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Half way there

I’m so glad I became an [org name removed] photographer before coming onto recruiting duty.  With the majority of [org name removed] photographers working near bases, I think a lot of reservist families miss the change to have their portraits done.  I know with active duty the word about —   can spread like wildfire through the FRG (family readiness group for those not up on military lingo).  If reservist units are anything like recruiters, the FRG is on the back burner so it’s up to military spouse online groups to spread the word and then the families have to hope a photographer is in their area.  I’m glad I got to serve outof

This is my last family to photograph before moving to Fort Hood in June.  The dad just got home on mid-tour leave and the kids were suprised to pick him up at the airport.  During his two weeks home, they scheduled this session and I’m so glad they did.  I love all the genuine smiles here.  It just radiates love and happiness.  They were all for cuddling and tickling and just being together.

And the three boys were full of energy!  They’d run and run and run and just when you think they’re exhausted, they’d sit for five seconds and be up running again!  If I could bottle the energy, I’d be rich!  It was a fun sneak peek of what life with boys will be like in a few years when mine reach their ages.

Please keep this family in your thoughts because their journey isn’t over yet.  When the two weeks of R&R are up, he’ll be heading back overseas and it will be a few more months before he can see his family again.

DOD Disclaimer: The photos and other content of this publication do not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Defense.

Katie Smith is a lifestyle photographer specializing in families, couples, and seniors.
She’s an army wife and married to her high school sweetheart.
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Portraits at the Park: Kernersville Photographer

Look out world!  This little guy is turning 2!

I follow his mom on Pinterest and she has all kinds of idea for his super cute Elmo-themed party.  Knowing he’d be sporting a red Elmo shirt, I knew it was the perfect time to pull out the banner Abigail’s mom made for me.   I also grabbed the red tin bucket I bought back when my youngest turned one.

We met at the park on probably the nicest day we’ve had yet this year and I set up in a cute little shady spot then we walked to the playground, drove to a different playground, walked down to the lake, blew bubbles in the meadow, and walked back to the second playground.  What a work out!  It was so worth it though.  He was such a sweetie and I loved how he was so interested in what was going on around us- he pointed out dogs and airplanes and birds.  I think he is pointing at something in at least a quarter of the images.  I loved getting to photograph on the playground even though I must have looked really silly being a grown up with a big camera playing on the toddler equipment and sliding down the slides.

Thanks for having me take your pictures!  Hope you enjoy them!  Happy -early- birthday!

Katie Smith is an on location child and family photographer serving North Carolina’s Piedmont.
When not photographing the world’s most adorable kiddos, she’s usually found living the quiet life at home.
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Perfectly Dressed: Fort Hood Family Photography

After stalking the weather channel all week, I was estatic to see blue skies the morning of this session.  We met at a location near my home.  It’s always fun to find those locations that aren’t much to look at from the road but once you really get in there and see it through the lens, it become magical.

 Meet the E family.  Mama E is a photographer and I’m not sure if it’s that or just having two daughters that makes her an expert at picking out cute clothing for a portrait session.  This is my usual advice for the “What to wear?” question: one child in pattern and the rest of the family in solids that coordinate with the pattern.  I didn’t even have to tell her that.  She came prepared with adorable cardigan sweaters and cute little hair accessories to take the outfits up a notch.

I was told the E girls are girly girls and they definitely didn’t disappoint.  They don’t like ants or wet grass on their feet.  They love cuddling and wearing their mom’s jewelry.  They like holding hands and just being adorable in general.

Thanks E family for meeting me and letting me take your family portraits.  It was great getting to meet you.  I hope the pictures hold a special place in your heart and on your wall.

Katie Smith is a family photographer specializing in really fun, real life moments.
She likes superhero movies, kettle corn, and Dr Pepper.
When not photographing the nation’s most wonderful families, you can find her hanging out at home with her family.
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