In studio 40OVER40 portrait of a woman in a glitter dress seated and posing at Kathy Howard's photography studio in Cary, North Carolina.
Session Consultation Guide

Your Portrait Experience

This is going to be AMAZING!

I’m looking forward to creating beautiful portraits with you.

I want your portrait session as stress free and relaxing as possible!

This is your day

A session designed just for you.

You may choose to invite the ones you love to join you at the end of your portrait session for family portraits!

Get that perfect (and overdue) mother-daughter portrait, capture the magic with your significant other –

or just get a head start on this year’s holiday cards!

The choice is up to you.

This is your day!

The Studio

598 E Chatham Street, Cary NC 27511

We are about one mile from Downtown Cary.  

Turn off of Chatham at the Biryani Maxx restaurant.  Keep straight, and go all the way to the end of the parking lot. 

I’ll be looking for you!

There is plenty of parking.

What to Wear

Plan on 5 different looks. Variety is the key to achieving a full portfolio of images!

Ideas :
Business – a new online profile
Classic & Modern – a fitted white button down, a black turtleneck
Your favorite outfit
An outfit that makes you feel HOT!
An epic look – for that gorgeous expensive dress you only got to wear once
Party – sparkly & glamorous
Boudoir – what makes you feel sexy & confident?

Also think color (light, dark), texture (lace, velvet) & necklines (off shoulder, sweetheart).

Check out my Portrait Style Guide guide for ideas & inspiration.

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Hair + Makeup

Your session includes full professional hair & make up. This can be as natural or as glam as you want it to be!

Be sure to screenshot any favorite photos hair/make up photos of yourself, or any ideas that you have. Bring them with you on session day.

Not sure? No worries. Our team is the best in Raleigh, they will give you the perfect look for you to compliment your style.


Recommend a fresh mani/pedi before your session.

Neutral nail color ideal, but also stay true to your personality and style.

Spray Tans

Please no spray tans! 99% of the time they look orange on camera.

Posing: What to Expect

Some of the poses will feel weird or awkward. That means you are following my lead correctly … I promise it looks fabulous on camera!

We spend approximately 10-15 minutes in each outfit, with 5 minutes to change in between. I will be directing you every moment.

In studio boudoir intimate portrait. Woman in a white button down shirt that's open, covering her body with her crossed legs and arms. She looks elegant and empowered.

Day Of

Arrive to the studio with clean, moisturized skin, no make up.

Your hair should be clean and dry, lightly styled is fine.

Hang clothes on rack in the dressing area. Keep ALL PERSONAL ITEMS in the dressing area, including any water, food, drinks, phone, purse.

We ask that you minimize the amount of personal items you bring to the studio as much as possible.

Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy professional hair & make up. Hair & make up application takes about one hour, and then we will be begin photographing!

Image Reveal + Ordering

About two weeks after your session, your beautiful images will be ready for viewing.

All decision makers MUST be present at the ordering appointment.

Any orders placed after your ordering appointment will be subject to a 50% upcharge on total purchase.

Ordering appointments typically last about one hour.

In studio headshot.

Pricing Guide Review

Every image you purchase includes the corresponding digital file.

No minimum, only purchase what you love and can’t live without.

Most popular is the 20 image Portfolio Collection!

Same as cash financing available, please inquire.

Only purchase what you love and cannot live without.


I built my business on referrals, and would greatly appreciate yours!

For every referral you send that books a session with me, you will receive a $100 studio credit!

There is no maximum amount of credits you can earn, and no expiration date.

In studio headshot.
In studio headshot.
In studio portrait. The image features a woman in a bright yellow dress looking at the camera as she dances and sways her skirt.
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