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Together Again

I’ve had the joy of photographing quite a few homecomings here at Fort Hood, Texas.  Usually it’s this big group and everyone is packed on a field or in a gym with the deejay blaring “YMCA” or “What does the Fox say?”  There’s fanfare and speeches and it’s really exciting.

But there’s also the smaller homecomings that are so much more quiet and intimate.  The ones where it’s only a handful of soldiers coming in at the little airport.  I honestly love this kind just as much.  Not only does the airport have amazing lighting but it’s peaceful and laidback.  There’s no crowd to fight through and you don’t have to worry about people interupting the moment or stepping into the shot.  It’s just a different kind of beautiful experience.
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Tattoo Model Session: Chapel Hill NC

I love tattoos.  I love the stories behind them.  My tattoo is on my left hip, a heart and four-leaf clover that I got when I was 18 and out on a date with my then-fiance/now-husband.  When we were dating, I could spot a four-leaf clover just by walking past it.  Ah… those teenage days when all you need was love and luck to be happy.  Sooner or later, I’ll be getting a second tattoo… something that describes my sons and my love for photography.  I just haven’t been able to decide what design and camera gear is always higher on my list of wants.

Speaking of tattoos, I met this beautiful tattoo model recently to update her modeling portfolio.  Although I specialize in family and couples photography, it’s always fun to try something different.  I loved trying new posing and being able to sculpt the lighting.  She’s so naturally beautiful and I know she has a great career in front of her.

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Katie Smith offers beauty photography near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
She serves Apex, Pittsboro, Sanford, and the surrounding area.
She specializes in family and couples photography but loves stepping out of her comfort zone with models.
Ready to book, email katie@katiesmithphotography.com!

Need some family fun time?

While we’ve all been busy complaining about the neverending winter, Spring Break is sneaking up on us!  If you’re not heading out of town, I suggest checking out Austin’s Park.  Yesterday was our second trip and if you can’t tell by the huge smiles on their faces, the kids had a blast.  It was a full day of go-kart riding, laser tag shooting, putt-putt smack talking, and testing the limits of “all you can eat” pizza.

My boys loved the new train roller coaster.  While it’s pretty slow, the last curve has a whiplash effect that gets suprised giggles every time.

My husband and I came up with a new way to play putt-putt.  While the kids are on the 20,000th stroke, parents get one shot to make a hole in one…. we both ended up with scores of zero.

All four of us tried our hand at the rock wall… and it’s surprisly harder than it looks.

Got a need for speed?  They recently traded the kiddie carts for a slick track, which got a thumbs up from the husband.  My seven year was disappointed that the kiddie karts were gone but they’ll eventually be put on a new track that’s currently under construction.

Laser tag is always a blast.  And while we don’t play the arcade games, the ones they have put pinball and PacMan to shame.  The whole place is all around fun and will probably be one of my kids’ favorite memories.

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