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Maternity Photographer in Chapel Hill, NC

This beautiful mom-to-be met me at Chalk Ridge Falls for her maternity portraits.  I had this idea for a Mother Nature-inspired maternity shoot and loved styling this session to have a serene, natural feel.  Her beautiful golden tresses were perfect (as was her perfect shaped and strechmark-free baby bump!).  I couldn’t have asked for a better or more beautiful model.

Interested in a maternity session?  For best results, book your session for between 32-36 weeks pregnant.  Your belly will be beautifully rounded and you’ll still have the energy for fun photo shoots like this one!

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Katie Smith is an on location photographer serving Bear Creek, Goldston, Silk Hope, Siler City, and Moncure NC.
She loves cappachino and apple fritters.
When not photographing the most beautiful expecting mothers, she enjoys designing props for future Pure Imagination sessions.
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Knight-inspired Photo Session

A couple months ago, my husband and I started watching Merlin on Netflix.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a cute show- a little quirky, the perfect amount of romance, and pretty wholesome overall.  As we made it through each season (and ending with me tearing up at the series finale), I knew I would eventually do a King Arthur-inspired shoot.  I loved the costumes and lighting in the show.  After last weekend’s trip to GeekFest and seeing a medieval roleplaying group, I decided I had to do the session ASAP.    That meant no time for prop collecting, spray painting, or spending hours combing the internet for instructions.   It was all about what I could pull out of the toy box and closet.

D.I.Y. Kid’s Knight Costume

(for moms short on time and money)

You need:

  • Cape (I bought mine a long time ago but you can definitely get by with the old school towel safety-pinned around the neck.)
  • Gray Pants
  • Gray long sleeve shirt (thermal undershirts work great)
  • Leather belt
  • Helmet  (got lucky that one was in my kids’ toy box)
  • Sword (instructions below)
  • Shield (cardboard wrapped in duct tape)

The sword is made of PVC pipe and foam pipe insulation, both easily found at your local hardware store.  The pvc pipe is .75″ thick and cut into a 2′ (blade), two 3.5″ (crossguard), and a 7″ (grip) lengths.   Assemble the four peices of pvc pipe with a pvc four-way connector (double tee connector).  For best results, glue the pipes and connector together so the blade doesn’t fly off during battle.  Slide the foam around the pvc pipe leaving an extra two inches of foam on all sides (I liked having a cushioned grip.  My husband chose to skip putting foam on the handle.  He said having the blade heavier made it easier to handle.)  Fold the foam over the visible end of the pvc pipe and tape with duct tape then wrap the sword in duct tape.  And viola!  The great thing about this sword is you can actually fight with it and it doesn’t hurt (that bad).  Much better than the cardboard sword from my pirate session that bent or getting hit with a wooden sword.  I think we spent $30 to make four swords.

As I’ve said before, I love simple homemade costumes and this one is no exception.  All it takes is a resourcefulness and a little imagination.  Now go slay some dragons. 🙂

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Katie Smith is a photographer in Mebane, North Carolina.
She loves childhood imagination, gorgeous sunsets, and models that will work for ice cream.
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Flawless :Belton Maternity Photography

When I was pregnant, I tried to guess the gender of my baby by listening to all the old wives tales.  I analyzed my belly shape and how high or low I was carrying.  I used the Chinese gender calendar.  I pondered what it meant when I reached for yet another box of oreos instead of salty chips.  All the little things anyone had ever told me.  Even though I only have sons, one of the old wives tales that always stuck with me is “daughters steal their mother’s beauty.”  Well, this mom has proved that myth to be 100% WRONG!  Doesn’t she look amazing?  And her skin is flawless.

After I was done being jealous over her complexion, we had a great time hiking around Chalkridge Falls.  The best thing about Chalkridge Falls is that even though I go there at least once or twice a month, there’s always a new little spot to explore and photograph.  This time we explored the rocky area beneath the bridge then headed for the river to cool off from this Texas summer heat.  I love that she volunteered to get in the river and allowed me to get these images.

Thanks you two for being awesome!

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Katie Smith is a professional photographer in Killeen, Texas.
She specializes in photographing couples in love, glowing expecting mothers, and happy families.
When she was expecting, she craved chocolate milk, Taco Bell, and Oreo cookies… but never, ever pickles.  (yuck!)
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