)


I just love the end of day light downtown!


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

Thank you ladies for a lovely evening!