Kindergarten! Photographer

I can’t believe my oldest is starting Kindergarten this year!  He’ll turn six two days after the first day of school and even though I’ve been calling him “almost six” for the last couple months, it’s still mind-boggling how he has grown up so fast.  We even let him stay home the extra year to be sure he was emotionally ready for the school environment.  In my head and heart, I know he’s ready.  The day we went for Kindergarten testing, he was awestruck by everything and wanted to explore classrooms and hallways.  He said the testing was “super easy.”  He can’t wait to go and asks me how much longer until school starts.  His excitement is contagious but like a lot of mom’s, I’m still teary-eyed and thinking about how bittersweet this all is.  He’s my baby.  I’ve been mostly a stay-at-home-mom all his life and he’s never been gone from me so long unless it was a trip to the grandparent’s or that one week he went to a summer daycamp.  We’ve been fostering his independence but this is the big step, the moment where I let him go into the classroom and can’t coach him on how to make friends or when he should probably play by himself.  The moment where I have to trust him to eat all his lunch, try his best, and behave the way we raised him.  I better bring tissues on the first day of school because I will be that weepy, emotional mom that blots her eyes all the way back to the car.

Is your child starting school soon?  Are you excited, nervous, or just a huge ball of jumbled of emotions like me?

Katie Smith is a family and couple portrait photographer located in Pittsboro, NC.
A mom of two boys, she knows how quickly kids grow and documents their ever-changing looks and personality through meaningful photographs.
You can find Katie Smith Photography on Facebook

In Honor of World Breastfeeding Week

In almost four years, I’ve never had to cancel on the day of a shoot because I was sick.  So you can imagine how badly I was freaking out on Thursday night and Friday when I came down with a tummy bug and spent 30-something hours feeling like I was hit by a train and praying I didn’t have to cancel on not just one family but TWELVE beautiful moms.  Thankfully on Saturday morning I felt mostly human, popped some Tylenol, and headed to these mini sessions.  I’m so grateful that these moms were understanding that I’m not some weirdo germaphobe that keeps everyone out of arm’s reach but that I was trying my hardest not to spread any ickies that managed to stick around.

I approached Jenny, the leader for the local chapter of the LLL, about doing mini nursing sessions for World Breastfeeding Week and as a fundraiser.  We decided for a small donation, I would photograph mothers and their children breastfeeding so all of these moms could have something beautiful to remember this time.  (I have some wonderfully awful cell phone pictures of nursing my children.  I wish I would have tried getting professional-looking ones).  We ended up raising $110 that’s going to update their books on medicines nursing mothers can take without harming their supply or child.

Thank you to all these beautiful mothers and their equally beautiful children for coming out and showing support for the La Leche League and nursing.  I think we even managed to do some “nursing in public” shots since we had a few spectators that were wondering what we were up to.

Please leave these awesome nursing mommies some love on the blog!  And give a shout out to your local LLL if they have ever helped you.

Katie Smith is an on location photographer serving Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, and Apex NC.
She loves working with organizations like La Leche League because they are close to her heart.
She supports breastfeeding 100% and proudly nursed her sons until they were 1.5 years old.
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Vignette: Temple Photographer

If you’re not a photographer, you might be wondering what a vignette is.  In photography, a vignette is a editing technique that puts a border of light or darkness around the subject.  It’s sole purpose is to draw your eye to the subject.

It might be personal preference but I adore a slight vignette.  Very subtle with just a little darkness around the edges.  I think a heavy vignette contradicts the purpose; it draws the eye to the outer edges.

Learn how to do a vignette (and see these images larger) (more…)