Hillsborough NC Family Photographer

A Beautiful Location in Hillsborough NC

Finding great locations isn’t easy.  Sometimes I usually Google’s street view to “walk” through parks and public areas but photos never do a location justice.  It’s really necessary to visit locations in person to see the way the sun sets, where the best pockets of good light are, and how to use the existing scenery to frame portraits.  When I was asked to do this session, Ayr Mount in Hillsborough NC was highly recommended.  It’s a beautiful brick home on top of a hill that looks down on a pond and winding path that leads back to a river.  It was the kind of place that begs for a classic novel and picnic lunch.

While it is a premium location -meaning it requires an extra fee to photograph there, I fully believe this historic site is worth it.

A Siblings Portrait by Hillsborough NC Family Photographer

It’s not easy getting adult siblings together for a portrait session.  It’s even harder when one of the siblings live in a different state and another in a different continent!  I’m glad these five decided to make time for this session and I’m sure their mom is glad too.

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Hillsborough NC Family Photographer Katie Smith lives in Mebane, NC.
She photographs beautiful families in Greensboro, Chapel Hill, and Durham.

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Rustic-Themed Child Portrait

Rustic-Themed Child Portrait

I believe your personal style should be reflected in your portraits.  If you have a modern home, you should have modern portraits.  If you live on farm live and decorate with a rustic country flair, we should design your rustic-themed child portrait session to include rustic elements from backgrounds to clothing to props.

This rustic-themed child portrait session was designed to give more character to her typical school portraits.  Her braids were tied with twine bows.  Her dress and cheetah-print boots added color and personality.  Because these are her first grade portraits, we included a vintage school set up complete with antique stool, vintage books, and a red apple.  On the private property near Roxboro, they had a tall stack of firewood which made a nice textured background.  I love finding those kind of areas on property, something that looks unassuming in person but turns out fun in portraits.

Interested in booking a session that reflects your personal style?  Look at the colors you use in your home decorating and use those colors in your portrait clothing.  If you love industrial lighting, a downtown session will look great.  If you use lots of wood accents, a session at the forests edge would incorporate those warm brown tones.

Rustic-Themed Child Portraits

Katie Smith is a family portrait photographer in Mebane, North Carolina.
She travels within 30 miles of Mebane including Roxboro, Chapel Hill, Burlington, and Pittsboro.
When not photographing super cute kids, she likes to relax at home with a good book.

Pittsboro Children Photographer

Pittsboro Children Photographer

Pittsboro Children Photographer

Katie Smith Photography

One of my goals for 2017 was to get the kids in nature more often.  Since the boys received their own video game consoles, I feel like I barely see them anymore.  Gone are the days when “Mom play with me” meant playing hide and seek.  Now they want me to be their second player so I can revive them or do the grunt work of laying foundation for their new Minecraft fortress. With the last day of school behind us, we kicked off summer by heading to the river.  To the rest of the family, we were going fishing.  I, however, was going location scouting.

A great location requires more than just a pretty background.  Walking along the river bank with my seven year old, I explained how great lighting is just as important, if not more important, than a pretty background.  I took the top right photo to illustrate my point; the lighting falling across his face and reflects in his eyes for those pretty catchlights that make his eyes sparkle.

Leading lines and natural framing are two must-haves for a great location.  The leading line helps draw the eye into the frame.   My favorite locations usually include leading lines like a path, a bridge, or even a creek.    Natural framing can be the way a tree curves around the model or a variation in the way the light filters through the trees behind them.  For example, the black and white photo at the bottom of this post has my son framed by the trees and shrubbery.

As long as the light is good, a photographer can make most locations look good.  I do avoid areas that are too visually cluttered such as backgrounds with trashcans, signs, or other people.  Every detail in a portrait needs to be a part of the story and those little distractions in the background take away from the subject.  Removing those distractions, preferably by changing your angle or posing rather than editing them out in Photoshop, can take your snapshot to a beautiful portrait.

This little access area off the Haw River fit all the parameters for a great location.  I’m thrilled to have found such a great location, located close to Pittsboro.  It’ll make a great area for portraits.

Pittsboro Children Photographer captures the imaginationa and discovery of playing in natureChildren playing in Pittsboro NC

Katie Smith is a Pittsboro Children Photographer.
Located in Mebane, Katie Smith enjoys finding North Carolina’s beauty in local parks and wildlife areas.
When not behind the camera, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and catching crawfish.

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