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Portraits at the Park: Kernersville Photographer

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

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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Candy Themed Session: Kernersville Child Photographer

Candy Themed Session: Kernersville Child Photographer

Real life is a wonderful thing.  I love capturing real life moments but sometimes we all need a break from reality for a little fantasy and imagination.  Right now, I’m brainstorming on Pure Imagination limited edition sessions.   These sessions would take a simple concept, like a child’s love for candy, and add a heavy dose of Pinterest inspiration and Mad Hatter ingenuity. I have plans to create unique set ups to wow children and parents alike.

This particular theme popped into my head when I saw a gumball machine for sale.  I began thinking of different candy themes: a modern, super colorful “I want Candy!” theme, a whimsical Wonka’s factory theme, or something a little more vintage like the candy man scene in the beginning of the original Willy Wonka (As much as I love Johnny Depp, Gene Wilder will always be the best Wonka).  I settled for the candy man theme and brainstormed on how I would create the scene.  My upside down crate and empty jars (pasta sauce, olives, and jelly) worked perfectly.  I had to use the shirt and vest from the suit that he picked out and I matched it with the grey jeans and a hat from costume party my husband and I recently attended.

My oldest was more than happy to oblige when he learned he would be paid in candy.  I think part of him loves being in front of the camera because he really is a natural.  We shot in less than twenty minutes.  I think the majority of the time was spent picking up the gumballs out of the grass.

While it didn’t quite come together the way I intended, it was a lot of fun and a good change from our normal sessions.

Katie Smith is a natural light family photographer.
She has an adorable Southern accent.
She loves sweet tea, collard greens, and fried okra.
When not photographing the world’s cutest children, she kills zombies on her iPhone.
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